World Council of Churches (WCC)

The WCC as a world-wide instrument of Christian unity facilitates common theological understanding on crucial issues in the life, work and relationships of, and among, churches, Christian World Communions, ecumenical partners and specialized ministries working in different fields. The WCC has done this in various ways in the past. It now provides an annual global platform involving church leaders, theologians, ethicists, social scientists and activists from many parts of the world. The platform provides a space to analyze and interpret major challenges to the Christian witness of the churches, their ministries and the ecumenical movement in the world today. The aim is to allow dialogue and a sharing of diverse perspectives rather than to arrive at convergence texts. The WCC seeks to maximize the involvement of churches in its life and activities via their participation in governing bodies and programmatic work. It affirms the centrality of the ecumenical vision in the life of its member churches, and promotes reflection and concrete experiences on what it means to belong to the fellowship. In relating to its members, the Council as an institution takes particular care to facilitate the participation of smaller churches in the fellowship. Projects Overcoming violence The 2001-2010 Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) responds to violence from the family to the international levels. It includes an annual focus and team visits, an International Day of Prayer for Peace, training, awareness-building and resource-sharing. Justice and accountability This project voices the concerns of the churches and the ecumenical movement at the United Nations, with international financial institutions, the International Criminal Court, etc., in order to influence policy decisions at the global level. Human rights This project accompanies churches in critical situations in their efforts to defend human rights and dignity, overcome impunity, achieve accountability and build just and peaceful societies. Churches in the Middle East This project aims to build a Palestine/Israel Ecumenical Forum as a space where the entire ecumenical movement can put its collective energies and resources together for lasting peace. Palestine and Israel: EAPPI This project enables volunteer "ecumenical accompaniers" to express solidarity with and protect the victims of human rights and humanitarian law violations, make these know, and advocate for their end. Poverty, wealth and ecology This project brings churches and partners together to reflect on the connections between poverty, wealth and ecology; act against economic injustice; address just trade, ecological debt, decent work; and pursue work on "Alternative globalization addressing people and earth (AGAPE).

The World Council of Churches is a Christian organization dedicated to the search for Christian unity. It is a voluntary fellowship (association) of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour. The primary purpose of the WCC is to pursue the goal of the visible unity of the Church. This involves a process of renewal and change in which member churches pray, worship, discuss and work together. (See also: http://wcc-coe.org/wcc/who/index-e.html)

  • Civilian Small Arms Control
  • Community Conflict Resolution
  • DDR
  • Economic Foundations for Growth and Development
  • Gender
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Humanitarian Protection

Human Rights

Connection to church-related sectors of civil society, especially in the Global South, capacity to facilitate advocacy through direct access to grassroots initiatives and considerable sections of populations.
Other
  • Policy advice
Description of activities
Bringing church and grassroots representatives to UN meetings, coaching and hosting them. Meet with UN missions in Geneva and New York on matters of human rights policy and issues / world-wide.

Humanitarian Protection

Humanitarian Assistance

  • Americas
    • North America
      • United States of America
  • Europe
    • Eastern Europe
      • Poland
    • Western Europe
      • Switzerland
  • Asia
    • Western Asia
      • Israel
      • Lebanon
      • Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Oceania
World Council of Churches (WCC)
Route de Ferney 150 P.O. Box 2100
Geneva 2 CH-1211
Non-governmental organisation
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Route de Ferney 150 P.O. Box 2100
Geneva 2 CH-1211
Headquarters

The WCC works with its member churches in a variety of programme initiatives, ranging from theological study to ecumenical education, from conflict resolution to inter-religious dialogue and communication.

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Rev Dr
Samuel Kobia
General Secretary
Hansuli Gerber
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Network

All-Africa Conference of Churches

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Other
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Regional Ecumenical Organization
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Other
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Advocacy

Conference of Churches in Asia

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Other
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Regional Ecumenical Organization
Main purpose: 
Other
Other: 
Advocacy

Conference of European Churches

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Other
Other: 
Regional Ecumenical Organization
Main purpose: 
Other
Other: 
Advocacy

Global Ecumenical Network on Migration

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Other
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Church related
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Other
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Advocacy

Latin American Council of Churches

Type: 
Other
Other: 
Regional Ecumenical Organization
Main purpose: 
Other
Other: 
Advocacy