In 1937, church leaders established a World Council of Churches (WCC), but its official organization was deferred by the outbreak of World War II until August 1948. At that time, representatives of 147 churches assembled in Amsterdam to coordinate the organization of the WCC. Since then, a growing number of churches on every continent have joined the WCC. The organization feels that they have built new bridges over ancient chasms that have separated believers from one another, while working together to stop inhumanity and injustice by active involvement in a variety of humanitarian issues. The WCC has been involved in mine action over the last four years. This involvement has included educational work to raise landmine awareness in the public consciousness and advocacy work to bring governments to the table to sign the treaty ban. In the field, it has been involved in programs for demining and support for victims.



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