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News from the World Council of Churches
12 - 18 June 2020

 

Bossey master students graduate, “fully equipped to appreciate diversity”

Bossey master students graduate, “fully equipped to appreciate diversity”

On 17 June, six new master students finished their yearlong studies with the graduation ceremony of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey.


Metropolitan Nicholovos: “We cannot afford to be bystanders”

Metropolitan Nicholovos: “We cannot afford to be bystanders”

In a lively online discussion entitled “Breaking Down the Walls,” the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church explored the racial injustices in our society, how racism plays a role in the Indian American community, and what Orthodox Christians can do. Sunil Kurian, an attorney who resides in Philadelphia (USA) moderated the discussion, saying: “These are troubling times. We as Orthodox Christians must break down the walls of racism that separate us.”


Multilateral Ecumenism. Sixty Years of Experience From the Perspective of the Pontifical Council for  Promoting Christian Unity

Multilateral Ecumenism. Sixty Years of Experience From the Perspective of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

In the field of multilateral relations, the major partner of the Catholic Church is the World Council of Churches (WCC). Founded in 1948, it is the broadest and most inclusive ecumenical organization, bringing together 350 Christian denominations including Orthodox, Lutherans, Reformed, Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists as well as United and Independent churches. Altogether they represent over 500 million Christians worldwide.


“Zero Rape, Zero Violence” radio show has vital role, particularly amid COVID-19 lockdowns

“Zero Rape, Zero Violence” radio show has vital role, particularly amid COVID-19 lockdowns

Ayoko Bahun-Wilson is regional coordinator for West Africa for the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme. She hosted a weekly radio show for churches in Benin called “Zero Rape, Zero Violence.” The show was offered in collaboration by the WCC, Deborah Network, INACES and Hosannah Radio. Below, Bahun-Wilson reflects on how the radio show, offered every Wednesday for three months, has heightened awareness—but there are many challenges that remain.

 


South Sudan cleric highlights biting hunger in a “triple pandemic” as African churches confront food insecurity

South Sudan cleric highlights biting hunger in a “triple pandemic” as African churches confront food insecurity

South Sudan church leaders are among African clerics who are highlighting a painful “hunger pandemic” in their countries, as experts warn of aggravated food insecurity in regions due to coronavirus. Fr James Oyet Latansio, general secretary of the South Sudan Council of Churches, said the disease had devastated families, creating a “triple pandemic” including COVID-19, gender-based violence and severe hunger.


Churches from across the world to join the Ecumenical Peace Message for Korea

Churches from across the world to join the Ecumenical Peace Message for Korea

A Joint Ecumenical Peace Message for the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War will be presented at the online event “Ecumenical efforts for peace on the Korean War’s 70th Anniversary,” hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) at 13.00 CEST on 22 June.


At Bossey, ’I could feel the belongingness’

At Bossey, ’I could feel the belongingness’

During a graduation webcast, students from the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Institute Bossey described what it was like to live for ten months or more in an environment like no other. As they receive their post-graduate degrees in ecumenical studies, they look back fondly on their sense of community, professors—and even the food.


Applications open for studies at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, in 2021-2022

Applications open for studies at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, in 2021-2022

When asked on the day of her graduation how she would describe Bossey, former student Quantisha Mason replied, ’Bossey is like a love letter to God.’ Now, the Ecumenical Institute invites prospective students to apply for the study year of 2021-2022.


In Brazil, “kindness generates kindness” during Week of Prayer

In Brazil, “kindness generates kindness” during Week of Prayer

Rev. Inácio Lemke is president of the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil (CONIC). He is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. This interview is part of a series dedicated to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


WCC alarmed by escalation and renewed threats of military action on Korean Peninsula

WCC alarmed by escalation and renewed threats of military action on Korean Peninsula

Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary, expressed both alarm and dismay at the destruction of the joint liaison office in Kaesong - opened in 2018 to facilitate communication and cooperation between the two Koreas - and renewed threats of military action on the Korean Peninsula.


Papuan religious leaders urge justice as an end to racism

Papuan religious leaders urge justice as an end to racism

In a statement to the president of the Republic of Indonesia, Papuan religious leaders are urging justice for seven defendants on trial in the Balikpapan - East Kalimantan District Court who held a demonstration because they were rejecting racist treatment. “But the indictments and charges at the trial were very different from the data and facts in the field,” reads the statement. “They are victims of racism but they have been accused of treason.”


Church leaders across the globe express deep concern over Israeli plan to annex parts of West Bank

Church leaders across the globe express deep concern over Israeli plan to annex parts of West Bank

Church leaders from across the world are expressing their grave concern over the government of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.


WCC corrects false media portrayal of activities in Israel and the occupied territories

WCC corrects false media portrayal of activities in Israel and the occupied territories

In a statement on 16 June, WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca reiterated the WCC’s policy position in support of international law, and corrected false media portrayals of activities in Israel and the occupied territories.


“Who will pay the recovery?” – international report calls for tax justice under COVID-19

“Who will pay the recovery?” – international report calls for tax justice under COVID-19

The global pandemic has led to major structural increases in public expenditures to support health, incomes and employment. The question of who will ultimately foot the bill will need to be answered. A report launched on 15 June by the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation alerts that the economic burden must not fall disproportionately on disadvantaged groups and countries.


WCC sends greeting to Presbyterian Church in Taiwan’s General Assembly

WCC sends greeting to Presbyterian Church in Taiwan’s General Assembly

WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca sent a video greeting to the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan’s 65th General Assembly.


Presbyterian Church in Korea to hold Peace Convocation: “No more war!”

Presbyterian Church in Korea to hold Peace Convocation: “No more war!”

A Peace Convocation commemorating 70 years since the start of the Korean War will be held on 20 June at the White Horse Memorial in Cholwon, South Korea.


“United Methodists Stand Against Racism” campaign offers array of actions

“United Methodists Stand Against Racism” campaign offers array of actions

In a campaign called simply “United Methodists Stand Against Racism,” the United Methodist Church is offering an array of worship opportunities, prayer gatherings, practical suggestions and other resources. “We recognize racism as a sin,” reads a statement introducing the campaign. “We commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access.”


“Only silence can echo our pain” – Brazilian voices hush in solidarity with COVID-19 victims

“Only silence can echo our pain” – Brazilian voices hush in solidarity with COVID-19 victims

As Brazilians face harder times on a daily basis with the increasing impacts of COVID-19 at all levels of society, several church-based organizations launched a campaign on 11 June calling on people to express solidarity with all who have lost family members and friends due to the pandemic and its systemic consequences in a reality marked by inequality, such as hunger, violence, and racism.


“Coronaspection” project features Church of Sweden Archbishop Dr Antje Jackelén

“Coronaspection” project features Church of Sweden Archbishop Dr Antje Jackelén

As part of a “Coronaspection” project in which world religious leaders share wisdom in times of crisis, Church of Sweden Archbishop Dr Antje Jackelén was featured in a lively conversation with Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein, director of The Elijah Faith Institute. Through Coronaspection, The Elijah Faith Institute is bringing together world religious leaders for their insights on faith during the time of the coronavirus, with a sense of solidarity and interconnectedness of humanity.


 

New videos

A Bossey Experience – Conversation with Bossey Master Students

New blog posts


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International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict: we must advocate for a change


Rock at Nassar farm
75th anniversary of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: has your country ratified the UN treaty?

 


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Master's graduation at Bossey Ecumenical Institute, June 2020

 
 

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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.


Webinar series: Human Rights and Climate Change

Webinar series: Human Rights and Climate Change

17 June - 01 July 2020

This series of short webinars are promoted by the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights (comprised of World Council of Churches, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Dominicans for Justice and Peace, Franciscans International, the Lutheran World Federation, and Soka Gakkai International) on the occasion of the 44th Session of the Human Rights Council.


Ecumenical Efforts for Peace on the Korean War’s 70th Anniversary

Ecumenical Efforts for Peace on the Korean War’s 70th Anniversary

22 June 2020 Online

Online event ‘Ecumenical efforts for peace on the Korean War’s 70th Anniversary’ will take place at 13.00 CEST on Monday, 22 June 2020. During the livestreamed event a Joint Ecumenical Peace Message for the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War will be presented.


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.


Executive Committee meeting (online)

Executive Committee meeting (online)

20 - 24 July 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.


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

13 - 18 November 2020 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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