Pontifical Council represented at meeting of WCC General Assembly Planning Committee

22 Oct 2021

The seventh meeting of the Assembly Planning Committee (APC) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) was held online from 19-21 October to continue planning for the WCC 11th Assembly which will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 31 August to 8 September 2022 on the theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity”. The meeting was attended by Reverend Andrzej Choromanski, staff member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who has represented the Catholic Church in the APC since its establishment in 2017.

Under the leadership of Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima (Ecumenical Patriarchate), the APC reviewed aspects of the Assembly such as spiritual life, the 23 thematic plenaries, each exploring a different facet of the Assembly theme, and "Brunnen" (the German word for “well”) – a space of encounter featuring workshops, networking zones, exhibitions and cultural activities, as well as Assembly business, including the mandates of Assembly committees, decision-making processes, and other practicalities. The committee also explored how the Assembly will address Christian unity and the churches’ common witness, as well as the specific meaning of the Assembly for the Churches in Europe.

Composed of more than 30 members including the leadership of the WCC, members of the hosting German churches and the Assembly Worship Planning Committee, as well as different sub-committees, the APC is a counselling body that assists the Assembly Secretariat and the WCC governing bodies in planning for the Assembly.