“It is time to abandon all support for retaining nuclear weapons. It is time to refuse to accept that the mass destruction of other people can be a legitimate form of protection of ourselves,” said Bishop MaryAnn Swenson, addressing the Anglican-Catholic Peace Memorial Service at the Catholic Peace Memorial Cathedral in Hiroshima.
Norway’s largest church festival took on a green tint this year, as climate justice became a major focus there on 1 August in Trondheim. A presentation about the situation of a country deeply affected by climate change, a popular workshop on church engagement in climate justice, and a speech by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, himself a Norwegian pastor, were among featured events.
The World Council of Churches invites its member churches to join in prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula on Sunday, 9 August.