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News from the World Council of Churches
19 - 25 June 2020

 

Churches say that peace treaty is essential next step for the Korean Peninsula

Churches say that peace treaty is essential next step for the Korean Peninsula

Churches throughout the world are calling for a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War that started 70 years ago today.


With blue umbrellas for unity, the people stand for peace in Korea

With blue umbrellas for unity, the people stand for peace in Korea

At a Peace Convocation on 20 June, people holding blue umbrellas as a symbol of unity prayed, walked and called for peace together. The convocation, coordinated by the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, commemorated 70 years since the start of the Korean War. Held at the White Horse Hill Memorial in Cholwon, the observance took place on one of the most ferocious battlefields of the Korean War.


“Voices from the fellowship” speak strongly for racial justice

“Voices from the fellowship” speak strongly for racial justice

Voices from the World Council of Churches (WCC) global fellowship are speaking out strongly against racism and for justice in an ongoing show of solidarity and action. These voices are amplifying the idea of a “conversion that will end all forms of racism and racial discrimination” set forth in a 3 June World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee Statement on Racial Justice in the USA.


Evangelical Church in Germany releases statement on Germany’s council presidency

Evangelical Church in Germany releases statement on Germany’s council presidency

The chairs of the German Bishops’ Conference and the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany released on 22 June a statement on Germany’s Council presidency. On 1 July Germany will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. “God keeps God’s promises to us human beings,” the statement reads. “And God gives us the strength to contribute our part to a successful outcome.”


New questions answered by WCC COVID-19 support team

New questions answered by WCC COVID-19 support team

The World Council of Churches (WCC) COVID-19 support team fielded a new set of questions from the fellowship, and has provided answers that highlight best practices. The questions reflect the key concerns from member churches and partners all over the world.


WCC convenes faith-based healthcare providers to share challenges, map the future

WCC convenes faith-based healthcare providers to share challenges, map the future

On 19 June, the World Council of Churches (WCC) convened a group of church-based healthcare providers who discussed what a global COVID-19 response looks like—now and in the future.


Anglican Communion Environmental Network: climate injustice tied to racism

Anglican Communion Environmental Network: climate injustice tied to racism

The Anglican Communion Environmental Network released a statement on 19 June, “Environmental racism: when #blacklivesdon’tmatter,” noting that predominantly black lives are being impacted by drought, flooding, storms and sea level rise.

 


Lutheran Archbishop of Finland: “a lasting duty to stand up for the oppressed”

Lutheran Archbishop of Finland: “a lasting duty to stand up for the oppressed”

Our series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors highlights those who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. Rev. Dr Tapio Luoma is the archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.


National Council of Churches in Korea publishes worship resources for National Reconciliation Week

National Council of Churches in Korea publishes worship resources for National Reconciliation Week

The National Council of Churches in Korea has published a booklet of worship resources for National Reconciliation Week, which is being observed 15-25 June.


Week of Prayer in Slovakia: “The unity was growing in front of my eyes”

Week of Prayer in Slovakia: “The unity was growing in front of my eyes”

Rev. Eva Guldanova is a Lutheran minister, ecumenical theologian, and assistant to the general secretary of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Slovakia. This interview is part of a series dedicated to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


Amid COVID-19, people drew closer to the WCC fellowship

Amid COVID-19, people drew closer to the WCC fellowship

As the COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread loss and hardship, people across the world have drawn closer to the World Council of Churches (WCC), showing increased interest in many channels of communication.


“As Christians we are called to take bold new steps for peace” on the Korean Peninsula

“As Christians we are called to take bold new steps for peace” on the Korean Peninsula

As members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) fellowship and national councils of churches gathered online on 22 June, they pledged to walk beside their sisters and brothers on the Korean Peninsula in their quest for peace.


“Light of Peace” publication nurtures hope for peace on the Korean Peninsula

“Light of Peace” publication nurtures hope for peace on the Korean Peninsula

A new World Council of Churches (WCC) publication, “The Light of Peace – The Churches and the Korean Peninsula,” is offering WCC member churches resources for understanding and reflecting on 70 years of unresolved conflict on the Korean Peninsula during this anniversary year, 2020.


Joint message calls for healing wounds and a shared future for the Korean Peninsula

Joint message calls for healing wounds and a shared future for the Korean Peninsula

A Joint Ecumenical Peace Message for the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War was publicly delivered on 22 June during a live-streamed event. Co-sponsored by churches and councils of churches around the world, especially from countries that participated in the Korean War, the message describes the Korean War as an “appallingly destructive conflict” after which no peace treaty was ever concluded.


Pacific Conference of Churches calls for justice for Maohi people

Pacific Conference of Churches calls for justice for Maohi people

As the people of Maohi (French Polynesia) are remembering the seventh year of their re- inscription on the United Nations decolonisation list, the Pacific Conference of Churches, in a 19 June statement, called on France to act with justice.


On World Refugee Day, “Every Action Counts”

On World Refugee Day, “Every Action Counts”

On 20 June, World Refugee Day will be observed with the theme “Every Action Counts” by all who are striving for a more just, inclusive, and equal world. The UN Refugee Agency, in a Global Trends report released this week, indicates that 1% of all of humanity is displaced. That is 79.5 million people fleeing conflict, violence and persecution worldwide.“This year, more than ever, there is a need for hope, faith and courage to continue in our persistent efforts to make our world a safe, just, welcoming and equitable place for all,” Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary stated on the occasion of the day.


CCA reiterates commitment to accompany Korean churches in their struggle for reconciliation and reunification

CCA reiterates commitment to accompany Korean churches in their struggle for reconciliation and reunification

In a solidarity message on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of Korean War, the Christian Conference of Asia reiterated its commitment of solidarity with the people of the Korean Peninsula in their struggle for justice, reconciliation, and reunification.


 

New videos

Korean Peace Convocation and Peace march at the demilitarized zone
Ososo - Come Now : Gwachen Glory Church PROK
#ThursdaysinBlack: The Most Reverend Dr Tapio Luoma - Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

New blog post


Rock at Nassar farm
Prayers are key of peace

 


New photos


 Thursdays in Black poster      
Peace convocation and march at the demilitarized zone between the North and South Koreas

 
 

New resources



Thursdays in Black poster     
Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus

 
Thursdays in Black poster     
"Light of Peace", the Global prayer campaign for peace in Korea
 
 

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מנהיגי הכנסיות ברחבי העולם מביעים דאגה עמוקה בנוגע לתוכנית הישראלית לספח חלקים מן הגדה המערבית

מנהיגי הכנסיות ברחבי העולם מביעים דאגה עמוקה בנוגע לתוכנית הישראלית לספח חלקים מן הגדה המערבית

מנהיגי הכנסיות ברחבי העולם מביעים דאגה עמוקה בנוגע לתוכנית הישראלית לספח חלקים מן הגדה המערבית


قادة الكنائس في ربوع العالم يعربون عن قلقهم العميق إزاء خطة إسرائيل لضم أجزاء من الضفة الغربية

قادة الكنائس في ربوع العالم يعربون عن قلقهم العميق إزاء خطة إسرائيل لضم أجزاء من الضفة الغربية

قادة الكنائس في ربوع العالم يعربون عن قلقهم العميق إزاء خطة إسرائيل لضم أجزاء من الضفة الغربية
 

No Brasil  "gentileza gera gentileza" na Semana de Oração pela Unidade Cristã

No Brasil "gentileza gera gentileza" na Semana de Oração pela Unidade Cristã

O Pastor Inácio Lemke, presidente do Conselho Nacional de Igrejas Cristãs do Brasil (CONIC), é ministro ordenado da Igreja Evangélica de Confissão Luterana no Brasil (IECLB). Esta entrevista é parte de uma série de artigos do CMI relacionados à Semana de Oração pela Unidade Cristã.


“Só o silêncio pode ecoar nossa dor” - vozes brasileiras silenciam em solidariedade às vítimas da COVID-19

“Só o silêncio pode ecoar nossa dor” - vozes brasileiras silenciam em solidariedade às vítimas da COVID-19

Com a população brasileira enfrentando dificuldades diariamente com os crescentes impactos da COVID-19 em todos os níveis da sociedade, diversas organizações religiosas se juntaram, para lançar uma campanha em 11 de junho último. A iniciativa pede às pessoas que expressem sua solidariedade com todos os que perderam familiares e amigos devido à pandemia e suas consequências sistêmicas em uma realidade marcada por desigualdades, incluindo a fome, a violência e o racismo.


Irmãs compartilham sabedoria de suas vidas com raízes em Cristo para a próxima semana de oração pela unidade

Irmãs compartilham sabedoria de suas vidas com raízes em Cristo para a próxima semana de oração pela unidade

Os novos materiais disponibilizados para a Semana de Oração pela Unidade dos Cristãos, marcada para o ano que vem, se valem de diversas experiências de vida comunitária contemplativa para nos guiar em uma jornada de oração cujos frutos são a reconciliação e solidariedade. Encarregada de preparar a versão preliminar dos materiais para a edição de 2021, a Comunidade de Grandchamp, na Suíça, escolheu o tema “Permanecei no meu amor e produzireis muitos frutos” (ver Jo 15, 5-9).

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.


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.


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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