Unity, fellowship and the future on agenda as WCC leadership convenes

By agency reporter
September 12, 2019

The leadership of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee met in Geneva on 10-11 September 2019 to prepare for the Executive Committee meeting, Central Committee meeting and WCC 11th Assembly in 2021.

The WCC Central Committee leadership includes Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator; Metropolitan Prof. Dr Gennadios of Sassima and Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, both vice-moderators of the WCC Central Committee; and the WCC General Secretary,the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

The leaders are discussing preparations for the 2019 WCC Executive Committee on 20-26 November, as well as preparations for the WCC Central Committee meeting on 18-24 March 2020.

The main discussion is on the 11th Assembly, to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany from 8-16 September 2021 under the theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity”. The assembly is the "supreme legislative body" of the WCC, and meets every eight years. The formal purpose of the assembly is to review programmes and determine the overall policies of the WCC, as well as to elect presidents and appoint a Central Committee which serves as the chief governing body of the WCC until the next assembly.

Among the programmatic work, the WCC leadership will discuss the accountability report to the assembly as well as financial matters, including plans for the Green Village. WCC leaders also discussed programmatic updates, strategic planning, proposals for public statements and harvesting of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, and ecumenical diakonia, among other topics.

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches http://www.oikoumene.org/en

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