The World Council of Churches (WCC) Permanent Committee on Consensus and Collaboration will meet from 25 February – 2 March at Kartause Ittingen, Switzerland. The committee will share its preparations for the WCC 11th Assembly to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany in September 2021. The group will also make decisions regarding a report to the assembly.
The committee is also following up on recommendations from its last meeting, held at the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand in Lebanon in April 2019. Among topics on the agenda will be recent developments in the ecumenical movement. The group will also hear from three study groups about the current work of the WCC Faith and Order Commission. Also to be discussed are consensus and the participation of smaller churches in the WCC fellowship.
In addition, those gathered will be learning more about the Protestant Church as well as the Roman Catholic Church in Switzerland, and about the Stiftsbibliothek (Abbey Library) St Gallen.
The Permanent Committee on Consensus and Collaboration, a committee of the WCC Central Committee, was formed to continue the authority, mandate, concerns and dynamics of the Special Commission for Orthodox Participation in the WCC; give advice and make recommendations to governing bodies during and between assemblies; facilitate and improve participation of the Orthodox in the entire life and work of the WCC; offer counsel and provide opportunity for action in matters of common interest; and give attention to matters of ecclesiology.