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WCC sends greetings to Buddhists for Vesak

In a letter to Buddhist friends, World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca sent cordial greetings of peace and joy for Vesak. “May this be a truly blessed time for you, your families and your communities,” wrote Sauca. The greetings focused on the role of faith communities in the midst of COVID-19. “We are all going through an unprecedented situation at present due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

WCC remembers, with gratitude, life of Rev. Bernard Thorogood

Rev. Bernard Thorogood, who served as the first general secretary of the Council for World Mission and also served on the World Council of Churches (WCC) central and executive committees, was 92 when he passed away peacefully in Sydney.

Film “Off the Road” awarded for socio-economic narrative set in Mexico’s Baja California

The film “Off the Road,” directed by Jose Permar, has been awarded by the interreligious jury at the 51st Festival Visions du Réel Nyon, held from 17 April through 2 May.

“Working Together” online meeting will strengthen work of WCC with specialized ministries

A “Working Together” online meeting is convening this week to provide consultation between the World Council of Churches (WCC) and its round table partners and specialized ministries, including the ACT Alliance.

WCC’s work for peace receives highest Korean honour

For many decades, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has worked to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula. From bringing people from both sides of the divided country together, to building an international ecumenical network to support them, the WCC has a history of formulating and promoting a vision for peace.

Rev. Dr Tveit receives South Korean Order of Civil Merit

On 5 May, former World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit received the Dongbaek Medal of the Order of Civil Merit of the Republic of Korea, during a ceremony at the Korean Embassy in Oslo, Norway.

Migrant workers bear brunt of COVID-19, observes webinar from Christian Conference of Asia

Among the most vulnerable amid COVID-19 in Asia and the Arabian Gulf are migrant workers – especially those who are semi-skilled, those employed in domestic work, and those in labour camps. Internal migrant workers and overseas workers across Asia are among the many who are bearing the worst brunt of the pandemic’s consequences, agreed speakers in a virtual conference facilitated by the Christian Conference of Asia.

“One human family” - WCC publishes its Annual Review 2019

As of 4 May 2020, the WCC Annual Review 2019 is available for download online. The annual review records many of the WCC’s activities undertaken in 2019 and continuing into 2020.

Online conference calls for an economy of life in a time of COVID-19 pandemic

A series of two e-conferences, 17 and 24 April, brought together some 25 participants to reflect on the socio-economic-ecological impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and how it offers the world an opportunity to rethink and reshape financial and economic systems so that these actually give priority to ensuring and investing in the health and well-being of communities and the planet. The initiative was co-sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches, and Council for World Mission.

Religious leaders call for Africa-wide prayer in response to COVID-19

Religious leaders and faith-based organizations have released a call to prayer as people in Africa continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic.

Water, sanitation and hygiene—and the positive difference churches can make

Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network, offers insights on how religious institutions are influencing, in innovative and positive ways, people’s access to water, sanitation and hygiene

WCC shares tools to protect children against sexual violence

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has launched a campaign and a toolkit with practical and spiritual resources for pastors, leaders, and Sunday schools to facilitate real conversation and help churches create a safer world for children.

WCC greeting to youth of Focolare: “You are a gift to our communities”

World Council of Churches acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca sent joyful greetings via a video message to Focolare youth who are about to celebrate Unity Week 2020.

Webinar draws lively global audience seeking “how to be the church” when buildings are closed

Hundreds of people from across the world participated in a livestreamed webinar organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 29 April with a lineup of speakers who shared insights in how churches across the world have quickly transformed their services because of COVID-19.

WCC acting general secretary reflects on open letter from Kairos Europa about Wuppertal Declaration on socio-ecological transformation

Following is the response of World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca to an open letter to the global ecumenical community on the Wuppertal Declaration, a conference message released in June 2019, when representatives from numerous countries and different denominational and faith traditions gathered in Wuppertal, Germany, to discuss the profound global ecological crisis.

WCC questions posed to His Most Godly Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus III of Jerusalem

National, religious and ethnic borders are of no relevance to the COVID-19 virus. As we watch its effect on the entire world, we are reminded of the interconnectedness of the entire human family.

Webinar to inspire churches’ ministry online during a pandemic

A webinar on churches’ ministry online will bring inspiration and knowledge to churches who want to develop their online ministry, discovering how we continue to pray and worship together in times of pandemic.

As COVID-19 leaves millions on brink of starvation, African church leader says hunger is beatable

As the UN warns that the coronavirus pandemic is pushing millions to the brink if starvation in a “widespread famine of biblical proportions,” a senior Christian leader in Africa has emphasised that it is possible to beat hunger, a yoke that enslaves many in the continent.

Tributes to WCC president who led his church through the dramatic events of the Cold War

Bishop Johannes Hempel of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, a former president of the World Council of Churches (WCC) who led his church in East Germany during the period of the Cold War confrontation, the 1989 peaceful revolution, and German unification, has died aged 91.

Netherlands churches urge Dutch government—and other nations—to care for children from Greek refugee camps

In a letter to its European sister organizations, the Council of Churches in the Netherlands reiterated its call to the Dutch government to honour the call from the European Committee regarding the relocation of vulnerable and unaccompanied children from Greek refugee camps. The letter also urges European sister organizations to appeal to their governments to exercise the same human compassion.