Walking Together, Serving Justice
Olav Fykse Tveit
The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has been general secretary of the World Council of Churches since
2010. From 2002 to 2009 he was general secretary of the Church of Norway Council on
Ecumenical and International Relations. He is an ordained minister in the Church of Norway.
As the World Council of Churches (WCC) marks its 70th anniversary, this article focuses
on the challenges it faces in its commitment to work for the unity of the church and for
common service and witness for justice and peace in the world. Looking back on the
experiences in the Reformation year 2017, it argues that it is time for the fellowship of
churches to be accountable for what it has achieved and received from ecumenical dialogue,
and to grow together in mutual accountability. At the same time, the statement by the
WCC’s 10th Assembly at Busan that “We intend to move together” emphasizes that
ecumenism is not a static reality, but dynamic, involving the cooperation of the various
churches and in interaction with people of good will of other communities.
World Council of Churches, unity, justice and peace, mutual accountability, religion and
violence, healing of memories
As the World Council of Churches (WCC) enters its 70th anniversary year, we are living
in a time when its purpose and objectives are relevant as never before. The many
expressions of polarization, greater gaps between rich and poor, extremism and vio-
lence, concern about the future of the planet Earth, and withdrawal of accountability
for our common home and future create a constant challenge to what we stand for,
what we can do, and what our values and vision are.
(2018) World Council of Churches. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.