Celebrating 50 Years of
Ecumenical Service

The World Council of Churches' Jubilee Anniversary provides an opportunity for Christians around the world to celebrate the ecumenical achievements of the past 50 years and to renew their commitment to the ecumenical vision which seeks to respond to Christ's prayer 'that his followers be one so that the world may believe'.

50th Anniversary Celebrations    19 - 20 September 1998

In whatever ways are most suitable, your church is invited to join in the 50th Anniversary celebrations. We know already of several celebrations for which plans are underway. The Council of Churches in the Netherlands is planning a special Jubilee event which will culminate with an ecumenical worship service on 20 September in Amsterdam, where the First Assembly was held. Click here for The Ecumenical Journey: Suggestions for Worship to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the WCC.

Celebrations Worldwide    September - December

The 50th Anniversary marks the beginning of three months of celebrations. Faith communities and ecumenical partners around the world are encouraged to take part. We anticipate a rich diversity of events such as ecumenical worship services, public meetings, seminars, musical concerts, and Bible studies. Click here for a series of weekly prayers entitled Praying Towards Harare. Please keep us informed in Geneva of your plans so that we can make others aware of the celebrations taking place worldwide.

At the Eighth Assembly    13 December 1998 in Harare, Zimbabwe

This period of celebration and commitment will culminate at the Eighth Assembly as Assembly participants from each part of the globe gather for a special celebration on 13 December. Following a public meeting on the significance of the World Council for the international community, a worship service will gather together, in a special act, the commitments which delegates have brought from their churches, as well as those that emerge during the Assembly. Click on Our Ecumenical Vision: A Litany of Recommitment for the Eighth Assembly to learn more about this special act of commitment.

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"It would indeed be an excellent way to prepare for the Eighth Assembly if our churches in each part of the world were to take the time to celebrate the rich ecumenical heritage of these fifty years, to assess where, in the present context, they are called to turn to God anew, and to commit themselves, in hope, to the ecumenical vision which God sets before us." Konrad Raiser, WCC General Secretary

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World Council of Churches
Eighth Assembly
3 - 14 December
Harare, Zimbabwe

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