British ecumenist writes a
book for WCC 70th anniversary
The World Council of Churches ((WCC) has published a book by British ecumenist Rev. Dr Donald W. Norwood presenting the story of the global church network since its creation in 1948. Pilgrimage of Faith: Introducing the World Council of Churches offers a lively and informative historical sketch of the organization and is a key resource to mark WCC’s 70th anniversary.
The book traces the history of the WCC in a fresh and vivid retelling of its ten global assemblies held on five continents in which key ecumenical themes were explored such as church unity, ecumenical prayer, care of creation, anti-racism, and support of women’s role in church and society. The book includes a gallery of historic photos, reproductions of assembly posters, and a timeline showing the ten assemblies and their themes.
Pilgrimage of Faith was launched by WCC Central Committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom during the recent meeting of the committee in Geneva. In introducing the publication, Abuom told the 35 Central Committee members and guests gathered for the event: “This book is a welcome addition to the record of this vibrant, ever-evolving fellowship.” The book is intended for people who are aware of the WCC and would like to learn more and is also a useful reference for heads of churches, ecumenical officers, and students of ecumenism.
Norwood, who is a minister of the United Reformed Church in Britain, is active in a local ecumenical congregation in England. He is a longtime participant in ecumenical affairs and has written for Churches Together in England about WCC assemblies and Central Committee meetings since 1993. He is currently engaged in ecumenical research in Oxford, England. His recent publications include Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II, and says, “The WCC is not here in Geneva. It’s where you are,” Norwood said in remarks made at the launch. “This book is a reminder that we are part of the world church.”
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