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