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Upcoming WCC Events

Meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs

27 February - 01 March 2017 Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia

54th Meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 27 February – 1 March 2017.

Seven Weeks for Water

01 March - 16 April 2017 Worldwide

The Ecumenical Water Network invites you to use this season of Lent to reflect on how we can be better stewards of God’s Creation and live out God’s love in how we relate to others. Since 2008, the EWN has been providing weekly reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent. the Seven Weeks for Water in 2017 will take us on a pilgrimage of water justice in Africa.

Empowering refugee women and children through education and employment

13 March 2017 Armenian Cultural Center VARTAN HALL 630 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

A Side Event to the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women Speakers on this panel will address the particular challenges faced by refugee women and children, particularly girls, within the context of access to education and employment. Its objective is to identify their specific education and employment needs, including work programs for women and schooling for children, with a special focus on unaccompanied minors. Co-sponsors: WCC, UNICEF, Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council

Central Committee leadership meeting

14 - 15 March 2017 Geneva, Switzerland

The Central Committee is elected by the Assembly from among its delegates and 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.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

04 - 11 June 2017 Worldwide (southern hemisphere)

The theme for the week of prayer in 2017, "Reconciliation – the love of Christ compels us", is inspired by verses from the Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 5. The resources for the week have been prepared by members of different churches in Germany.

Executive Committee meeting

05 - 10 June 2017 Bossey, Switzerland

The 25-person Executive Committee will meet at the WCC's Ecumenical Institute in Bossey. This WCC governing body, with members from churches in every region, is 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.

Living with and Loving the Neighbour – Peacebuilding in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

26 June - 14 July 2017 Bossey, Switzerland

Intended for an international audience of young people interested and engaged in interreligious dialogue, the Ecumenical Institute's Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies includes lectures, courses, workshops and study visits to places of interreligious interest, and is accredited by the University of Geneva under the Swiss Higher Education Programme for Continuing Education.

Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity

08 - 22 July 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia

This two-week residential training programme is for young leaders aged between 20-35 years from the WCC member churches from Asia. Centred on the theme “Passionately Christian and Compassionately Interreligious” the training will equip participants to engage in ministries of justice and peace in pluralistic contexts from an interreligious perspective.

Pan-African Women’s Ecumenical Network

10 - 14 July 2017 Château de Bossey, Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland

The seminar Empowerment of Pan-African Women in the Ecumenical Movement in a Sustainable Development Perspective of the Pan-African Women’s Ecumenical Empowerment Network (PAWEEN) of the Ecumenical Theological Education programme of the WCC, offers an impetus to the invitation of the WCC member churches to join a pilgrimage of justice and peace.

Sharing the Faith in a Multi-cultural and Multi-faith World

31 July - 11 August 2017 Bossey, Switzerland

The multi-cultural and multi-faith realities Christians live in today confronts them, in their witness and praxis, with common challenges along with on-going differences among various Christian confessions. In a world of post-modern values and concepts, the voice of the churches remains often unheard and is hardly understood. In these contexts, the faithful members of the congregations across all confessions are getting aged and their number decreases. Other faith communities living in such contexts go through a similar experience.

Central Committee leadership meeting

01 - 30 August 2017 Geneva, Switzerland

The Central Committee is elected by the Assembly from among its delegates and 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.

Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management

21 August - 01 September 2017 Lusaka, Zambia

In order to strengthen the voice of the churches with regards to global economics, a small group of up to 15 current and future leaders representing the churches will have the chance to attend the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management (GEM) for an Economy of Life in Lusaka, Zambia from 21 August to 01 September 2017.

World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

17 - 24 September 2017 Worldwide

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

Executive Committee meeting

17 - 23 November 2017 Amman, Jordan

The Central Committee elects twenty of its members to serve as the Executive Committee of the WCC, along with the Central Committee officers - moderator, two vice-moderators and the general secretary - as well as the moderators of its programme and finance committees.

Central Committee meeting

15 - 21 June 2018 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.