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More than 250 theologians from 54 countries, representing all the major religions of the world, will meet in Assisi, on 17 April to discuss ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue.
Ten years after the formation of broad-based group Christian Churches Together in the USA, some have hopes that US churches may be growing even closer together.
A broad range of Christian churches and groups have met to make recommendations for significant advances in Christian unity and interreligious cooperation.
Despite many divisions and dissensions, Christian communities across the world have observed the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this January.
Traditionally celebrated between 18 and 25 January (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere), the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity mobilises countless congregations and parishes around the world.
Church leaders from 22 WCC member churches in Indonesia and East Timor were present along with ecumenical networks at a recent conference in Bali.
The National Council of Churches USA has announced that General Secretary Michael Kinnamon is resigning due to health reasons.
The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches takes place in Korea, from 30 October to 8 November 2013, with a justice and peace theme.
Some 275 Christian leaders are meeting in Indonesia from 4 to 7 October to plot an ecumenical future, in what has been called a watershed gathering.
Pope Benedict XVI has met with Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Church's chief ecumenical affairs officer, at Castel Gandolfo.