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Spirituality and worship in ecumenical context

The WCC encourages churches to explore traditional and newer dimensions of ecumenical spiritual life, continue work on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and collect resources for worship and healing in community.

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In Indonesia, hearts and minds turn to pursuing justice and unity

In Indonesia, hearts and minds turn to pursuing justice and unity

As they gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia from September 2-8 to prepare resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019, ecumenical partners reflected on the theme of “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue.”

In Wittenberg, vision for “church of tomorrow” is formed

In Wittenberg, vision for “church of tomorrow” is formed

As the 44th conference of the International Ecumenical Fellowship came to a close, those gathered departed for their home countries with a vision for “the church of tomorrow” and a renewed commitment to unity.

Webinars on Global Day of Prayer to End Famine – action steps

Webinars on Global Day of Prayer to End Famine – action steps

As more people face famine today than any time in modern history, the WCC together with the All Africa Conference of Churches and a range of faith-based partners and networks invite a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on 21 May 2017, in response to the hunger crisis.

“Food is a divine gift” - WCC invites Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

“Food is a divine gift” - WCC invites Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

As more people face famine today than any time in modern history, the WCC together with the All Africa Conference of Churches and a range of faith-based partners and networks invite a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on 21 May 2017, in response to the hunger crisis.

“The People of the Way” - WCC presidents share annual Pentecost message

“The People of the Way” - WCC presidents share annual Pentecost message

”When the day of Pentecost came, the followers of Jesus were all in one place and of one accord … They were of one mind in anticipation. There was a oneness, a conjunction, of fellowship (association), minds, and place.”

Historic ecumenical prayer in Egypt for peace and unity

Historic ecumenical prayer in Egypt for peace and unity

Church leaders, led by Pope Tawadros II and Pope Francis, were gathered to pray for the people of Egypt, for unity, for peace and justice in St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, the chapel next to Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral that was bombed in December 2016, now restored.

Ecumenical Patriarch visits WCC

Ecumenical Patriarch visits WCC

The Ecumenical Patriarch, His All Holiness Bartholomew I, delivered a public address at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 24 April as part of his official visit to Switzerland on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his enthronement as Ecumenical Patriarch and the 50th anniversary of the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy.

Seven weeks of Lent highlight water crisis in Africa

Seven weeks of Lent highlight water crisis in Africa

With a prayer service on Ash Wednesday in Sealite Mihret Orthodox cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the WCC's Ecumenical Water Network began its annual Lenten campaign “Seven Weeks for Water”. This year during Lent it will raise awareness of water justice issues in Africa.

Churches in Norway and Pakistan break new ecumenical ground

Churches in Norway and Pakistan break new ecumenical ground

In a country where Christians are in clear minority, often suffering discrimination, and in a context that has seen repeated frictions and violence between people of different religious traditions, the Church of Norway and Church of Pakistan have broken new ecumenical ground during a recent week in Lahore, Pakistan.

In Germany, unity prayer service encourages tearing down walls that divide

In Germany, unity prayer service encourages tearing down walls that divide

A "wall of guilt" to be torn down during the course of a prayer service: this symbolic action marked the central celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by the Council of Christian Churches in Germany (ACK), as well as celebrations in other parts of the world using the model prepared by the ACK.