From the May, 2006 issue of Touchstone
ecumenism Bottom of the Ninth Assembly by George Conger

Bottom of the Ninth Assembly

The Recent World Council of Churches Assembly & the End of the Ecumenical Movement

by George Conger

The decision has been a generation in the making, and no single vote, speech, motion, paper, legislative minute, consciousness-raising session, litany of repentance, people’s drama, or interpretive dance arising from the World Council of Churches’ 9th Assembly, held February 14–23, 2006, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, can be accounted as the definitive end of its Christian life. The thirty-year battle for the soul of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the institutional ecumenical movement has ended.

Founded in 1948 to foster the reunification of C . . .


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