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12 - 18 March 2021
WEEKLY HIGHLIGHT
A Week of Prayer
in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic
ECUMENICAL PRAYER CYCLE
This week we pray for:
Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
14 March 2021 - 20 March 2021

Next week we pray for:
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
21 March 2021 - 27 March 2021

NEWS


WCC shares “Voices of Lament, Hope and Courage” for churches worldwide
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has prepared global prayers at the request of its member churches and regional partners to allow the many people affected by COVID-19 to express sorrow and nurture hope for the future.
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Vaccination hesitance poses yet another challenge
As vaccination programmes are being rolled out in more and more countries, there is hope for an end of a pandemic which has brought fear and anxiety around the globe since early 2020. A return to an everyday life, where people can socialize with family and friends, go to work as they used to and worship God together in church on Sundays, is eagerly awaited.
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WCC delivers oral statement to Human Rights Council on inadequate access to coronavirus vaccines for Palestinians
In an oral statement delivered to the UN Human Rights Council, the World Council of Churches Commission of the Churches on International Affairs expressed grave concern about inadequate COVID-19 vaccine access for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.
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Deadline extended for Stewards programme applications for WCC 11th Assembly in 2022
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has extended the deadline for applications of the recent invitation they announced for ecumenical youth to be stewards at the 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2022.
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Churches, civil groups amplify calls to stop human rights abuses in Philippines
As a report on human rights abuses in the Philippines was delivered to the UN by the global group Investigate PH, churches and human rights groups reiterated their concerns over propagation of a culture that allows the abuse to happen.
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WCC offers prayer for International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is making available a prayer to invite its member churches and partners across the world observe the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March.
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WCC, Council of Churches in Zambia to host HIV treatment consultation
The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme is cohosting a consultation with the Council of Churches in Zambia on 18-20 March with the aim of strengthening HIV treatment adherence.
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With pointed urgency, faiths rise for climate justice
The World Council of Churches (WCC) joined grassroots religious activists, high-level faith leaders that issued ten demands and condemned inadequate progress by governments and financial institutions.
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COVID-19 continues to bring profound hardship to stateless persons, webinar shows
A 15 March webinar organized by the World Council of Churches explored “COVID-19 vaccination: how churches can ensure that stateless people are not left behind.”
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WCC Staff Planning Days will feature “day in the life” of WCC 11th Assembly
The World Council of Churches (WCC) began its semi-annual “Staff Planning Days” this week online to initiate planning for 2022. The 4-day programme includes experiencing “a day in the life” of the WCC 11th Assembly with daily prayer, plenaries, home groups, ecumenical conversations and “Brunnen” workshops.
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WCC invites prayer contributions for week commemorating one year of COVID-19
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting the global fellowship to share online prayers, tweets, photos and other forms of social media under the hashtag #COVID19prayers for an upcoming special week of prayer from 22-27 March.
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In crises, faith gives 'support, comfort and guidance,' WHO head says at WCC webinar
Faith-based health services play a critical role in many countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization head Dr Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, has said in support of a World Council of Churches (WCC) led Week of Prayer on the pandemic. The 15 March webinar provided information on the pandemic's current status and related issues and presented an introduction and overview of the ecumenical Week of Prayer from 22-27 March.
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Bishop Dr Olav Fykse Tveit: “We are called to share how God loves the world”
During the ecumenical prayer for the staff of the Ecumenical Centre on 15 March, Bishop Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, presiding bishop of the Bishops’ Conference of the Church of Norway, expressed his appreciation for the work of the ecumenical movement during the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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As goodwill ambassador, Rev. Martina Viktorie Kopecka breathes fresh spirit into reconciliation in Czech Republic
Rev. Martina Viktorie Kopecka, a priest in the Czechoslovak Hussite Church, is moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) ECHOS Commission for young people. She also serves on the WCC executive and central committees. In February, she was named a goodwill ambassador by H. E. Tomáš Petříček, minister of foreign affairs of the Czech Republic, a role she will serve for one year. Below, she reflects on her hopes and plans for sharing stories from the Czech Republic with the world, bridging divides in her home country, and, ultimately, bringing about new expressions of Christian love.
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WCC BLOG


Not good enough
18 March 2021
The synthesis report from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the National Determined Contributions (NDC) under the Paris Agreement was released at the end of last February. This report sums up the NDCs reported to UNFCCC until 31 December 2020. It represents 40% of the parties and 30% of the global emissions.
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VIDEO
WCC invites for a Week of Prayer in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic
WEBINARS
Webinar: "COVID-19: Reading the signs of our times"
Webinar: "Covid-19 vaccination: how churches can ensure that stateless people are not left behind"
RESOURCES
Resources for the Week of Prayer in Time of the COVID-19
Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus
PUBLICATIONS
Pilgrim Prayer: the new edition of the Ecumenical prayer cycle
Voices of Lament, Hope, and Courage: A Week of Prayer in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic
PRAYER
EVENTS

Seven Weeks for Water 2021
Dates : 17 February 2021 - 29 March 2021 The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network invites you to use the season of Lent to reflect on God’s gift of water. Since 2008, the WCC– through its “Seven Weeks for Water” campaign – has been providing weekly theological reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March (which always falls during the Lenten period).
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A Week of Prayer in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dates : 22 March 2021 - 27 March 2021 The World Council of Churches will observe a week of prayer from 22-27 March, one year into the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Spiritual and Ethical Values of Water: A faith perspective
Dates : 22 March 2021 - 22 March 2021 On March 22 all over the world people observe World Water Day. This year’s theme is Valuing Water. To explore this issue deeper the WCC Ecumenical Water Network is organizing a webinar with the office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Right to Water and Sanitation, Prof. Pedro Arrojo-Agudo.
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“Faith Forward - Women Brokering Peace in Conflict & Crisis” - UN CSW Parallel Event
Dates : 23 March 2021 - 23 March 2021 The World Council of Churches, in collaboration with the Lutheran World Federation and Religions for Peace, promotes this side event as part of the non-governmental organizations' forum at the 65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Dates : 16 May 2021 - 23 May 2021 Preparing the Week of Prayer 2021, the Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland chose the theme “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit” (cf. Jn 15:5-9). It expresses their community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the church and the human family.
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Executive Committee meeting (online)
Dates : 17 May 2021 - 20 May 2021 The 25-person Executive Committee is the WCC governing body, with members from churches in every region, meeting twice a year to monitor ongoing work, supervise the budget and deal with policy matters referred to it by the WCC Central Committee.
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Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference
Dates : 02 June 2021 - 05 June 2021 From 2-5 June 2021, the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey hosts an international conference on ‘Teaching Ecumenism in the Context of World Christianity’.
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Central Committee meeting
Dates : 23 June 2021 - 29 June 2021 The Central Committee serves as the chief governing body of the WCC until the next assembly, meeting every 2 years. It is responsible for carrying out the policies adopted by the Assembly, reviewing and supervising WCC programmes and the budget of the Council.
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