Collection Description

World Council of Churches Collection

This is a collection of documents published by the World Council of Churches (WCC). The documents are selected according to thematic criteria, therefore only the documents that are related to the thematic areas in the classification tree appear in this collection. The complete database of World Council of Churches documents can be found here.

"The WCC brings together about 350 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 560 million Christians. As members of this fellowship, WCC member churches:

  • are called to the goal of visible unity in one faith and one eucharistic fellowship;
  • promote their common witness in work for mission and evangelism;
  • engage in Christian service by serving human need, breaking down barriers between people, seeking justice and peace, and upholding the integrity of creation;
  • foster renewal in unity, worship, mission and service.

The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is a community of churches on the way to visible unity in one faith and one eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and in common life in Christ. It seeks to advance towards this unity, as Jesus prayed for his followers, 'so that the world may believe.' (John 17:21)"

Source: World Council of Churches


Classification Tree Overview

DE  World Council of Churches Collection

DE1  History of the Ecumenical Movement
DE2  WCC Assemblies
DE3 World Conferences
DE4 WCC Commissions
DE5  WCC Programmatic Themes
DE6  WCC Governing Bodies
DE7 WCC Journals and Periodicals
DE8 Global Christian Forum
DE9  Other


DE  All articles in the collection

DE1  History of the Ecumenical Movement
                 DE 11 Faith and Order Movement (until 1948)
                             DE 111 General (incl. Faith & Order papers 1st series)
                             DE 112 Lausanne 1927
                             DE 113 Edinburgh 1937
                             DE 114 Lund 1952
                 DE 12 Life and Work Movement (until 1948)
                             DE 121 General 
                             DE 122 Stockholm 1925
                             DE 123 Oxford 1937
                 DE 13 International Missionary Council (until 1961)
                             DE 131 General
                             DE 132 Jerusalem 1928
                             DE 133 Tambaram/ Madras 1938
                             DE 134 Whitby 1947
                             DE 135 Willingen 1952
                             DE 136 Ghana 1957-1958
                 DE 14 World Council of Christian Education (until 1967)
                             DE 141 General
                             DE 142 Toronto 1950
                             DE 143 Frankfurt 1954
                             DE 144 Tokyo 1958
                             DE 145 Belfast 1962
                             DE 146 Nairobi 1967       
                 DE 15 History of the WCC
                            DE 151 General
                            DE 152 Foundational texts
                 DE 16 Other

DE2  WCC Assemblies
                 DE 21 Assemblies in the 20th century   
                             DE 211 Amsterdam 1948
                             DE 212 Evanston 1954
                             DE 213 New Delhi 1961
                             DE 214 Uppsala 1968
                             DE 215 Nairobi 1975
                             DE 216 Vancouver 1983
                             DE 217 Canberra 1991
                             DE 218 Harare 1998
                 DE 22 Assemblies in the 21st century
                             DE 221 Porto Alegre 2006
                             DE 222 Busan 2013

DE3  World Conferences
                 DE 31 World Conferences on Faith and Order
                 DE 32 World Conferences on Church and Society
                 DE 33 World Conferences on World Mission and Evangelism
                 DE 34 Other World Conferences

DE4 WCC Commissions
                 DE 41 Commission on Faith and Order (incl. Faith & Order Papers, 2nd series)
                             DE 411 Major Themes
                                            DE 4111 Unity: The Church and Its Mission
                                            DE 4112 Worship and Baptism
                                            DE 4113 Apostolic Faith
                                            DE 4114 Interpretation
                                            DE 4115 Theological Anthropology
                                            DE 4116 Church and World
                             DE 412 United and uniting churches
                             DE 413 Forums on bilateral dialogues
                             DE 414 Other study processes
                             DE 415 Other documents from conferences and meetings
                             DE 416 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
                             DE 417 Essays
                 DE 42 Commission of the Churches on International Affairs
                 DE 43 Commission on World Mission and Evangelism
                 DE 44 Other Commissions

DE5  WCC Programmatic Themes
                 DE 51 Ecumenical Movement
                             DE 511 General
                             DE 512 Perspectives on the ecumenical movement
                                            DE 5121 Towards a common understanding and vision of the WCC
                                            DE 5122 Reconfiguration of the ecumenical movement
                                            DE 5123 Ecumenical movement in the 21st century
                             DE 513 Women in Church and Society
                             DE 514 Youth in the Ecumenical Movement
                             DE 515 Just and Inclusive Communities
                             DE 516 Communication
                 DE 52 Unity, Mission, Evangelism and Spirituality
                             DE 323 Spirituality and Worship
                             DE 324 Mission and Unity
                 DE 53 Public Witness
                             DE 531 Overcoming Violence
                             DE 532 Just Peace
                             DE 533 International Advocacy
                             DE 534 Human Rights
                             DE 535 Racism
                             DE 536 Middle East peace
                             DE 537 Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)
                  DE 54 Justice, Diakonia and Responsibility for Creation
                             DE 541 Ecumenical Solidarity
                             DE 542 Migration and Social Justice
                             DE 543 Economic Ethics
                             DE 544 Sustainable Society
                             DE 545 Science, Technology, Ethics
                             DE 546 Climate Justice
                             DE 547 Health and Healing
                             DE 548 Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA)
                 DE 55 Diakonia and world service
                 DE 56 Education and Ecumenical Formation
                             DE 561 Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE)
                             DE 562 Ecumenical Lay Formation
                             DE 563 Ecumenical Institute of Bossey
                  DE 57 Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation
                             DE 571 Interreligious Trust and Respect
                             DE 572 Christian Identity in Pluralistic Societies
                  DE 58 Joint Commissions and Working Groups
                             DE 581 Joint Working Group between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church (JWG)
                             DE 582 Joint Consultative Group between the WCC and Pentecostals (JCG)
                             DE 583 Joint Consultative Group between the WCC and Christian World Communions
                  DE 58 Cooperation with non-member churches
                              DE 581 Cooperation with the Roman Catholic Church
                  DE 59 Other

DE6  WCC Governing Bodies
                   DE 61 Central Committee
                   DE 62 Executive Committee

DE7 WCC Journals and Periodicals
                   DE 71 The Ecumenical Review
                   DE 72 International Review of Mission
                   DE 73 Other

DE8 Global Christian Forum

DE9  Other


New Articles

Advocacy statement on situation of migrants and refugees in Europe — World Council of Churches
Letter from the WCC Interim General Secretary for the Jewish New Year/RoshHashanah 2020 — World Council of Churches
The Call of Abraham: Blessings and Testings for the Church — World Council of Churches
Calls of the Zacchaeus Tax Campaign — World Council of Churches
WCC appeal to UN on human rights situation in Cameroon — World Council of Churches