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Christian communicators elect leaders, stand against hate speech

The Europe region of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) elected a new Regional Executive Committee during its once-every-four-years assembly, held as part of as joint seminar organised with the Conference of European Churches (CEC) from 10-12 April in Helsinki and Stockholm.

United Methodist mission celebrates 200 years

The General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church is celebrating its 200th anniversary, focusing on the future of Methodist mission during changing times. Thomas Kemper, general secretary of United Methodist Global Ministries, reflected on how mission can be a source of unity, and how ecumenical collaboration in mission is essential.

All societies’ origins from ‘there and here’ discussed at special day in Geneva

An adage that some people ignore these days is that mobility has shaped each human society, and a recent meeting of the Maison Internationale des Associations in Geneva focused on this. Many colours and flavours of humanity assembled on 7 April for a lively day of discussions and exchanges about human mobility where most views were celebrating the social phenomenon at an event titled “Tout d’ailleurs, tous d’ici” (All from elsewhere, all from here).

"Care for God's creation", say Christians joining climate change protests in London

A photo series by Sean Hawkey on the recent “Extinction Rebellion” in London is being featured by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in order to lift up Christian participation and example in climate change protests.

South Sudanese church leaders offer peace as Easter gift to their people

As Christians worldwide prepare to mark Easter weekend, South Sudanese church leaders have offered peace as a gift to the people, who have experienced great suffering and trials by violence and conflicts.

WCC condemns terror attacks in Sri Lanka, calls for end to violence

With deep shock and sorrow on this Easter Sunday the World Council of Churches (WCC) expresses its solidarity with the churches and people of Sri Lanka following the news of the bombings of churches and hotels which have claimed a reported 200 lives and injured many more.

WCC communication director threatened, blackmailed by hackers

World Council of Churches (WCC) communication director Marianne Ejdersten is being threatened by a group identifying itself as “The Chinese Expert Group.”

WCC expresses sadness, solidarity after Notre Dame fire

After a large fire broke out on 15 April at the Notre Dame cathedral, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed shock over the damage to one the most famous landmarks in Paris, and the seat of the archbishop of Paris.

WCC leads exploration on racial justice

“Think about your policies, practices and actions, not to just look back at the past, but to ask what can we do today?” These are the reflections of Judith Roberts, director for Racial Justice Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Pope Francis kisses feet of South Sudan’s leaders at ecumenical retreat

An ecumenical spiritual retreat led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Francis at the Vatican ended yesterday with Pope Francis kissing the feet of South Sudan’s political leaders. The unprecedented two-day retreat was organised in an effort to support the country’s fragile peace deal.

The Arusha Call to action and engagement to transform the World

“What are some of the future directions that we can derive from reflections that we’ve had in Arusha so that the energy and the enthusiasm that we created in Arusha cannot be lost?” This key question was posed by Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, moderator of the World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), during a recent working group meeting on discipleship at the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey, Switzerland.

“When the Persimmons Grew” wins interreligious jury prize

An interreligious jury at the Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland, awarded a prize to the film “When the Persimmons Grew,” the story of a mother who, during the persimmon harvest, philosophizes with her son about the fruits of life. The Azerbaijani director interweaves linear time with the present, capturing the joys of everyday life.

International Labour Organization celebrates 100 years

As the International Labour Organization celebrates 100 years, faith-based and civil organizations commended the anniversary, and also renewed calls for decent work for all.

WCC expresses concern, solidarity with people of Sudan

“The people of the Republic of Sudan deserve justice, peace, and democracy” declared Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, as large public demonstrations continue in Khartoum despite a curfew imposed by military authorities.

WCC condemns massacre of farmers in Philippines

The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemned the massacre earlier this month of 14 farmers by police officers in Canlaon City, as well as Manjuyod and Santa Catalina towns in Negros Oriental in the Philippines. The WCC also renewed its call for the government of the Philippines to end the culture of impunity and to ensure full investigation and accountability for all such killings.

Rev. Raban Gabriel Dahho as archbishop, patriarchal vicar

Rev. Raban Gabriel Dahho was consecrated on 10 April as the new archbishop for Jerusalem, the Holy Land and Jordan at the hands of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. The consecration took place at St Ephraim Cathedral in Amman, Jordan.

“Human chain” to commemorate Panmunjom Declaration anniversary

The National Council of Churches in Korea will join civil society organizations to create a “human chain” on 27 April alongside the Korean Demilitarized Zone to celebrate the first anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration, as well as to break the current deadlock since the Hanoi Summit.

Belgrade call to action urges defending the voice of the people

The Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness, Civicus, Action for Sustainable Development, Civic Initiatives and the Balkan Civil Society Development Network held a gathering in Belgrade, Serbia to discuss deteriorating conditions for civil society and attacks on human rights defenders around the world.

WCC maps course toward unity wrapped in ‘the power of love’

Unity, justice and peace – three values held together in love – are the focus of the WCC Staff Planning Days on 9-12 April. Led by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the gathering maps the WCC’s critical contributions in a world full of challenges.

WCC committee renews call for release of archbishops of Aleppo

The WCC Permanent Committee on Consensus and Collaboration issued a communique on 9 April calling for the release of two metropolitans of Aleppo, His Eminence Boulos (Yazigi), from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, and His Eminence Mor Youhanna Gregorios (Ibrahim) from the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East.

WCC Permanent Committee on Consensus and Collaboration meets

The WCC Permanent Committee on Consensus and Collaboration is meeting from 5-10 April at the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand in Lebanon.

The cinema comes to church as film critics join in Nyon prayers, reflection

The cinema came to church at the Nyon Temple on the banks of Lake Geneva on Sunday with a big turnout for the ecumenical service to celebrate 50 years of the Nyon International Film Festival, Visions du Reel, and the now ubiquitous Interreligious Prize.

South Sudan Council of Churches presents new website for peace

On 5 April, the South Sudan Council of Churches officially presented its new website through a slideshow featuring photos from the site reflecting the idea of embracing peace. Several heads of churches attended to express their support for the council and its latest mode of strengthening communication with its members and with peace supporters across the globe.

WCC moderator “A call for equality in God’s house”

In a special greeting from the World Council of Churches (WCC) moderator Dr Agnes Abuom expressed her thankfulness to the Church of Sweden and its members, for everything they have done for ecumenism.

Assessment at WCC raises awareness about impact of Cyclone Idai on Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

They came from governments, the United Nations, civil society, churches and other faith-based organizations to discuss the impact of Cyclone Idai that has wreaked death, havoc and destruction on Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in recent weeks.