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16 - 22 July 2021

WEEKLY HIGHLIGHT
Youth gearing for future role as stewards at the 11th WCC Assembly
ECUMENICAL PRAYER CYCLE

This week we pray for:
Djibouti, Somalia
18 July 2021 - 24 July 2021

Next week we pray for:
Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda
25 July 2021 - 31 July 2021

NEWS


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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WCC mourns loss of Rev. Dr Godefroid Kangudie Tshibemba, African theologian
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is mourning the passing of Rev. Dr Godefroid Kangudie Tshibemba, known as “Kä Mana.”
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“Stop the Flow” webinar will address how to end human trafficking
The World Council of Churches and Lutheran World Federation will host a joint webinar, “Stop the Flow: Let’s End Human Trafficking,” at 13:30 CEST on 30 July, the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
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In Lebanon, “without peace there is no justice”
When Dr Michel Abs, secretary general of the Middle East Council of Churches, speaks about living conditions in Lebanon, his compassion for his people—and his passion for peace—brim over. In a video interview with the World Council of Churches, he honestly shared his deepest concerns about the current socio-economic crisis in his nation, and how churches are helping.
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Youth gearing for future role as stewards at the 11th WCC Assembly
A diverse selection of 26 young people designated as stewards for the World Council of Churches (WCC) gathered online from 14-16 June 2021 to take part in an orientation of stewardship and ecumenical formation, designed to build awareness, develop leadership, and strengthen global solidarity, as well as an orientation on their participation in upcoming major WCC meetings.
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WCC extends condolences, expresses concern over flood disaster in Europe
In a letter of solidarity to churches and all people throughout Germany, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands, the moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee Dr Agnes Abuom and WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca extended condolences and concern for those who lost loved ones during the severe flooding that struck the region in mid-July.
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Prayer services for South Africa will call for unity, mark Nelson Mandela’s birthday
On 18 July, prayer services in South Africa will mark Nelson Mandela’s birthday and will also be an opportunity to pray for unity. The Religious Forum Against COVID-19 has elected to observe the day in both a nationally broadcast prayer service as well as observing 67 minutes of prayer that evening.
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WCC moderator describes monitoring assembly plans amid COVID-19
The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee convened on 15 July via videoconference to monitor plans for the WCC 11th Assembly in 2022. Below, WCC central committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom describes some of the situations the governing body is considering as assembly plans continue to unfold.
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DiPaz urges stronger international call for Colombian government to advance peace
In a 13 July letter to the United Nations Security Council, the Diálogo Intereclesial por la Paz en Colombia (DiPaz), an interchurch platform for dialogue for peace in Colombia, called on the international community to urge the Colombian government to resume the full implementation of the peace agreement and strengthen channels of dialogue to resolve societal issues.
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As transboundary water dispute over Nile River worsens, WCC calls for prayers for peace
As tension grows in the long-running regional dispute over a giant dam built by Ethiopia on the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s main tributaries, World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary, Rev. Prof. Dr. Ioan Sauca appealed to all WCC member churches in Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan and around the world to pray for a peaceful solution to the problem.
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WCC BLOG


The Universal Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch marks 1500 Jubilee Year of Mor Jacob de Serugh (St. Jacob of Serugh)
20 July 2021
In 2021, the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, known of her venerated saints, the like of Ephraim the Syrian (373+), St and Martyr Fabronia (304+), is marking the 1500 Jubilee Year of Mor Jacob de Serugh (St. Jacob of Serugh).
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PHOTO GALLERIES
East Jerusalem Initiative
Bridge Builder Award 2021
VIDEOS
WCC Stewards: "a great opportunity"
WEBINARS
Webinar - Crossing Boundaries: Building Bridges to Combat COVID-19 in the Caribbean
Webinar: Reminiscing the Past, Rethinking the Future
RESOURCES
East Jerusalem Initiative: Social media cards and photos
Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus
Worship and background material
for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022
PUBLICATIONS
Cooler Earth – Higher Benefits Second Edition
 
Voices of Lament, Hope, and Courage: Prayers in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic
PRAYER
EVENTS
Brunnen Workshops
Apply for the Brunnen Workshops at the 11th WCC Assembly in Karlsruhe!

Stop the Flow: Let’s End Human Trafficking - World Day Against Trafficking in Persons webinar
Dates : 30 July 2021 - 30 July 2021 The World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation are collaborating to host a joint event on human trafficking. The event will take place on 30 July 2021, the World Day Against Trafficking in persons. This day provides an opportunity to sound the alarm about the horrible crime of human trafficking as well as for governments, faith based organizations and other partners to reaffirm their commitment to end this gross violation of human rights.
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Mediation as a tool for conflict resolution in churches and religious communities: Online training seminar
Dates : 23 August 2021 - 23 August 2021 Representatives of churches and religious communities will participate in the international online training “Mediation as a tool for conflict resolution in churches and (religious) communities in the context of shrinking spaces for civil society and churches”, organized by the United Evangelical Mission (UEM) in partnership with the Word Council of Churches.
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Communication for Social Justice in a Digital Age
Dates : 13 September 2021 - 15 September 2021 This symposium will focus on the impact of digital transformation on communities and societies, and the actions needed to secure a just and inclusive digital future. Bringing together research, experiences from different regions and communities, expert input, and ethical and theological reflection, it will identify opportunities for action as a contribution to the 11th assembly of the World Council of Churches.
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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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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 350 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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