WCC adopts consensus decision-making style

Orthodox grievances addressed
After several years of experimentation, the main governing body of the World Council of Churches has formally adopted a consensus method of decision-making for all WCC organizational entities.

The move adopted at the February 15-22 meeting of the WCC’s Central Committee was prompted by longstanding grievances of Orthodox member churches, which are a minority in the predominantly Protestant organization.

Consensus decision-making involves taking steps to arrive at agreement on an issue or on how to deal with it short of agreement, without resorting to a straight vote.

Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Apostolic Church and moderator of the WCC governing body told journalists, “I truly believe this consensus model will enable the Orthodox to reactivate their participation in the WCC.”


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