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News from the World Council of Churches
27 March - 2 April 2020

WCC farewell prayer for Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit

 

”God has promised to be with us also in times of crisis” says Tveit

”God has promised to be with us also in times of crisis” says Tveit

After more than ten years heading the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit says this is the time that "we should remind one another that we believe in God as the “Good shepherd” who promised to be with us also in times of crisis,” especially in this time of the global COVID-19 crisis.
 


Church leaders, WHO hold global panel discussion on COVID-19

Church leaders, WHO hold global panel discussion on COVID-19

During the COVID-19 crisis, the church serves the spiritual and social needs of people afflicted by the pandemic which is gripping the world, and its key role was highlighted by the World Health Organization (WHO). On 31 March a panel of experienced church leaders and medical experts went on air to address the global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic from a medical, moral, and spiritual perspective. Outgoing World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit moderated the televised 60-minute session as one of his last duties.
 


1920(1): A beautiful letter from the Church of Constantinople

1920(1): A beautiful letter from the Church of Constantinople

Was 1920 to the ecumenical movement what the ancient used to call annus mirabilis, an amazing year? If you are confined like me you may take time to think about it. We start our ecumenical tour of 1920 one year earlier.
 


WCC invites prayer, music submissions for 11th Assembly

WCC invites prayer, music submissions for 11th Assembly

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The World Council of Churches is inviting prayer and music submissions for its 11th Assembly to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2021. Guidelines for submissions have been released, describing how materials will ideally reflect the assembly theme "Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity."
 

  
Health experts and church leaders co-address pandemic on TV

Health experts and church leaders co-address pandemic on TV

On Tuesday, 31 March at noon, Central European time, a panel of experienced church leaders and medical experts goes on air to address the global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic from a medical, moral, and spiritual perspective. Moderated by outgoing World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the televised 60-minute session is accessible via the WCC website.
 


WCC general secretary heads home

WCC general secretary heads home

After more than 30 years as a pastor, ecumenist and church leader, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit firmly believes that the church can change the world. As general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) for the past ten years, he has witnessed what Jesus Christ means to people of faith around the globe. By the end of this month he heads home to lead the Church of Norway as presiding bishop of its bishop’s conference.
 


WCC general secretary welcomes establishment of transitional unity government in South Sudan, expresses concern over threat of COVID-19

WCC general secretary welcomes establishment of transitional unity government in South Sudan, expresses concern over threat of COVID-19

In a letter to the South Sudan Council of Churches and member churches in South Sudan, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit conveyed the WCC’s great relief and gratitude to God that the long-delayed establishment of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan was finally achieved on 22 February.
 


Church, relief agency officials highlight COVID-19 impacts on humanitarian response

Church, relief agency officials highlight COVID-19 impacts on humanitarian response

Some church leaders and faith-based relief agencies are concerned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic may adversely affect humanitarian aid response, as the disease spreads in some of the vulnerable regions worldwide. Although disruptions have not been felt yet, according to officials, there is a great potential the negative impacts will emerge, as the cases rise even in conflict countries, where the faith-based humanitarian agencies are the only movers of aid.
 


Archbishop Anastasios: “Let us transmit from heart to heart the light of hope”

Archbishop Anastasios: “Let us transmit from heart to heart the light of hope”

Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania and former President of the WCC shares his perspective in this E-interview about the way churches are adapting, both in Albania and worldwide, to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we pray for the researchers trying to find a treatment, churches can also emphasize our duty to stay at home while, at the same time, freeing ourselves from fear and anxiety. We must find ways to assist the sick directly or indirectly, as we prepare for Easter, and open our hearts to the light of hope.

 


 

New videos

WCC farewell prayer for Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
Panel: Coping with the Coronavirus

New blog posts


Rock at Nassar farm
Reflections on our deeper crisis


Rock at Nassar farm
COVID-19 reveals and deepens inequalities; where is the Economy of Life?
 

 
 

New resources


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Resources for coping with Coronavirus

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Seven Weeks for Water 2020
 
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"Light of Peace", the Global prayer campaign for peace in Korea
 
 

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News in other languages

«Господь обещал быть с нами в трудные времена», — говорит Твейт

«Господь обещал быть с нами в трудные времена», — говорит Твейт


وعدنا الرب بأن يكون معنا أيضاً في أوقات الشدَّة

وعدنا الرب بأن يكون معنا أيضاً في أوقات الشدَّة


الأمين العام لمجلس الكنائس العالمي يرحب بإنشاء حكومة الوحدة الوطنية الانتقالية في جنوب السودان، ويُعرب عن قلقه إزاء التهديد الذي يمثله فيروس كورونا المستجد (كوفيد-19)

الأمين العام لمجلس الكنائس العالمي يرحب بإنشاء حكومة الوحدة الوطنية الانتقالية في جنوب السودان، ويُعرب عن قلقه إزاء التهديد الذي يمثله فيروس كورونا المستجد (كوفيد-19)

Архиепископ Анастасий: «Давайте передавать свет надежды от сердца к сердцу»

Архиепископ Анастасий: «Давайте передавать свет надежды от сердца к сердцу»

 

«Ας μεταλαμπαδεύσουμε από καρδιά σε καρδιά το φως της ελπίδας» - Συνέντευξη με τον Αρχιεπίσκοπο Αλβανίας

 

المطران أناستاسيوس: "دعونا ننقل نور الأمل من قلب إلى قلب"

Upcoming events

 

Seven Weeks for Water

Seven Weeks for Water

26 February - 06 April 2020 Worldwide

The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) invites you to use the season of Lent to reflect on water. Since 2008, the WCC-EWN through its campaign “Seven Weeks for Water” - has been providing weekly theological reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March (which always falls during the Lenten period).


“A Light of Peace” prayer campaign for peace in Korea

“A Light of Peace” prayer campaign for peace in Korea

01 March - 15 August 2020 Worldwide

World Council of Churches invites member churches worldwide for global prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula, “A Light of Peace”, from 1 March to 15 August.


WEBINAR - "Church Apologies for racist past: Moving from Statements to Prophetic Action"

WEBINAR - "Church Apologies for racist past: Moving from Statements to Prophetic Action"

03 April 2020 On line

As a follow-up on the series of regional webinars on Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination of the World Council of Churches Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (August-December 2019), the WCC/CCIA is organising a new webinar focusing on "Church Apologies for Racist Past: Moving from Statements to Prophetic Action".


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

24 - 31 May 2020 Worldwide (southern hemisphere)

The theme for the week of prayer in 2020, “They showed us unusual kindness...” is inspired by Acts 28:2. The resources for the week have been prepared by members of different churches in Malta.


Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference

Teaching Ecumenism – International Conference

10 - 13 June 2020 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’.


Interreligious Summer School Bossey

Interreligious Summer School Bossey

28 June - 18 July 2020 Ecumenical Institute at Bossey

Applications for the Interreligious Summer School of the WCC's Ecumenical Institute Bossey are open until 29 February 2020.


GEM School 2020: Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life

GEM School 2020: Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life

17 - 28 August 2020 Taipei

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) from 17 to 28 August 2020, tentatively to be held in Taipei. Aim of the training is strengthening the voice of churches on global economics and their advocacy for an Economy of Life.


Central Committee meeting

Central Committee meeting

18 - 25 August 2020 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.

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