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WCC general secretary represents faith-based organizations at UNICEF meeting

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, this week invited 20 of its major partners from the private sector and civil society to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The WCC general secretary represented faith based-organizations at a high-level breakfast in New York hosted by the UN agency.

WCC condemns attack on worshippers at Jerusalem synagogue

The WCC general secretary has expressed concern and sadness over the attack on a synagogue in west Jerusalem on Tuesday 18 November. The incident has resulted in the killing of four Jewish worshippers, and the injury of others.

Churches have a special role to play in HIV response

In Africa, where up to 40% of the health care facilities are provided by faith based organizations, Dr Mirfin Mpundu, executive director of the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network, says that due to their unique position churches can play a special role in eliminating HIV and AIDS and bringing improvements in the lives of people living with the virus.

WCC receives new interns from Malawi and Democratic Republic of Congo

Grateful for the opportunity of working for a global fellowship of the churches, the two new interns at the WCC aspire to use their personal and professional experiences from Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the WCC’s work on gender justice and health issues.

Apply now: Academic courses at Ecumenical Institute in Bossey

Apply now: Academic courses at Ecumenical Institute in Bossey

The WCC Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland is inviting applications for the academic programmes in ecumenical studies, 2015-2016. The application deadline is 30 November 2014.

Condolences on the death of David Philpot

Condolences on the death of David Philpot

The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed deep sorrow over the death of Rev. David Philpot who served as the WCC executive secretary for scholarships in 1980s. Philpot passed away at the age of 84 in Edinburgh, UK.

WCC congratulates new chairperson of Evangelical Church in Germany

WCC congratulates new chairperson of Evangelical Church in Germany

Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, the new chairperson of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), has been congratulated by the WCC general secretary.

WCC condemns the killing of Christian couple in Pakistan

The recent killing of a Christian couple by an angry mob in Pakistan has prompted condemnation from the WCC. The victims had been accused by community members of desecrating the Qur’an.

Churches in Pacific strengthen ecumenical collaboration

Churches in Pacific strengthen ecumenical collaboration

Qualities of the Pacific region – communal life, unbroken tradition of faith, work to combat injustice, deep scriptural grounding – are valuable contributions toward fulfilling the WCC call for a “pilgrimage of justice and peace”, said Rev. Dr Mele’ana Puloka, WCC president for the Pacific.

Nathan Söderblom opened a new chapter in history of churches

Nathan Söderblom opened a new chapter in history of churches

Nathan Söderblom was appointed Archbishop of Uppsala and primate of the Church of Sweden in November – one hundred years ago. A Nobel laureate and a well-known theologian, Söderblom was instrumental in building the modern ecumenical movement and a concept of global Christian fellowship which later contributed to the creation of the WCC.

WCC general secretary reflects on 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

WCC general secretary reflects on 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Twenty-five years ago, on 9 November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. This came about through a “movement of many people who demonstrated peacefully in the streets,” said WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

WCC-EAPPI volunteers encourage EU to address Palestine and Israel

WCC-EAPPI volunteers encourage EU to address Palestine and Israel

Volunteers for the WCC Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel have urged the European Union to take more effective actions against the illegal settlements, demolitions and forced displacement in the occupied territory controlled by the Israeli authorities.

The Berlin Wall: looking back, looking forward

The Berlin Wall: looking back, looking forward

The opening of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago was one of the most dramatic symbols of the global changes sweeping across the world in 1989.

Dismay over attacks on churches in Nigeria

The recent attacks on the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) – a WCC member church – and the Kulp Bible College, among other churches in Nigeria, have prompted an expression of profound dismay from the general secretary of the WCC, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

Christian youth campaign demands justice for Mexico’s missing students

Christian youth campaign demands justice for Mexico’s missing students

Young students from the Mexico’s Student Christian Movement “MEC por la Equidad” and the World Student Christian Federation in Latin America and the Caribbean have called upon churches, ecumenical bodies and the international community to show support for the families of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, who went missing following a student protest in Iguala, Mexico, on the evening of 26 September.

Reflections on the destruction of the Armenian church in Deir Zor

Reflections on the destruction of the Armenian church in Deir Zor

Amid the ongoing offensive by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which recently caused the destruction of the Armenian church and genocide memorial in Deir Zor, Syria – an incident condemned by the WCC – staff members of the council reflect on what such incidents may mean for Christians and other faith communities in the region.

Discussions in Punta Cana encourage collaboration among ecumenical organizations

Discussions in Punta Cana encourage collaboration among ecumenical organizations

The need for enhanced cooperation between the WCC and the ACT Alliance – a partner organization of the WCC, especially in addressing the threat of climate change and a human rights-based approach to development – was stressed at the 2nd General Assembly of the ACT Alliance in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic.

Christian ministries of service form theme of the Ecumenical Review

Christian ministries of service form theme of the Ecumenical Review

“Diakonia”, or the service ministry of the church, provides the theme for the October 2014 issue of a quarterly journal published by the WCC with Wiley Blackwell of Oxford.

WCC statement to influence thinking in mission education

WCC statement to influence thinking in mission education

A consultation in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa has discussed creative ways of using the WCC statement in mission education and curriculum. The WCC statement, titled “Together towards life: Mission and evangelism in changing landscapes”, seeks a renewed understanding and practice of mission and evangelism.

Concern over recent developments in Pakistan’s Asia Bibi case

The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed profound concern over the rejection of an appeal against the death sentence for a Pakistani Christian woman, Asia Bibi, convicted under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law. To promote tolerance, religious harmony and protection of the rights of religious minorities, Tveit said it is important that justice is ensured in cases like that of Asia Bibi.