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Section IV.7 - World Council of Churches

Resolution IV.7

World Council of Churches

This Conference:

  1. greets the 8th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Harare and congratulates the Council as it celebrates its Fiftieth Anniversary in 1998;
  2. expresses its gratitude to the WCC, which has enriched the Anglican Communion not least through the work of the Faith and Order Commission;
  3. commends the achievements and insights of the Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women;
  4. affirms the importance of the study Towards a Common Understanding and Vision of the WCC as a first step in the renewal of the Council's life and work;
  5. recommends that the Assembly mandate the incoming Central Committee to undertake more focused work on:
    1. the vision of unity the Council should seek to nurture, building on the Canberra Statement adopted by the Seventh Assembly;
    2. renewed structures of the Council which would most effectively promote that vision;
    3. a radical reassessment of the basis and categories of membership in the WCC and what changes in the WCC would be required to make it possible for the Roman Catholic Church to be a full member;
    4. the nature of the fellowship shared by members of the Council;
  6. invites the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church to consider what changes in the WCC would be required to make it possible for the Roman Catholic Church to be a full member; and
  7. requests that the Harare Assembly makes provision for a consideration of the concerns of the Orthodox Churches, expressed at the meeting at Thessaloniki (May 1998).

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