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Bishop Susan Johnson: “It makes me really think we can change the world”

Bishop Susan Johnson: “It makes me really think we can change the world”

Susan Johnson is the national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. She was elected in 2007 and is the first woman to hold the post.

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: “No longer will we stay silent”

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: “No longer will we stay silent”

Elizabeth Eaton is presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). On 8 August, the ELCA adopted a resolution to encourage church-wide participation in the World Council of Churches Thursdays in Black campaign for a world free from rape and violence.

Youth leaders: “We will stop at nothing” to end HIV and violence

Youth leaders: “We will stop at nothing” to end HIV and violence

Young people in Uganda are on fire for change that will free the world from both HIV and sexual and gender-based violence. Spreading sparks of knowledge and enthusiasm, they have been visiting schools to inform and inspire even more young people.

Hanbeet Rhee: “Young people can be bridges”

Hanbeet Rhee: “Young people can be bridges”

Our series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors highlights those who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. Hanbeet Rhee, from the Presbyterian Church of Korea, is a member of the Ecumenical Youth Council in Korea. She is also a commissioner with the World Council of Churches (WCC) ECHOS programme, as well as a youth advisor for the WCC Central Committee.

Bossey students mark Thursdays in Black with Swedish visitors

Bossey students mark Thursdays in Black with Swedish visitors

Students at the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Institute at Bossey marked Thursdays in Black on 10 October, together with a group of visitors from Sweden.

Churches in southern Africa stand against violence, xenophobia

Churches in southern Africa stand against violence, xenophobia

Churches across southern Africa are publicly saying #EnoughIsEnough,” with many denominations and congregations continuing to issue strong statements, arrange special prayer events, and speak out against rising levels of violence. Both the Dutch Reformed Church and the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) have been discussing gender justice and how to keep the momentum going on the unprecedented public demand for change.

 Alison Judd: “Be willing to challenge”

Alison Judd: “Be willing to challenge”

Our series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors highlights those who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. Alison Judd is the world president for the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.

 Bishop Rosemarie Wenner: “Keep your eyes open and stand up for justice”

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner: “Keep your eyes open and stand up for justice”

Our series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors highlights those who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. Bishop Rosemarie Wenner is Geneva secretary of the World Methodist Council.

WCC staff looks ahead to 2021 assembly

WCC staff looks ahead to 2021 assembly

On 1-4 October, WCC staff are gathering to develop a common work plan for the year ahead. Staff Planning Days are a way to strengthen relationships, build trust and increase collaboration between and across teams.

Rev. Damon Mkandawire: “A man is a gender justice champion”

Rev. Damon Mkandawire: “A man is a gender justice champion”

This is the fifth in a series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. Rev. Damon Mkandawire is hospital administrator for the United Church of Zambia’s Mbereshi Mission Hospital.