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News from the World Council of Churches
15 - 20 May 2020

 

WCC mourns passing of Rev. Prof. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies van Huffel

WCC mourns passing of Rev. Prof. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies van Huffel

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is mourning the death of Rev. Prof. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies van Huffel, a South African pastor and academic who was currently serving as the WCC president from Africa since 2013. She passed away on 19 May.


Prayer for Christian unity prepares the way for Pentecost

Prayer for Christian unity prepares the way for Pentecost

The tradition of praying for Christian unity at Pentecost takes on new significance as physical prayer gatherings have been suspended in many places in an effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.


WCC, All Africa Conference of Churches express solidarity with Burundi as elections take place

WCC, All Africa Conference of Churches express solidarity with Burundi as elections take place

In a joint letter to church leaders in Burundi, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches expressed solidarity as the nation prepares for its 20 May elections.


WCC holds online consultation with global health providers

WCC holds online consultation with global health providers

Dr Mwai Makoka is programme executive for Health and Healing at the World Council of Churches (WCC). In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, he organised and moderated an online consultation with ecumenical global health providers and networks in mid-May.


Rt. Rev. Sharma Nithyanandam: “Contribute toward suspending negativity”

Rt. Rev. Sharma Nithyanandam: “Contribute toward suspending negativity”

Rt. Rev. Sharma Nithyanandam is the bishop in Vellore, Church of South India. Below, he reflects on how churches can infuse hope as an antidote to despair by becoming agents of tangible social action. During the COVID-19 lockdown, our church doors may be closed but our hearts are not, and Bishop Nithyanandam reflects on why this is a time for deeds and not just words.


Faith institutions call for divesting from fossil fuels

Faith institutions call for divesting from fossil fuels

As major challenges for the global economy are predicted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a diverse group of faith institutions is putting the call for a just economic recovery into practice.


African faiths take frontline actions to combat COVID-19

African faiths take frontline actions to combat COVID-19

Frontline actions by African faith communities in mitigating against the novel coronavirus are being welcomed as timely, as groups move to support people left vulnerable by the pandemic.


1920 (2): “God wills fellowship”:  The Anglican Bishops’ Appeal to Unity

1920 (2): “God wills fellowship”: The Anglican Bishops’ Appeal to Unity

End of June, early July 1920: 252 Anglican bishops from around the world converge to London. I travel the yellowish pages of the list of dioceses they represent: Zanzibar, Nagpur, Zululand, Adelaide, Argentina, Polynesia, Singapore, Bombay, Southern Brazil, Mombassa, Antigua, Tokyo. They are gathering for a conference called “Lambeth,” from the name of London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, then Randall Davidson, whom they recognise as spiritual leader.


WCC, All Africa Conference of Churches urge closer ties between churches, health providers

WCC, All Africa Conference of Churches urge closer ties between churches, health providers

The World Council of Churches and All Africa Conference of Churches, in a joint statement, urged closer collaboration between church and church-health facilities and associations.


Web meeting focuses on cyber ethical challenges of COVID-19

Web meeting focuses on cyber ethical challenges of COVID-19

A web meeting co-organised by Globethics.net and the Cyberlaw University on 12 May focused on “Cyber Ethical Challenges of COVID-19," drawing 100 participants from four continents.


Protect the people of the Amazon during COVID-19, urge Norwegian church leaders

Protect the people of the Amazon during COVID-19, urge Norwegian church leaders

Norwegian churches added their voice to the chorus of concern for the people of the Amazon as the coronavirus increasingly spreads. In a letter to the Brazilian embassy, the Church of Norway and the Roman Catholic Church in Norway jointly expressed deep solidarity with the people of Brazil.


As COVID-19 presents a prophetic moment, adopt an Economy of Life, urge global religious groups

As COVID-19 presents a prophetic moment, adopt an Economy of Life, urge global religious groups

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new urgency to adopting an “Economy of Life,” and global religious groups that represent millions of people are saying now is the time.


Latest issue of International Review of Mission addresses health as well as wider issues

Latest issue of International Review of Mission addresses health as well as wider issues

The new issue of International Review of Mission includes a variety of articles, ranging from post-colonialism to public theology, and from mission models to Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation. Two of the articles are specifically concerned with healing, which is a pertinent theme at this current period of the coronavirus. These two articles clearly indicate that the biblical concept of health consists as it does of the welfare, health, and prosperity of the individual person as well as of communities as a whole. Individuals are always part of the communities they belong to.

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Healing the World: Sorrow without Fear, Bible study in time of Covid19

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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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Oração pela unidade dos Cristãos prepara o caminho para o Pentecostes

Oração pela unidade dos Cristãos prepara o caminho para o Pentecostes

A tradição de orar pela unidade dos Cristãos no Pentecostes assume um novo significado neste momento, com encontros presenciais suspensos em diversos locais como parte dos esforços de combate à pandemia de COVID-19.


“Protejam o povo da Amazônia durante a COVID-19”, instam líderes de igreja noruegueses

“Protejam o povo da Amazônia durante a COVID-19”, instam líderes de igreja noruegueses

Igrejas da Noruega uniram suas vozes às que expressam preocupação com o povo da Amazônia a medida que o Coronavírus se espalha cada vez mais pelo país. Em carta à embaixada brasileira, a Igreja da Noruega e a Igreja Católica Romana na Noruega expressaram profunda solidariedade com o povo do Brasil.

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“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.


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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