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22 - 28 October 2021

WEEKLY HIGHLIGHT
Put faith into action:
Applications for WCC 11th Assembly workshops due 31 October
ECUMENICAL PRAYER CYCLE

This week we pray for:
The Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
24 October 2021 - 30 October 2021

Next week we pray for:
Canada, United States of America
31 October 2021 - 06 November 2021

NEWS


WCC leadership meet to prepare for upcoming in-person executive committee
The World Council fo Churches (WCC) central committee leadership convened on 27 October to prepare for the upcoming WCC executive committee in November, which will be the executive committee’s first in-person meeting in two years.
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Ecumenical leaders of WCC member churches convene to form vision in lead-up to 11th WCC Assembly
Nearly 60 ecumenical officers are convening this week, focusing on plans for the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly in 2022 and its theme, “Christ ́s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”
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WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs will meet to prepare for the 11th WCC Assembly
The WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) will meet on 2-6 November in Johannesburg and online, reviewing its work between the two WCC assemblies and preparing for the upcoming WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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Dr Ofelia Ortega: “The vision of prophet Ezequiel became true”
On 12 October, Dr Ofelia Ortega received a “Illustrious Daughter of the City” award from Matanzas, Cuba. Ortega, former World Council of Churches (WCC) president for Latin America and the Caribbean, also served as a Bossey Ecumenical Institute professor as well as the WCC staff person responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Programme on Theological Education.
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Latest issue of The Ecumenical Review offers “reflections on the oikoumene”
Taking its cue from a lecture by former World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Philip Potter, the October issue of the WCC quarterly The Ecumenical Review explores the meaning of the “oikoumene,” which in Greek refers to the whole inhabited earth and gives “ecumenism” its name.
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Webinar on “Realizing Equal Nationality Rights for All” will consider stateless people
A webinar on 4 November, “Realizing Equal Nationality Rights for All,” will consider that an estimated 15 million people worldwide are stateless—having no country that considers them to be a national by operation of law.
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New 360° tour of the WCC Chapel offers virtual—yet spiritual—approach
Journalist and theologian Michel Kocher is a director at Médias-pro, a Swiss company that produces audio-visual materials with a spiritual flair. Below, Kocher reflects on how his team produced a new 360° tour of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Chapel.
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African church youth hold crucial pre-congress meeting
As part of an ongoing campaign on youth and patriotism, the All Africa Conference of Churches has convened a pre-congress meeting in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to prepare for a continental youth assembly later next year.
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WCC congratulates Rev. Dr Iain Greenshields, moderator-designate of the Church of Scotland
World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca sent a letter of congratulations to Rev. Dr Iain Greenshields, moderator-designate of the Church of Scotland.
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Protecting Ethiopia’s church forests
In many parts of Ethiopia, the forests surrounding churches and monasteries are among the last remaining in the country. They are severely threatened as people cut trees to obtain firewood. The church fights for the preservation of the forests by making local communities more aware of the link between the forests and water availability and by helping them to find alternative livelihoods for themselves and their families.
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Climate crisis fuels existing water injustice
2021 has shown how vulnerable and unprepared even wealthy, industrialized countries are in the face of the escalating climate crisis. Devastating flooding, unprecedented heat waves and out-of-control wildfires have hit parts of Europe and North America. Yet this is just a foretaste of catastrophes that have long since become a bitter reality in other parts of the world. They are almost always a matter of too much or too little water. Yet water problems are often the result of discrimination and political failure, especially in times of climate change.
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WCC and United Bible Societies convene, share sense of hope amid challenges
The World Council of Churches (WCC) and United Bible Societies (UBS) held a leadership summit on 26 October, sharing words of hope amid ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and also discussing preparations for the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2022.
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Global religious leaders representing half a billion Christians urge G20: “climate emergency demands deep-seated transformations”
In a letter to G20 leaders, global religious leaders representing half a billion Christians in over 100 countries warned that rising global temperatures will have increasingly disastrous consequences on impoverished and vulnerable communities that contribute least to the climate crisis.
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Pacific islands in peril, local churches' leader stresses before COP26
The Pacific islands are in grave danger and at the frontline of global climate change, so that is why the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, known as COP26, in Glasgow is so important for islanders, says Rev. James Bhagwan. He is general secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches, a Methodist minister based in Fiji, and visited Geneva on his way to COP26, in Scotland's biggest city, Glasgow, from 31 October to 12 November.
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With hope and resilience, WCC Bossey Institute celebrates 75 years
On 25 October, students, faculty and friends of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey marked the 75th anniversary of the “living laboratory of ecumenism,” as Bossey is affectionately called.
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WCC congratulates Rev. Merlyn Hyde Riley, appointed acting general secretary of Jamaica Baptist Union
The World Council of Churches (WCC) extended congratulations to Rev. Merlyn Hyde Riley, who has been appointed acting general secretary of Jamaica Baptist Union.
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PHOTO GALLERIES
Ecumenical Officers meeting in Bossey, October 2021
Conference "Health and Healing: The role of churches and faith communities" in Berlin
VIDEOS
Dr Agnes Abuom - Health ministry and the journey to Karlsruhe 2022
WEBINARS
Moral Discernment: A Tool to Explore Common Ground and Disagreement
RESOURCES
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022
Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus
Apply for the Brunnen Workshops at the 11th WCC Assembly in Karlsruhe!
PUBLICATIONS
Thursdays in Black Bible Studies: Series One
Latest issue of The Ecumenical Review
EVENTS

International Ecumenical Conference for Peace and Security in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
Dates : 29 October 2021 - 29 October 2021 World Council of Churches (WCC) in collaboration with the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), ACT Alliance, Methodist Church of Great Britain (MCB) and the Council of Churches in Mozambique (CCM) convene the International Ecumenical Conference for peace and security in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.
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The 58th meeting of the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs
Dates : 02 November 2021 - 06 November 2021 The WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) will meet on 2-6 November in Johannesburg and online, reviewing its work between the two WCC assemblies and preparing for the upcoming WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism meeting
Dates : 09 November 2021 - 11 November 2021 The World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism will hold an online meeting 9-11 November to evaluate its work and impact from the 10th WCC Assembly in Busan in 2013 to the 11th WCC Assembly in Karlsruhe in 2022.
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Book launch: "Call to Discipleship”
Dates : 10 November 2021 - 10 November 2021 On 10 November, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism will release a new publication, “Call to Discipleship: Mission in the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace,” a collection of the commission’s study documents from 2018-2021.
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16 Days against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Dates : 25 November 2021 - 10 December 2021 The 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year, the World Council of Churches is raising awareness on the tragic reality of Missing and Murdered Women, raising voices of faith and justice, and facilitating Biblical reflection on the root causes of sexual and gender-based violence.
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Dates : 18 January 2022 - 25 January 2022 The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 was chosen by the Middle East Council of Churches: "We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him." (Mt 2:2) More than ever, in these difficult times, we need a light that shines in the darkness and that light, Christians proclaim, has been manifested in Jesus Christ.
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Executive Committee meeting
Dates : 08 February 2022 - 08 February 2022 The 25-person Executive Committee is the WCC governing body, with members from churches in every region, moderated by Dr Agnes Abuom. It meets twice a year to monitor ongoing work, supervise the budget and deal with policy matters referred to it by the Central Committee.
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Central Committee meeting
Dates : 09 February 2022 - 15 February 2022 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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Steward programme 2022
Dates : 21 August 2022 - 10 September 2022 The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites ecumenical youth to be stewards at the 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2022. The Stewards Programme aims to bring together a dynamic and diverse group of 160 young people from all over the world, from 21 August to 10 September 2022. The invitation is open to young people from a variety of backgrounds, churches and regions.
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Applications open for communicators to support WCC 11th Assembly

The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites communicators from around the globe to be part of a professional online communication team to support the WCC 11th Assembly in 2022. We are looking for both young communicators between 18 and 30 years old and senior, more full-fledged communicators to assist us in covering the assembly through multiple WCC communication channels globally.
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The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 550 million Christians in over 120 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC acting general secretary is Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, from the Orthodox Church in Romania.

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