Oikocredit meets with its founding member

Oikocredit meets with its founding member

David Woods at the first full meeting of the new Central Committee of the World Council of Churches

David Woods at the first full meeting of the new Central Committee of the World Council of Churches

10 July | 2014

From 2 to 9 July in Geneva, Switzerland, the first full meeting of the new Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) took place. Oikocredit’s managing director, David Woods, travelled to the event to address the Central Committee in a session focused on economic justice.

WCC delegates welcomed David’s speech which showcased just how far Oikocredit had come since the original idea for it was proposed at the 1968 WCC Assembly in Sweden. WCC members shared their surprise and delight at “just how big Oikocredit had grown”. Delegates also enjoyed David’s quip “that their ‘baby’ was turning 40 next year, a difficult thing for parents to accept”.

The committee meets every two years and consists of 150 members from across the globe. The focus for the week was the WCC theme ‘a pilgrimage of justice and peace’ which will set the WCC work for the next eight years. One speaker described the need for long-term financing in low-income countries and access to financial services for low-income earners.

Patrick Hynes, Oikocredit’s members’ manager also attended the meeting, saying “it was a great place to meet so many Oikocredit members in one place”. During the event he also met someone who still remembered rallying young church members back in 1975 to join Oikocredit.

Read more about the meeting on the WCC website.

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