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29 January - 6 February 2001
WCC Central Committee accepts new members, recognizes ecumenical groups
The Central Committee’s action, taken at its meeting in Potsdam, Germany, January 29, increases WCC membership to 342 churches and 60 associate councils. The WCC is an international fellowship of Christian churches, representing more than 400 million Christians worldwide.
New member churches received were:
Two new churches, the result of mergers of member churches, were recognized as full WCC members. United Reformed Church, Scotland, was formed from the merger of the Congregational Union of Scotland and the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom. Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, was formed from the merger of the Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa and the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa.
The Central Committee received four associate councils. They are the Fédération protestante de France (French Protestant Federation), National Council of Churches of Burundi, Fédération des Eglises et Missions évangéliques du Cameroun (FEMEC) and the Malawi Council of Churches.
It also recognized two groups as international ecumenical organizations. They are the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe and Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe.
The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches, now 342, 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.