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World Council of Churches - 11th Assembly

Mission and Ecumenical —

The 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 31 August to 8 September 2022, under the theme "Christ's love moves the world to reconciliation and unity".

Postponed due to the COVID pandemic, the Assembly is now proceeding full steam ahead. Along with official delegates and representatives of member churches, the Assembly has now been open up for general participants to register and attend. For further information and resources on the Assembly:

Pre-Assembly gatherings are also arranged: Ecumenical Youth Gathering, Just Community of Women and Men, Ecumenical Disabilities Advocates Network, and Indigenous Peoples. 

The ‘Brunnen’ space will operate like a marketplace, which includes a range of workshops, exhibitions, networking zones and side-events. Workshops are events given once that provide an opportunity for the assembly participants to come together to discuss and explore a specific thematic topic. Every day, over five days, 20 workshops will run parallel, offering a total of 100 workshops to the larger constituency.

Included in the programme are 23 sets of ‘Ecumenical Conversations’, where each stream which will focus on a unique topic to provide sustained, in-depth dialogue on critical issues affecting the unity, mission and witness of the church today – issues that require a common response. At the same time as ecumenical conversations, workshops will run every day for assembly participants. 

Public registration is now open to anyone who is interested in participating in WCC 11th Assembly. Registrants will have access to most assembly programmes, and will encounter and experience the assembly with thousands of participants from all over the world (however only Delegates contribute to decision making processes). From Aotearoa New Zealand, the registration cost is EUR300, plus accommodation, meals and travel costs to be factored in. Registration can be made through this link

The National Dialogue for Christian Unity will be organising opportunities for delegates, representatives and general participants to meet via Zoom prior to the Assembly, to help in preparations. If you are registering as a participant please contact the NDCU secretary, Rev Tony Franklin-Ross (tonyfr@methodist.org.nz).