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News from the World Council of Churches
28 February - 5 March 2020


 “Migrants are not missiles, they are people” says WCC general secretary in response to crisis at Greek-Turkish border

“Migrants are not missiles, they are people” says WCC general secretary in response to crisis at Greek-Turkish border

Following a deal reached between the European Union and Turkey in March 2016, Turkey has been taking measures to prevent migrants – many of them fleeing the conflict in Syria – from reaching the EU, in exchange for European aid for migrants and refugees, and for relaxation of EU visa requirements for Turkish citizens. On Friday 28 February, after military losses in north-west Syria – where Turkey has been trying to create a safe area to resettle millions of Syrian refugees and to serve Turkish interests against the Kurds – those measures were suspended, resulting in large numbers of people attempting to cross into Greece and consequent clashes with Greek security forces.


Women's World Day of Prayer will draw millions together for healing message

Women's World Day of Prayer will draw millions together for healing message

On 6 March, Christian women from 170 countries will observe a World Day of Prayer, drawing millions of people together for a healing message in a divisive world. The 2019 theme is “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk,” based on John 5:2-9a, and has been crafted by the World Day of Prayer Zimbabwe Committee. Each year, materials are developed ecumenically and collectively within a certain country in coordination with the World Day of Prayer International Committee.


“Women Makers of Human Fraternity” express social friendship, respect

“Women Makers of Human Fraternity” express social friendship, respect

At an event held in Rome on International Women’s Day, 3 March, women gathered for an event, “Women Makers of Human Fraternity,” to express social friendship and mutual respect. The gathering for women of faith, organised by the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, received the document of two religious leaders, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb and His Holiness Pope Francis, signed in Abu Dhabi on 4 February 2019: “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.”


Fr Prof. Ioan Sauca appointed acting WCC general secretary

Fr Prof. Ioan Sauca appointed acting WCC general secretary

Fr Prof. Ioan Sauca has been appointed acting World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary beginning 1 April. Sauca, who currently serves as deputy general secretary for the WCC programme on Ecumenical Formation and Bossey Ecumenical Institute, will hold the general secretary post until the WCC Executive Committee meets in June.
 

WCC corrects Swiss media report on coronavirus in Geneva

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has clarified that its Geneva headquarters are not at the centre of a recent occurrence of COVID-19 (coronavirus), after a Swiss television report misidentified the WCC offices in a graphic about a case of the virus in a nearby institution.


WCC leadership postpones central committee meeting in light of coronavirus

WCC leadership postpones central committee meeting in light of coronavirus

In light of concerns about and implications of the current international spread of COVID 19, the coronavirus, the leadership of the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee has decided to postpone the upcoming full WCC central committee meeting, currently slated for 18-24 March, along with the executive committee meeting that was to precede it.


Listening together to the pain of violent spaces

Listening together to the pain of violent spaces

Brought together by the South Sudan Council of Churches, women and men are sharing the pain of many years of war and associated gender-based violence in a series of workshops in Kenya and Burundi.

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Lunch with Cecilia Castillo

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H.E. Mariyana Nikolova, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria at the Ecumenical Center

 
 

New resources


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Seven Weeks for Water 2020
 
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"Light of Peace", the Global prayer campaign for peace in Korea

Gertrude Fefoame
New Bible Studies on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace


 
 


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Women’s Week and #IWD2020



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Join the Youth Songwriting Competition for the WCC 11th Assembly!



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Prayers for peace on the Korean Peninsula

 

 

Upcoming events

 

Seven Weeks for Water

Seven Weeks for Water

26 February - 06 April 2020 Worldwide

The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) invites you to use the season of Lent to reflect on water. Since 2008, the WCC-EWN through its campaign “Seven Weeks for Water” - 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).


“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.


Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference

Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference

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 - Applications open

Interreligious Summer School Bossey - Applications open

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

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

17 - 28 August 2020 Taipei

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) from 17 to 28 August 2020, tentatively to be held in Taipei. Aim of the training is strengthening the voice of churches on global economics and their advocacy for an Economy of Life.


Central Committee meeting

Central Committee meeting

18 - 25 August 2020 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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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 350 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 general secretary is the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the [Lutheran] Church of Norway.

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