Olive trees know neither religious nor territorial boundaries and bear fruit even under occupation. With the annual olive harvest season commencing, the WCC launches a global initiative this week, highlighting the spiritual, economic and cultural importance of the olive harvest for Palestinian communities, and witnessing to the impact of the occupation.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has welcomed five new staff. WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca warmly greeted them as they began to serve in their particular ministries.
Dr Manoj Kurian is coordinator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance. We we are now in the midst of observing Churches’ Week of Action on Food, he reflects on this year’s theme, “Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together.”
As the National Council of Churches (USA) held an online Christian Unity Gathering on 12-13 Oc-tober, Rev. James A. Forbes reflected to a tired nation: “Does anybody question whether we’ve seen some plagues?”Forbes is senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church, an interdenominational congregation on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. He was the first African American minister to lead this multicultural congregation, and served it for 18 years.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) and United Bible Societies held a leadership summit on 14 October, sharing words of gratitude for creative responses during the COVID-19 pandemic and also discussing potential joint projects during the coming months. Michael Perreau, director general of United Bible Societies, confirmed that the two organisations share deep historical roots and a richness in the Biblical tradition. “This year, a summit to establish the course for the coming months of collaboration was needed more than ever,” he said. “In these times of fear and uncertainty we are encouraged to reexamine our values, modes of operations through the lens of sacrifice, generosity and efficiency.”
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has released a new publication,“Health-Promoting Churches: Reflections on Health and Healing for Churches on Commemorative World Health Days,” that is designed to accompany churches and strengthen their health-related ministries.
A new report and resource kit to address hateful content online has been published by WACC Europe, the European region of the World Association for Christian Communication.
World Council of Churches interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca expressed deep concern about the violations of the humanitarian ceasefire agreed between Armenia and Azerbaijan on 10 October.
In honor of World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, Hanbeet Rhee, a member of the Ecumenical Youth Council in Korea and a member of the World Council of Churches ECHOS Commission on Youth, shared her personal encouragement and testimony about the importance of caring for one’s mental health.
During a meeting of the Higher Committee on Human Fraternity on 9 October at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca reflected on how best to promote and uphold one humanity.
The World Council of Churches is publishing a series of interviews that portray insights and reflections from the leaders of faith-based global and regional humanitarian and development organizations. Rev. Dr Karin Achtelstetter is executive director of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR).
The World Council of Churches (WCC) welcomed and celebrated the award of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the UN World Food Programme. “We express our gratitude and congratulations to the leadership and each staff member of the World Food Programme,” said Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, WCC interim general secretary. “This vital multilateral organisation comprises many dedicated people, working in the remotest and most vulnerable regions of the world, affected by conflict, climate catastrophe and economic crises.”
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting all people of good will to attend an online prayer service on 16 October, World Food Day at 4:30 p.m. (CET).
As the Church of Sweden’s highest decision-making body – its Church Assembly – opened in late September, WCC president for Europe Archbishop emeritus Anders Wejryd spoke on the legacy and present-day importance of ecumenical efforts.
The Global Media Monitoring Project, able to take place safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to promote gender justice in media coverage. Thousands of volunteers from 145 countries are participating.
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) has expressed disappointment in the inadequacy of a recent resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) concerning human rights in the Philippines.