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News from the World Council of Churches
21 - 27 August 2020

WCC, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue release “Serving a Wounded World” document

 

In troubled Cameroon, hard-hit Presbyterian church leads peace efforts

In troubled Cameroon, hard-hit Presbyterian church leads peace efforts

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.


National Council of Churches (USA): “Not too tired to continue to fight for justice”

National Council of Churches (USA): “Not too tired to continue to fight for justice”

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.”


WCC, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue release “Serving a Wounded World” document

WCC, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue release “Serving a Wounded World” document

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.


Amazon’s grave risks exacerbated by agri-plundering, proselytizing

Amazon’s grave risks exacerbated by agri-plundering, proselytizing

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.


Special Laudato Si’ anniversary year now being commemorated

Special Laudato Si’ anniversary year now being commemorated

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.


Podcast shares how faith communities can boost mental health among youth

Podcast shares how faith communities can boost mental health among youth

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.


Moral call collective issues statement on COVID-19 corruption in South Africa

Moral call collective issues statement on COVID-19 corruption in South Africa

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.


WCC moderator contributes to G20 Interfaith Forum on Africa

WCC moderator contributes to G20 Interfaith Forum on Africa

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.


How do we ‘walk the talk’ on climate justice? We have to change

How do we ‘walk the talk’ on climate justice? We have to change

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.


WCC commemorates life of Bishop John K. Yambasu

WCC commemorates life of Bishop John K. Yambasu

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.


Thomas Kang: “Hope is what moves Christians”

Thomas Kang: “Hope is what moves Christians”

Economist Thomas Kang is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC).


WCC mourns passing of Rev. Dr Alexi Chehadeh, peacemaker in Syria

WCC mourns passing of Rev. Dr Alexi Chehadeh, peacemaker in Syria

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.


 

New videos

Ecumenical Women at the United Nations: #ThursdaysinBlack Pledge Campaign
GEM School 2020 opening public panel

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Rock at Nassar farm
Peace, the mother of love

 

 
 

New resources



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Season of Creation 2020

 
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The Light of Peace: The Churches and the Korean Peninsula


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Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus
 
 

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News in Italian


Il CEC e il Pontificio Consiglio per il Dialogo Interreligioso pubblicano il documento “Al servizio di un mondo sofferente”

Il CEC e il Pontificio Consiglio per il Dialogo Interreligioso pubblicano il documento “Al servizio di un mondo sofferente”

Il Consiglio Ecumenico delle Chiese (CEC), e il Pontificio Consiglio per il Dialogo Interreligioso (PCID, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue) hanno pubblicato un documento congiunto, “La solidarietà interreligiosa al servizio di un mondo sofferente: un appello alla riflessione e all’azione dei cristiani durante e post-COVID-19”. Il suo scopo è stimolare le chiese e le organizzazioni cristiane a riflettere sull’importanza della solidarietà interreligiosa in un mondo colpito dalla pandemia del COVID-19.

Upcoming events

 

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)

19 August - 02 October 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.


Season of Creation

Season of Creation

01 September - 04 October 2020 Worldwide

From September 1st to 4 October, Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation”. The beginning and the end date of Season of Creation are linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity, respectively.


Webtalk: 10 years Human Right to Water - problems, positions, perspectives

Webtalk: 10 years Human Right to Water - problems, positions, perspectives

01 September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the acute lack of water and the unacceptable sanitary conditions in which large parts of the world‘s population have to live every day.


World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

13 - 21 September 2020 Worldwide

During this week which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.


Diakonia as game changer? Leadership of Service in Times of Crisis, Complexity and Transformation (online conference)

Diakonia as game changer? Leadership of Service in Times of Crisis, Complexity and Transformation (online conference)

17 September 2020

The World Council of Churches is supporting the 8th conference of the International Society for Research and Study on Diaconia and Christian Social Practice (ReDi). Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held online on 17 September 2020.


Executive Committee meeting (by video conference)

Executive Committee meeting (by video conference)

09 - 13 November 2020

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.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

18 - 25 January 2021 Worldwide (northern hemisphere)

Tasked with preparing a draft for the Week of Prayer 2021, the Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland chose the theme “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit” (cf. Jn 15:5-9). It expresses their community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the church and the human family.


Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference (postponed)

Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference (postponed)

02 - 05 June 2021 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’.


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.


Interreligious Summer School Bossey

Interreligious Summer School Bossey

26 July - 14 August 2021 Ecumenical Institute at Bossey

Applications for the Interreligious Summer School of the WCC's Ecumenical Institute Bossey are open until 30 November 2020.

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