With the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly approaching in less than four months, Orthodox Churches will convene in Cyprus for a pre-assembly to prepare themselves for the larger event in Karlsruhe, Germany, 31 August – 8 September.
Fifty-two delegates representing 20 Eastern and Oriental Orthodox WCC member churches will participate in the meeting, taking place 9-16 May. The purpose of this meeting is to study, discuss and reflect on the main theme of the WCC 11th Assembly, "Christ's love moves the world to reconciliation and unity" from an Orthodox perspective.
Discussions will also center around current global challenges and how the Orthodox agenda at the WCC 11th Assembly can keep dialogue open. Representatives of the Orthodox families will present papers on the assembly theme as well as on the thematic plenaries.
Christ’s Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity: A reflection on the theme of the 11th Assembly of the WCC, Karlsruhe 2022
The result of the work of an international group drawn from different regions and confessional traditions, the text is intended as a resource for churches and Christians worldwide in advance of the WCC’s 11th Assembly, to take place in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 31 August to 8 September 2022. It offers biblical and theological reflections on the assembly theme, inspired by a biblical verse – “For the love of Christ urges us on” (2 Cor. 5:14) – against the backdrop of critical issues confronting churches and humanity as a whole. The text is available initially in four languages – English, French, German, and Spanish.
Pilgrims on the Path of Peace: The Journey of the WCC from Busan to Karlsruhe (Unillustrated).
For each assembly, the central committee submits an accountability report, describing and offering an assessment of the activities of the WCC between the assemblies; in this case, since the 10th Assembly, in Busan, Republic of Korea, in late 2013. The report “Pilgrims on the Path of Peace – The Journey of the WCC from Busan to Karlsruhe,” is now available online for WCC member churches, ecumenical partners, and other global pilgrims. The WCC central committee received the report in February.
Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima: Christ’s Love, Peace, Justice, and Freedom Seen against the Challenges of the Modern World, article in the Ecumenical Review
Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca: God Is Love – The Experience of the Just, Compassionate, and Merciful God, article in the Ecumenical Review