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WCC "Jerusalem a city of three religions"

At an International Conference on “The Question of Jerusalem” held in Geneva on 27-28 June, World Council of Churches (WCC) delivered a message portraying Jerusalem as a city of love, peace, and hope. “It is a city whose pain is deeply rooted in its glory, in its identity, in its historic, cultural, and religious heritage,” reads the message.

WCC, IJCIC agree to restore formal relations, strengthen communication

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC ) have met formally on 25-27 June in Paris. This meeting, under the theme “The normalization of hatred: challenges for Jews and Christians today,” took place at a time of challenges both to religious life in general and to each of our communities in their various contexts,” reads a communique released by the two groups.

WCC facilitates conversations on ecumenism at the Kirchentag

Conversations at the World Council of Churches (WCC) exhibition booth at the Kirchentag showed there is a growing interest in ecumenical movement among German churches. The topics of a particularly high interest were the Thursdays in Black campaign and studies at the Ecumenical institute in Bossey.

National Council of Churches in Korea initiates new arm of peace treaty campaign

The National Council of Churches in Korea has initiated a new part of a global peace treaty campaign, extending to Constantinople, Russia and Eastern Europe during 2019. Ultimately the goal is to end the Korean War and establish a permanent peace regime by turning the current armistice to a peace treaty.

Global support grows for “Season of Creation”

Global support continues to grow for the Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation that is celebrated by tens of thousands of Christians of all traditions around the world.

Mission and people with disabilities

How much is the mission of the church related to people with disabilities? These days we talk a lot about inclusive societies and churches. But, have we arrived there? Are our societies and churches taking seriously the problems and challenges that people with disabilities face on a daily basis? People with disabilities find themselves quite often at the margins of the societies and even of the churches.

Wind of change blows at Africa’s leading ecumenical body

A wave of change is blowing at the All Africa Conference of Churches, as the African ecumenical body implements a new five-year strategic plan. In an ambitious six pillar road map, the grouping of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, and indigenous churches has unveiled completely new areas of work, as it moves to inject new energy into older programmes. At the core of the strategy is effectiveness, efficiency and reliability for the ecumenical body, which is keen to deliver on its prophetic mission.

The Wuppertal Call: “ecological conversion” urgently needed

After 52 participants from 22 countries from different confessional and faith traditions gathered 16-19 June in Wuppertal, Germany, they have released "Kairos for Creation – Confessing Hope for the Earth”.

WCC Faith and Order Commission completes meeting in China

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Faith and Order Commission completed its meeting, held 12-19 June, in Nanjing, China, the third major WCC meeting held in China over the last three years. Hosted by the China Christian Council, the commission met to discuss and make decisions about the results of the work of its three study groups on ecclesiology, moral discernment and the pilgrimage of justice and peace.

Contribute to a Thursdays in Black global exhibit: Waterfall of Solidarity and Resistance

Communities and individuals everywhere are invited to make a powerful, international statement of their commitment to end rape and violence through contributing to a large tapestry exhibit being developed by the World Council of Churches (WCC).

A worried but hopeful man

People still often refer to him as “the cop”, when he walks down the streets. Working as a police officer for 14 years has made John Johansen, a familiar face in his hometown Nuuk, Greenland’s capital. Ordained in 2015, he was promoted last year to lead the deanery of mid Greenland, one of three deaneries within the diocese of Greenland, and its largest in terms of population and church members.

WCC general secretary urges churches' accountability and action on slavery

Invoking the dignity of all persons as created in God’s image, and the classic notion of Christian freedom, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit urged acknowledgment of Christianity’s ambiguous role in the history of slavery and the need to address the underlying religious and cultural factors in slavery today.

One year later: remembering a historical moment

A year has now passed since the World Council of Churches (WCC) received Pope Francis in Geneva, to celebrate together 70 years of ecumenical work since the WCC’s founding. Yet the impact of the historic day continues to be felt.

“For Those Who Wish to Hear” publication explores new roles of mission, evangelism

A newly released World Council of Churches (WCC) publication, “For Those Who Wish to Hear,” is a collection of reflections from participants in the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute in Arusha, Tanzania, in 2018.

WCC seminar in Mozambique shows vital role of diakonia

The last of three capacity-building seminars on Human Resources and Church Leadership for Diakonia and Development took place in Maputo, Mozambique, 18-20 June. This most recent seminar was for Portuguese speakers in Africa, with participants coming mainly from Angola and Mozambique. The first two seminars - for French and English speakers respectively - were held in May in Cotonou, Bénin, and Nairobi, Kenya.

No space for rape and violence: Thursdays in Black at Kirchentag

Stories, music, and many other expressions of solidarity marked a lively observation of Thursdays in Black at the German Protestant church festival. From religious leaders to passersby, many offered words of support and encouragement for the campaign for a world free from rape and violence.

WCC joins call for global solidarity for refugees

The World Council of Churches was among 25 signatories on a statement released by the UN Refugee Agency entitled “Faith Actors call for Global Solidarity.” The statement was released on World Refugee Day, observed on 20 June.

Luca Maria Negro: “Refugees dying in the sea is not an option”

Rev. Luca Maria Negro, president of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, has been instrumental in founding the Humanitarian Corridors programme, an ecumenical project for safe passages for migrants developed by the federation’s Mediterranean Hope team with the Comunità di Sant’Egidio in 2015. Humanitarian Corridors have since been opened in France, Belgium and Andorra for a total of nearly 3,000 arrivals in Europe.

“Green Reformation” conference explores ties between ecology, religion and education

An international consultation entitled “Green Reformation: Ecology, Religion, Education and the Future of the Ecumenical Movement” was held 12-15 May at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute.

New academic brochure invites ecumenical studies in Bossey

The World Council of Churches invites students to Ecumenical studies in Bossey through an updated version of the institute's Academic Study Programme.