Awakening to the New Pilgrimage. The Theological Aspects of the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches

  • Hans-Georg Link
Keywords: World Council of Churches; Assembly; Ecumenical Movement; Unity; Mission


Article presents the short report of the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches held in Busan (South Korea) (30 of October – 8 of November 2013) including its theological and ecumenical interpretation. The presentation is structured into the three principal sections. Firstly, the author expounds the main theological issues discussed at the meeting. He refers to the two important documents adopted by the Assembly: God’s Gift and Call to Unity- and our Commitment and Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes and describes their content through three keywords: unity, mission and evangelization. Furthermore, the article illustrates the theological conditions of the social commitment of the World Council of Churches with the theological concept of pilgrimage. The second section displays the participation of representatives of various Christian confessions as well as representatives of non-Christian religions and political institutions. The third section presents the statements submitted by the Assembly, concerning two important political crisis: that of the Korean Peninsula and that of the Middle East and includes the short interpretation of the call for the “just peace”. The conclusion of the article contains a short assessment of the Assembly from the view of its participant.