World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

You are here: Home / Resources / Documents / WCC programmes / Interreligious dialogue and cooperation / Christian identity in pluralistic societies

Christian identity in pluralistic societies

Address by Catholicos Aram I: Living as a community with Islam
This is the text of a keynote lecture delivered by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I at an ecumenical consultation, organized by the World Council of Churches, together with Secretaries of Christian World Communions 18-20 October 2008, Geneva, Switzerland.
Baar Statement: Theological Perspectives on Plurality
The Dialogue sub-unit of the WCC undertook a four-year study programme on 'My Neighbour's Faith and Mine - Theological Discoveries through Interfaith Dialogue'. As the apex of this study, delegates from the Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions were brought together to reflect on some of these issues. A week of intense discussions centred on questions such as the significance of religious plurality, christology, and the issues in understanding the activity of the Spirit in the world. The document which follows is a statement made by the members of this consultation, which was held in Baar, near Zurich, Switzerland in January 1990. It is hoped that the statement will help to animate and facilitate the discussion of these important issues as we face the Seventh Assembly in Canberra in February 1991.
Christian Self-Understanding in Relation to Hindu Religion
A consultation with the participation of thirty persons from most of the major traditions of the Christian church met at the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, Switzerland, from the 12-15 October 2011 under the auspices of the World Council of Churches to explore the issues of Christian self-understanding in relation to their Hindu neighbours and to Hinduism as a religious tradition.
Christian Self Understanding in Relation to Islam
Christian self-understanding in the context of indigenous religions
Between 6 -9 February 2012 a consultation exploring ‘Christian self understanding in the context of indigenous religions’ was convened at the Evangelical High School of Theological Studies (ISEDET), Buenos Aires, Argentina. The consultation was organised by the World Council of Churches’ Programme for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation, working in partnership with CLAI (the Latin American Council of Churches), and with valued assistance from FAIE (the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches in Argentina) and the Anglican Diocese of Argentina. The consultation was one of a series that the WCC has organised in recent years, exploring Christian self understanding in the context of a specific other religion or religious tradition.
Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World
A landmark document addressing the conduct of Christian witness around the world was released 28 June 2011 by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) of the Roman Catholic Church, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) after five years of work. With an expressed awareness of inter-religious tensions and the difference in religious convictions, the document, "Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct" is meant as a tool for churches, ecumenical organizations and mission agencies rather than a policy or theological statement.
Meeting on reception of guidelines
Christian witness in our multi-religious world: Report from a PCID-WCC-WEA meeting on reception of guidelines
Study guide: My Neighbour's Faith and Mine
Teaching Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions
Consultation report of a 19-23 October 2000 consultation in Geneva on "Concepts of teaching and learning in religions: teaching Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions", held in cooperation with the German Comenius Institute "At this point in history, two main trends - globalization and pluralism - are the focus of the ecumenical movement, and are decisive elements influencing societies and all areas of education all over the world. Both trends present challenges and opportunites for intercultural and interreligious exchange and learning."
Christelijk getuigenis in een multireligieuze wereld
Dit document werd gepresenteerd op 28 juni 2011 op het hoofdkwartier van de Wereldraad van Kerken te Geneve door dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, algemeen secretaries van de Wereldwijde Evangelische Alliantie, dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, algemeen secretaris van de Wereldraad van Kerken, and kardinaal Tauran van de Pauselijke Raad voor Interreligieuze Dialoog. De Nederlandse vertaling is verzorgd door Wilbert van Saane, stafmedewerker van de Nederlandse Zendingsraad te Utrecht.