World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC)

Alliance réformée mondiale (ARM)
Alianza Reformada Mundial
Reformierter Weltbund

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1875 London UK


1875, London (UK), at a meeting of 21 Presbyterian churches from Europe and North America. Registered according to UK law following first General Council, 21 Jul 1877, Edinburgh (UK). First International Congregational Council: 1891, London. Offices moved from Edinburgh to Geneva (Switzerland) in 1948; registered in Geneva in 1949. Originally referred to as Alliance of Reformed Churches throughout the World holding the Presbyterian Order or World Presbyterian Alliance (WPA) -- Alliance presbytérienne mondiale -- Alianza Mundial Presbiteriana (AMP). Present title and new Constitution adopted 20 Aug 1970, Nairobi (Kenya), on merger with H-XH1687 - International Congregational Council (ICC), set up Jul 1891, London. C-XD8132 - International Congregational Fellowship (ICF), set up Jul 1975, Chislehurst (UK), is a successor to ICC. Constitution amended: Aug 1989, Seoul (Korea Rep); Aug 2004, Accra (Ghana). Ceased to exist, Jun 2010, on merger with U-XF4563 - Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC) to become B-XJ1229 - World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC).


Strengthen unity and common witness of the Reformed churches; interpret Reformed tradition; promote a fully inclusive community; work for human rights, economic justice and the integrity of creation; promote dialogue with other Christian communions and other religions.


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General Council (every 7 years). Executive Committee, composed of President, Vice-Presidents, Elected Members and General Secretary. Executive Committee acting on the authority of the General Council. Regional structures: D-XD6252 - Alliance of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches in Latin America; Alliance of Reformed Churches in Africa (ARCA); WARC Caribbean and North American Area Council (CANAAC); E-XK0529 - Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches in Europe (WCRC Europe); WARC Northeast Asia Area Council (NEAAC). Networks (8), each including Moderator and Secretary; Sub-Committees (2), each including a convenor.


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