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News from the World Council of Churches
18 - 24 September 2020

Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration” 

 

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel “inspiring and troubling to the soul”

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel “inspiring and troubling to the soul”

As churches across the world observed the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, they were reminded of God’s infinite love yet confessed to feeling overwhelmed by dark forces, too.


Global communicator Mark Beach has died

Global communicator Mark Beach has died

Former World Council of Churches (WCC) communications director Mark E. Beach was honoured at a commemorative prayer service on 22 September.


New biography marks 120th anniversary of birth of ecumenical pioneer Visser ’t Hooft

New biography marks 120th anniversary of birth of ecumenical pioneer Visser ’t Hooft

A new English-language biography of Willem A. Visser ’t Hooft, the first general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), has been published in the year that marks the 120th anniversary of his birth.


WCC congratulates Dr Michel Abs, new secretary general for Middle East Council of Churches

WCC congratulates Dr Michel Abs, new secretary general for Middle East Council of Churches

In a 21 September letter, World Council of Churches interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca congratulated Dr Michel Abs on being elected as the next secretary general of the Middle East Council of Churches.


Czechoslovak Hussite Church celebrates 100 years

Czechoslovak Hussite Church celebrates 100 years

On 15 September, the Czechoslovak Hussite Church officially celebrated its 100-year anniversary with a service in Prague. The service followed a previous one held on 11 January. The September date is a special one for the church, as 100 years ago on that day, the Czechoslovak Hussite Church achieved official recognition by the state.


South African church leaders say COVID-19 corruption kills, as they campaign against it

South African church leaders say COVID-19 corruption kills, as they campaign against it

South African church leaders heard that corruption in their country kills when they organized for a campaign against the latest version of pillaging during the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.


“New Way of Work” livestream illuminates how Green Village will enhance daily lives

“New Way of Work” livestream illuminates how Green Village will enhance daily lives

Hosting a livestream event on 17 September, Implenia and the World Council of Churches (WCC) invited speakers and fostered a dialogue that showed how Green Village will be the place to be for the way of work in the future.


Christian organizations representing 2 billion people call for more compassionate EU migration policy

Christian organizations representing 2 billion people call for more compassionate EU migration policy

Christian organizations representing 2 billion people—about one-third of the world's population—have released a statement on the dire situation of migrants and refugees in Europe, and they are demanding a more compassionate approach.


COVID-19 means new format for Germany’s largest ecumenical gathering in 2021

COVID-19 means new format for Germany’s largest ecumenical gathering in 2021

The organizers of Germany’s biggest ecumenical gathering planned for 2021 have announced they intend the event to go ahead but on a reduced scale due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with strict hygiene measures.


On International Day of Peace, Sudanese church leaders call for speedy implementation of key peace pact

On International Day of Peace, Sudanese church leaders call for speedy implementation of key peace pact

As South Sudan joined the world in celebrating the International Day of Peace, the country’s church leaders urged speedy implementation of a key peace pact known as the Revitalised - Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.


Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”

Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”

A dozen global and regional religious organizations released an advocacy statement on the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe that defines their calling as Christians to “welcome the stranger,” and urges the creation of a world in which “we become human together.”


WCC interim general secretary sends greetings to conference on empowering youth for peace

WCC interim general secretary sends greetings to conference on empowering youth for peace

World Council of Churches interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca shared greetings with a conference on “Empowering Youth for Peace through Interreligious cooperation, education and humanitarian action.”


In the face of despair, churches lead a growing “crusade for peace” in Cameroon

In the face of despair, churches lead a growing “crusade for peace” in Cameroon

In Cameroon, hundreds of people are praying for peace, and they are also singing, dancing, marching, and listening to reflections led by people of faith who are calling for a ceasefire — now.


Archbishop of Athens and All Greece: “Welcoming the stranger is an integral part of Christian heritage”

Archbishop of Athens and All Greece: “Welcoming the stranger is an integral part of Christian heritage”

Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece offers reflections from an Orthodox perspective on the current plight of refugees, both in Greece and beyond, and how churches can help with both relief efforts and long-term wellbeing.


WCC assembly planning focus on the theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity” in the context of COVID-19

WCC assembly planning focus on the theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity” in the context of COVID-19

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly Planning Committee is meeting 22-25 September, marking the committee’s fourth preparatory meeting and its first meeting online.


Churches join hands for solidarity, human rights and dignity

Churches join hands for solidarity, human rights and dignity

Europe is again faced with a rise in migrants and refugees seeking a better life with some similar signs to the crisis that peaked five years ago during a mass movement triggered by the Syrian War and extreme hardships in other countries.


WCC celebrates five years of partnership with UNICEF

WCC celebrates five years of partnership with UNICEF

Five years ago, on 18 September, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and UNICEF signed a partnership that created a network of over 1,500 influential supporters and over 100 practical tools and strategies to strengthen the work for children.


Webinar explores far-ranging effects of COVID-19 and desperate need of pastoral care

Webinar explores far-ranging effects of COVID-19 and desperate need of pastoral care

During a webinar on the many effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church of Norway fielded reflections from pastors and church leaders in diverse corners of the world. The presentation is part of a new webinar series, produced by Rev. Dr Einar Tjelle, on the local and global realities of COVID-19. Tjelle is head of Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue for the Church of Norway and the Council on Ecumenical &International Relations.


 

New videos

‘Empowering Youth for Peace through Interreligious cooperation and action’

New blog posts


Rock at Nassar farm
Communication is all about being heard and understood


Rock at Nassar farm
Systematically challenged to mutual love

 


New photos


 Thursdays in Black poster      
Migration Pact: Photos showing the work of churches on supporting refugees in Europe

 
 

Useful resources


Thursdays in Black poster     
Season of Creation 2020


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Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus

 
 

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News in Greek


Χριστιανικές οργανώσεις που εκπροσωπούν 2 δισεκατομμύρια ανθρώπους ζητούν μια πιο συμπονετική μεταναστευτική πολιτική από την ΕΕ

Χριστιανικές οργανώσεις που εκπροσωπούν 2 δισεκατομμύρια ανθρώπους ζητούν μια πιο συμπονετική μεταναστευτική πολιτική από την ΕΕ

 


Οι παγκόσμιοι θρησκευτικοί ηγέτες προτρέπουν να μπει ένα τέλος στην «προβληματική αντιμετώπιση του μεταναστευτικού ζητήματος στην Ευρώπη»

Οι παγκόσμιοι θρησκευτικοί ηγέτες προτρέπουν να μπει ένα τέλος στην «προβληματική αντιμετώπιση του μεταναστευτικού ζητήματος στην Ευρώπη»

 


Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αθηνών και πάσης Ελλάδος: «Το καλωσόρισμα ενός ξένου αποτελεί αναπόσπαστο μέρος της χριστιανικής κληρονομίας»

Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αθηνών και πάσης Ελλάδος: «Το καλωσόρισμα ενός ξένου αποτελεί αναπόσπαστο μέρος της χριστιανικής κληρονομίας»

 

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 2020 Worldwide

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.


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 2021 Worldwide (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 2021 Ecumenical 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 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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