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date: 17 August 2019

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This chapter describes the World Council of Churches (WCC) from different angles, beginning with the description of it as ‘a fellowship of churches’ in its Basis, its purpose being to help the churches to call one other to visible unity, as formulated in its Constitution. Secondly, the chapter discusses the structural organization of the WCC, with its governing bodies and the working areas covering a variety of issues. That scope necessitates the use of a number of different methodologies, ranging from theological study of church-dividing issues and mission work to networking and advocacy with regard to environmental issues or questions of human rights. An outline of its history and main achievements leads to an evaluation of the significance of the WCC, highlighting its coordinating role for multilateral dialogue, and promotion of common action by the churches as of lasting importance.

Keywords: World Council of Churches, church, fellowship, visible unity, multilateral, dialogue, common action

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