WCC, World Evangelical Alliance strengthen collaboration

 — August 30, 202130 aoüt 2021

WEA representatives: Bp. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General & CEO; Dr. Christine Schirrmacher, Executive Director International Institute of Islamic Studies, Bonn; Michael Mutzner, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva; Samuel van der Maas, WEA Permanent Representative to the WCC; Wissam al-Saliby, Advocacy Officer, Geneva.
WCC representatives: Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, deputy general secretary and director of Faith and Order; Doug Chial, the Director of the Office of the General Secretariat; Marianne Ejdersten, WCC director of communication.
Photo: Samuel Mungure/WCC
WEA representatives: Bp. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General & CEO; Dr. Christine Schirrmacher, Executive Director International Institute of Islamic Studies, Bonn; Michael Mutzner, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva; Samuel van der Maas, WEA Permanent Representative to the WCC; Wissam al-Saliby, Advocacy Officer, Geneva. WCC representatives: Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, deputy general secretary and director of Faith and Order; Doug Chial, the Director of the Office of the General Secretariat; Marianne Ejdersten, WCC director of communication. Photo: Samuel Mungure/WCC
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The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) met on 25 August in Geneva to explore and discuss possible areas of future cooperation.

The two organizations shared current plans and discussed possibilities for closer collaboration on thematic areas such as advocacy and peace building, the climate emergency, and membership matters.

The WEA is a network of churches in 143 nations that have joined to give a worldwide identity, voice and platform to more than 600 million evangelical Christians.

The WEA has six programmatic departments: Global Advocacy, Global Theology, Global Witness, Alliance Engagement, Church Engagement, and Public Engagement.

WEA secretary general Prof. Dr Thomas Schirrmacher discussed some concrete ways to strengthen the collaboration. “In those areas where we have been cooperating a lot already, like in advocacy, climate change or in relation to work with the UN, we should go for joint long term strategies,” Schirrmacher said. “And in areas where we still have much to discuss we should clearly map the need and strife for unity with the Bible in hand.”

The WCC welcomed with joy the opportunity to deepen its relationship with the WEA. “The Ecumenical Centre is like a home—and open for everyone working for unity!” said Doug Chial, WCC director of the Office of the General Secretariat, who hosted the meeting on behalf of WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, who is currently on vacation.

“The ecumenical work and collaboration on advocacy—raising a voice together with those needing accompaniment for justice and peace—is a genuine task for a fellowship of churches who together express faith in the triune God of life,” he said.

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WCC digital archive now included in Globethics.net library

 — June 1, 20211 juin 2021

A collection of documents and publications from the World Council of Churches (WCC) is now available through its longstanding partner organization Globethics.net. The WCC collection, updated weekly, reflects a growing and longstanding electronic bridge between the organizations’ websites.

For many years, the Globethics.net Library has hosted a variety of collections on behalf of the WCC, an active member of the Globethics.net Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education, as well as co-founder of the former Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib).

The institutional “World Council of Churches collection” has recently been updated with new content collected from its website, including documents and publications published at www.oikoumene.org/resources. Thanks to an electronic bridge between the two sites, new resources are automatically added to the collection on a weekly basis.
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Scientists and theologians join forces for new Anglican Communion Science Commission

 — May 21, 202121 mai 2021

ACSC will “resource the whole Anglican Communion for courageous and confident spiritual leadership in issues involving science.” A new Anglican Communion Science Commission (ACSC) is being formed to “resource the whole Anglican Communion for courageous and confident spiritual leadership in issues involving science.” The ACSC will be co-chaired by the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba; and the Bishop of Oxford, Stephen Croft. The ACSC will formally launch at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England, in July and August next year; and will hold its first conference shortly afterwards.

Scientists, theologians, and bishops from around the globe are being invited by the Anglican Communion’s Secretary General, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, to serve as Commissioners. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has asked Anglican Communion Primates to nominate a Bishop from their Church to serve as provincial representatives at conferences of the Commission. Science will be a significant feature at the 2022 Lambeth Conference. Today, organisers have posted a series of videos, exploring the relationship between science and faith, on the Lambeth Conference website.
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Church divisions over moral issues can be bridged with fruitful dialogue, webinar shows

 — May 6, 20216 mai 2021

A webinar on how churches make moral decisions—and what causes divisions—brought a lively discussion attended online by more than 100 people on 29 April.

Basing their remarks on a World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission publication, “Churches and Moral Discernment. Volume 1: Learning from Traditions,” the speakers shared insights from very different church perspectives.

As the foreword of the publication says, “The hope is that necessary prerequisites are fulfilled, allowing for constructive conversations within traditions. This will prevent divisions over moral issues and provide solid ground to engage in fruitful ecumenical dialogues that appreciate and attribute appropriate relevance to moral issues.”
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World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order, online commission meeting, 2021, Photo: WCC

WCC Faith and Order meeting harvests fruits of study groups

 — March 4, 20214 mars 2021

At the end of its biannual meeting, the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order, in February, reported from its three study groups, which continue to look to future activities and dialogue with a sense of hope.

The first study group is working on a plan for a World Conference on Faith and Order in 2025. The last such conference organized by Faith and Order was in Compostela, Spain in 1993. In the proposal, the study group reflected on purpose, theme, format, partners, promotion and finances of a conference.

The study group on ecclesiology announced the publication of 78 responses to The Church: Towards a Common Vision. To address the divisive topics coming from the responses, a volume of 16 key theme papers written by the commissioners will be published ahead of the WCC 11th Assembly in 2022.

The Faith and Order Commission also mapped a path toward enlarging its work in order to better reflect the challenges raised by independent, evangelical and pentecostal traditions to the search for visible unity.
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Anglican and Orthodox delegations at the First World Conference on Faith and Order, Lausanne 1927, Photo: WCC

Anglican-Orthodox dialogue will be focus of third WCC webinar on bilateral dialogues

 — March 3, 20213 mars 2021

A 9 March webinar – the third in a series of seven on bilateral dialogues – will focus on “Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue: History, Results, Reception” as well as the Canterbury Statement “Stewards of Creation: A Hope-Filled Ecology,” a statement on ecology jointly published by the Anglican Communion and the Orthodox Churches in October 2020.

Presentations will be offered by the two co-chairman of the International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue.
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Churches Respond to “The Church: Towards a Common Vision”

 — February 23, 202123 février 2021

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on Faith and Order published two new volumes that collect responses received to The Church: Towards a Common Vision between 2013 and 2020.

The responses address the church’s mission, unity, and its being in the trinitarian life of God in order to encourage and advance the churches’ growth in communion with each other in apostolic faith, sacramental life, mission, and ministry for the sake of God’s world.
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WCC webinar will explore “Common witness on environmental justice and religious pluralism”

 — February 11, 202111 février 2021

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will host a webinar on 18 February from 14:00-15:30 (GMT+1) entitled “Common witness on environmental justice and religious pluralism” that will explore two recent papers released by the WCC Commission on Faith and Order.

The two publications are “Cultivate and Care: An Ecumenical Theology of Justice for and within Creation” and “Love and Witness: Proclaiming the Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ in a Religiously Plural World.”
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WCC assembly theme urges an “ecumenism of the heart”

 — January 28, 202128 janvier 2021

In a world crying out for justice and peace, the theme of the 2022 assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity,” speaks of hope for a future in which resources are shared, inequalities are addressed and all can enjoy dignity, according to a new publication reflecting on the assembly theme.

The result of the work of an international group drawn from different regions and confessional traditions, the text is intended as a resource for churches and Christians worldwide in advance of the WCC’s 11th Assembly, to take place in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 31 August to 8 September 2022.

The assembly, according to the text, is an opportunity to find inspiration in the love of God, the Holy Trinity; a love that has been revealed in Christ; and that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is moving in and through all humankind and all creation.
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Adele Halliday has been appointed as the first Anti-Racism and Equity Officer for the United Church of Canada.

United Church makes historic declaration to become an anti-racist church

 — October 29, 202029 octobre 2020

After decades of nipping around the edges of the issues of systemic racism, the Commissioners of the 43rd General Council voted to declare the denomination to become an anti-racist church on Saturday, October 24, 2020. “This doesn’t mean we have achieved this goal,” explains the Moderator, the Right Rev. Richard Bott, “but we are taking a stand and saying we are publicly committed to eliminating systemic racism from our practices and policies.”

One of the last actions of outgoing General Secretary Nora Sanders was to create a new Anti-Racism and Equity Officer position in the General Council Office. After an extensive search process, we are pleased to announce that the successful candidate is Adele Halliday, who has already been deeply engaged in related work within the Church in Mission Unit and has worked with the United Church since 2004.
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