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Faith communities mobilize in Nairobi to fight hunger and sustain Horn of Africa

Countries in the Horn of Africa afflicted by droughts and war are facing famine which visits the region regularly leaving the United Nations and faith-based organizations battling to contain the current crisis.

WCC general secretary sends greetings to Muslims for Eid al Fitr

Marking the end of Ramadan, or Eid al Fitr, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) offered greetings to the worldwide Muslim community.

Rev. Sharon Watkins: “What kind of people don’t take care of our children?”

Rev. Dr Sharon Watkins, chair of the board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC), spoke at the National Press Club (USA) on 21 June as part of a coalition of Christian leaders expressing opposition to federal budget cuts in the USA that would harm people living in hunger and poverty.

After strong input in Holy Land, WCC plans to refine strategy for just peace

At the close of this week’s “Consultation on 50 Years of Occupation and the Ecumenical Response,” held in the Holy Land, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said input received at the meeting will influence the WCC as it refines its strategies and programmes related to just peace in Palestine and Israel.

Tveit greets Sami Church festival

At the Sami Church Days in Sweden, a festival held 14-16 June, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit described how indigenous people lead the world in caring for creation.

WCC mourns the death of Oscar Bolioli

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, sent a letter of condolences to the Methodist Church in Uruguay on the passing of Rev. Oscar Bolioli, on 18 June.

Christian organizations in Palestine release open letter

At an International Peace Consultation on 20 June, the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine issued on open letter to the WCC and the ecumenical movement, stating, “There is still no justice in our land.” In today’s Palestine, discrimination and inequality, military occupation and systematic oppression are the rule, the letter states: “Today, we stand in front of an impasse and we have reached a deadlock. Despite all the promises, endless summits, UN resolutions, religious and lay leader’s callings – Palestinians are still yearning for their freedom and independence, and seeking justice and equality.”

Sabbah: “The only remaining hope is in the churches’ prophetic voice and action”

Speaking in the Holy Land at a “Consultation on 50 Years of Occupation and the Ecumenical Response,” WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said the best way to mark the tragedy of 50 years of occupation is to listen carefully to those witnesses of hope who live under occupation and who experience its grave consequences in their daily lives.

The WCC holds first meeting with Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa for 57 years

For the World Council of Churches Comission on Faith and Order, meeting in South Africa this year holds special significance. In 1960 a WCC meeting with member churches in the country was followed by a parting of ways with one of those churches for more than half a century, over the question of apartheid.

WCC seeks #JusticeAndPeace in the Holy Land

Profiles of peacemakers and cries for justice for all the peoples in Israel and Palestine are featured in a World Council of Churches (WCC) campaign, Seek #JusticeAndPeace in the Holy Land, launched online today.

Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network hones vision for future

Members of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (WCC-EDAN) Reference Group and the regional coordinators met in Geneva from 12-14 June to reflect on the work of the network in the last four years and plan for the next four years.

Religious leaders join interfaith rainforest initiative in Oslo today

New hope for world’s tropical forests arises as the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist leaders join indigenous forest guardians to launch global effort to end deforestation. Interfaith rainforest initiative, created by global coalition to fight escalating threats to endangered forests in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America is vital to slowing climate change.

“It’s time to take action” – “Let’s make this virus powerless”

Marching through the streets of Nairobi on the Day of the African Child 2017, religious leaders from a range of faith communities in Kenya spoke up publicly for the rights of children and adolescents living with HIV, accompanied by hundreds of people, among them school children from six Nairobi-based schools, as well as dozens of youth volunteers.

Tveit: “Looking for the traces of God’s own way to justice and peace, we discover the signs of God’s presence in and with the world”

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered greetings at the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on 18 June in Bern.

Geneva event focuses on ending violence against children

Participating in a new World Vision campaign called “It takes a World to End Violence against Children,” World Council of Churches (WCC) deputy general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri spoke at a Geneva-based event on 13 June, reflecting that churches and organizations working together can prevent and address “a tragic reality.”

“We hope the students will be able to help their churches to develop peace and reconciliation as the heart of their calling"

Seven international students from the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, Switzerland, are embarking on a future of ecumenism, dialogue and unity that began with months of intense study and fellowship.

Young pilgrims on a spiritual journey in the Holy Land

The World Council of Churches organised in June 2017 a pilgrimage in the Holy Land for eight young Christians from all over the world. Participants said it was a unique experience to discover biblical and spiritual places.

Missional formation for new contexts

How can seminaries, mission agencies, and theological schools teach mission in an age of such vast turmoil and change? How can the newer, post-colonial paradigms of mission--especially "mission from the margins"--be built into curricula and begin to form the aims, attitudes, and practices of mission everywhere?

Archbishop of Canterbury recognizes Abuom, other WCC leader

In an awards ceremony held at Lambeth Palace on 9 June, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presented a Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism to Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee.

Women in development create space for hope in Egypt

The Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) in Egypt is working on an advanced gender approach. In a country which is facing enormous challenges, more than ever a development agency has to be up to date on the needs of the people.