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WCC rejoices at reconciliation of Orthodox synods in Ethiopia

In a letter addressed to the prime minister of Ethiopia Dr Abiy Ahmed, on 13 August, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), conveyed heartfelt congratulations in the decisive role played by Ahmed to ensure the reconciliation of the two synods and unity of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church after 27 years of separation.

“What really matters is our shared humanity”

Matthew Ross, World Council of Churches programme executive for Diakonia and Capacity Building, spoke at the opening of the academic year at VID University in Oslo, Norway on 13 August.

Youth pilgrimage to connect local to global at WCC anniversary

“On the Move” is the theme, as 12 Dutch and 12 international youth gather for a Youth Pilgrimage in the Netherlands on 21-23 August.

Students at interreligious summer school say it ‘breaks down prejudices about the other’

Christian, Jewish and Muslim students who attended the World Council of Churches (WCC) 2018 Interreligious Summer School at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey said that learning to break down prejudices about the other was a lasting impression from the six-week course.

Commemoration of the Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women to assess progress, map future

An international consultation will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women (1988-98), 1-6 October in Kingston, Jamaica.

Bossey summer students reflect on balancing tradition, self-identity

As students gathered at the WCC Ecumenical Institute at Bossey for an interreligious summer school, they reflected on what brought them to the institute, and what knowledge and insights they will take home.

Prayers for Korea “an expression of repentance and commitment”

As the anniversary of Korea's liberation and division draws near, churches in Korea and around the world prepare for the Sunday of Prayer on 12 August.

#WCC70: Prayers and songs to commemorate WCC’s 70th anniversary

Prayers and songs are available for use during the WCC anniversary, whether on 23 August – which marked the opening of the 1st Assembly in Amsterdam and the formal constitution of the WCC – or on another day during this anniversary year. Praying together is a powerful source of unity, says WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

WCC offers condolences in wake of Indonesia earthquakes

After earthquakes rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok, the World Council of Churches (WCC) reached out with condolences to people who have lost loved ones.

WCC grieves after tragic plane crash in Swiss Alps

On behalf of the World Council of Churches (WCC) global fellowship, WCC acting general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri expressed grief and sympathy following a plane crash in the Swiss Alps that killed 20 people on board.

Czech Church of the Brethren expresses concern over government stance toward refugees

After the Czech Republic announced it would not accept any refugees from a group of 450 people rescued from a fishing boats in the Mediterranean Sea near the Italian shores, the Synodal Council of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren sent a statement to the government encouraging help for the refugees.

Zimbabwe’s churches strike note of reconciliation and patience in crucial post-election period

After important parliamentary and presidential elections this week in Zimbabwe, followed by deadly violence in the capital city of Harare, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has recognized the conclusions of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, supported careful review of the polling results and urged patient efforts at national reconciliation.

WCC and local churches express deep concern about Jewish Nation-State Law

Heads of churches in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have reacted with dismay and concern to the Israeli Knesset’s adoption on 19 July 2018 of a new Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, which specifies that “The right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.”

WCC warns of growing risk of atrocities in Cameroon

Escalating violence in Cameroon, including graphic violence against women and children, has drawn condemnation from the World Council of Churches.

What difference does dressing in black make?

On 26 July at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, there was a marked change in colour at the Interfaith Networking Zone. It was Thursday, and from morning prayers to the evening informal networking, the theme was “black”.

WCC developing toolkit for health-promoting churches

A new “toolkit” to empower and enable churches to promote better health in their congregations is in the making. A workshop held 17 – 19 July 2018 in North Carolina, USA, by the WCC prepared the ground for this new resource.

Catholic-Lutheran dialogue yields fruits for reflection

A nine-year long process by a Lutheran-Roman Catholic Study Commission on Unity has closed its work with a meeting in Klingenthal, France from 18-24 July, with the intention of producing a study report.

Jubilation after Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church’s 27-year-old schism is healed

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is the largest of the Oriental Orthodox Christian Churches, one of Christianity’s oldest and has been in Africa since 330 AD, so there was joy and celebrations when on 27 July it declared an end to a 27-year-old schism that had torn it apart.

As wildfires affect many, WCC reaches out with concern

As wildfires affected thousands of people in Sweden and Greece, WCC acting general secretary Isabel Apawo Phiri expressed concern and extended sympathy on behalf of the WCC fellowship.

WCC expresses sympathies as Canada copes with shooting

World Council of Churches acting general secretary Isabel Apawo Phiri expressed heartfelt sympathies to churches and people in Toronto after a gunman shot and killed two people and injured 13 others who were visiting shops and restaurants in the Canadian city.

As election results come in, “please keep Zimbabwe in your prayers”

As election polls closed in Zimbabwe on 31 July, and people awaited announcements of results, reports on the ground were indicating that, although peace was holding, the situation is tense.

Interreligious summer school brings together Christian, Jewish and Muslim students

This week the World Council of Churches Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland is ringing with scriptural sharing, research, and dialogue drawing together perspectives from Judaism, Christianity and Islam as students work to complete a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies.

Faces of Hope exhibition opens in UK

A “12 Faces of Hope” exhibition opened in Nottingham, UK, on 6 July in conjunction with the United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly. The World Council of Churches (WCC) began its “12 Faces of Hope” Seek #JusticeAndPeace campaign last year, marking 50 years of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

WCC former staff appointed to expert panel

An independent expert panel has been appointed to review current UNAIDS policies and processes for addressing and preventing harassment. Among the members is Dr Fulata Moyo, former World Council of Churches programme executive for a Just Community of Women and Men.

Christian Conference of Asia urges all to combat human trafficking

The Christian Conference of Asia is urging its member churches and councils to join the UN’s call to observe 30 July as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.