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News from the World Council of Churches
21 - 28 May 2020

WCC presidents on Pentecost: “Waves of despair, tongues of fire”

In a message on Pentecost, entitled “Waves of despair, tongues of fire,” the regional presidents of the World Council of Churches reflect on the mighty presence of God.

 

WCC COVID-19 support team addresses questions from the fellowship, highlight good practices

WCC COVID-19 support team addresses questions from the fellowship, highlight good practices

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt around the globe, a WCC website Q&A now provides guidance and highlights good practices on key concerns from member churches and partners all over the world.


WCC Executive Committee to hold virtual meeting, pray for world burdened by COVID-19

WCC Executive Committee to hold virtual meeting, pray for world burdened by COVID-19

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee will meet virtually on 1-3 June, offering solidarity to a world in which many find themselves in critical situations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Season of Creation 2020 Celebration Guide, “Jubilee for the Earth,” now available

Season of Creation 2020 Celebration Guide, “Jubilee for the Earth,” now available

A new guide for eco-theological worship resources and activities for the 2020 Season of Creation is now available, thanks to a wide array of ecumenical partners, including the World Council of Churches (WCC). A webinar, “Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope,” is also planned for 8 June.


Orthodox and Anglican appeals from 1920 remain inspiration for unity

Orthodox and Anglican appeals from 1920 remain inspiration for unity

One of the foundational moments in the modern ecumenical movement is an encyclical letter issued 100 years ago by the Ecumenical Patriarchate on 1 January 1920. As its opening words state, it was addressed “Unto the Churches of Christ everywhere” and sent as a letter to the leaders of key Christian churches. Its first words are an appeal to “Love one another earnestly from the heart,” quoting from 1 Peter 1:22. The thrust of the letter is the suggestion that doctrinal differences among Christian churches do not, or at least should not, prevent “rapprochement” between Christians.


Young Ugandan man ‘an agent of change’ in HIV care and gender justice

Young Ugandan man ‘an agent of change’ in HIV care and gender justice

Hillary Nuwamanya, 24, was born HIV-positive, and has chosen to live his life setting an example for other young people who are struggling to find hope. As an important part of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme, the Ugandan has trained people in how to lead their communities in gender equality, gender justice and zero tolerance for sexual and gender-based violence. He often participates in or facilitates intergenerational workshops on HIV and gender justice.

 


WCC reflects on ‘common humanity, common Korean-ness’ as pursuit for peace continues

WCC reflects on ‘common humanity, common Korean-ness’ as pursuit for peace continues

In remarks at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the May 18 Democratic Uprising, World Council of Churches director for International Affairs Peter Prove reflected on “The Prospective Future of the Korean Peninsula After Peaceful Reunification.”


USA churches offer “A Time to Mourn" as COVID-19 deaths near 100,000

USA churches offer “A Time to Mourn" as COVID-19 deaths near 100,000

As the names of thousands of loved ones scrolled across their computer screens, many in the USA paused to mourn as the nation observed Memorial Day weekend. On 24 May, the National Council of Churches (USA) hosted “A Time to Mourn,” an online ecumenical memorial service for lives lost to COVID-19.


WCC honours legacy of Rev. Norman Bent

WCC honours legacy of Rev. Norman Bent

“It was with sorrow that we received the news about the passing of Rev. Norman Bent,” said Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, acting general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC). “Through his tireless ministry for reconciliation, justice and peace, Rev. Bent leaves behind an inspiring legacy for the global ecumenical movement.”


Women bishops offer candid look at what drives their leadership

Women bishops offer candid look at what drives their leadership

Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, a retired United Methodist bishop from the USA, has spent her career voicing the need for a church that includes all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. And, throughout her career, she’s never been afraid to say that out loud.


WCC offers warm greetings for 70 years of Indonesian Communion of Churches

WCC offers warm greetings for 70 years of Indonesian Communion of Churches

In a video greeting, WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca offered warm greetings to the Communion of Churches in Indonesia on its 70th anniversary.


 

New videos

WCC message to Rev. Prof. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies van Huffel's memorial

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Rock at Nassar farm
Peace on the Korean Peninsula – NOW!


Rock at Nassar farm
Tax justice in a time of COVID-19 crisis

 

 
 

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Thursdays in Black poster     
Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus

 
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"Light of Peace", the Global prayer campaign for peace in Korea
 
 

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Breaking bread for the journey



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Memorial service for the WCC president for Africa Rev. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies van Huffel



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News in Arabic


مجلس الكنائس العالمي يوجه تهانيه الحارة لجميع المسلمين بمناسبة عيد الفطر

مجلس الكنائس العالمي يوجه تهانيه الحارة لجميع المسلمين بمناسبة عيد الفطر

يتقدم الأمين العام بالنيابة لمجلس الكنائس العالمي، القس البروفيسور الدكتور يوان سوكا، باسم مجلس الكنائس العالمي، بتهانيه الحارة لجميع المسلمين من كافة ربوع العالم بمناسبة عيد الفطر.

Upcoming events

 

 

“A Light of Peace” prayer campaign for peace in Korea

“A Light of Peace” prayer campaign for peace in Korea

01 March - 15 August 2020 Worldwide

World Council of Churches invites member churches worldwide for global prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula, “A Light of Peace”, from 1 March to 15 August.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

24 - 31 May 2020 Worldwide (southern hemisphere)

The theme for the week of prayer in 2020, “They showed us unusual kindness...” is inspired by Acts 28:2. The resources for the week have been prepared by members of different churches in Malta.


Executive Committee meeting (online)

Executive Committee meeting (online)

01 - 03 June 2020 Online meeting

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.


"Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope" - a webinar for the 2020 Season of Creation

"Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope" - a webinar for the 2020 Season of Creation

08 June 2020

"Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope" is a webinar for the 2020 Season of Creation.


Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference (postponed)

Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference (postponed)

10 - 13 June 2020 Ecumenical Institute at Bossey (Switzerland)

From 10-13 June 2020, the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey hosts an international conference on ‘Teaching Ecumenism in the Context of World Christianity’.


Interreligious Summer School Bossey (cancelled)

Interreligious Summer School Bossey (cancelled)

28 June - 18 July 2020 Ecumenical Institute at Bossey

Applications for the Interreligious Summer School of the WCC's Ecumenical Institute Bossey are open until 29 February 2020.


GEM School 2020: Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life (now online)

GEM School 2020: Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life (now online)

17 - 28 August 2020

Current and future leaders representing churches worldwide are invited to apply for the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life (GEM School). Aim of the training is strengthening the voice of churches on global economics and their advocacy for an Economy of Life.


Executive Committee meeting

Executive Committee meeting

21 - 22 June 2021 Geneva, Switzerland

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.


Central Committee meeting

Central Committee meeting

23 - 29 June 2021 Geneva, Switzerland

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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