World Council of Churches (WCC)

Conseil oecuménique des Eglises (COE)
Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI)
Ökumenischer Rat der Kirchen (ÖRK)

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History

Aug 1948, Amsterdam (Netherlands), by 147 churches, carrying on the activity of Life and Work Movement and of Faith and Order Movement, two bodies which, prior to World War II, proposed the setting up of a such a Council. Originally European/North American centred, the Council steadily became more world-oriented in fact as well as in inspiration. In Dec 1961, Delhi (India), at WCC 3rd Assembly, International Missionary Council (IMC) merged with WCC to become Commission on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches (CWME); CWME ceased to exist in the late 1980s, when it merged into WCC programme. World Council of Christian Education (WCCE) merged with WCC in Jan 1972; it had been set up in 1907 as 'World's Sunday School Association' and from 1947 was referred to as 'World Council of Christian Education and Sunday School Association' before receiving its final title. WCC constitution was most recently revised in Dec 1998, Harare (Zimbabwe). Registered in accordance with Swiss law.

Aims

Call one another to visible unity in one faith and in one eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and common life in Christ, through witness and service to the world so that the world may believe.

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Past Events(1)

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Activities

Projects/programmes; religious activities.

Structure

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Languages

English, French, German, Russian, Spanish.

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Consultative Status

International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment); World Health Organization (WHO) (Official).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 56 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 122 countries
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Subjects *

  • Religious Practice
    • Churches

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

UIA Org ID

B3501

Last News Received

2019
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