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WCC gives thanks for the life and works of Samuel Isaac

The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has given thanks for the life of Samuel Isaac, whom he said made contributions in the “search for unity” and in the churches’ “determination to respond to the needs of people”. Isaac, who served as deputy director of the WCC’s former Commission on Inter-Church Aid, Refugee and World Service, passed away on 20 August in Chennai, India at the age 72.

WCC expresses solidarity with churches and people in Ferguson shooting

In the wake of a racially charged police shooting in the state of Missouri, United States, “the efforts of the churches, faith communities, ecumenical and interfaith partners and civil society organizations and coalitions that have called for prayer, calm, peaceful protest, and open and honest dialogue on racism and issues of class” have received support and encouragement from the WCC.

Faith communities in Geneva show solidarity with persecuted communities in Iraq

Around 400 people met at the Temple de la Fusterie in Geneva, Switzerland to participate in an inter-religious vigil on 20 August expressing solidarity with the persecuted religious communities in Iraq during this time of conflict in the country.

Worship service in Pyongyang focuses on peace and reunification of Korean peninsula

Prayers for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula were held at the Bongsu Church in Pyongyang, North Korea on 15 August, with participation from a nineteen-member delegation organized by the National Council of Churches in Korea, comprised of representatives from member churches of the WCC and ecumenical organizations from South Korea, including women and youth delegates.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew speaks against violence in Iraq

The targeting of tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities can never be justified in the name of any religious creed or conviction, said Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a statement issued on 13 August.

A community of young Christians, Muslims and Jews works for climate justice

A community of young Christians, Muslims and Jews works for climate justice

Amidst the reality of tensions often fueled by religions, a group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish youth has formed a multi-faith community. As part of an interfaith summer course sponsored by the WCC, this community wants to work for the protection of creation – a concern they say is common to all faith traditions.

Patriarchs of Eastern Churches appeal for aid against forces of religious extremism

High officials from ancient Christian churches in the Near East have issued a common statement denouncing the emergence of armed extremist groups who “murder, shatter and violate the sacred nature of the churches” and other suffering communities in the Middle East.

Churches in Sierra Leone respond to Ebola crisis

Despite challenges posed by the lack of resources and preparedness to deal with the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, churches in the country have initiated programmes to build awareness around the disease, prevention and assistance for Ebola victims.

Expressions of solidarity on International Memorial Day for “comfort women”

Expressions of solidarity on International Memorial Day for “comfort women”

Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate and acting general secretary of the WCC, has expressed solidarity with those seeking justice for women who suffered from sexual slavery imposed by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.

WCC commission leadership selected

At the Central Committee meeting of the WCC, leadership of the Council’s consultative bodies was announced. These bodies will steer through the work of the WCC in accomplishing the call from its 10th Assembly to engage in a “pilgrimage of justice and peace”. The WCC assembly was held in the Republic of Korea in 2013.

Argentinean churches rejoice at grandmother finding grandson born to death camp mother

Argentinean churches rejoice at grandmother finding grandson born to death camp mother

After searching for more than 35 years, the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina have finally found the grandson of one of their founders, Estela de Carlotto.

Prayers and solidarity for churches in Northern Iraq

In an open letter of solidarity to the member churches of the WCC in Northern Iraq, Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, the WCC associate and acting general secretary, solicited prayers for the Christians, the church communities and the people on the Plain of Nineveh in Northern Iraq, as well as the surrounding region.

Israeli attacks have worsened water systems in Gaza

Israeli attacks have worsened water systems in Gaza

The recent air strikes by Israel on the Gaza Strip have crippled the water distribution system. Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network of the WCC, shares that an already challenging water situation in Gaza has recently worsened because of the violence, threatening the fundamental human right to water and sanitation.

WCC calls for urgent action in Iraq

The WCC has issued an urgent call to the United Nations for an immediate response to the killing of Christians and others by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant fighters.

New website brings into focus interfaith perspectives on climate change

New website brings into focus interfaith perspectives on climate change

Plans are advancing for the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change, to be held in New York from 21 to 22 September. A new website featuring interfaith perspectives on climate change, highlighting the upcoming summit, has recently gone online.

March and vigil for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula

March and vigil for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula

Some 300 Christians marched for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula and held a vigil in Washington D.C. on 26 July – marking the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement which ended the Korean War in 1953.

WCC invites churches to pray for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula

The WCC invites its member churches to join in prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula on Sunday, 10 August.

WCC president for Asia meets with chief cabinet secretary of Japan

WCC president for Asia meets with chief cabinet secretary of Japan

Representatives from the WCC and Japanese churches meet with second in command of Japanese government about nuclear dangers and maintaining peace clause in constitution.

Pilgrimage of justice and peace inspires production of liturgical material in Latin America

Pilgrimage of justice and peace inspires production of liturgical material in Latin America

An ecumenical network in Latin America of composers, liturgists and writers plan to develop liturgical resources based on the WCC pilgrimage of justice and peace initiative.

WCC expresses deep and shared concern at Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The World Council of Churches has expressed a “deep and shared concern” to its member churches in West Africa over reports concerning “the Ebola crisis and its devastating impact on the lives of men, women and children living in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.”