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News from the World Council of Churches
29 May - 4 June 2020

 

World Council of Churches postpones its assembly in order to be more inclusive of the wider fellowship amid COVID-19

World Council of Churches postpones its assembly in order to be more inclusive of the wider fellowship amid COVID-19

The executive committee, on behalf of the central committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), has decided, in close consultation with the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and other host churches and local partners, to postpone the 11th assembly, originally planned for September 2021 in Karlsruhe, Germany, until 2022.


World Environment Day webinar: ‘biodiversity an urgent existential issue’

World Environment Day webinar: ‘biodiversity an urgent existential issue’

The National Council of Churches in India and the World Council of Churches (WCC) cohosted a webinar on 4 June under the theme “Sustainable Environment: Churches in action.”


Resource guide will help religious communities protect the rainforest

Resource guide will help religious communities protect the rainforest

The rainforests of the world are pivotal to the global ecology, to the health and sustainability of our planet, and for indigenous people whose livelihoods and cultures depend on them. But today rainforests around the world are at escalating risk of destruction and collapse, due to exploitation of short-term interests and lack of protection by governments. To protect and to care for these precious repositories of biodiversity and Indigenous knowledge, faith communities from different traditions can play a key role in ethical and moral leadership.

  
Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca confirmed interim WCC general secretary

Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca confirmed interim WCC general secretary

Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca has been confirmed interim WCC general secretary by the executive committee at an online meeting held on 3 June. Sauca will hold the post until the WCC central committee meets in June 2021.


WCC executive committee issues “Statement on Racial Justice in the USA”

WCC executive committee issues “Statement on Racial Justice in the USA”

The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee has issued a statement reiterating its call for a conversion that will end all forms of racism and racial discrimination.


WCC executive committee releases statement on role of churches during COVID-19

WCC executive committee releases statement on role of churches during COVID-19

The World Council of Churches executive committee released a public statement on the role of churches in the context of COVID-19. Focused on love, steadfastness, hope and courage, the statement reflects on the damage COVID has wreaked over the last five months—and how churches can offer hope.


WCC service will remember life of Rev. Prof. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies van Huffel

WCC service will remember life of Rev. Prof. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies van Huffel

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will remember the life and work of Rev. Prof. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies van Huffel with an online memorial service on 4 June at 4pm CET.


South African Council of Churches releases church COVID readiness guidelines

South African Council of Churches releases church COVID readiness guidelines

The South African Council of Churches released guidelines for member churches as they prepare for the COVID readiness of their congregations.


Churches amplify urgent calls to address violent racism in US

Churches amplify urgent calls to address violent racism in US

As protests erupted in more than 30 cities across the US in the wake of the death of George Floyd, churches in the US collectively expressed anger combined with a clarion call for a change—once and for all—in a nation that has tolerated violent racism for too long.


Pope Francis joins UK church leaders in Pentecost online service

Pope Francis joins UK church leaders in Pentecost online service

His Holiness Pope Francis took part in an online church service on 31 May alongside the archbishops of Canterbury and York and a number of presidents of Churches Together in England.


WCC condemns violence, racism in US—and calls for justice

WCC condemns violence, racism in US—and calls for justice

The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemned violence, racism and police brutality in the US, following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was unarmed, at the hands of a police officer.


Memorial service honors the late Rev. Prof. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies-van Huffel, ‘pioneer and visionary leader’

Memorial service honors the late Rev. Prof. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies-van Huffel, ‘pioneer and visionary leader’

An online memorial service for Rev. Prof. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies-van Huffel drew family members, friends, colleagues and students who mourned the passing of the World Council of Churches (WCC) president for Africa. Plaatjies van Huffel, known as a transformative church leader in sub-Saharan Africa, passed away on 19 May.


 

New videos

WCC 11th Assembly to take place in 2022
WCC online service for Rev. Prof. Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies-van Huffel

New blog posts


Rock at Nassar farm
Lamentation in a Pandemic


Rock at Nassar farm
Catching the moment


Rock at Nassar farm
Is a new world being revealed through this pandemic?

 

 
 

New resources



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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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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.


"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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