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August 15th Joint South-North (North-South) Prayer for Peace & Reunification on the Korean Peninsula 2020
Joint South-North (North-South) Prayer for Peace & Reunification on the Korean Peninsula, August 15th, 2020
WCC interim general secretary condolence letter to Presbyterian Church of East Africa on the passing of Rev. Peter Kaniah Kariuki
WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, sent a condolence letter to the Presbyterian Church of East Africa on the passing of Rev. Peter Kaniah Kariuki
Ανακοινωθέν Ιεράς Συνόδου ένεκα της πρόσφατης απόφασης για μετατροπή σε Μουσουλμανικό τέμενος της Αγίας Σοφίας Κωνσταντινουπόλεως
Communique of the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus
Spread Only the Contagion of Love, Bible study by Jennifer Philpot-Nissen
Tribulation” is certainly an appropriate description for the previously unimaginable scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has affected almost everyone around the world, whether through the direct impacts on our health or the health of our loved ones, the sudden restrictions on all our movements, or the fear of the virus arriving in our lives.
A Declaration for the People’s Korea Peace Agreement
A Declaration for the People’s Korea Peace Agreement was launched on 23 July 2020 at a global Zoom convention initiated by the National Council of Churches in Korea, along with civil organizations.
WCC Statement on Hagia Sophia
Today, despite the appeals of Christian leaders around the world and many members of the international community, including a number of prominent Muslim leaders, the decision to reconvert the Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque was implemented, with Muslim Friday prayers being heard in the ancient building for the first time since the 1930s.
Statement on situations of concern in Nigeria
The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting by video conference on 20-24 July 2020, takes special note of a number of situations of concern that have been brought to its attention in Nigeria. Nigeria is one of the WCC’s priority countries in the context of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, and Africa’s most populous nation, with many diverse communities of faith, and a vibrant church and ecumenical life.
Statement on the crisis in Lebanon
The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting by video conference on 20-24 July 2020, expresses its great concern and apprehension about the current developments in Lebanon.
Minute on Jerusalem Jaffa gate properties case outcome
The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting by video conference on 20-24 July 2020, takes note of the outcome of legal proceedings in the District Court of Jerusalem concerning the Greek Orthodox Church’s ownership of the Jaffa Gate properties.
Moderator's address - WCC executive committee, 20-24 July 2020
Dr Agnes Abuom - "Trends and Developments during the past six months of 2020 and their Impact on Church Life and Communities"
Healing the World: Eight Bible Studies for the Pandemic Era
Collection of eight Bible studies to facilitate our coming to terms—as individuals, groups, and communities of faith—with the loss, fear, and confusion engendered by the pandemic, and the bracing prospect of building the world anew.
Statement on Azerbaijan-Armenia border
The World Council of Churches calls for urgent de-escalation of the confrontation on the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, where renewed fighting since Sunday 12 July has cost the lives of at least 16 people and resulted in destabilization and increased threats of wider conflict.
Invitation to World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel 2020
“Let us pray together for a lasting peace built on justice and dignity for all,” writes Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, interim general secretary of the World Council of Churches, in this letter to the WCC member churches.
Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility
Under the theme “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility,” people of faith all over the world are encouraged to demonstrate the power of prayer during the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel. This special week of prayer coupled with action is held annually and includes the International Day of Peace on 21 September.
WCC, WCRC, LWF, CWM letter to G20 finance ministers (July 2020)
The World Council of Churches (WCC), World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Council for World Mission (CWM), have followed with profound concern how the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis have continued to destroy lives and livelihood around the world. To date this has resulted in more than half a million deaths, massive unemployment, increase of debts, poverty, and inequality in many parts of the world.
Το Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Εκκλησιών για την Αγία Σοφία
Σήμερα, Σάββατο 11 Ιουλίου 2020, μετά από έντονο προβληματισμό και συντονισμένες προσπάθειες μακριά από το φως της δημοσιότητας, το Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Εκκλησιών αποφάσισε να απευθυνθεί στον Ρετζέπ Ταγίπ Ερντογάν, Πρόεδρο της Δημοκρατίας της Τουρκίας, με επιστολή του Γενικού Γραμματέα του.
WCC letter to President Erdogan to keep Hagia Sophia as the shared heritage of humanity
Geneva, 11 July, 2020: In a letter to H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof Dr Ioan Sauca is expressing his fervent hope and prayer that Hagia Sophia will not become once again a focus of confrontation and conflict, but will be restored to the emblematic unifying role that it has served since 1934. Read the full letter:
"Voices of Faith at the United Nations"
In a historical overview of the relationship between the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the United Nations, this WCC publication explores why the shared purposes of the organizations are needed now more than ever.
Communiqué of the Executive Committee meeting of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC
Communiqué of the Executive Committee meeting of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches, 6 July 2020
Joint statement of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights (GIF) to the Human Rights Council 44th Session
Human Rights Council 44th Session (30 June-17 July 2020) - Joint statement submitted by the World Council of Churches on behalf of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights (GIF). "States must protect human rights in the wake of Covid-19 and the climate crisis"