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WCC urges “maximum restraint” in escalating conflict between US, Iran

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is deeply concerned by the possible consequences for the Middle East region of today's US air strike that killed general Qasem Soleimani, Iran's most prominent military commander, at Baghdad airport in Iraq. The attack is a major escalation in the confrontation between the US and Iran.

WCC expresses profound sorrow and prayers for Archbishop Atallah Hanna

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed concern and sadness over the threats against Archbishop Atallah Hanna, he was poisoned in his church residence in Jerusalem in December.

God of life, God of grace, God of love!

A prayer for the new year from the World Council of Churches by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary

WCC condemns attack at Hanukkah celebration in New York City

The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemned an attack on a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi´s home north of New York City, on 28 December, stabbing and wounding five people. Several state and local officials have described the location of stabbing as a synagogue.

WCC condemns attacks in Nigeria, Syria and Somalia, calls for end to violence

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned attacks across the world that have occurred during a violent week during which many have lost their lives or lost their loved ones. “Violent attacks on innocent human beings in the name of any religion cannot be accepted, and should not be accepted by any religion.”

WCC sends pilgrimage greetings to Taizé community

As the Taizé community prepared to gather in Poland just after Christmas, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent prayers and encouragement on behalf of the WCC fellowship.

Christmas ‘cancelled’ in Burkina Faso, in aftermath of extremist attacks

Simultaneous attacks by extremist insurgents on a military base and Arbinda town in Soum province in the north of Burkina Faso resulted in the deaths of 35 civilians – almost all of them women – as well as seven soldiers. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has declared 48 hours of national mourning, and all Christmas celebrations have been cancelled.

Cardinal Koch offers hopeful overview on unity of churches in the East and West

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, gave a public lecture at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy on 16 December.Entitled “Towards the unity of the Church in East and West: Paths to overcome the divisions between the Roman Catholic Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Orthodox Church," the lecture drew many people interested in ecumenism.

WCC general secretary sends Christmas greeting: “The Christmas message is for everybody”

In a Christmas greeting, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olay Fykse Tveit reflected on how the birth of Jesus is described as the Creator’s care for the world.

Norwegian prophetic bishop ‘has no regrets’

Retired Bishop Gunnar Stålsett was convicted by an Oslo court as on 19 December, for having offered work and income to a rejected refugee who couldn’t be sent back to Eritrea. That became illegal in 2011, but Stålsett described himself as a conscientious objector to a law he views as simply wrong. Bishop Stålsett’s case attracted more media coverage in Norway and worldwide, after he was convicted of violating immigration law.

WCC general secretary, with urgent concern, calls for immediate creative action on climate emergency

In a pastoral letter to the global fellowship, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expresses urgent and earnest concern over the world’s climate emergency, and urges churches and individuals everywhere to take action now.

Consultation considers God’s mission in a fractured world

A “Mission from the Margins” group gathered recently to explore how to discern God’s mission in a fractured and unjust world. The working group of the World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism comprised 13 commissioners, as well as members of the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN). The group also reflected deeply on the theme for the upcoming WCC 11th Assembly, “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”

Jouni Hemberg: “Make the message more visible”

Our series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors highlights those who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. Jouni Hemberg is executive director of Finn Church Aid.

WCC general secretary visits Salvation Army in London

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, met with the general of The Salvation Army, Brian Peddle, at The Salvation Army International Headquarters in London. The two leaders focused on the relationship between The Salvation Army and the WCC, and on the upcoming 11th WCC Assembly to be held in 2021 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

WCC looks to strengthen Christian health networks

Representatives of various ecumenical health organisations gathered in Geneva in mid-December to discern how best to strengthen Christian health networks around the world.

World Council of Churches journal Current Dialogue focuses on rethinking interfaith engagement

Current Dialogue, the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) long-standing journal on interreligious relations, is now available online and as a print issue in a new format.

Middle East Council of Churches convening experts to consider situation of Christians in the region

As 25 experts in geopolitics and theology gathered in Lebanon from 6-8 December, Dr Souraya Bechealany, secretary general of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), highlighted the vital importance of the process they were undertaking.

South Sudan Council of Churches shares Christmas message of peace

The South Sudan Council of Churches in its Christmas message calls for peace among communities in South Sudan and respect towards the ethnic differences. Christmastime is a time for justice, peace, healing and reconciliation, the message reflects.

South Africans draw hope despite recurring challenges

Gender-based violence and attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa have left communities wondering where to turn. In a visit of solidarity, a World Council of Churches (WCC) Pilgrim Team visited the nation from 7-12 December.

WCC sends pastoral letter related to gender-based violence in South Africa

After a World Council of Churches (WCC) Pilgrim Team visited South Africa, the WCC released a pastoral letter to the nation on gender-based violence, femicide and xenophobia.