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WCC condolences on passing away of Patriarch Khanania Dinkha

The deputy general secretary of the WCC Georges Lemopoulos has expressed deep sadness over the passing away of Patriarch Mar Khanania Dinkha IV, head of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, a WCC member church.

Study guide to facilitate intra-church and inter-religious dialogue

To address confusions about the respective roles of intra-church and inter-religious dialogue, or dialogue among Christians as contrasted to dialogue among world faiths, a group engaged with the WCC is to prepare a short guide that will offer definitions for sometimes confusing terminology used in such dialogues, setting out different goals of the two forms of dialogue and offering practical suggestions and examples about the methodologies and issues.

WCC general secretary and Ellen Margrethe Løj discuss peace process in South Sudan

The peace process in South Sudan and efforts from churches towards reconciliation were the focus of a meeting between Ellen Margrethe Løj, special representative and head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, and Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC.

Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond

This Lenten season, the WCC invites its member churches to pray on Sunday 29 March for those affected by wars in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt. The season of prayer is meant to revive hope from hopelessness, taking into account the vulnerability of minority communities and the threat of losing the diversity of the social fabric in this region.

Churches grieve Germanwings tragedy

The WCC and the Conference of European Churches has received with grief the news of a serious plane accident in the French Alps.

WCC commission prepares for next World Mission Conference

WCC commission prepares for next World Mission Conference

Authentic discipleship in mission and evangelism, hospitality, justice and inclusiveness emerged as significant topics in a recent meeting of members of the WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism. These topics will influence the theme of the World Mission Conference which is planned to be held in 2018.

WCC delegation expresses solidarity with Ukraine

WCC delegation expresses solidarity with Ukraine

A WCC delegation visited Ukraine from 17 to 20 March, reporting that they “heard a consistent call for the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement to inform the international community about the situation in Ukraine, to promote a more adequate humanitarian response to the human suffering resulting from the conflict, and to support and strengthen the efforts of the churches and faith communities of Ukraine for justice and peace.”

WCC expresses support for Indian churches amidst increasing acts of violence

The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed support to the churches in India amidst increasing acts of violence and vandalism affecting Christian communities in the country.

World Water Day: Churches reflect on the significance of water

Ahead of World Water Day on 22 March, a number of Christian organizations are reflecting on the significance of water – a scarce resource threatened and denied to millions around the world.

WCC condemns bomb attacks on Lahore churches

Following bomb attacks on two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has condemned the violence against people and communities on the basis of their religious identity, and has called upon the Pakistani government to act swiftly in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

UK churches join voices with faith leaders demanding an end to nuclear weapons

Four member churches of the WCC are represented among 26 faith leaders in the United Kingdom who issued a joint statement recently calling on states with nuclear weapons to join other states in negotiations to eliminate nuclear arsenals.

Independent commission to reform corporate taxation system

A coalition of civil society and labour groups has launched an Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation in response to rising inequality and mounting public anger over corporate tax cheats. Among the organizations responsible for the establishment of the Commission is the WCC.

When high palm trees fell revealing the terror of the sun

When high palm trees fell revealing the terror of the sun

Blogger and political analyst Hany Fawzy from the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt – a member church of the WCC, reflects on the killing of 21 Christians by the “Islamic State” in Libya.

WCC expresses solidarity with churches in Vanuatu after the cyclone

The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed concern and grief over the destruction caused by the cyclone in Vanuatu. In a letter issued to the WCC member churches in Vanuatu and the Pacific region, Tveit offered his prayers for the people and churches.

WCC delegation to visit churches in Ukraine

A WCC delegation led by the WCC general secretary will visit Ukraine from 17 to 20 March to explore how the international ecumenical community may best support churches in Ukraine so that they can contribute to the search for peace in this country.

WCC leadership focuses on peace-building and inter-religious initiatives during a solidarity visit to Israel and Palestine

To express solidarity with churches and people in Israel and Palestine, the leadership of the WCC Central Committee has undertaken a visit to Israel and Palestine from 7 to 12 March.

WCC general secretary highlights “right to hope” in a panel on climate change and human rights

In a high level panel on Climate Change and Human Rights held at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said that despite all negative conditions “we have the right to hope” – not as a matter of passive waiting but as an active process towards justice and peace, in which human rights should play a key role.

Young adults from Asian churches are invited to apply for YATRA training

The WCC is inviting young adults from Asian churches to participate in a two-week-long training programme called Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity. The deadline to submit applications is 31 March.

Lebanese foreign minister welcomed at the WCC

Lebanese foreign minister welcomed at the WCC

Lebanese government Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gebran Bassil was welcomed to the WCC offices on 3 March in Geneva, Switzerland. Bassil met with the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and WCC staff members.

WCC gives thanks for the life of Ninan Koshy

WCC gives thanks for the life of Ninan Koshy

The WCC gives thanks for the life and work of renowned academic, theologian and political analyst Dr Ninan Koshy. A former executive secretary and director of the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, Koshy died at the age of 81 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India on 4 March.