The Challenge of Transformation
The Rev. Dr Martin Robra from Germany has been on the staff of the World Council of Churches
since 1994. He is currently responsible for relationships with the Roman Catholic Church,
Continuing Ecumenical Formation, and supporting the staff group for the Pilgrimage of Justice and
Peace. He has a doctorate from the University of Bochum in the ﬁeld of ecumenical social ethics, for
which Konrad Raiser was his supervisor.
This article discusses the role played by Konrad Raiser in the World Council of
Churches (WCC), from 1969, when he joined the staff as a study secretary, to his time
as general secretary from 1993 to 2003, and especially his role in the conciliar process for
Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation. As general secretary, Raiser played a key
role in supporting and encouraging the churches’ witness for peace and nonviolence,
strengthening the fellowship of churches within the WCC through the process to develop a
“Common Understanding and Vision” and the Special Commission on Orthodox
Participation in the WCC.
Konrad Raiser, World Council of Churches, ecumenical movement, conciliar process,
Decade to Overcome Violence, Orthodox churches
Konrad Raiser served as general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC)
from 1993 to 2003, but ﬁrst joined the staff of the WCC in 1969 as study secretary in
the Commission on Faith and Order, shortly after the major turning point of the
WCC’s Uppsala assembly in 1968. In between, he was a WCC deputy general secretary
from 1973 to 1983, and professor for systematic theology and ecumenism at the Uni-
versity of Bochum, Germany, from 1983 to 1992.
(2018) World Council of Churches. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.