The Annual Conference of Secretaries of World Christian Communions took place in Christiansfeld (Denmark) on 8-10 October 2019 hosted by the Moravian Church Worldwide Unity Board.The annual Conference of Secretaries of World Christian Communions brings together representatives from diverse Christian traditions to discuss their work and fellowship together.
Secretaries heard reports from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity of the Roman Catholic Church, World Council of Churches, Baptist World Alliance, Global Pentecostalism, World Communion of Reformed Churches, Disciples Ecumenical Consultative Council, International Old Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Mennonite World Conference, Moravian Church Worldwide Unity Board, Organization of African Independent Churches, Global Christian Forum, World Convention of the Churches of Christ, World Evangelical Alliance, World Methodist Council, Lutheran World Federation, Anglican Communion, The Salvation Army, Friends World Committee for Consultation, Armenian Apostolic Church, and the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists.
They also listened to future plans for ecumenical initiatives, and discussed contemporary topics related to the ecumenical movement. For the first time in history, the Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions will be chaired from now by a woman, Gretchen Castle, the General Secretary of the Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers), who succeeds to Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation.
This informal ecumenical forum, dating back to 1957, sees itself as “communions of churches belonging to the same tradition and held together by this common heritage, conscious of living in the same universal fellowship and giving to this consciousness at least some structured visible expression.”