LACC, Latin American Council of Churches

The LACC (Latin American Council of Churches) is an important platform for ecumenism in Latin America; it has repeatedly succeeded in projecting a shared ecumenical voice in the past. The LACC's history began at Oaxtepec, Mexico in 1978 with a meeting of delegates from a varied range of denominations. Their preparatory work led to the inaugural assembly of the LACC at Huampaní, Peru, in 1982. Since the Council was founded, a General Assembly has been held about once every six years. This Assembly is the LACC's most senior decision-making body and it is authorised to elect the Board. The General Assemblies define key points to set the overall direction and content of the LACC's work, for developing its programmes and for the shared liturgical celebration of ecumenical collaboration.