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Tackle worsening global inequality ‘now’, says World Council of Churches general secretary

If the worsening global inequality highlighted recently is to be tackled, world leadership must act “now”, in tangible ways, says World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, participating in the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland this week.

United Methodist Church hosts WCC as plans for mission conference unfold

The General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), a mission agency of The United Methodist Church, hosted representatives from the World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism this week for a meeting to plan a World Mission Conference scheduled for March 2018.

Tveit addresses accountability in global leadership at World Economic Forum

While participating in the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland from 17-20 January, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit urged the world’s leaders to be accountable to humanity for the sake of justice and peace for all.

“Justice is a gift from God,” affirms WCC general secretary

Speaking at a peace vigil on the evening of 16 January in support of International Bridges for Justice, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit described the life-giving environment of justice, and its role in faith.

WCC offers condolences upon death of Anglican Archbishop Turei

In a letter to archbishops Philip Richardson and Winston Halapua, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed his sadness at the recent passing of Archbishop William Brown Turei.

Unity prayers to recall Reformation, celebrate reconciliation

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated worldwide from 18-25 January, will be hosted this year by the Council of Christian Churches in Germany (ACK). As 2017 marks the commemoration of the Reformation, the week of prayer will reflect on the legacy of the Reformation and the current spirit of reconciliation in Christ.

The work of the Spirit and discipleship in Christian mission

In the new issue of International Review of Mission, a dozen authors from a variety of regional and confessional contexts explore the theme of the forthcoming world mission conference, to be held in Arusha, Tanzania, 8-13 March 2018.

WCC general secretary denounces Middle East violence, urges strengthened peace efforts

Repeated and new forms of violence in Middle East, notably in Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad, is strongly condemned, and calls for more prayer and strengthened peace efforts to halt extremists seeking do divide humanity, says the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) general secretary.

Tveit reflects on hope, reformation and salvation in New Year’s sermon

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit preached on New Year’s Day in the Church of Ås in Norway. Tveit not only observed the first day of 2017 but also commemorated the 150th anniversary of Ås Church, as well as 500 years of Reformation.

Northern European consultation explores multiple religious belonging

The World Council of Churches, Council for World Mission and United Reformed Church, held a joint consultation on Multiple Religious Belonging, 14-16 December, at Queen’s Ecumenical Centre, Birmingham UK. The consultation which included members of different faith groups, renowned theologians and grassroots interfaith activists extended and enriched continuing conversations on the lived reality of multiple religious belonging and religious hybridity. The consultation included panel discussions from inter-religious; theological; ritual and socio-anthropological; and interdisciplinary perspectives.

WCC condemns terrorist attack in Istanbul on innocent New Year revellers

The WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, condemns the latest terrorist attack against people in Istanbul celebrating the New Year.

Church and political leaders send messages of hope to Taizé meeting

The Taizé religious community from the east of France is meeting over the New Year’s period in Riga, Latvia and world church leaders from many traditions have bestowed greetings of hope on its annual gathering.

WCC mourns the death of Polynesian nuclear fighter John Doom

John Doom lived in a small place on the planet, but he was committed to big things through his faith, fighting to stem atomic testing in the fragile ecosystem of his homeland French Polynesia.

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: The Patriarch of Solidarity

He earned the title “Green Patriarch” as a religious leader addressing alarming environmental issues over at least two decades. In 2008, Time Magazine named His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as one of 100 Most Influential People in the World, for “defining environmentalism as spiritual responsibility”.

Children from Bethlehem in key role, as WCC shares Christmas message

As Christians worldwide await the arrival of the Holy Child in late December, children in Bethlehem have been playing a particular role in preparation of the WCC's Christmas message this year.

Dr Halfdan Mahler leaves legacy of public health justice

Churches, health institutions, health workers and advocates worldwide expressed deep sadness at the death of Dr Halfdan T. Mahler on 14 December. Mahler served as the third director-general of the World Health Organisation from 1973-1988. Under his leadership, WHO collaborated with the Christian Medical Commission of the WCC, to promote a dramatic change in the approach to bring about ‘health for all’ through primary health care.

The child in the manger and the war in Syria

How will Christmas 2016 be in the Middle East? Two Christians, one refugee mother in Lebanon and one pastor in Qamishli in northeast Syria, tell how difficult the message of Jesus’ birth becomes in times of war and unrest.

Strong bridges needed more than ever

The ecumenical dialogue between churches has a long and fruitful history. But since war and terrorism are threatening the existence of churches in the Middle East, Christians of this region feel more and more neglected by their Western partners.

WCC general secretary extends prayers for Berlin, Zurich

As two European cities suffered attacks yesterday, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit denouced the violence and mourned the loss of life, extending prayers for the victims and their families.

WCC supports demands for release of Argentinean indigenous activist Milagro Sala

“WCC notes the concern expressed by Movimiento Ecuménico por los Derechos Humanos (MEDH) and many other civil society organizations in Argentina that Milagro Sala, a prominent political activist, social and indigenous leader, is being arbitrarily detained because of her activism, though other charges are laid against her”, wrote Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), in a letter on 16 December, to the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina (IEMA), in support of MEDH in its claim regarding Sala.