World Council of Churches Founded
This week marks the anniversary of when the World Council of Churches was established, marking a major step in global ecumenism.
The WCC was officially founded on Aug. 23, 1948, on the second day of an interdenominational assembly held in Amsterdam. The Assembly's theme was "Man's Disorder and God's Design."
At its beginning, the WCC had 147 member churches representing a diverse array of countries and confessions. At present, the Geneva, Switzerland-based organization has 348 member churches representing approximately 500 million Christians.