We are pleased to publish a response from the Disciples Ecumenical Consultative Council (DECC) to a recent World Council of Churches (WCC) Faith and Order Commission’s theological convergence text, The Church: Towards a Common Vision. This response was prepared by theological professors and scholars, with input from representatives of various national churches of the Disciples of Christ from around the world. We were delighted that Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Best was able to give leadership to the process of response and the preparation of the report.

In submitting this document to the Faith and Order Commission of the WCC, it was our hope that these comments, reflections and suggestions might benefit Faith and Order in the next stage of its work in developing the important ecumenical convergence and consensus around the issues of the nature of the church and its mission.

Rev. Seung Un (Paul) Tche, General Sceretary

Rev. Dr. Robert K. Welsh, Former General Sceretary