The WCC holds its 11th General Assembly in Karlsruhe

After being postponed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the highest governing body of the World Council of Churches will meet next week in Germany for nine days under the theme “Christ’s love drives the world forward”. reconciliation and unity”.

By Vatican News reporter

More than 4,000 participants representing 352 churches from five continents are expected in the German city of Karlsruhe next week for the 11th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The eight-year event, which had to be postponed to 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will run from August 31 to September 8 under the theme, “The Love of Christ Moves the World to Reconciliation and unity”.

German Federal President delivers keynote address

On the opening day, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is expected to deliver the opening speech and Baden-Württemberg Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann will greet the assembly. Messages will also be delivered by Professor Barbara Traub, member of the Presidium of the Central Council of Jews and Imam Erol Pûrlû, representative of the Coordinating Council of Muslims in Germany.

WCC acting general secretary Rev. Teacher. Dr. Ioan Sauca, expressed his great joy at the next meeting. “President Steinmeier, local leaders, religious leaders and so many others, I look forward to your vibrant engagement in our blessed brotherhood,” he said. “I look forward to your contributions, your thoughts, and your perspective as we explore together the many challenges of the world on the theme of Christ’s love for our time.”

Wcc Member Churches

The WCC, founded in 1948, unites churches, denominations and church communities in more than 120 countries and territories around the world, representing over 580 million Christians and including most Orthodox, Anglican, Baptist, Lutherans, Methodists and Reformed peoples of the world. , as well as numerous united and independent churches for a total of 352 churches. While the vast majority of WCC founding churches were European and North American, today most of them are found in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. .

The general Assembly

The WCC Assembly is the highest governing body of the global ecumenical organization. It is responsible for electing the Central Committee and the presidents, examining the work of the Council, defining its work orientations, drafting public statements, making any changes to its statutes and regulations and deciding on its orientations. financial.

Gathering is the only time when the entire fellowship of member churches comes together in one place for prayer and celebration. It is a unique opportunity for the churches to deepen their commitment to visible unity and common witness. This makes a WCC Assembly the most diverse Christian gathering of its size in the world.

The last General Assembly was held in Busan, South Korea, in 2013.

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