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News from the World Council of Churches
2 - 8 October 2020

WCC moderator to lead plenary at upcoming G20 Interfaith Forum

WCC moderator to lead plenary at upcoming G20 Interfaith Forum 

World Council of Churches moderator Dr Agnes Abuom will lead a plenary session on empower-ment of women, youth and vulnerable people being held at the G20 Interfaith Forum on 15 Octo-ber. The online forum will feature hundreds of policymakers, prominent experts and religious leaders speaking over five days in dozens of sessions. 


Sudanese church leaders express hope that new pact will end war

Sudanese church leaders express hope that new pact will end war

Church leaders in Sudan are welcoming a peace agreement signed between the transitional government and rebel groups on 3 October, after a year of talks in Juba City, the South Sudanese capital.


Webinar to focus on how to deal with hate speech online

Webinar to focus on how to deal with hate speech online

What can be done to counter hate speech on the internet and in social media at time when online intolerance is widespread, and threatens democratic debate in societies?


WCC staff, planning together, nurture spirit of one humanity

WCC staff, planning together, nurture spirit of one humanity 

World Council of Churches (WCC) staff gathered this week online, from 6-9 October, for the biannual Staff Planning Days to plan their programmatic journey together towards the 11th Assembly under the theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.” 


Series of WCC webinars to explore “Hate Speech and Whiteness”

Series of WCC webinars to explore “Hate Speech and Whiteness” 

A series of five webinars in five days convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) will offer theological reflections on “Hate Speech and Whiteness.” Running from 19-23 October, the webinars are being produced by the WCC’s Theological Study Group of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.


In Trinidad and Tobago, “we do need to recapture some ideals”

In Trinidad and Tobago, “we do need to recapture some ideals”

Rt. Rev. Joy Evelyn Abdul-Mohan is moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago. She shares reflections on the role of prayer in developing a healthy democracy, and the unique challenges of her nation and her faith community. 


Churches' Week of Action on Food creates path to “Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together”

Churches' Week of Action on Food creates path to “Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together”

Churches around the world will be observing Churches' Week of Action on Food from 11-17 October as hunger is a stark reality for 26.4 percent of the world’s population. The theme of the World Food Day, which falls on 16 October this year, is “Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together.”


As interest keeps increasing, WCC podcasts now available on Spotify

As interest keeps increasing, WCC podcasts now available on Spotify

As interest in many channels of communication from the WCC continues to grow, WCC podcasts are now featured on Spotify. The outlet is one of many new paths the WCC has accessed during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep the ecumenical family close together. 


Thursdays in Black ambassadors map positive future

Thursdays in Black ambassadors map positive future

As the global ambassadors for Thursdays in Black gathered online, they looked ahead at what they can accomplish together, as well as ways to deepen their commitment even more to ending gender-based violence.


Interfaith panel addresses debt cancellation and reparations

Interfaith panel addresses debt cancellation and reparations

A panel of experts of different faiths spoke on debt cancellation and reparations as tools for promoting justice, sustainability and life-affirming economies in the third 2020 Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management public webinar held on 2 October.


New WCC podcast focuses on the human right to water in times of COVID-19

New WCC podcast focuses on the human right to water in times of COVID-19

The urgency and complexity of the human right to water and sanitation become clearer as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Besides the health and sanitary aspects of it, the lack of access to clean water in homes is putting women and children in even more vulnerable situations.


New 13 Million Campaign to help people living with HIV yet not receiving treatment

New 13 Million Campaign to help people living with HIV yet not receiving treatment

A 13 Million Campaign is underway to engage faith leaders, individuals and communities in promoting access to health services for the 13 million children, women and men living with HIV who are not yet on antiretroviral treatment. 


Dutch Reformed Church expresses concern about corruption in South Africa

Dutch Reformed Church expresses concern about corruption in South Africa 

In a statement released 2 October, the Dutch Reformed Church expressed deep concern about the high incidence of systemic corruption in South Africa. 


Join young people across the world to pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula

Join young people across the world to pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula 

Young people from across the world have gathered virtually to pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula, and are inviting people to join them by viewing a video highlighting their prayers.


Dr Agnes Abuom reflects on “sustainable living by resting and restoring”

Dr Agnes Abuom reflects on “sustainable living by resting and restoring”

During an ecumenical prayer service on 4 October for the close of Season of Creation, World Council of Churches moderator Dr Agnes Abuom reflected on economic justice and care for the earth. 


ACT Alliance general secretary reflects on “an opportunity to build a new spirit for humanity”

ACT Alliance general secretary reflects on “an opportunity to build a new spirit for 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. Rudelmar Bueno de Faria is general secretary of ACT Alliance, which has secretariats in Switzerland, Jordan, Thailand, El Salvador, Kenya, Canada and New York. In addition, the ACT Alliance Advocacy office to the EU is based in Brussels, Belgium.


 

New videos

WCC youth prays for peace on the Korean peninsula
GEM School Webinar: Interfaith Perspectives Just Finance

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Rock at Nassar farm
Where is God in these times?

 

 
 

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Prayers and resources for coping with Coronavirus

 
 

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Upcoming events


Webinar series: Theological Reflections on Hate Speech and Whiteness

Webinar series: Theological Reflections on Hate Speech and Whiteness 

19 - 23 October 2020

A series of five webinars in five days convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) will offer theological reflections on “Hate Speech and Whiteness.” Running from 19-23 October, the webinars are being produced bv the WCC’s Theological Study Group of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.


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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