World Council of Churches elects new Central Committee

The World Council of Churches is holding its 10th Assembly in Busan, South Korean(Photo: Joanna Lindén-Montes/WCC)

The World Council of Churches has elected a new Central Committee during its Assembly in South Korea.

The 150-member Central Committee serves as the main decision making body of the Council between Assemblies.

Members were elected during a closed session at the Assembly currently taking place in Busan.

Ordained persons make up the largest group in the new Central Committee (68%). Just under a third (32%) are lay and 39 per cent are women.

The nominations committee worked with a pool of names put forward by the WCC's 345 member churches.

A 25-person executive committee, a moderator and two vice-moderators will be elected by the Central Committee later this week.

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