WCC digital archive now included in Globethics.net library

Photo: Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

WCC A collection of documents and publications from the World Council of Churches (WCC) is now available through its longstanding partner organization Globethics.net. The WCC collection, updated weekly, reflects a growing and longstanding electronic bridge between the organizations’ websites.

For many years, the Globethics.net Library has hosted a variety of collections on behalf of the WCC, an active member of the Globethics.net Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education, as well as co-founder of the former Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib).

The institutional “World Council of Churches collection” has recently been updated with new content collected from its website, including documents and publications published at https://www.oikoumene.org/resources. Thanks to an electronic bridge between the two sites, new resources are automatically added to the collection on a weekly basis.

The WCC collection also contains the “WCC digital archive”, which includes historical legacy publications such as the Faith and Order Papers (1st and 2nd series) and the assembly and governing bodies’ reports. These publications have been  digitised by WCC and deposited on the Internet Archive, from where Globethics.net aggregates the metadata through its machine harvester. 

Among the other WCC related collections, the “International Ecumenical Peace Convocation” collection documents the papers and proceedings of this international ecumenical gathering, concluding the Decade to Overcome Violence, at Kingston, Jamaica, 17-25 May 2011.

The “Edinburgh 2010 collection”  refers to the documentation of the centennial anniversary of the First World Missionary Conference 1910 in Edinburgh. The collection includes 35 volumes of the Edinburgh Centenary series, published by Regnum Books International, an imprint of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, in the years 2009-2016. 

You will also find collections related to the WCC programme on “Ecumenical Theological Education” containing the periodical publication “Ministerial Formation”, as well as documentation around the First Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI), held in conjunction with the WCC Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea, 2013.

The WCC collection will also include major WCC monographs, co-published with Globethics.net Publications in the framework of a joint publishing programme that was signed in May 2019, as part of a larger cooperation agreement with Globethics.net aimed at developing and supporting their online education, publications and resources related to the ecumenical movement. 

A first volume has been released last year, titled “Mission rediscovered: transforming disciples: a commentary on the Arusha call to discipleship” by Kenneth R. Ross. Globethics.net Publications is currently in the process of developing a new series focused on the WCC programme, “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace“. 

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Globethics.net is an international organisation which has established a global network and resources to promote ethical standards, practices and teaching on ethics across all disciplines in higher education and support students, teachers and institutions in understanding and applying ethics at an institutional, faculty and an individual level.

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