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WCC invites churches to participate in UN dialogue on culture and development

Encouraging faith-based perspectives in the United Nations initiated dialogue on culture and its role in shaping the post-2015 development agenda, the WCC UN office in New York invites churches to participate in an e-consultation.

The ecumenical movement remembers Rubem Alves, 1933-2014

The ecumenical movement remembers Rubem Alves, 1933-2014

Rubem Alves of Brazil, one of the foundational thinkers behind Latin American “liberation theology”, died at the age of 80 on Saturday 19 July. This scholar, teacher, activist, psychotherapist and author is being commemorated by colleagues, former students, journalists and others, including heads of state.

“We are called by conscience to say, ‘Enough’ in Gaza,” letter to US president says

It is time for the U.S. to condemn Israeli bombardment of civilian centers and the blockade just as strongly as it has condemned indiscriminate rockets from Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups into Israel, say several church groups in a letter to President Barack Obama.

Solidarity with Dutch churches over Malaysia Airlines disaster

In a message from the WCC to its member churches in the Netherlands, sincere condolences were conveyed to the families of some 193 Dutch passengers who lost their lives in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine last week.

Churches call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza

Expressing grave concern over the escalation of military operations in Gaza, the WCC general secretary said, “Hostilities must cease. Israel, Palestine and the surrounding region must be offered the hope of peace: a peace based in justice, a lasting peace that may lead toward reconciliation”.

WCC expresses concern over exodus of Christian community in Mosul, Iraq

In an official statement issued on 21 July, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed deep concern over the exodus of the Christian community from the Iraqi city Mosul occurring due to threats from the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Tveit called these developments a “tragedy” for both Christians and Muslims.

WCC expresses sorrow at loss of life in Malaysia Airlines disaster over Ukraine

The WCC today expressed sympathy and sorrow to family, friends and colleagues who mourn the deaths of nearly 300 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines flight 17 when it crashed in eastern Ukraine on 17 July en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Particular mention was made of the estimated one-third of the victims who were travelling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, due to begin on Sunday 20 July.

Investment in fossil fuels is off the table for the WCC

Investment in fossil fuels is off the table for the WCC

The WCC has decided fossil fuel investment is a “no-go” zone on its list of investments, reflecting both its commitment to reversing climate change and ethical investments.

Ecumenical Review features “pilgrimage of justice and peace”

Ecumenical Review features “pilgrimage of justice and peace”

“The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace,” a conceptual framework for the future work of the WCC, receives critical elaboration and reflection in the latest issue of the WCC quarterly journal, The Ecumenical Review.

Leadership in Standing Committees of the WCC’s governing body

The Central Committee of the WCC has appointed new moderators of its Standing Committees. These moderators will facilitate the work of the WCC related to its programmes, policies, public issues addressed by the organization, governance, as well as communication and finances.

Christian responses on health and healing

Churches must commit themselves to create “healing and reconciling ministry that puts people at the centre and allow for a wholistic approach in health care”, states a declaration issued during an international symposium on “Christian Responses to Global Health and Development” in Tübingen, Germany.

Church of England’s vote on women bishops

As the General Synod of the Church of England voted allowing women to serve as bishops, an issue under discussion in the church since a long time, posing challenges for its internal and external relationships, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed his hopes and prayers “that this decision proves to be a blessing for the mission of the Church of England”.

Condolences on the death of Bishop Vinton Anderson

Condolences on the death of Bishop Vinton Anderson

Sincere condolences were expressed at the death of Bishop Vinton R. Anderson by the WCC general secretary. The first African American to serve as the WCC president for North America, from 1991-98, Bishop Anderson of the African Methodist Episcopal Church passed away on Wednesday.

WCC urges Christian responsibility in economic measures related to Israel-Palestine conflict

WCC urges Christian responsibility in economic measures related to Israel-Palestine conflict

Continuing with a long-time commitment of the WCC, a recent statement issued by Council’s chief governing body reaffirms churches’ “solidarity with those working for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel”. The statement encourages churches to make responsible decisions regarding their investments which have an impact on the current situation in the region.

WCC strongly condemns violence in and from Gaza

Attacks by the Israeli military on the civilian population in Gaza, as well as firing of rockets by militants from Gaza to Israel, were strongly condemned by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

“A long journey for a short distance”

“A long journey for a short distance”

Bishop Eva Brunne from Stockholm is one of three Swedes on the Central Committee of the WCC, which met in Geneva 2-8 July. “The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace” became the central focus of the Committee’s work.

Furious at global injustice

Furious at global injustice

Berit Hagen Agøy, general secretary of the Council on Ecumenical and International Relations in the Church of Norway, is passionate about changing the world for the better and fighting the injustice that exists.

Pilgrimage theme to engage local churches

Pilgrimage theme to engage local churches

We met Rev. Dr Simo Peura, bishop of the Diocese of Lapua in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, and a member of the Central and Executive Committees of the WCC, in the chapel at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.

Churches to continue their “pilgrimage of justice and peace” in the world

Inspired by the theme “pilgrimage of justice and peace”, the Central Committee of the WCC, a chief governing body of the Council, has set directions for the work of the Council from 2014 to 2017.

WCC president shows strong climate commitment

WCC president shows strong climate commitment

Anders Wejryd, one of the presidents of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Archbishop Emeritus of the Church of Sweden, has been committed to climate issues since the start of the 1970s and the worldwide oil crisis of that time. To attain a vision of life in God’s kingdom – a healed creation and humanity in a harmony of justice, freedom and peace – Wejryd believes the issue of climate change must be taken seriously. He says that it is about safeguarding the creation, but that it is also an issue of justice and peace.