World Council of Churches

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World Council of Churches

(Ecclesiastical Terms) the ecumenical fellowship of Churches other than the Roman Catholic Church, formally constituted at Amsterdam in 1948 for coordinated action in theological, ecclesiastical, and secular matters
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World′ Coun′cil of Church′es

an ecumenical organization formed in 1948 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, comprising more than 160 Protestant and Eastern churches in over 48 countries, for cooperative, coordinated, theological, ecclesiastical, and secular action.
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Noun1.World Council of Churches - an ecumenical organization of Protestant and eastern churches; intended to promote unity and cooperation in religious and secular matters
world council - a council with representatives from different nations
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The World Council of Churches (WCC) reiterated its commitment to supporting health and wellness in Africa before the 69th session of World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa.
an organ which should further the discussion between all Groups and groups of Churches which will collaborate in the World Council of Churches...
Caption: Pope Francis, left, shakes hands with Mark Macdonald, National Indigenous Anglican bishop and president for North America of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
The World Council of Churches was founded in 1948 and its members today include 349 global, regional, national, and local Christian churches, among them Eastern Orthodox, Old Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, etc.
The NCCOP specifically called on the World Council of Churches to defend the Palestinian right to advocate for BDS campaigns until Israel "complies with international law" and ends its regime of "occupation, apartheid and discriminations, and accepts [the right of] refugees to return to their home land and properties." In point 7 of its call to action , the NCCOP went further and asked the WCC to itself help "intensify" BDS measures.
It is, therefore, imperative that the World Council of Churches and its member churches create space for migrant/multicultural communities in its life, programmes and ministries as equal partners.
For a brief time in the period studied in this book, it seemed Catholic membership in the World Council of Churches might result from those changes.
Systems, dogmas, creeds, and written confessions do not dialogue; people do--and this, I believe, is a conviction deeply held by the National Council of Churches of Christ, the World Council of Churches, Vatican II, and other mainline church bodies.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York, it was subsequently given to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Pope Benedict XVI, and the World Council of Churches to provide a concrete agenda for churches to use with their leadership statements against nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction.
In the midst of preparations for this issue of CrossCurrents, I found myself in Indonesia, working in partnership with the Decade to Overcome Violence, a peace initiative sponsored by the World Council of Churches. Over the past year, this work has taken me to far-flung locales in Asia, Africa, Europe and all across North America.
'My own bread is a material question for me; said a Russian philosopher, quoted by the President of the World Council of Churches at a recent dialogue (see p21).
He was both applauded for his work in 1986 as Canada's representative to a Commonwealth Eminent Persons' Group and vilified as he struggled to defend grants from the Programme to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches to liberation movements in Zimbabwe and Namibia.

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