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News from the World Council of Churches
28 August - 3 September 2020

 

Interfaith conference will explore role of faith in HIV response

Interfaith conference will explore role of faith in HIV response

An HIV Interfaith Conference, ”Resilience & Renewal: faith in the HIV response,” will take place virtually on 22-24 September. The World Council of Churches (WCC) is part of a consortium of organisations from several faith traditions and people living with HIV from around the world organising the gathering, with the support of the UNAIDS-PEPFAR Faith Initiative. The conference will provide a space for sharing, learning and advocacy among people of faith involved in the HIV and AIDS response.


Conflict has raged in Mozambique for decades, but the churches are always there

Conflict has raged in Mozambique for decades, but the churches are always there

Conflict has ingrained itself in the people of Mozambique for many decades from the days of Portuguese colonial rule, to the ensuing civil war which only ended this century, and now Daesh along with the unseen enemy of COVID-19. So, the churches have their hands full as peacemakers.


Globethics releases “Globalance: Ethics Handbook for a Balanced World Post-Covid”

Globethics releases “Globalance: Ethics Handbook for a Balanced World Post-Covid”

Globethics.net has launched a new book, “Globalance: Ethics Handbook for a Balanced World Post-Covid” by Prof. Christoph Stückelberger, Globethics.net president and founder.


WCC postpones seminar on youth, transformative masculinity and femininity, changes location to Fiji

WCC postpones seminar on youth, transformative masculinity and femininity, changes location to Fiji

Because of the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from the Pacific Council of Churches (PCC), the decision was taken to postpone the Ecumenical Continuing Formation on Youth Transformative Masculinity and Femininity in the Pacific again to the second half of 2021, and change the location to Fiji.


On 10th anniversary of right to water, we still strive for “ambitious promise of water and sanitation for all”

On 10th anniversary of right to water, we still strive for “ambitious promise of water and sanitation for all”

During a webtalk entitled “10 years Human Right to Water - problems, positions, perspectives,” held on 1 September, expert speakers highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the acute lack of water and the unacceptable sanitary conditions in which large parts of the world’s population have to live every day. Some 3 in 10 people worldwide still do not have safe access to clean drinking water. More than half of the global population cannot use acceptable toilets.


Inclusion reaches new level at Zimbabwe Council of Churches assembly

Inclusion reaches new level at Zimbabwe Council of Churches assembly

Rev. Zenda Chipaka, the first deaf pastor of the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe, through a sign language interpreter shared reflections on the importance of listening to advice in her devotion during the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) 8th Biennial General Assembly. The assembly was held 28-29 August.


Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa urges prayers for Cameroon

Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa urges prayers for Cameroon

The Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa issued an urgent call for prayers for the Republic of Cameroon. “We come to you through the medium of this letter with an appeal to support in doing the one thing that we are encouraged to do unceasingly as Christians – to pray,” reads the text. “Friends, we have been reading of stories and seeing the images of the sufferings of our sisters and brothers in the Republic of Cameroon in their struggle with a system that has divided them based on an imposed description of Anglophone and Francophone divide.”


Rev. Dr Lydia Mwaniki receives Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship from Archbishop of Canterbury

Rev. Dr Lydia Mwaniki receives Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship from Archbishop of Canterbury

Rev. Dr Lydia Mwaniki, director for Women, Gender and Youth at the All Africa Conference of Churches, has received the Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship from the Archbishop of Canterbury.


WCC extends prayers to assembly of Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea

WCC extends prayers to assembly of Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea

The World Council of Churches (WCC) extended greetings and prayers to the 105th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, which convened under the theme “Restore us, O Lord, in truth and love.”


In London, “standing up for God’s creation” means acting with courage for climate justice

In London, “standing up for God’s creation” means acting with courage for climate justice

As the ecumenical family celebrates Season of Creation, churches across the world are showing their strong passion for climate justice and caring for the Earth. In London, this passion has been in evidence this week as church leaders and lay people joined marches, peacefully advocating for change even despite the threat of being arrested.


Photo essay: The caring faces of the United Methodist Church (USA) during COVID-19

Photo essay: The caring faces of the United Methodist Church (USA) during COVID-19

For the past 25 years, Mike DuBose has been putting a face on the work of the United Methodist Church as a photojournalist for the denomination’s news agency. As COVID-19 has spread around the world, that face has been mostly covered by a mask.


10th Annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture will focus on climate justice

10th Annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture will focus on climate justice

The 10th Annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture, titled “Climate Justice Globally: Now and for the Future,” will take place on 10 October online. Featured speakers will include 23-year-old Vanessa Nakate, a climate activist from Uganda who has been leading a drive for justice related to race, media representation and climate justice; and internationally-known Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.


WCC commemorates life of Rev. Tsutomu Shoji

WCC commemorates life of Rev. Tsutomu Shoji

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is remembering the life and commemorating the legacy of Rev. Tsutomu Shoji, former general secretary of the National Christian Council in Japan.


Church of South India synod offers opportunity to “Pray in Tears for Others”

Church of South India synod offers opportunity to “Pray in Tears for Others”

The Church of South India synod observed a month-long “Pray in Tears for Others” during August to help people mourn and reflect on the severe effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 29 August, the prayer campaign focused specifically on the World Council of Churches as well as all ecumenical efforts across the world.


Global celebration urges “radically new ways of living” to protect our common home

Global celebration urges “radically new ways of living” to protect our common home

The Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action for the environment, begins on 1 September. During this annual event, Christians around the world renew their relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment.


Rev. Henrik Grape: “Understanding the need for creation to rest”

Rev. Henrik Grape: “Understanding the need for creation to rest”

Rev. Henrik Grape is senior advisor on Care for Creation, Sustainability, and Climate Justice for the World Council of Churches. He shares his reflections on the Season of Creation, observed annually from 1 September to 4 October.


Protecting children’s rights even more crucial as COVID-19 wears on

Protecting children’s rights even more crucial as COVID-19 wears on

For children, the COVID-19 pandemic is more about the impact of containment measures than a health issue, as such. Confinement may put children at risk for domestic violence and affect their rights to education, care and protection. Churches around the globe are well-positioned to pro-tect and champion child rights further.


Ecumenical jury recognizes four films at Molodist Festival in Ukraine

Ecumenical jury recognizes four films at Molodist Festival in Ukraine

The Ecumenical Jury, at the 49th Molodist – International Film Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine, awarded prizes to four films after watching them online. The festival took place from 22-30 August.


Seraphim of Zimbabwe: During Season of Creation, “we give back to God everything that he has given to us”

Seraphim of Zimbabwe: During Season of Creation, “we give back to God everything that he has given to us”

H.E., Most Rev. Seraphim (Kykkotis) of Zimbabwe is the metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Zimbabwe in eastern Africa, part of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. He serves on the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive and central committees, and also on the WCC Climate Change Working Group.


“Serving a Wounded World” document is “a call to reflection and action”

“Serving a Wounded World” document is “a call to reflection and action”

Rev. Dr Peniel Rajkumar is the World Council of Churches (WCC) programme coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation. He reflects on the recent release of “Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity: A Christian Call to Reflection and Action During COVID-19 and Beyond” by the WCC and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID). The document aims to encourage churches and Christian organizations to reflect on the importance of interreligious solidarity in a world wounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.


 

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The Light of Peace: The Churches and the Korean Peninsula
 
 

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مجلس الكنائس العالمي والمجلس البابوي للحوار بين الأديان يصدران وثيقة عنوانها "خدمة عالم مُثخن بالجراح"

مجلس الكنائس العالمي والمجلس البابوي للحوار بين الأديان يصدران وثيقة عنوانها "خدمة عالم مُثخن بالجراح"

أصدر مجلس الكنائس العالمي والمجلس البابوي للحوار بين الأديان وثيقة مشتركة بعنوان "خدمة عالم مُثخن بالجراح في روح من التضامن بين الأديان: دعوة مسيحية للتدبر والتصرف في خضم مرض كوفيد-19 وما بعده". وتهدف هذه الوثيقة إلى تشجيع الكنائس والمنظمات المسيحية على التدبر في أهمية التضامن بين الأديان في عالم تضربه جائحة كوفيد-19".

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.


World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

13 - 21 September 2020 Worldwide

During this week which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.


Diakonia as game changer? Leadership of Service in Times of Crisis, Complexity and Transformation (online conference)

Diakonia as game changer? Leadership of Service in Times of Crisis, Complexity and Transformation (online conference)

17 September 2020

The World Council of Churches is supporting the 8th conference of the International Society for Research and Study on Diaconia and Christian Social Practice (ReDi). Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held online on 17 September 2020.


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 (postponed)

Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference (postponed)

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

From 10-13 June 2020, 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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