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3 March 2000

WCC Central Committee to meet in Berlin


The next meeting of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) is to be held in Berlin, Germany, from 29 January to 6 February 2001. This was decided by the WCC at a meeting in Bossey, near Geneva, from 29 February to 3 March, when its Executive Committee accepted an invitation from the German churches to hold the Central Committee meeting in Berlin.

During the meeting in Berlin, the official launching ceremony of the Decade to Overcome Violence will be celebrated in company with churches around the world.

The WCCs 158-member governing body meets every 18 months. The members of the Central Committee are elected at WCC assemblies and serve for a period of seven years, representing the WCCs 337 member churches. The moderator of the WCC Central Committee is Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia.


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The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches, now 337, in more than 100 countries in all continents from virtually all Christian traditions. The Roman Catholic Church is not a member church but works cooperatively with the WCC. The highest governing body is the assembly, which meets approximately every seven years. The WCC was formally inaugurated in 1948 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Its staff is headed by general secretary Konrad Raiser from the Evangelical Church in Germany.