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Greetings to the International Youth Day 2019
It is with heartfelt sincerity and even a certain urgency that I greet you today in the name of the global fellowship of Christians that is the World Council of Churches. On this 19th celebration of International Youth Day, I especially greet those of you gathered in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and in Geneva, Switzerland.
Internal Youth Day Programme- 2019
To promote a shared understanding for the Inclusion, celebrating the gifts and addressing the common concerns and challenges of the young people around the world.
WCC moderator's address to the 15th ELCA Churchwide Assembly (8 August 2019)
"We Are Church, Journeying toward Justice", address by WCC moderator Dr Agnes Abuom to the Fifteenth ELCA Churchwide Assembly, 8 August 2019
WCC letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on West Bank and East Jerusalem
WCC letter to Ms. Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights on Human rights violations in West Bank, East Jerusalem
2019 Sunday Prayer Worship for Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
August 15 is celebrated as Liberation Day in Korea, the day that signifies Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonization. In 2013, the WCC 10th General Assembly meeting in Busan, Korea passed a resolution that the churches of the world will annually observe each Sunday prior to August 15 as a “Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula.” The Reconciliation and Reunification Committee of the NCCK drafted this liturgy in the hopes that each church could apply it with reference to their own situation. The Joint Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula was prepared by both the NCCK (South) and the Korean Christian Federation (North) together. In 2018 the two leaders from North and South Korea met and adopted the Panmunjom Declaration and the Pyongyang Declaration. Korean people together with the whole world celebrated and affirmed the two declarations as they pave a new way to peace, prosperity, and unification of the divided Korea. The NCCK together with the global ecumenical community will consolidate all its effort to actualize the spirit of the two declarations.
Let the Children Come to Me
Contextual Bible Study Manual on Young People
Guidelines of the youth essay contest "The Africa We Pray for on a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace"
This document brings the guidelines of the youth essay contest for the Africa regional publication of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.
Third "Explorations in Evangelism" meeting - Communique on evangelism and the legacies of colonization and enslavement
During the "Explorations in Evangelism" meeting in Toronto (Canada) international scholars, theologians and clergy wrestled with the long-term and lingering effects of Christian involvement in colonization on the identities of individuals and communities today.The meeting, held June 22-28, was the latest in a series of “Explorations in Evangelism” organized by the World Council of Churches and the Council for World Mission. The project explores the work in evangelism at the grassroots level in different regions and contexts.
WCC general secretary greetings to the 64th General Conference and 70th Anniversary of the Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM)
Greetings for the 64th General Conference and 70th Anniversary of the Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM) "God of love, guide us in the path of Reconciliation, Unity in Diversity, Justice and Peace". Read by Prof Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC Deputy General Secretary. 26-30 June 2019, Maputo province, Mozambique
WCC CCIA statement to the UN Human Rights Council 41st Session (Item 7: Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories)
The Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches expressed its grave concern about the high rate of evictions and demolitions in East-Jerusalem.
Statement from CAS Interreligious Studies students at Bossey 2019
Implementing what we learned here entails understanding and respecting the differences of our neighbors of other faiths as we return our own communities and find meaningful ways to invite them into engaging with grassroot initiatives. Regardless of the form our endeavors take, we are united in our affirmation of the centrality of human dignity, establishing that both our similarities and our differences are points of celebration.
Antisemitism, definitions and future cooperation
Speech by Peter Prove, director of the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs at the IJCIC-WCC meeting "The normalization of hatred: Challenges for Jews and Christians today", 25-27 June 2019, Paris
August 15th Joint South-North (North-South) Prayer for Peace & Reunification on the Korean Peninsula
Prayer for Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula by the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and Korean Christian Federation (KCF)
ΚΑΙΡΟΣ για τη Δημιουργία – Ομολογώντας την Ελπίδα για τη Γη: Η έκκληση του Βούπερταλ
Μοιραστήκαμε ιστορίες από την Αφρική, την Ασία, την Ευρώπη, τη Λατινική Αμερική, τη Βόρεια Αμερική και την Ωκεανία. Ακούσαμε τις κραυγές της γης, τις κραυγές των ανθρώπων που είναι ευάλωτοι στις επιπτώσεις της κλιματικής αλλαγής, ιδιαίτερα των παιδιών και των ηλικιωμένων, τις κραυγές των νέων που απαιτούν δικαιοσύνη μεταξύ των γενεών και τις ανησυχίες των ειδικών για τις τρέχουσες τάσεις.
“Multi-Religious Perspectives on the CRC@30”
“Multi-Religious Perspectives on the CRC@30” The 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child July 15, 2019, 1:15 – 3:15 pm at the Ford Foundation Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary
Communiqué of the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula
Communiqué of the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula “Seek Peace and Pursue It” (Ps 34:14), Bangkok 2019
STOP the “bottle Divonne water project” !
Residents of Divonne and people from neighbouring cities and countries are signing a petition at Avaaz.org. The WCC Ecumenical Water Network is encouraging people of good will to sign the petition as well.
Message on Jerusalem by the WCC GS Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
Communiqué World Council of Churches [WCC] and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations [IJCIC]
A Meeting of the World Council of Churches [WCC] and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations [IJCIC] “The normalization of hatred: challenges for Jews and Christians today” 25-27 June, 2019 Paris, France
Kairos for Creation: Confessing Hope for the Earth - The Wuppertal Call
After 52 participants from 22 countries from different confessional and faith traditions gathered 16-19 June in Wuppertal, Germany, they have released "Kairos for Creation – Confessing Hope for the Earth”.