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News from the World Council of Churches
25 September - 1 October 2020

WCC gravely concerned by escalation of conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region

WCC gravely concerned by escalation of conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region

World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca expressed grave concern over the renewed and very serious escalation of conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region since Sunday 27 September – reportedly following an attack by Azerbaijan’s military forces – which has already resulted in dozens of casualties including civilians, and which risks provoking a wider armed conflict in the region.


WCC COVID-19 support team answers the latest questions from member churches

WCC COVID-19 support team answers the latest questions from member churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) COVID-19 support team continues to field questions related to COVID-19 from member churches. As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, the team strives to offer accurate information combined with a sense of spiritual care. The WCC also welcomes answers and ideas for best practices from member churches, as new voices of wisdom help us all. 


1920 (4): Towards a Universal Conference of the Church of Christ on Life and Work

1920 (4): Towards a Universal Conference of the Church of Christ on Life and Work

Hotel Beau-Séjour, Geneva, 8 August 1920. It’s been too cold an August, with average temperatures around 17.3 Celsius. Tomorrow is the opening day of a very promising post-war international consultation. Its title is “The Preliminary Meeting to Consider an Ecumenical Conference of the Church of Christ on Life and work.” However, I can tell you that a Church of Scotland delegate, J.-A. MacClymont, will certainly object to this awkward use of the word “ecumenical.” 


In COVID-19 trimmed Meskel festival, Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch urges peace

In COVID-19 trimmed Meskel festival, Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch urges peace

In Meskel celebrations held under World Health Organization COVID-19 safety protocols, Abune Mathias, patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, called for dialogue, peace and reconciliation in the country, where ethnic tensions recently flared up.


Virtual greetings connect the ecumenical fellowship in the midst of COVID-19

Virtual greetings connect the ecumenical fellowship in the midst of COVID-19

During the global pandemic it is not any more possible to be present at special celebrations in the ecumenical and global fellowship. The new realities connect the local and global work in a new and innovative way. The WCC is present digitally in many gatherings. 


Unity in church-based advocacy for migrants contributes to the EU Migration Pact

Unity in church-based advocacy for migrants contributes to the EU Migration Pact 

In a video interview, Dr Torsten Moritz, general secretary of the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe, gives a short analysis of the new EU Migration Pact, and how faith-based organizations are working to change unbearable conditions for thousands of migrants and refugees. The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe is helping to lead a dialogue between global religious groups and the European Commission offices in Brussels. 
 

 

Christian Aid CEO: “There is power in a praying community”

Christian Aid CEO: “There is power in a praying community”

The World Council of Churches is publishing a series of interviews that portray insights and re-flections from the leaders of faith-based global and regional humanitarian and development or-ganizations. Amanda Khozi Mukwashi is CEO of Christian Aid, which is based in the UK. 


Ecumenical statement on migration received by European Commission

Ecumenical statement on migration received by European Commission

The advocacy statement of ecumenical organisations responding to the new EU Migrant Pact and the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe was received 25 September in the European Commission offices in Brussels. The statement was addressed to Vangelis Demiris, cabinet member of the vice president of the commission Margaritis Schinas, who is coordinating the commission’s work on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen, general secretary of the Conference of European Churches, and Dr Torsten Moritz, general secretary of the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe, delivered the statement to Demiris, who is responsible for the dialogue with the churches and faith-based organisations. 


African ecumenical body releases a policy brief, as public debt and corruption rise

African ecumenical body releases a policy brief, as public debt and corruption rise

Amid growing concerns over runaway corruption and public debt in Africa, the All Africa Conference of Churches on 21 September launched a policy brief on the challenges, saying the two were now inseparable in the continent.


 

New videos

WCC online interview with Dr Torsten Moritz

New blog post


Rock at Nassar farm
We are a church of perseverant hearts, not silent hearts

 


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CEC & CCME deliver a statement on the European Union's new Migration Pact

 
 

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Season of Creation 2020


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Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus

 
 

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Upcoming events

 

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)

19 August - 02 October 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.


Season of Creation

Season of Creation

01 September - 04 October 2020Worldwide

From September 1st to 4 October, Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation”. The beginning and the end date of Season of Creation are linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity, respectively.


Interfaith Perspectives on Just Finance and Reparations - public webinar

Interfaith Perspectives on Just Finance and Reparations - public webinar

02 October 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is aggravating the debt crisis, deepening socio-economic inequality. At the same time, the world continues to grapple with intertwined challenges of climate change and deep-seated-racism. 


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.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

18 - 25 January 2021Worldwide (northern hemisphere)

Tasked with preparing a draft for the Week of Prayer 2021, the Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland chose the theme “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit” (cf. Jn 15:5-9). It expresses their community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the church and the human family.


Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference

Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference

02 - 05 June 2021Ecumenical Institute at Bossey (Switzerland)

From 2-5 June 2021, 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 2021Geneva, 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 2021Ecumenical 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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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 interim general secretary is Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, from the Orthodox Church in Romania.

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