WCC to celebrate 70th anniversary in the Netherlands

WCC 1st Assembly, Amsterdam 1948.

08 August 2018

During a 23 August service in the Netherlands in the Nieuwe Kerk, a 15th-century church in Amsterdam, World Council of Churches (WCC) leaders will celebrate the WCC’s 70th anniversary at the very spot in which the organization was founded.

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and WCC moderator Dr Agnes Abuom, along with many representatives from the WCC fellowship, will participate in the ecumenical service.

Young people from different continents have offered their help for this ceremony. The music will be provided by The Passion Choir from the Bijlmer led by Kirsten Michel; Henk Verhoef, organist of De Nieuwe Kerk; Marian Jaspers Fayer (flute); and Gertru Pasveer (harp).

Symposium and pilgrimage

Also as part of the 70th anniversary of the WCC, the Protestant Theological University will organize a symposium under the theme “Hospitality on a pilgrim’s way to peace and justice.” Speakers are Mpho Tutu, executive director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and former Dutch parliament member Kathleen Ferrier. The symposium will take place at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam on 23 August.

A “Walk of Peace” through Amsterdam will also be held beginning in the Hoftuin of the Protestant Church in Amsterdam and ending at Dam Square. The peace walk will be symbolic of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace that has been the foundation of WCC’s work. During the walk, pilgrims will stop at various historic memorials particularly meaningful in a context of justice and peace.

For questions regarding the World Council of Churches and international media, please contact:

WCC director of communication Marianne Ejdersten; e-mail: mej@wcc-coe.org, mobile phone: +41 79 507 63 63

WCC photo coordinator: Albin Hillert, email: albin.hillert@wcc-coe.org, mobile phone: +46 73 070 11 08

For questions regarding the programme in Amsterdam and local media, please contact:

Marloes Nouwens, email: m.nouwens@protestantsekerk.nl, phone +31 (0)6 46 726 672

Learn more:

70 years of the World Council of Churches

WCC 70th anniversary in Amsterdam

Anniversary Service


Walk of Peace

Youth Pilgrimage




The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 350 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 550 million Christians in over 120 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC general secretary is the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the [Lutheran] Church of Norway.

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