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70 Years of walking together

Thomas Baldwin reports on the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches – and the work still to be done.


WCC Assembly 1948, Picture courtesy of WCC

ON August 22 1948, representatives of 147 churches from across the world met in the Nieuwe Kirk, Amsterdam. In a city and world still heavily scarred by war, they gathered for the first assembly of the new World Council of Churches (WCC) – a visible expression of Christian unity.

The WCC represented the next step in the ecumenical movement begun at the 1910 World Mission Conference in Edinburgh. The Rev Dr John McPake, the Church of Scotland’s Ecumenical Oicer, says it can be seen as a direct response to the tragedy of World War Two.

Dr McPake says: “Just as the decade after the end of the Ffirst World War saw the evolution of the contemporary ecumenical movement, the decade after the Second World War witnessed a renewed attempt to unite the life of the Church in shared witness.”

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