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29 October - 4 November 2021

WEEKLY HIGHLIGHT
UN climate summit COP26 in Glasgow
ECUMENICAL PRAYER CYCLE

This week we pray for:
Canada, United States of America
31 October 2021 - 06 November 2021

Next week we pray for:
Oceania: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Maohi Nui), Kanaky, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
07 November 2021 - 13 November 2021

NEWS


WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs opens meeting in Johannesburg with focus on helping to heal the world’s deep wounds
With the welcoming sound of South African drums, the 58th meeting of the World Council of Churches Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) began this week in Johannesburg, reviewing the work of the commission between two WCC assemblies and discussing the churches’ engagement in critical issues of the world today.
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During visit to National Council of Churches (USA) His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew urges we “must change the way we see the world and society”
During an historic visit to the National Council of Churches (USA) on 26 October, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew reflected that ecumenical dialogue is first and foremost a witness to our Christian faith.
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As Bread for the World visits WCC, the focus is on common witness
The leadership team of Bread for the World visited the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 2 November with a focus on being together in the midst of the changing COVID-19 pandemic—and what togetherness means for common service and spiritually.
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75 years of ecumenical witness shape prophetic role of churches in international affairs
During the 58th meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) in Johannesburg, a webinar celebrating the 75th anniversary of the commission offered historical conversations between former and present CCIA moderators and commissioners.
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Churches prepare for World Day of Prayer for Children
World Council of Churches (WCC) member churches and partners are preparing for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, which will be observed this year on 19 November.
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WCC sends Diwali greetings to Hindu friends
In a letter, World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca sent greetings to Hindu communities celebrating the festival of Diwali.
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H.E. Archbishop Dr Vicken Aykazian honored for half a century of service
H.E. Archbishop Dr Vicken Aykazian of the Armenian Apostolic Church (Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin) USA, was honored for half a century of service. The Holy Trinity Church of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania (USA), organized a ceremony and banquet as a special tribute to the 50th anniversary of his ordination.
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Missiological conference will celebrate centenary of International Missionary Council
A World Council of Churches (WCC) online missiological conference will celebrate the centenary of the International Missionary Council on 16-18 November. The conference will include public webinars, in addition to regional sessions of the International Missionary Council study process.
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What do we expect from COP26? Video shows your voice matters
As COP26 began on 31 October and runs through 12 November, faith-based leaders are raising their voices in unprecedented ways. A newly released 15-minute video co-produced by the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance and Lutheran World Federation portrays a candid, passionate conversation about what churches and faith communities can and should be doing to ensure every voice is heard not only at COP26 but beyond.
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WCC expresses grave concern over political situation in Sudan
The World Council of Churches (WCC) expressed grave concern over the current state of emergency in Sudan. “Government officials, including ministers and civilian members of the Transitional Sovereign Council, have been arrested,” said WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca. “It has also been reported that at least seven people have been killed and some 140 others injured after soldiers opened fire on demonstrators.”
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WCC shares message of appreciation for Rev. Dr Martin Junge
As Rev. Dr Martin Junge ends his tenure as the head of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), World Council of Churches acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca expressed thanksgiving for Junge’s gifts and his many years of service.
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In East Jerusalem, “we will never give up our rights”
What is it like to face the fear of eviction or demolition of your home, day after day, year after year? Personal testimonies during a 28 October webinar portrayed the reality of living in East Jerusalem today.
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WCC sends greetings to Presbyterian Church in Trinidad and Tobago’s National Convention
The World Council of Churches (WCC) shared joyful greetings with the Presbyterian Church in Trinidad and Tobago, as the church hosted its 1st Virtual National Convention on 30 October.
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WCC BLOG


For real: let’s get inspired from each other’s cultures at COP26 and beyond
04 November 2021
COP26 is in full swing, and I manage to follow it from my desk at home, thanks to digital technology. This is one positive thing we learned from COVID-19: we don’t need to fly around the world anymore. That is…provided there is good internet connection, which is not always the case in all countries.
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Climate change: a stage for world political leaders—and a question of our hearts
02 November 2021
COP26 in Glasgow started this week, offering a stage for world political leaders. For most of them, it was an opportunity to share their vision of the world they are leading. For some others, despite being among the most powerful, COP26 is also an opportunity to express their position on the major challenge of humanity in the 21st century by their absence. What did we hear in the first two days of this COP?
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COP26: historic moment into what really matters to sustain life
01 November 2021
The highly anticipated, long awaited COP26 began 31 October. It has now been six years since the adoption of the Paris Agreement at COP21 and much remains to be implemented in order to fulfil the promises agreed to at that historic moment by the member states. We knew then that the road ahead would be challenging and that changing our systems would require a radical shift in policies and behaviours—but we were hopeful.
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PHOTO GALLERIES
COP26: Pilgrims gather in Glasgow
WCC-CCIA 58th meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa
VIDEOS
#COP26 - your voice matters
WEBINARS
75 years of Ecumenical Prophetic Witness: Conversation with Past and Present CCIA Moderators
Webinar “Realizing Equal Nationality Rights for All”
RESOURCES
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022
Resources on the ecumenical engagement for climate justice
Apply for the Brunnen Workshops at the 11th WCC Assembly in Karlsruhe!
PUBLICATIONS
Thursdays in Black Bible Studies: Series One
Latest issue of The Ecumenical Review
EVENTS

The 58th meeting of the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs
Dates : 02 November 2021 - 06 November 2021 The WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) will meet on 2-6 November in Johannesburg and online, reviewing its work between the two WCC assemblies and preparing for the upcoming WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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Ecumenical service for COP26
Dates : 07 November 2021 - 07 November 2021 Co-organised by Church of Scotland, Churches Together Glasgow, Conference of European Churches, and World Council of Churches.
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WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism meeting
Dates : 09 November 2021 - 11 November 2021 The World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism will hold an online meeting 9-11 November to evaluate its work and impact from the 10th WCC Assembly in Busan in 2013 to the 11th WCC Assembly in Karlsruhe in 2022.
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Book launch: "Call to Discipleship”
Dates : 10 November 2021 - 10 November 2021 On 10 November, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism will release a new publication, “Call to Discipleship: Mission in the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace,” a collection of the commission’s study documents from 2018-2021.
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Executive Committee meeting
Dates : 12 November 2021 - 17 November 2021 The WCC executive committee will meet on 12-17 November, celebrating Bossey’s 75th anniversary on 13 November with students and faculty.
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16 Days against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Dates : 25 November 2021 - 10 December 2021 The 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year, the World Council of Churches is raising awareness on the tragic reality of Missing and Murdered Women, raising voices of faith and justice, and facilitating Biblical reflection on the root causes of sexual and gender-based violence.
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Dates : 18 January 2022 - 25 January 2022 The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 was chosen by the Middle East Council of Churches: "We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him." (Mt 2:2) More than ever, in these difficult times, we need a light that shines in the darkness and that light, Christians proclaim, has been manifested in Jesus Christ.
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Executive Committee meeting
Dates : 08 February 2022 - 08 February 2022 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.
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Central Committee meeting
Dates : 09 February 2022 - 15 February 2022 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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Steward programme 2022
Dates : 21 August 2022 - 10 September 2022 The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites ecumenical youth to be stewards at the 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2022. The Stewards Programme aims to bring together a dynamic and diverse group of 160 young people from all over the world, from 21 August to 10 September 2022. The invitation is open to young people from a variety of backgrounds, churches and regions.
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Applications open for communicators to support WCC 11th Assembly

The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites communicators from around the globe to be part of a professional online communication team to support the WCC 11th Assembly in 2022. We are looking for both young communicators between 18 and 30 years old and senior, more full-fledged communicators to assist us in covering the assembly through multiple WCC communication channels globally.
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The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 550 million Christians in over 120 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC acting general secretary is Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, from the Orthodox Church in Romania.

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