Card-carrying ecumenists

The WCC convenes in Brazil
The theme of the World Council of Churches Ninth Assembly, held last month in Porto Alegre, Brazil, was the prayer, “God, in your grace, transform the world.” A recurrent question for many observers is whether the WCC can transform itself.

The WCC is certainly trying hard to change. It is seeking to attract more evangelical and Pentecostal members and to work more closely with the Roman Catholic Church. To widen the ecumenical platform, WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia called for a joint meeting of the organization with international confessional groups like the Lutheran World Federation and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.


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