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News articles from the World Council of Churches Central Committee meeting in Trondheim, Norway, 22-28 June 2016

from the WCC Central Committee meeting in Trondheim, Norway, 22-28 June 2016

The faces of global ecumenical leaders have changed, says American woman church leader

The faces of those who lead the global ecumenical movement have changed dramatically since 1954, says the head of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Rev. Dr Sharon Watkins. Pictures of delegates to the World Council of Churches’ assembly held that year in Evanston, USA, show rows of men in dark suits and ties, most of them white.

WCC invites prayer for United Kingdom and Europe in the wake of “Brexit” referendum

The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has invited its member churches “to pray for God’s guidance and wisdom for religious, political leaders in the UK, in Europe and around the world” following the 23 June referendum in which a majority of voters in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland chose to end the UK’s 43-year membership in the European Union.

Local work by faith-based groups key to ending AIDS

Getting more people tested and treated for HIV, caring for the sick, helping people understand how to care for themselves —these are the tasks of faith-based organizations (FBOs) helping people with HIV in local communities.

“A call, not a curse”: Churches of Eastern Europe, Central Asia combine efforts to overcome AIDS

“HIV is a call, not a curse.”The words of Bishop Methodius (Kondratiev) of Alapaevsk and Kamensk from the Russian Orthodox Church carry a message about the role of spiritual and moral dimensions of AIDS.

27 June 2016 Press Conference on Child Rights

Speakers at today’s press conference will be: Ms Sabine Rakotomalala, Global Partnership to end Violence against Children, Mr Masimba Kuchera, Zimbabwe, United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe, member of the WCC Commission of Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), and Ms Caterina Tino, partnerships specialist, UNICEF

27 June 2016 Press Conference on HIV and AIDS

Press briefing on HIV and AIDS with Rev. Amin Sandewa, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania; Fr Rex Reyes Jr, general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines; Metropolitan Dr Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East; Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches Central Committee.

Lebanon’s Tarek Mitri: a Christian in the public sphere of Middle East politics

Tarek Mitri knows that his identity as a Christian affects what people expect of him. The Lebanese academic, whose career has spanned politics, diplomacy and a stint on the staff of the World Council of Churches, has learned to handle reactions from people who have set ideas about what he will, and should, say on public issues.

WCC leaders pledge common search for unity in greeting to Holy and Great Council

Despite all divisions within the family of Christian churches, “hope in our common Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus Christ unites us in a common witness and common message of hope to the world.”

Ukrainian visitors bring greetings to WCC Central Committee

Two officials of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church have been visiting the WCC Central Committee during its June 2016 meeting in Trondheim, Norway, reporting on the day-to-day challenges of spiritual life amid social tensions and national strife.

1948 Assembly delegate participates in Trondheim meeting

Attending the Central Committee meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Trondheim is Peder Borgen, who was part of the First Assembly of the WCC in Amsterdam in 1948.

Unity plenary reaffirms the Church’s vital importance

What is the state of the ecumenical quest for Christian unity? How does it relate to work for justice and peace? What can we say about the Church in this context?

Plenumsmøte om enhet understreker kirkens avgjørende betydning

Hva er status for den økumeniske søken etter en kristen enhet? Hvordan forholder dette seg til arbeidet for rettferdighet og fred? Hva kan vi si om Kirken i denne sammenheng?

German bishop condemns rhetoric of crisis in Europe

On the evening of 23 June in Berlin, Germany’s highest officer of the Protestant churches condemned the current “rhetoric of crisis” prevalent in European politics and society.

Kirkenes verdensråd lanserer lærebok om misjonsarbeid

Lanseringen av en omfattende lærebok i misjonsarbeid markerer et viktig øyeblikk for Kirkenes verdensråds kommisjon for verdensmisjon og evangelisering.

World Council of Churches launches textbook on mission

The launch of a comprehensive textbook on mission marks an important moment in the life of the Commission for World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches.

WCC welcomes ceasefire agreement in Colombia

In a statement adopted by its Central Committee meeting in Trondheim, Norway, the WCC “welcomes the news of the historic bilateral ceasefire agreement concluded by the government of Colombia and the FARC-EP in Havana on 23 June 2016.”

Indigenous Peoples’ statement commended by WCC Central Committee

“Truth, healing and transformation” are key themes of a statement from an Indigenous Peoples’ Conference that has been received and commended by the WCC Central Committee.

Is there hope for the Middle East?

War, ethnic conflict, millions of refugees and a deteriorating humanitarian situation provide a bleak background for discussion of the Middle East.

A common faith uncommonly expressed

The 2016 WCC Central Committee concluded its third day with an afternoon prayer service in one of Trondheim’s most beautiful churches. Built in 1715, the Bakke Church, with its remarkable architecture and artistry, is one the oldest buildings in the Bakklandet area of Trondheim.

Norwegian Minister of Culture praises faith-based potential for change

”This meeting is a symbol of what we need more of: more dialogue and fellowship across borders,” says Norway’s Minister of Culture, Linda Hofstad Helleland. ”Then we will be able to create change and movement.”