World Council of Churches Recognizes IOCC as Specialized Ministry | community, church, united states
BALTIMORE, MD – At the June 2021 meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee, the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) were named a specialized ministry in a working relationship with the WCC, reflecting a common commitment in the service.
Since its inception, the IOCC has collaborated with the WCC on various emergency relief initiatives. This recognition as a specialized ministry is the culmination of a long and productive service-oriented relationship. For the IOCC, the designation broadens the channels of communication and partnership, as the WCC convenes a roundtable of specialized ministries. The IOCC shares with the WCC its emphasis on diakonia, or service, with both groups citing Christ’s call in Matthew 25 to serve him by serving those around us.
“As a pan-Orthodox service organization, IOCC is an example of what we can accomplish when we work for a common cause,” said Constantine Triantafilou, Executive Director and CEO of IOCC. “Ecumenical partnerships have always been key to the work of IOCC. When we join forces to serve those who need help, we are ultimately more effective. This means that we can reach more people and give them the practical help they need, responding to the call of Christ.
As a fellowship of 350 churches from over 110 countries around the world, including many Eastern and Eastern Orthodox jurisdictions, including the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the WCC represents over 500 million Christians. The IOCC has been engaged with the WCC for many years, and the designation as a specialized ministry both confirms and strengthens this relationship.
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is the humanitarian and development agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has provided more than $ 742 million in humanitarian assistance and sustainable development programs in more than 60 countries around the world. Today, the IOCC applies its expertise in humanitarian response to natural and man-made crises in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, offering assistance based solely on need. Learn more at iocc.org and follow us @IOCCRelief on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.