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

 

WCC questions posed to His Most Godly Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus III of Jerusalem

WCC questions posed to His Most Godly Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus III of Jerusalem

National, religious and ethnic borders are of no relevance to the COVID-19 virus. As we watch its effect on the entire world, we are reminded of the interconnectedness of the entire human family.



Religious leaders call for Africa-wide prayer in response to COVID-19

Religious leaders call for Africa-wide prayer in response to COVID-19

Religious leaders and faith-based organizations have released a call to prayer as people in Africa continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic.


Water, sanitation and hygiene—and the positive difference churches can make

Water, sanitation and hygiene—and the positive difference churches can make

Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network, offers insights on how religious institutions are influencing, in innovative and positive ways, people’s access to water, sanitation and hygiene


WCC shares tools to protect children against sexual violence

WCC shares tools to protect children against sexual violence

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has launched a campaign and a toolkit with practical and spiritual resources for pastors, leaders, and Sunday schools to facilitate real conversation and help churches create a safer world for children.


WCC greeting to youth of Focolare: “You are a gift to our communities”

WCC greeting to youth of Focolare: “You are a gift to our communities”

World Council of Churches acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca sent joyful greetings via a video message to Focolare youth who are about to celebrate Unity Week 2020.


Webinar draws lively global audience seeking “how to be the church” when buildings are closed

Webinar draws lively global audience seeking “how to be the church” when buildings are closed

Hundreds of people from across the world participated in a livestreamed webinar organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 29 April with a lineup of speakers who shared insights in how churches across the world have quickly transformed their services because of COVID-19.


WCC acting general secretary reflects on open letter from Kairos Europa about Wuppertal Declaration on socio-ecological transformation

WCC acting general secretary reflects on open letter from Kairos Europa about Wuppertal Declaration on socio-ecological transformation

Following is the response of World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca to an open letter to the global ecumenical community on the Wuppertal Declaration, a conference message released in June 2019, when representatives from numerous countries and different denominational and faith traditions gathered in Wuppertal, Germany, to discuss the profound global ecological crisis.



Webinar to inspire churches’ ministry online during a pandemic

Webinar to inspire churches’ ministry online during a pandemic

A webinar on churches’ ministry online will bring inspiration and knowledge to churches who want to develop their online ministry, discovering how we continue to pray and worship together in times of pandemic.


As COVID-19 leaves millions on brink of starvation, African church leader says hunger is beatable

As COVID-19 leaves millions on brink of starvation, African church leader says hunger is beatable

As the UN warns that the coronavirus pandemic is pushing millions to the brink if starvation in a “widespread famine of biblical proportions,” a senior Christian leader in Africa has emphasised that it is possible to beat hunger, a yoke that enslaves many in the continent.


Tributes to WCC president who led his church through the dramatic events of the Cold War

Tributes to WCC president who led his church through the dramatic events of the Cold War

Bishop Johannes Hempel of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, a former president of the World Council of Churches (WCC) who led his church in East Germany during the period of the Cold War confrontation, the 1989 peaceful revolution, and German unification, has died aged 91.


Netherlands churches urge Dutch government—and other nations—to care for children from Greek refugee camps

Netherlands churches urge Dutch government—and other nations—to care for children from Greek refugee camps

In a letter to its European sister organizations, the Council of Churches in the Netherlands reiterated its call to the Dutch government to honour the call from the European Committee regarding the relocation of vulnerable and unaccompanied children from Greek refugee camps. The letter also urges European sister organizations to appeal to their governments to exercise the same human compassion.


Conference of European Churches reflects on freedom of religion during COVID-19 pandemic

Conference of European Churches reflects on freedom of religion during COVID-19 pandemic

The Conference of European Churches Thematic Group on Human Rights has reflected on freedom of religion or belief during the fight against COVID-19.


Global faith-based organizations jointly call for gender justice amid COVID-19 response

Global faith-based organizations jointly call for gender justice amid COVID-19 response

In a statement published 23 April, the group “Faith in Beijing,” a collective of religious ac-tors and faith-based networks, called for the world to advocate governments and civil so-ciety for urgent COVID-19-related responses that protect women’s rights and achieve gender equality.


Religious leaders in Jerusalem offer joint prayer for end of coronavirus

Religious leaders in Jerusalem offer joint prayer for end of coronavirus

In unison, religious leaders in Jerusalem prayed on 22 April for the end of the coronavirus crisis, reciting an appeal composed by Israel’s chief rabbis.


WCC support team online and ready to help during pandemic

WCC support team online and ready to help during pandemic

A WCC support team is online and ready to help WCC member churches as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. The team—comprised of experts in different facets of faith-related pandemic response—is here for you, said WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca. “These are people who can serve as a tremendous support to the WCC fellowship,” said Sauca.


 

New videos

Webinar on Churches’ ministry online:
Experiences and good practices during pandemic
WCC greeting to youth of Focolare

New blog posts


Rock at Nassar farm
Upholding the rights and dignity of children in Asia


Rock at Nassar farm
My introduction to the World Council of Churches


 
 

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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الأسئلة التي طرحها مجلس الكنائس العالمي على صاحب الغبطة بطريرك القدس ثيوفيلوس الثالث

الأسئلة التي طرحها مجلس الكنائس العالمي على صاحب الغبطة بطريرك القدس ثيوفيلوس الثالث

إن الحدود الوطنية والدينية والإثنية عديمة الأهمية أمام فيروس كورونا المستجد. نحن نتذكر، إذ نشاهد أثر هذا الفيروس على العالم بأسره، ترابط الأسرة الإنسانية بأكملها. في الأسابيع القليلة المقبلة، سيحيي المسيحيون واليهود والمسلمون جوانب رئيسية من شعائرهم؛ وهي في العادة أوقات للتجمعات الاحتفالية، ولكنهم جميعاً يحاولون جاهدين إيجاد سبيل لإحياء هذه الشعائر باحترام الاحتياطات التي يجب علينا اتخاذها لحماية أنفسنا وأحبائنا ومجتمعاتنا. إن الطوائف المسيحية واليهودية والمسلمة تحاول التصدي لجميع التحديات التي نشهدها في هذه الأوقات غير المسبوقة: محاربة الكراهية والتعصب الأعمى الذين خلفتهما الجائحة، وتوفير الخدمات الأساسية للمحتاجين، والحفاظ على الوحدة المجتمعية، والسعي إلى إيجاد بدائل عن الاحتفاء والاحتفال في عالم يسوده التباعد الاجتماعي والحجر.

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.



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

24 - 31 May 2020 Worldwide (southern hemisphere)

The theme for the week of prayer in 2020, “They showed us unusual kindness...” is inspired by Acts 28:2. The resources for the week have been prepared by members of different churches in Malta.


Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference (postponed)

Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference (postponed)

10 - 13 June 2020 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’.


Interreligious Summer School Bossey (cancelled)

Interreligious Summer School Bossey (cancelled)

28 June - 18 July 2020 Ecumenical Institute at Bossey

Applications for the Interreligious Summer School of the WCC's Ecumenical Institute Bossey are open until 29 February 2020.


GEM School 2020: Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life

GEM School 2020: Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life

17 - 28 August 2020 Taipei

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) from 17 to 28 August 2020, tentatively to be held in Taipei. Aim of the training is strengthening the voice of churches on global economics and their advocacy for an Economy of Life.


Central Committee meeting

Central Committee meeting

18 - 25 August 2020 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.

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