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United Church of Christ calls for boycott and divestment from companies profiting in Israel's occupation

The 30th General Synod of the UCC, a member church of the WCC, has passed a resolution calling for a boycott and divestment from companies that profit in Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

Trying new ways that can save lives from HIV and AIDS

Trying new ways that can save lives from HIV and AIDS

When a WCC meeting on ecumenical HIV and AIDS response concluded last week in Limuru, Kenya, its message to the global HIV and AIDS community was terse: traditional ways of tackling the pandemic have failed.

Religious leaders meet French president to advocate for climate justice

A statement calling for a binding agreement on climate crisis, and a call for two degrees rise in temperature, the internationally-agreed target for limiting global warming, was presented to the French President Francois Hollande by representatives of the Conference of Religious Leaders of France on 1 July at the Elysée Palace in Paris, France.

Everyone urged to join Zero Hunger Challenge

Everyone urged to join Zero Hunger Challenge

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, an initiative of the WCC, is calling churches and individuals to join in a world-wide “zero hunger” challenge.

WCC expresses shock at killings in Kuwait, Tunisia and France

Expressing shock at the killings in Kuwait, Tunisia and France that took place on 26 June, the WCC acting general secretary Georges Lemopoulos said, “I grieve with those who have lost loved ones, and those who have been injured as a result of these appalling acts, which have marred the month of Ramadan, sacred to Muslims everywhere.”

WCC group evaluates ecumenical HIV and AIDS response

WCC group evaluates ecumenical HIV and AIDS response

A WCC group concluded a three-day meeting by acknowledging achievements that have been made in addressing HIV and AIDS.

Bishop George Ninan of India dies at the age of 80

Bishop George Ninan of India dies at the age of 80

Dr A. George Ninan, an ecumenical leader of international standing and a long-time pastor and diocesan bishop in the Church of North India, passed away in New York City on 21 June at the age of 80. Called by some “the radical voice of the voiceless”, throughout his ministry he organized for the poor, oppressed and outcast in India and, in retirement, continued as a church and community volunteer in the USA.

WCC congratulates Bishop Angaelos for receiving Order of the British Empire

WCC congratulates Bishop Angaelos for receiving Order of the British Empire

The WCC general secretary extended prayers and congratulations to Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom who has been honoured for his services in promoting human rights and religious freedom.

Church pilgrimage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki seeks action to end nuclear threats

In early August, WCC representatives will embark on an unusual pilgrimage. A group of church leaders will travel to two cities devastated by the deadliest of weapons 70 years ago, then visit governments still willing to destroy thousands of cities in similar fashion today.

WCC considers AIDS report a “valuable tool”

A new report titled “Defeating AIDS–Advancing global health” was appreciated as a significant resource in encouraging an effective global AIDS response by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate general secretary of the WCC.

WCC, Roman Catholic joint group celebrate 50 years of ecumenical work

“The WCC is grateful for new momentum in collective efforts to manifest our common faith in God the creator and our commitment to common service,” said the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, as he spoke at the 50th anniversary gathering of a joint WCC-Roman Catholic group.

Future directions are charted by WCC Faith and Order Commission

Future directions are charted by WCC Faith and Order Commission

Meeting from 17 to 24 June, the newly reconstituted Commission on Faith and Order of the WCC has begun to define its principal trajectories for ecumenical study and common activity from 2015 until the next WCC Assembly in 2020.

Reclaiming our humanity

Reclaiming our humanity

Bishop Mark MacDonald shared views on indigenous peoples and climate change in an interview with WCC Communications. "We are entering an era in which the public has a broader awareness of the rights of indigenous peoples," he said.

Churches need to do more to tackle HIV and AIDS

Churches need to do more to tackle HIV and AIDS

“HIV and AIDS is not just a challenge for governments but for all segments of society, including churches. In many African countries churches are an authority that people listen to – it is therefore crucial that churches help eliminate the pandemic,” said Rev. Dr Luciano Chanhelela Chianeque in an interview.

WCC Faith and Order Commission enjoys an encounter with Patriarch Daniel of Romania

WCC Faith and Order Commission enjoys an encounter with Patriarch Daniel of Romania

Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church interacted with the Faith and Order Commission of the WCC on 22 June during their week-long meeting at the Caraiman Monastery in the southern Carpathian Mountains of Romania.

Shared vision of WCC and LWF noted during Tveit greeting

The relationship between the WCC and the Lutheran World Federation is close in terms of shared values, resources and vision, a representative of the WCC general secretary said at an LWF Council meeting in Geneva.

Interfaith panel explores spiritual perspectives on climate change and human rights towards COP21

Interfaith panel explores spiritual perspectives on climate change and human rights towards COP21

To promote strong measures against climate change, the WCC and the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights organized a side event to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Joint Working Group: 50 years of mutual commitment

Joint Working Group: 50 years of mutual commitment

During the week of 22 June 2015, the 50th anniversary of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC will be celebrated by church leaders. A public event to mark the anniversary will be held at the Centro Pro Unione in Rome, Italy on 23 June.

WCC Faith and Order Commission elects five vice-moderators

At its first meeting after being reconstituted following the 10th Assembly of the WCC, the 49-member Faith and Order Commission has elected five vice-moderators to assist the commission’s moderator, British theologian Rev. Dr Susan Durber of the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom.

WCC general secretary visits Patriarch Daniel and President Johannis of  Romania

WCC general secretary visits Patriarch Daniel and President Johannis of Romania

On a visit to Romania from 16 to 18 June during which he addressed a meeting of the Faith and Order Commission, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit paid formal visits to Romanian President Klaus Werner Johannis, and Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church.