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Indigenous People’ statement commended by WCC Central Committee

“Truth, healing and transformation” are key themes of a statement from an Indigenous Peoples’ Conference that has been received and commended by the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Is there hope for the Middle East?

War, ethnic conflict, millions of refugees and a deteriorating humanitarian situation provide a bleak background for discussion of the Middle East.

A common faith uncommonly expressed

The 2016 WCC Central Committee concluded its third day with an afternoon prayer service in one of Trondheim’s most beautiful churches. Built in 1715, the Bakke Church, with its remarkable architecture and artistry, is one the oldest buildings in the Bakklandet area of Trondheim.

Norwegian Minister of Culture praises faith-based potential for change

”This meeting is a symbol of what we need more of: more dialogue and fellowship across borders,” says Norway’s Minister of Culture, Linda Hofstad Helleland. ”Then we will be able to create change and movement.”

Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien: presiding with faith and clarity

The first female presiding bishop of the Church of Norway says she has had to learn to be clear about where she stands on controversial issues, such as the marriage of same-sex couples – which she supports –while at the same time expressing respect for the point of view of colleagues who oppose it.

Theological education key to women’s empowerment in the church

Stories of women in church leadership are vital to forming a new generation of female pan-African leaders, say speakers at World Council of Churches event.

Justice for the world’s refugees is a moral imperative for the churches

The worsening refugee situation, which now counts round 65 million people among those fleeing their homes worldwide, calls for the church to be more outspoken, says Trondheim pastor Marianne H. Brekken.

Orthodox synod “a spiritual gift” to other churches

As the Holy and Great Council commenced this week in Crete, Greece, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit attended celebrations of Pentecost with the Orthodox community, offering his prayers and support.

WCC Central Committee observes midsummer holiday in Norway

Bonfires on the mountains and joyous celebrations along Norwegian coastlines herald the midsummer holiday known in recent centuries as Jonsok (John’s wake), Sankthansaften (St John’s eve or St Hans’s festival), or the eve of the feast-day of St John the Baptist.

Learning about – and from – the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

Encouragement, inspiration and storytelling animated the plenary discussion of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.

“It’s time to recognize pan African women’s leadership in global ecumenism,” say WCC women leaders

Women of African descent have been a force within the global ecumenical movement for decades but are still not well recognized for their contributions. It is time for that to change, say the organizers of a network of pan African theologians, laywomen and clergy within the WCC.

Solidarity overcomes sorrow: Indigenous Peoples gather in Trondheim

Journeying from urban centres and small Pacific islands, mountain ranges and rural towns, more than 170 Indigenous people gathered this week at the mouth of the river that flows from traditional Sami lands. Their conference, “Reconciliation Processes and Indigenous Peoples: Truth, Healing and Transformation,” brought together representatives of more than two dozen Indigenous societies in connection with the WCC Central Committee meetings in Trondheim, Norway.

On St Olav’s Way, revisiting the past while envisioning a future for the churches

St Olav’s Way, the long path from Oslo’s old city to Trondheim’s Nidaros Cathedral, was for 500 years crowded with pilgrims, a heavily used popular route until the Reformation. It was restored and re-opened in 1997.

WCC Central Committee convenes in Trondheim, Norway

The 2016 WCC Central Committee meeting was called to order by its moderator, Dr Agnes Abuom, from the Anglican Church of Kenya, on the morning of 22 June in the city of Trondheim, Norway.

Canadian Council of Churches releases new podcast exploring ecumenism

The CCC’s Commission on Faith and Witness created the monthly podcast as a medium through which people from different faith traditions can talk in a candid way. The podcast also features people who have spent their lives in dialogue with Christians of other traditions.

WCC strongly condemns terror attack targeting Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II

On Sunday 19 June a suicide bomber attacked an Assyrian genocide commemoration event in the al-Wusta district of Qamishli, Syria, in which Patriarch Aphrem II Karim of the Syriac Orthodox Church was presiding. The attacker was prevented from entering the venue of the event, but detonated his bomb, killing himself and three members of the security forces and wounding five

Water in a sustainable future

More than 80 people from 23 European countries travelled to Helsinki for the 11th Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network.

God’s forgotten children

Some people don’t exist – on paper, that is. Indeed, millions of people are not recognized as citizens by the law of any country.

World Refugee Day: “Have No Fear” – Churches call for intensified efforts

Today, 20 June, is World Refugee Day. The United Nations estimates that every minute 8 people flee from war, persecution, or terror. This day is observed to bring attention to their collective struggle and to address the widespread global displacement of millions of people.

Norwegian pastor’s pilgrimage is long country trek for refugees

Knut Refsdal started his pilgrimage from the Norwegian capital Oslo to the historic pilgrim town of Trondheim on 24 May. He is scheduled to arrive on the eve of the opening of the meeting of the WCC Central Committee on 21 June.