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News from the World Council of Churches
24 - 30 July 2020

New 2022 date decided for WCC 11th Assembly as “opportunity to deepen visible unity” 

 

Rev. Peter Kaniah Kariuki, outgoing secretary-general of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, passes away

Rev. Peter Kaniah Kariuki, outgoing secretary-general of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, passes away

The outgoing secretary-general of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Rev. Peter Kaniah Kariuki, passed away this week while receiving treatment for complications related to COVID-19.


Metropolitan Vasilios reflects on peace process in Cyprus

Metropolitan Vasilios reflects on peace process in Cyprus

It has been 46 years since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus led to the partitioning of the island, the northern third inhabited by Turkish Cypriots and the southern two-thirds by Greek Cypriots, whose government is internationally recognized. The August 1974 ceasefire line became a United Nations buffer zone, along which Cyprus remains divided.


WCC mourns loss of former president of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa

WCC mourns loss of former president of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is mourning the loss of the former president of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa. He was also an advocate for ecumenical work, and publicly spoke in support of the WCC Decade to Overcome Violence and other initiatives for justice.


“Train the Trainers” offers joyful re-encounter for alumni of Young Adults Training for Religious Amity

“Train the Trainers” offers joyful re-encounter for alumni of Young Adults Training for Religious Amity

More than 30 alumni of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Young Adults Training for Religious Amity programme gathered online over the last two weeks for a unique “Train the Trainers” event to equip former participants with the skills to organise interreligious dialogue and training in their own communities. The training, which brought together former participants from 2014-2019, included four webinars focussed on deepening interreligious awareness as well as developing leadership competencies in facilitation.


New WCC toolkit empowers churches to work with children and youth for climate justice

New WCC toolkit empowers churches to work with children and youth for climate justice

The World Council of Churches (WCC) today releases a collection of curated resources to support churches, church-run schools, Sunday schools and summer camps in their ongoing efforts to promote care for children and youth through intergenerational climate- and environmental justice. The toolkit supports the Churches’ Commitments to Children, in which climate initiatives for and with children is an important pillar.


Spread the contagion of love, pleads new WCC Bible study

Spread the contagion of love, pleads new WCC Bible study

Empathy trumps troubles and tribulation, says a new Bible study from the World Council of Churches.


Webinar explores "Reconnecting in faith with creation, land and water”

Webinar explores "Reconnecting in faith with creation, land and water”

A 28 July World Council of Churches (WCC) webinar entitled "Reconnecting in faith with creation, land and water” explored the ways in which we tie our faith to living responsibly on earth. Participants explored together why and how a sustainable future must be based on the interdependency of the whole creation, not an anthropocentric understanding in which human beings are the dominant species.


Churches invited to “Ring the Bells for John Lewis”

Churches invited to “Ring the Bells for John Lewis”

The National Council of Churches (USA) is inviting churches across the country to ring their bells on 30 July for 80 seconds—one for each year of Congressman John Lewis’s life.


People´s Korea Peace Agreement – Time to end the war

People´s Korea Peace Agreement – Time to end the war

A Declaration for the People’s Korea Peace Agreement was launched on 23 July at a global Zoom convention initiated by the National Council of Churches in Korea, along with civil organizations.


World observes 10th anniversary of UN Resolution on Human Right to Water and Sanitation

World observes 10th anniversary of UN Resolution on Human Right to Water and Sanitation

People across the world are marking the 10th anniversary of the UN General Assembly Resolution on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, a landmark in the struggle for water justice.


New 2022 date decided for WCC 11th Assembly as “opportunity to deepen visible unity”

New 2022 date decided for WCC 11th Assembly as “opportunity to deepen visible unity”

The executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has approved a new date for the WCC 11th Assembly, which will now be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 31 August – 8 September 2022. Originally planned for 2021, the event was postponed by one year because of the gravity and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urges peaceful resolution of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urges peaceful resolution of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict

In a 23 July statement, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urged a peace resolution to the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, calling on both sides to enter into dialogue.


WCC executive committee addresses global concerns, sets vision for unity, justice and peace

WCC executive committee addresses global concerns, sets vision for unity, justice and peace

In a meeting with a format and focus dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) this week addressed vital international developments and situations.


Global developments hold attention of WCC’s executive committee

Global developments hold attention of WCC’s executive committee

In a meeting whose format and focus were dictated by the global pandemic, the executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) this week also addressed vital international developments and situations.


WCC interim general secretary: We continue to pray for reconsideration of Hagia Sophia decision

WCC interim general secretary: We continue to pray for reconsideration of Hagia Sophia decision

As Muslim Friday prayers took place in Hagia Sophia on 24 July for the first time since the 1930s, the World Council of Churches (WCC) joined member churches and international organizations, including a number of prominent Muslim leaders, in urging a reconsideration of the decision to turn the museum into a mosque.


WCC raises alarm over crises in Nigeria

WCC raises alarm over crises in Nigeria

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, is experiencing concurrent crises this year, and the World Council of Churches (WCC) has reached out to churches there with expressions of support and solidarity.


Christian presence in Jerusalem an issue in legal battle

Christian presence in Jerusalem an issue in legal battle

The WCC’s executive committee took note of a recent decision by the Jerusalem District Court in a longstanding property dispute involving churches there and encouraged the Israeli government to respect the rights of Christian churches in the Old City.


Deepening crisis in Lebanon demands structural reform, says WCC

Deepening crisis in Lebanon demands structural reform, says WCC

Once considered the shining example of diverse Middle Eastern peoples and religious groups living in harmony, Lebanon’s decades-long civil struggle has spiralled into economic collapse and governmental paralysis.


WCC 11th Assembly, 31 August – 8 September 2022

WCC 11th Assembly, 31 August – 8 September 2022

The executive committee approved, on 24 July, the new dates for the WCC 11th Assembly, to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, 31 August – 8 September 2022. Pre-assemblies will take place 29-30 August 2022 in Karlsruhe. This will be officially communicated to WCC member churches and ecumenical partners in August.


Religions for Peace: Hagia Sophia meant to be shared with all the world

Religions for Peace: Hagia Sophia meant to be shared with all the world

In a 24 July statement on Hagia Sophia, Religions for Peace reiterated its commitment to the universality of heritage as something that can create peace and respect for all faiths. “We call for calm, in times when we see the use of religious sentiments and institutions in a manner that is divisive, thus pitting some believers against one another,” reads the statement. “We stand on the side of peace, and of deliberate, intentional, coexistence, particularly as we hear of the voices, and see the actions, of divisiveness and hatred from many quarters.”


 

New videos

WCC greetings on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations
Veteran Voices from the Korean War: Pete McCloskey

New blog post


Rock at Nassar farm
Nuclear weapons are no good for the Pacific - and no good for the world


Rock at Nassar farm
35 years of “Brasil: Nunca Mais”

 
 

New resources



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


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
 
 

New on Facebook


learning session
Climate Justice with and for Children and Youth in Churches



Gertrude Fefoame
Webinar: Confessing for just and sustainable consumption



Thursdays in Black
#ThursdaysinBlack in Pacific

 

 

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: Churches on the road to an economy of life and ecological justice

Webinar series: Churches on the road to an economy of life and ecological justice

28 July - 18 August 2020

How we manage land and water; what we eat, what we drink; where we source our food from – all have a profound influence on the environment, society, and our health. This reality challenges us to live responsibly on this wonderful creation we know as planet Earth.


Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula

Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula

09 August 2020 Worldwide

The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites all people of good will to observe a Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula on 9 August.


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.


Webtalk: 10 years Human Right to Water - problems, positions, perspectives

Webtalk: 10 years Human Right to Water - problems, positions, perspectives

01 September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the acute lack of water and the unacceptable sanitary conditions in which large parts of the world‘s population have to live every day.


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.


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.


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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