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Clear priorities set for Zimbabwe

Last week the Zimbabwe Council of Churches and its 26 member churches took another step forward towards a united fellowship by agreeing on a clear set of priorities. Five areas of special importance for the process of nation building have been identified and were discussed with church leaders during a solidarity visit led by the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit last week.

What happens when the world joins in a prayer to end famine

On 21 May - observed as the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine - millions of people from faith communities, organizations and neighborhoods across the world prayed, tweeted, posted and talked face-to-face about the urgent action needed to aid 20 million people facing famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria.

Ban on nuclear weapons ready for UN negotiations in June

A treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons which the World Council of Churches (WCC) has advocated for years is now ready for negotiation at the United Nations.

WCC and European churches decry Manchester bombing

The Conference of European Churches and the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, have strongly condemned a bombing in Manchester, United Kingdom, that has left 22 persons dead and another five-dozen wounded. The attack took place at Manchester Stadium, just as thousands of children and young people, along with their parents and many others, were leaving a pop concert.

Got a good photo? “Oikoumene GO” for it!

A new photo contest announced by the World Council of Churches (WCC) means young people could win a chance to participate at the Young Pilgrimage festival in the Netherlands in August 2018.

Latin American consultation focuses on the next World Mission Conference

Some 40 participants, coming mainly from Latin American countries, attended a consultation promoted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) entitled “Together Towards Life: Mission in the 21st Century”, from 30 April – 4 May, in Rosario, Argentina.

Millions join hearts and minds to pray for end to famine

On 21 May - the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine - millions of people from faith communities, organizations and neighborhoods across the world prayed, tweeted, posted and talked face-to-face about the urgent action needed to aid 20 million people facing famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria.

G7 must address famine

Not nearly enough is being done to save the lives of the 20 million people who face famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria. Among them are 1.4 million children, who are at imminent risk of death unless aid reaches them immediately.

In Zimbabwe, connections could strengthen peace

Friday morning a delegation of church leaders led by World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was received on a courtesy visit in Harare by Zimbabwe vice president Hon. Emmersom Mnangagwa and government officials.

Tveit “Unity is what we are created for and what we are being saved through Christ for”

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe yesterday leading a delegation of church leaders from Europe, Africa and North America. In a 19 May sermon at an ecumenical service in Harare, Zimbabwe, World Council of Churches Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit questioned our collective perception of being at the top versus the bottom.

Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on Sunday 21 May

As more people face famine today than any time in modern history, the World Council of Churches (WCC) together with the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and a range of faith-based partners and networks invite a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on 21 May 2017, in response to the hunger crisis.

WCC delegation visits Zimbabwe

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe yesterday leading a delegation of church leaders from Europe, Africa and North America.

Evangelism from the margins is focus of Johannesburg meeting

Grassroots practitioners, academics and evangelism project managers gathered 6-12 May in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they renewed their understanding and practice of evangelism from the margins

WCC calls for prayer for just peace in the Holy Land

The WCC is calling on Christians worldwide to join in prayer for just peace in the Holy Land by taking part in a Pentecost prayer service.

Open letter to media "As a journalist you can make a difference! Call to Action to End Famine"

To journalists and representatives of the media As a journalist you can make a difference! Call to Action to End Famine

John G. Gatu, Kenyan theologian and ecumenist, dies at 92

Rev. Dr John Gachango Gatu, the first Kenyan to serve as secretary general of the Presbyterian Church in East Africa and a former moderator of the General Assembly of that denomination, died in Nairobi at the age of 92 on 11 May 2017.

Climate justice grows ever more urgent for Pacific islands

For Pacific island nations, climate change is more than a political concern - it’s rapidly leading to extinction of peoples, lands and a way of life. In one of the biggest examples of environmental injustice in the world, the Pacific region is extremely vulnerable to climate change, despite contributing minimally to global greenhouse gas emissions.

WCC congratulates new head of World Food Programme

As David Beasley assumed his new role of executive director of the World Food Programme, the WCC offered its congratulations via a letter from general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

Tveit: “We are called to search for the better way — the way of love”

As the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) gathered for its 12th Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia from 10-16 May, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit presented greetings on behalf of the World Council of Churches, a worldwide fellowship of 348 member churches which represents more than half a billion Christians around the world.

“Spirituality of unity” inspires many Focolare follower

“We have re-discovered that we were one church before and have, indeed, a great common heritage.” These are the words of Rev. Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Ecumenical Continuing Formation, as he spoke at a Focolare ecumenical meeting entitled: “Walking together. Christians on the road to unity.”