Cameroon's 27 million people have two official languages -- English and French – but the people in the two linguistic groups are divided, adding to the nation's woes and those for its church leaders, along with another affliction, Boko Haram extremists. Rev. Miki Hans Abia, synod clerk of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, lives in the southwestern part where most of the minority Anglophones live as the result of the country's complex colonial history and explains his church’s role in the peace process.
On 26 August, the National Council of Churches (USA) released a statement expressing outrage over still more police shootings of Black men. “It is hard to believe that we are in the position to have to issue another statement on police shootings,” reads the statement. “Yet, here we are.”
The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) have released a joint document, “Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity: A Christian Call to Reflection and Action During COVID-19 and Beyond.” Its purpose is to encourage churches and Christian organizations to reflect on the importance of interreligious solidarity in a world wounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
God’s creation groans in the Amazon forest, a sacred space for 34 million people suffering from the growth of inequality, land invasion, extractivism, relaxation of environmental laws, criminalization and murder of its defenders, and arson orchestrated by agribusiness—all of it made worse by proselytizing.
A special anniversary year, running from 24 May 2020 to 24 May 2021 is now being observed to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Laudato Si’ encyclical. The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is organizing several initiatives among many groups with a clear emphasis on ecological conversion in action.
Anxiety, stress and unexpected changes in lifestyles are making it increasingly difficult for many youngsters to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Alcohol and substance abuse are on the rise as young people desperately search for answers to what is hap-pening around them. Mental health issues are rapidly following In the wake of the phys-ical health and socio-economic issues caused by COVID-19.
On 25 August, a delegation led by the South African Council of Churches met with officials from the African National Congress to call for societal action against COVID-19 corruption.
Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC), contributed to a G20 Interfaith Forum on Africa hosted by KAICIID, or the International Dialogue Centre, dedicated to the facilitation of dialogue between followers of different cultures and religions.
A webinar series promoted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) focusing on good practices of ecological justice and economy of life was closed on 18 August with reflections and examples of how churches worldwide are promoting renewable energy and climate protection.
Bishop John K. Yambasu, resident bishop of the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone and president of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, died suddenly in a road accident on 16 August.
Economist Thomas Kang is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is mourning the death of the Very Reverend Archimandrite Dr Alexi Chehadeh, who led the Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East in Damascus, Syria.