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Upcoming events of the World Council of Churches

Central Committee meeting

15 - 21 June 2018 Geneva, Switzerland

The Central Committee serves as the chief governing body of the WCC until the next assembly, meeting every 2 years. It is responsible for carrying out the policies adopted by the Assembly, reviewing and supervising WCC programmes and the budget of the Council.

Pope Francis to visit the World Council of Churches

21 June 2018 Geneva, Switzerland

The landmark visit of Pope Francis to the World Council of Churches on 21 June will be a centrepiece of the ecumenical commemoration of the WCC's 70th anniversary.

World Conference on Religions, Creeds and Value Systems

25 June 2018 Room XVI Palais des Nations, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The first World Conference on “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” will be held on 25 June 2018 under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan.

Pastoral Challenges in a Multi-cultural and Multi-religious Context

02 - 13 July 2018 Bossey, Switzerland

The multi-cultural and multi-faith realities Christians live in today are confronting them, in their witness and praxis, with common challenges along with on-going differences among various Christian confessions. In a world of post-modern values and concepts, the voice of the churches remains often unheard and is hardly understood. In these contexts, the faithful members of the congregations across all confessions are getting aged and their number decreases. Other faith communities living in such contexts go through a similar experience.

Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity

07 - 20 July 2018 Hong Kong

YATRA (Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity) is an inter-religious training programme of the WCC. The intensive training course, held annually since 2014, seeks to enable young Christian leaders from Asian churches to contribute towards the building up of just, harmonious and peaceable communities by equipping them for ministries of justice and peace from an inter-religious perspective.

Young People Involved in Ecumenical Diakonia and Sustainable Development

14 - 20 July 2018 Matanzas, Cuba

The goal of this seminar is to share experiences how young people are working for just and sustainable communities and bring their voices to the table of the discussion on ecumenical diakonia and sustainable development.

Indigenous Global Ecumenical Gathering and Youth Pre-Conference

18 - 23 July 2018 Te Papaiouru Marae, Ohinemutu, New Zealand

Up to 200 Indigenous participants from around the globe, representing regional, national and local ecumenical Indigenous networks, communities, and churches will gather in Rotorua New Zealand.

Faith at AIDS 2018

21 - 27 July 2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands

The faith-based response to HIV and AIDS has become more visible and integrated because of the increased engagement and coordination of faith-based representatives over the past International AIDS Conferences. A range of faith-based activities are now being planned for AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 23-27 July 2018.

Religions and Sustainable Development Goals – Perspectives from Judaism, Christianity and Islam

23 July - 10 August 2018 Bossey, Switzerland

Intended for an international audience of young people interested and engaged in interreligious dialogue, the Ecumenical Institute's Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies includes lectures, courses, workshops and study visits to places of interreligious interest, and is accredited by the University of Geneva under the Swiss Higher Education Programme for Continuing Education.

2018 Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management (GEM) for an Economy of Life

19 - 31 August 2018 Mexico City, Mexico

In order to strengthen the voice of the churches with regards to global economics, a group of 18 current and future leaders representing the churches will have the opportunity to attend the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management (GEM) for an Economy of Life in Mexico City, Mexico from 19-31 August 2018.

World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

16 - 23 September 2018 Worldwide

During this week which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.