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12 - 18 November 2021

WEEKLY HIGHLIGHT
WCC executive committee “reimagining the future” with a sense of hope
ECUMENICAL PRAYER CYCLE

This week we pray for:
Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia
14 November 2021 - 20 November 2021

Next week we pray for:
East Timor (Timor Leste), Indonesia, Philippines
21 November 2021 - 27 November 2021

NEWS


Prayers of thanks mark Bossey’s 75th anniversary as “a witnessing community”
The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee, students, WCC staff, and friends gathered on 13 November to pray and sing together in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Bossey Ecumenical Institute.
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December conference will explore “The Future of Interfaith Dialogue”
A conference scheduled for 6-10 December at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey will explore “The Future of Interfaith Dialogue”.
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Upcoming webinar will explore intersection of debt cancellation and anti-racism
A 22 November webinar, “Debt Cancellation as Anti-Racism in times of Black Lives Matter protests”, will explore how debt cancellation for African and other developing countries can be an instrument for overcoming racism.
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Thursdays in Black ambassadors—a growing group—share their work and witness
Thursdays in Black ambassadors are adding to their group as the World Council of Churches fellowship increases its momentum with initiatives and advocacy for a world free from rape and violence.
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"Missing and Murdered” online events will address violence against women
Two upcoming online events, entitled “Missing and Murdered: Addressing Femicide and Sexual and Gender-based Violence in our Global Context,” will address the shadow pandemic of violence against women.
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WCC condemns bombings in Uganda, calls for justice
World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca expressed shock at the recent suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda, for which the so-called ‘Islamic State’ group has reportedly claimed responsibility.
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Archbishop Anders Wejryd brings WCC greetings to jubilee of National Council of Churches in Switzerland
Archbishop emeritus Dr Anders Wejryd, Church of Sweden, brought greetings on behalf of the World Council of Churches (WCC) to the jubilee of the National Council of Churches in Switzerland on 17 November.
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WCC executive committee appeals for peace in Ethiopia
In a public statement, the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee joined in prayer and solidarity with the churches and people of Ethiopia as they face a grave and accelerating crisis.
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WCC executive committee calls “conscience of the world” to “obstruction of legitimate Palestinian aspirations for equal human dignity and rights”
The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee, in a public statement, expressed grave concern over recent developments in Palestine and Israel, which indicate “a deteriorating situation in the region, emblematic of the many ways in which the ongoing military occupation of the Palestinian territories obstructs achieving a just peace among the people of the Holy Land, and compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and responses to it which have resulted in further restrictions on the space for civil society action in the region.”
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Military coups in Myanmar and Sudan “an unconscionable assault,” states WCC executive committee
The World Council of Churches executive committee, in a public statement, expressed grave concern over recurrences of military coups in Myanmar and Sudan.
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WCC extends congratulations to Präses Dr Annette Kurschus, new chairperson of Evangelical Church in Germany
World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, in a congratulatory letter, wished God’s blessings for Präses Dr Annette Kurschus, the new chairperson of the Evangelical Church in Germany.
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WCC executive committee appeals for 'fundamental conversion towards just and sustainable future' after COP26
The executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) expressed in a public statement “disappointment and dismay at the inadequate outcome of the COP 26 Climate Change Conference” in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
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WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs’ “ministry of witness and action critically needed”
In a public statement, the World Council of Churches executive committee marked the 75th anniversary of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), created in 1946.
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WCC executive committee welcomes the establishment of UN Permanent Forum of People of African Descent
The World Council of Churches executive committee, in a public statement, welcomed the establishment of the UN Permanent Forum of People of African Descent.
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Engagement in international affairs has enabled churches to take a firm stand against injustices
The World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) has facilitated churches’ engagement in a wide range of critical issues of the world since the last WCC Assembly in Busan, concluded the 58th meeting of the WCC CCIA, gathering church representatives in Johannesburg and online in the 75th anniversary year of the Commission’s creation.
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WCC executive committee member shares reflection on “how are we called to act in love and justice?”
As the World Council of Churches executive committee was meeting in-person for the first time in two years, they gather at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute for meetings and prayers.
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WCC extends condolences on passing of Protopresbyter Prof. Dr Milan Gerka
World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca expressed deep sadness at the falling asleep in the Lord of Protopresbyter Prof. Dr Milan Gerka, a former member of the WCC central committee.
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Global faith leaders call for urgent action at COP26
Global faith leaders, including World Council of Churches acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, have signed onto a statement urging ambitious action to deliver climate justice for the most vulnerable people and communities.
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WCC website selected for inclusion in Swiss National Library archives as resource of patrimonial importance
The World Council of Churches (WCC) website will be included in the archives of the Swiss National Library as part of a collection of websites of “patrimonial importance” in Switzerland. “The Swiss National Library collects specifically non-commercial websites, that are relevant to the nation’s heritage,” explained Anne-Emmanuelle Tankam-Tene, archivist at the WCC.
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WCC assembly delegates will have increasing roles in prayer cycle
As the World Council of Churches (WCC) continues its prayer cycle, WCC 11th Assembly delegates can expect to have increasingly larger roles in prayers and reflections. This trend will begin the week of 15 November, when the ecumenical prayer cycle focuses on the people and churches of Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.
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African church leaders train in leadership, diakonia and development
Although it is unfolding in a mixed context of political and economic upheavals, tragic conflicts, exploitation, and enormous opportunities, growth, and successes, the African experience of diakonia and development has a lot to teach the world, a workshop for senior African church leaders heard.
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WCC executive committee “reimagining the future” with a sense of hope
As the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee convened on 12 November—face-to-face for the first time in two years—the governing body began its deliberations with a sense of reimagining the future by tracing some positive trends and opportunities born out of the grief-filled COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting is taking place in a hybrid fashion at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute and on video conference.
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Rev. Kleber Machado from Glasgow: no social justice without climate justice
Rev. Kleber Machado is a minister of the Church of Scotland at the St Andrew West Paris Church, in Glasgow, where COP26 is taking place. Below, he reflects on wider climate justice issues, as well as how he is bringing hope in his church’s own backyard.
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WCC executive committee to hold first in-person meeting in two years
The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee will meet for the first time in two years, 12-17 November, focusing on preparations for the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2022, and celebrating 75 years of ecumenical formation at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute.
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WCC BLOG


Returning to where everything started
12 November 2021
As people of faith concerned about the climate crisis, there are two origin stories that may guide and concern us as we ponder how we ought to live in the world today. One is the Genesis story, which establishes our faith in the God of Creation, and our particular role in nature. Another, is the story that started years ago on the same soil and the same river where COP26 is taking place today.
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PHOTO GALLERIES
Bossey 75 prayer service
International Missionary Council centennial
VIDEOS
WCC moderator Dr Agnes Abuom on Churches as Communities of Reconciliation
WEBINARS
Webinar: Climate Justice, Food, and Faith
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
Call to Discipleship: Mission in the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
EVENTS

Missiological conference - Centenary of the International Missionary Council
Dates : 16 November 2021 - 18 November 2021 A World Council of Churches (WCC) online missiological conference will celebrate the centenary of the International Missionary Council on 16-18 November. The conference will include public webinars, in addition to regional sessions of the International Missionary Council study process.
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World Day of Prayer for Children
Dates : 19 November 2021 - 19 November 2021 World Council of Churches (WCC) member churches and partners are preparing for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, which will be observed this year on 19 November.
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Webinar - Past massacres in the Middle East
Dates : 19 November 2021 - 19 November 2021 A webinar on 19 November—part of an ongoing series—will remember past massacres that took place in the Middle East.
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Webinar: Is toilet a taboo subject for the church?
Dates : 19 November 2021 - 19 November 2021 A webinar to mark the World Toilet Day 2021.
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Webinar - “Debt Cancellation as Anti-Racism in times of Black Lives Matter protests”
Dates : 22 November 2021 - 22 November 2021 A 22 November webinar, “Debt Cancellation as Anti-Racism in times of Black Lives Matter protests”, will explore how debt cancellation for African and other developing countries can be an instrument for overcoming racism.
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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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Missing and Murdered: Addressing Femicide and Sexual and Gender-based Violence in our Global Context
Dates : 25 November 2021 - 02 December 2021 Join us in two online meetings addressing the shadow pandemic of femicide and sexual and gender-based violence. Statistics gathered by the UN in 2017 indicated that 87,000 women were killed because of their gender. Of those murders, 58 percent – 137 women each day - were killed by a member of their own family or intimate partner. The onset of Covid-19 has exacerbated the violence, so much so, that by September 2020, 121 countries instituted and adopted new measures to provide support and/or care for women survivors of violence as part of their Covid-19 response plans.
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Conference - “The Future of Interfaith Dialogue”
Dates : 06 December 2021 - 10 December 2021 A conference scheduled for 6-10 December at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey will explore “The Future of Interfaith Dialogue”.
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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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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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