Copy
View this email in your browser
@WorldCouncilOfChurches @WorldCouncilOfChurches
@Oikoumene @Oikoumene
@WorldCouncilOfChurches @WorldCouncilOfChurches

19 - 25 November 2021

WEEKLY HIGHLIGHT
Bridge Builder Awards recognize Christian, Muslim and Jewish peacemakers who stand together to help the world
ECUMENICAL PRAYER CYCLE

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

Next week we pray for:
Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore
28 November 2021 - 04 December 2021

NEWS


“A Jesus who receives love” — WCC offers first pre-assembly Bible study
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is publishing the first of a series of Bible studies that lead up to the WCC 11th Assembly in 2022 in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Read more


"The whole people of God: the roles and ministries in the church” webinar will continue exploration of ecumenical ecclesiology
An upcoming webinar on 2 December will explore the theme ““The whole people of God: the roles and ministries in the church” as part of a continuing series offered by the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission.
Read more


New campaign guide shows how churches can work toward ban of killer robots
A World Council of Churches (WCC) webcast on 3 December will introduce a new campaign guide for churches concerned about autonomous weapons systems, also known as “killer robots”.
Read more


WCC holding a pre-Assembly consultation on Overcoming Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is gathering a group of experts and practitioners on Overcoming Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia for a pre-Assembly consultation on 6-10 December, in Geneva.
Read more


WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism evaluates its work on the way to WCC 11th Assembly
In a meeting held 9-11 November, the WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism evaluated its work and impact on mission and global Christianity. The commission, since the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan in 2013, prepared the WCC Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, which took place in Arusha, Tanzania, in 2018.
Read more


African church conference tackles misleading theologies in faith and healing
A symposium exploring the complex question of misleading theologies in Africa ended here on 24 November, amid concerns that the phenomenon was harming the efforts to combat coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and other diseases.
Read more


Prof. Rev. Dr Simone Sinn prays that Bossey students “share the treasure of transformative experience”
Prof. Rev. Dr Simone Sinn began serving as academic dean at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute in August. Prior to that, Dr Sinn served as vice dean and professor of Ecumenical Theology. Below, Dr Sinn shares reflections on the new role, on hopes for students and on how the Bossey Ecumenical Institute will remain a bridge builder amid the world’s serious challenges today.
Read more


Open hearts and open dialogue: Focolare students visit Bossey Ecumenical Institute
Focolare students from the Montet Center of Formation and students from the Bossey Ecumenical Institute gathered to share the experience of multi-cultural community life and to pray together on 16 November.
Read more


WCC mourns death of Rev. Jose Manuel Leite, who strengthened Christian unity around the world
The World Council of Churches is mourning the passing of Rev. Jose Manuel Leite, who as a church and spiritual leader worked to strengthen Christian unity everywhere.
Read more


New toolkit will help religious leaders have honest dialogue with adolescents
A Toolkit on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for religious leaders, developed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in collaboration with INERELA+ and UNESCO, was launched during an event on 19 November.
Read more


Youth from the Pacific gather to share their greatest concerns—along with creative solutions—with the WCC
At an event called “Ecumenical Continuing Formation: Youth, Transformative Masculinity and Femininity,” young people from the Pacific gathered from 15-19 November, both online and in-person, to express their honest feelings about the issues most important to them.
Read more


From faithful living to solar panels, Scottish Episcopal Church is addressing climate change
A Scottish Episcopal Church has become one of the first churches in Scotland to obtain planning permission for the installation of solar panels on a listed building situated in a conservation area.
Read more


World Student Christian Federation reiterates calls for climate justice
The World Student Christian Federation, already with a history of calling for climate justice, continues to urge action and commitment from world leaders.
Read more


On World Toilet Day, webinar challenges churches to address world’s sanitation crisis
A webinar was jointly organised by the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network and Norwegian Church Aid to mark World Toilet Day on 19 November.
Read more


Thursdays in Black ambassadors from Australia reflect on why they act, hope, pray—and speak out
Our series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors highlights those who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence.
Read more


Deadline for WCC 11th Assembly workshops extended to January 2022
Upon request of churches and ecumenical partners worldwide, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has extended the deadline for applications for workshops to be part of the “Brunnen” space of the WCC 11th Assembly in 2022. The new deadline is 15 January 2022.
Read more


South Sudan Church leaders welcome Swedish Prosecution Authority’s move to charge oil consortium for abetting war crimes
Church leaders in South Sudan have welcomed the decision by the Swedish Prosecution Authority to bring charges against the oil company, Lundin Energy, for aiding and abetting war crimes in the world’s newest nation.
Read more


National Council of Churches in Korea holds 70th General Assembly with theme that shares with WCC “the common wisdom of love”
The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) held its 70th General Assembly on 22 November with the theme “Walk the Path of the New Commandment.”
Read more


Latest Issue of International Review of Mission focuses on “Mission in Unity”
Looking toward the 2022 assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) that will gather around the theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity,” the latest issue of the WCC journal International Review of Mission focuses on the relationship between mission and unity.
Read more


Bridge Builder Awards recognize Christian, Muslim and Jewish peacemakers who stand together to help the world
As the Bridge Builder Awards were presented in a ceremony in Oslo on 22 November, interreligious peacemakers stood together to be recognized for their vital work in raising the values of respect, love, and tolerance for each other.
Read more


WCC will join global call for children’s return to school
On the occasion of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, the World Council of Churches (WCC) will come together with several organisations to call for schools to reopen and to prioritize children’s mental health, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
Read more


Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago: “Instead of just activists, we create strategists”
A group of intern ministers from the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago (PCTT)—including Cynara Dube-Sookoo, Bjorn Warde, and Robert Dinnoo—worked with PCTT synod moderator Rt. Rev. Joy E. Abdul-Mohan to produce a video about how young people and churches can lead the way toward climate justice.
Read more


A conversation with H.E. Metropolitan Serafim Kykotis on ecological metanoia
H.E. Metropolitan Serafim Kykotis, a member of the World Council of Churches Working Group on Climate Change, participated in COP26. Following is a conversation about “ecological metanoia,” a concept about which the metropolitan has been praying and thinking.
Read more


WCC BLOG


Urgency to act now for climate justice
25 November 2021
Participating in the COP26 in Glasgow resembled a reunion of sorts. After the pandemic cancelled meetings of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Working Group on Climate Change and led to the rescheduling COP26, it was wonderful to catch up with my ecumenical friends who are devoted to the work of climate justice.
Read more


Stop Hoping. Start Resisting.
23 November 2021
If you try hard and believe in the power of positive thinking, you may be able to take comfort that COP26 provided some hope. But if you remove the rose-colored spectacles, it becomes clear that we should abandon the sentiment of hope and commit to lives of faithful resistance.
Read more


The first week after COP26 — a short reflection
22 November 2021
After nearly two years of preparations and two weeks of physical meeting, COP26 is over. People from all over the world came together to a major in-person meeting on a global level.
Read more

PHOTO GALLERIES
Bossey 75 prayer service
International Missionary Council centennial
VIDEOS
Meet Rev Sharon Hollis & Colleen Geyer - Ambassadors for Thursdays in Black from the Uniting Church in Australia
WEBINARS
Webinar: Debt Cancellation as Anti-Racism in times of Black Lives Matter protests
Webinar: "Is toilet a taboo subject for the church?"
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
The Zacchaeus Tax Campaign: ZacTax Toolkit
International Review of Mission: “Mission in Unity”
EVENTS

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.
Read more

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.
Read more

WCC Faith and Order webinar: "The whole people of God: the roles and ministries in the church”
Dates : 02 December 2021 - 02 December 2021 An upcoming webinar on 2 December will explore the theme ““The whole people of God: the roles and ministries in the church” as part of a continuing series offered by the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission.
Read more

WCC webcast - Launch of new campaign guide for churches concerned about autonomous weapons systems
Dates : 03 December 2021 - 03 December 2021 A World Council of Churches (WCC) webcast on 3 December will introduce a new campaign guide for churches concerned about autonomous weapons systems, also known as “killer robots”.
Read more

WCC pre-Assembly consultation on Overcoming Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia
Dates : 06 December 2021 - 10 December 2021 The World Council of Churches (WCC) is gathering a group of experts and practitioners on Overcoming Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia for a pre-Assembly consultation on 6-10 December, in Geneva.
Read more

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”.
Read more

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.
Read more

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.
Read more

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.
Read more

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.
Read more


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.
Learn more
Share Share
Tweet Tweet
Forward Forward
Stay updated following the World Council of Churches on social media:
The World Council of Churches on Twitter
The World Council of Churches on Facebook
The World Council of Churches on YouTube
The World Council of Churches on Instagram
The World Council of Churches on SoundCloud
The World Council of Churches website
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.

Media contact: +41 79 507 6363; www.oikoumene.org/press
Our visiting address is:
World Council of Churches
150 route de Ferney
Geneve 2 1211
Switzerland

Add us to your address book
 

 You are registered with the address <<Email>>
Want to change the language or how you receive mailings from us?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from mailings distributed by the WCC.