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News from the World Council of Churches
4 - 9 September 2020

 

Faith groups commemorate United Nations 75th anniversary, look to the future

Faith groups commemorate United Nations 75th anniversary, look to the future

An online event on 8 September brought together a wide range of faith expressions, delivering messages of hope and solidarity to the United Nations, underlining the urgency of upholding a robust multilateral system for the coordination of responses to the mounting global crises.


In Season of Creation, “no action or initiative is too small to begin”

In Season of Creation, “no action or initiative is too small to begin”

Athena Peralta is World Council of Churches programme executive for Economic and Ecological Justice.


Online panel will explore tax reform from faith-rooted perspective

Online panel will explore tax reform from faith-rooted perspective

A public online panel discussion—“In a Time of Pandemic, Inequality, and Climate Change: Zacchaeus Tax and Jubilee Now!”—will explore how taxation, reparations, and debt cancellation could contribute to shaping an Economy of Life in a world marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, widening socio-economic inequalities, and a growing climate emergency.


WCC appeals to UN: human rights must be upheld in Cameroon

WCC appeals to UN: human rights must be upheld in Cameroon

In a letter to UN officials, World Council of Churches international affairs director Peter Prove urges an end to violence and the violation of human rights in Cameroon.


Online prayer service to observe World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

Online prayer service to observe World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

An online morning prayer hosted by the WCC on 14 September will be specially focused on the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, observed this year from 13-21 September.


Webinar will show how Green Village nurtures "New way of work"

Webinar will show how Green Village nurtures "New way of work"

On 17 September, a livestream event will show how the Green Village promotes a “New way of work” for the World Council of Churches and other organizations that will be located there. The webinar is designed in the Green Village spirit, fostering the open exchange of ideas for a better future.


Global Christian Forum convenes online to reflect on aims during COVID-19 pandemic

Global Christian Forum convenes online to reflect on aims during COVID-19 pandemic

The Global Christian Forum, on 3 September, virtually convened a committee of 29 people representing Christian traditions from all over the world. They reflected on the aims of the forum as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Discussions centered around a paper delivered by Rev. Hubert van Beek, founding secretary of the Global Christian Forum, on the specific contribution of the forum to the ongoing search for Christian unity. Participants agreed that the forum should intensify its future work in two directions: reaching new generations of leadership and encouraging regional and national meetings of Christian leaders.


WCC urges protecting the life of Dr Denis Mukwege in Democratic Republic of the Congo

WCC urges protecting the life of Dr Denis Mukwege in Democratic Republic of the Congo

After hearing about death threats against Nobel laureate Dr Denis Mukwege, physician director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Council of Churches (WCC) urged UN officials to call upon the government to ensure the protection of the life of Mukwege.


Learning English, Bossey students “can connect with each other”

Learning English, Bossey students “can connect with each other”

Moving forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic, seven students were able to attend a one-month course at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, from 3 August to 2 September, to strengthen their English-speaking skills. The short course was designed to help them succeed in their upcoming post-graduate ecumenical studies.


10th Annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture will focus on climate justice

10th Annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture will focus on climate justice

The 10th Annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture, titled “Climate Justice Globally: Now and for the Future,” will take place on 7 October online. Featured speakers will include 23-year-old Vanessa Nakate, a climate activist from Uganda who has been leading a drive for justice related to race, media representation and climate justice; and internationally-known Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.


WCC, ACT Alliance, Middle East Council of Churches appeal for addressing needs in Lebanon

WCC, ACT Alliance, Middle East Council of Churches appeal for addressing needs in Lebanon

In a joint statement, the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance, and Middle East Council of Churches appealed to address the most urgent needs in the wake of the catastrophic explosion that ripped through the heart of Beirut on 4 August.


Laudato Si’ anniversary offers “a way forward through caring for the planet and one another”

Laudato Si’ anniversary offers “a way forward through caring for the planet and one another”

Fr Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam helps coordinate the Sector on Ecology and Creation in the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at the Vatican in Rome. He is among those planning activities during a special year, running from 24 May 2020 to 24 May 2021, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Laudato Si’ encyclical.


Rev. Dr Angelique Walker-Smith: From a Christian Pan African perspective, “who writes the stories?”

Rev. Dr Angelique Walker-Smith: From a Christian Pan African perspective, “who writes the stories?”

Rev. Dr Angelique Walker-Smith is senior associate for Pan African and Orthodox Church Engagement at Bread for the World. She also serves on the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee. She recently participated in a rally and march in Washington, DC, where thousands gathered to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington in 1963 that included Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream" speech.


 

New videos

Interview with George Ziadeh, CEO of the Compassion Protestant Society

New blog post


Rock at Nassar farm
401 years later: The March on Washington marches on to end structural racism and police violence!

 


New resources



Thursdays in Black poster     
Season of Creation 2020

Thursdays in Black poster     
World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel 2020


Thursdays in Black poster     
Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus

 
 

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A bright outlook on the "New Way of Work"


 

 

News in other languages

 

Conflitos assolam Moçambique há décadas, mas as igrejas estão sempre presentes

Conflitos assolam Moçambique há décadas, mas as igrejas estão sempre presentes

O povo de Moçambique enfrenta constantes conflitos há séculos, desde os tempos do domínio colonial português e a guerra civil que o seguiu (que só terminou neste século), e agora com o Daesh e, ao mesmo tempo, o inimigo invisível do COVID-19. Não é de se espantar, portanto, que as igrejas do país tenham sempre tido muitíssimo a fazer como pacificadoras locais.


مجلس الكنائس العالمي وتحالف الكنائس للتنمية (ACT) ومجلس كنائس الشرق الأوسط يدعون لتلبية نداء لبنان

مجلس الكنائس العالمي وتحالف الكنائس للتنمية (ACT) ومجلس كنائس الشرق الأوسط يدعون لتلبية نداء لبنان

دعا مجلس الكنائس العالمي وتحالف الكنائس للتنمية (ACT) ومجلس كنائس الشرق الأوسط في بيان مشترك إلى تلبية نداء لبنان في أعقاب الانفجار الكارثي الذي هز بيروت في 4 أغسطس/ آب.

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.


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.


Zacchaeus Tax and Jubilee Now!  - GEM School 2020 Public Webinar

Zacchaeus Tax and Jubilee Now! - GEM School 2020 Public Webinar

14 September 2020

The webinar will be an opportunity to explore how taxation, reparations and debt cancellation could contribute to shaping an Economy of Life in the current landscape marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, widening socio-economic inequalities and a burgeoning climate emergency. The event will offer faith-rooted and gender-just perspectives as well as share concrete proposals as part of the ecumenical #ZacTax and Jubilee campaigns.


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.


 A bright outlook on the "New Way of Work" (digital event)

A bright outlook on the "New Way of Work" (digital event)

17 September 2020 On line

A greener, more progressive and fundamentally new way of working is at the heart of the Green Village philosophy. It is therefore with great excitement that we present our first livestream, in which three thought leaders will share their perspectives on “the new way of work”.


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

Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference

02 - 05 June 2021 Ecumenical Institute at Bossey (Switzerland)

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’.


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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