News from the World Council of Churches
22 - 28 January 2021

In a world crying out for justice and peace, the theme of the 2022 assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity,” speaks of hope for a future in which resources are shared, inequalities are addressed and all can enjoy dignity, according to a new publication reflecting on the assembly theme.

In a culmination of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the World Council of Churches (WCC) held its first ever online global ecumenical prayer on 25 January, drawing attendees from across the world who came together in a spirit of hope.

In a 27 January webcast hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC), speakers spoke candidly about encouraging signs and discouraging obstacles along the path to a nuclear weapons-free world.

Religious leaders in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are welcoming the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, even as Japan's Christian council “regrets” that the government has not supported or ratified the treaty.

The World Social Forum 2021 is taking place virtually from 23-31 January, taking into account the interlinked global crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic hardship and climate emergency. Faith groups are continuing to accompany this process by organising discussions on theologies of liberation.

The All Africa Conference of Churches has welcomed the coming into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, stating on 26 January that the treaty “addresses the disproportionate impact of nuclear weapons on women and indigenous peoples.” 

As they celebrated their graduation from the World Council of Churches (WCC) Bossey Ecumenical Institute on 26 January, students reflected on their one-of-a-kind experience, and how they will continue their ecumenical work as they go forth into the world.

In the 7th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs, which drew several hundred online participants on 26 January, a lively discussion centered around “2021: A Defining Year for Accelerating Gender Equality, Equity and Justice.” 

A new weekly podcast series, “Pilgrimages of Striving and Thriving,” aims to draw wisdom from Black churches in the US through engaging conversations with pastoral leaders. The tone of the series, produced by Lott Carey, encourages transparency on how spiritual gifts interact with unique settings for ministry.

Below, Rev. Dr David Emmanuel Goatley, who cohosts the podcast, reflects on the path that led to the series, the response to the conversations so far, and hopes for future inspiration.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca called upon people to pause to remember the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the millions of other victims of Nazism during the Second World War. 

An Ecumenical Vademecum for Bishops, first drafted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity then published by the dicastery with the blessing of Pope Francis, promotes ecumenism within the Catholic Church and within its relationships with other Christians.

As the Focolare Movement gathered for its General Assembly, World Council of Churches interim general secretary Rev. Dr Prof. Ioan Sauca sent joyful greetings.  


As the 2021 Biden-Harris National Prayer Service unfolded at the Washington National Cathedral on 21 January, dozens of prayers and a message from Rev. Dr William Barber II together gave a clarion call for repairing the breach in America. 

As the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force on 22 January, the World Council of Churches joined other global faith communities in welcoming the groundbreaking moment. 

Prayer Cycle

This week we pray for:

Cyprus, Greece, Turkey

24 - 30 January 2021

Next week we pray for:

Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, Tunisia

31 January - 06 February 2021


New videos

Global ecumenical prayer for Christian Unity
7th Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs
WCC partners welcome the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

New resources

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A reflection on the theme of the 11th Assembly of the WCC, Karlsruhe 2022

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Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus



New publications

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Pilgrim Prayer: The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

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Churches and Moral Discernment: Learning from Traditions, Learning from History

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WCC Faith and Order Commission papers on “Love and Witness,” “Cultivate and Care”


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מועצת הכנסיות העולמית על יום הזיכרון לשואה: " מציאות תמידית ובלתי ניתנת למחיקה"

ביום הזיכרון הבינלאומי לשואה, המזכיר הכללי הזמני של מועצת הכנסיות העולמית (WCC) הכומר פרופ' דר' יואן סאוקה קרא לאנשים לעצור ולזכור את 6 מיליון היהודים קורבנות השואה ומיליונים אחרים של קורבנות המשטר הנאצי במהלך מלחמת העולם השנייה.

Upcoming events


In five episodes held on the third Thursday of each month beginning in November, the webinars will explore the following themes: “Answering the Ancestral Call of Legacy and Leadership,” “The Healing in Our Lament,” “Hope: Unity Within Diversity,” “The Celebration in Transformation,” and “Resurrection: The Diakonia at Work in the World Today.”

An invitation to an online discussion at the World Social Forum 2021.


In the age of the Anthropocene, humans as the dominant species are driving significant and even irreversible environmental changes, thereby shaping the future of all living beings and our only planetary home. The complicated relationship between humans and ecosystems has often been mediated by economics and technology. Prevailing theologies and spiritualities have also molded these interactions.

The fourth edition of the  World Council of Churches (WCC) Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice will be held 18-24 January 2021 in the Pacific region in five countries (Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu &  Solomon Islands), hosted by the Pacific Conference of Churches.

Students in conversation outside the chapel of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey. Photo: Peter Kenny/WCC

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’.

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

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.

Applications for the Interreligious Summer School of the WCC's Ecumenical Institute Bossey are open until 30 November 2020.


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