News from the World Council of Churches
12 - 18 February 2021

Seven Weeks for Water
during the season of Lent

The World Council of Churches (WCC) was honoured as a top non-governmental organization for its work during 2020, receiving a second-place Geneva Engage Award on 18 February for effective and inspiring social media outreach and engagement.

In an exclusive interview with the World Council of Churches, H.E. Cardinal Silvano M. Tomasi reflects on the the global conversation about a world free from nuclear weapons, and how churches can get involved. He also shares his insights on strategies to decrease the funds allocated to the arms race and dedicate them to economic recovery. 

World Council of Churches interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca sent joyful greetings to the Gereja Masehi Injili di Halmahera 4th Annual Assembly in Indonesia, being held 18 February. 

As the Ecumenical Fraternity Campaign begins in Brazil, World Council of Churches interim general secretary Rev. Dr Ioan Sauca shared his hope that the campaign will bring a unique opportunity to express concrete solidarity and support to the work of churches engaged in expressing Christian unity. 

Seven Weeks for Water begins on 17 February, bringing reflections that help us see water pollution as “not just an environmental crisis but also a spiritual one,” in the words of the Navajo tradition. 

A three-day online conference organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Ecumenical and Francophone Seminar on Theology of Ecology, 11-13 February, gathered voices to reflect on the theme “Rethinking Ecological Relationships in the Anthropocene Era.”

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is remembering the life of Patrick Matsikenyiri, whose career included virtually all aspects of church music—singing, choral directing, composition, hymnal editor, festival leader, professor, and enlivener of global songs in venues around the world.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has requested correction of an article in the Algemeiner that listed the WCC among supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel.

The article, by Dexter Van Zile, appeared in the 10 February edition of the newspaper. 

The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee will meet 15-17 February by videoconference to address the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on WCC work in 2021 given the uncertainty of in-person meetings. 

An online prayer hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) brought together people from all over the world, including Rome, Andorra, Malta, Portugal, San Marino and Spain. 

A webinar entitled “Reflections on recent developments in the USA and their significance for interreligious relations,” held 9 February, brought together more than 20 advisers in interreligious relations from various World Council of Churches (WCC) member churches from across the globe.

Prayer Cycle

This week we pray for:

Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland

14 - 20 February 2021

Next week we pray for:

France, Germany, Monaco

21 - 27 February 2021


New videos

WCC message on the launch of the Ecumenical Fraternity Campaign in Brazil
Webinar: The Celebration in Transformation (Lent) - Episode IV: Reimaging the Future, Pt. I

New blog posts

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Terry Macarthur: Remembering Patrick Matsinkinyiri (27 July 1937 – 15 January 2021)


New resources

Thursdays in Black poster     
“Seven Weeks for Water” campaign

Thursdays in Black poster     
Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus



New publications

Thursdays in Black poster     
Pilgrim Prayer: The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle


New on Facebook

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WCC recieves #GenevaEngage Award

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Pray with the #WCC

Gertrude Fefoame
#StaySafeTogether #PrayTogether



News in other languages


Para marcar o início da Campanha da Fraternidade Ecumênica no Brasil, o Secretário-Geral Interino do Conselho Mundial de Igrejas, Rev. Dr. Ioan Sauca, compartilhou sua esperança de que a campanha trará uma oportunidade única de expressar solidariedade e apoio concretos ao trabalho das igrejas engajadas na expressão da unidade Cristã. 

מועצת הכנסיות העולמית (WCC) ביקשה תיקון של כתבה אשר הופיעה ב-Algemeinerאשר רשמה את ה-WCC בין התומכים של תנועת החרם, מניעת ההשקעות והעיצומים (BDS) נגד ישראל.

הכתבה, מאת דקסטר ואן זיל, הופיעה במהדורת העיתון מתאריך ה-10 בפברואר.

طلب مجلس الكنائس العالمي تصحيحاً لمقال ورد في جريدة Algemeiner ذكر مجلس الكنائس العالمي في قائمة داعمي حركة المقاطعة وسحب الاستثمارات وفرض العقوبات وإسرائيل 

Upcoming events



The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network invites you to use the season of Lent to reflect on God’s gift of water. Since 2008, the WCC– through its “Seven Weeks for Water” campaign – has been providing weekly theological reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March (which always falls during the Lenten period).

In five episodes held on the third Thursday of each month beginning in November, the webinars will explore the following themes: “Answering the Ancestral Call of Legacy and Leadership,” “The Healing in Our Lament,” “Hope: Unity Within Diversity,” “The Celebration in Transformation,” and “Resurrection: The Diakonia at Work in the World Today.”

WCC Faith and Order Commission, China, June 2019, Photo: WCC

WCC Faith and Order Commission

23 - 25 February 2021

The World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission will convene online from 23-25 February.

The fourth edition of the  World Council of Churches (WCC) Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice will be held 18-24 January 2021 in the Pacific region in five countries (Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu &  Solomon Islands), hosted by the Pacific Conference of Churches.

Bossey webpage on computer

Applications open - Bossey Online Course

01 March 2021

The WCC Ecumenical Institute at Bossey sets out to broaden its repertoire of courses in Ecumenical Studies to include a course now offered fully online.

The World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism will meet online 4-5 March and 8-9 March. 

Preparing 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.

Students in conversation outside the chapel of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey. Photo: Peter Kenny/WCC

From 2-5 June 2021, the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey hosts an international conference on ‘Teaching Ecumenism in the Context of World Christianity’.

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

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.

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


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