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Pastor Fuchs: “We have no choice but to carry this prophetic mission together”

Hundreds of worshippers gathered 16th of June in the historic cathedral of the Protestant Church of Geneva to commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration of the Doctrine of Justification.

Swiss church bells toll as women pray and march for equality

When church bells tolled at the 11th hour on 14 June, they were signalling solidarity with a national "strike" for women's equality held throughout Switzerland with full backing from the ecumenical community, including the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Church bells to ring for women’s equality

Church bells will ring out in Geneva at 11 in the morning on 14 June in solidarity with a national “strike” for women’s equality being held throughout Switzerland.

Applications open for WCC Eco-School 2019 for Asia on Water, Food and Climate Justice

The third edition of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice will be held 4-17 November 2019 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, hosted by the Christian Conference of Asia. This year, the Eco-School will focus on Asia and therefore only open to Asians. Applications are now open with a deadline of 15 July 2019.

Attitude of United Nations has changed toward faith-based organizations in recent years, says UN adviser

Azza Karam knows about the intersection of faith-based organizations with United Nations agencies, the non-governmental organization sector and governments, saying it has changed over the past 10 years with much more interaction now.

WCC represented at G20 Interfaith forum in Tokyo

Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network, spoke at the G20 Interfaith Forum, held 7-9 June in Tokyo. This year’s theme was “Peace, People, Planet: Pathways Forward.” About 2,000 participants attend the gathering, which precedes the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. The interfaith forum submitted recommendations for G20 leaders.

Role of churches ‘phenomenal’ in helping refugees, UN commissioner says

In a meeting on 12 June in Geneva with World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe general secretary Torsten Moritz, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said the role of churches in Europe is “phenomenal” when it comes to helping refugees.

WCC general secretary “We are called to respond”

As the council of the Lutheran World Federation met on 12 June, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit shared greetings and appreciation.

“There are no spare parts for whales”

It is midnight and the sun just about hides for a little while beneath the horizon. The calm sea is scattered with icebergs in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Some are like five-story buildings, with vertical sharp-edged walls rising high above the surface. Others are more like snow-capped hilltops, slowly ploughing through the blank water.

Bossey master students graduate, continuing 'that pilgrimage we call ecumenism'

A ceremony on 11 June saw eight new master students graduate from the WCC Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey.

‘Building Bridges’ for Muslim and Christian scholars is a process

A Christian and a Muslim scholar have told a seminar at the World Council of Churches (WCC) about their work in an annual “Building Bridges” seminar with “freedom” as the theme, as participants described what they do as a process, not an event.

Christian organizations join urgent calls for response to protesters killed in Sudan

Christian Aid and Christian Solidarity Worldwide are among 30 global agencies demanding urgent international action to halt violence in Sudan, where women have been leading pro-change and democracy protests.

Prof. Evelyn Parker selected as Fulbright scholar

Evelyn L. Parker, a member of the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, has been selected for a 2019-20 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant.

WCC Pentecost message “To prophesy is to tell the truth”

The regional presidents of the World Council of Churches sent special greetings to churches around the world celebrating Pentecost. “To prophesy is to tell the truth,” reads the message. "No rank or class, no race or club, no gender, nor even any religion, has a monopoly on the truth.”

World Council of Churches responds to misleading media reporting on Ukraine

The WCC responds to misleading media reporting on Ukraine: World Council of Churches does not interfere or comment on internal discussions in the Orthodox family. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations, visited the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 5 June, during a visit to Switzerland.

Faltering Colombian peace process needs urgent work

When a wide-ranging ecumenical group discussed “Transitional Justice in Colombia, implications for the peace process”, many of the speakers seemed worried that the great hope there was back in 2016 seems to have dissipated and much more work for peace is needed.

WCC to host “Building Bridges” public lectures by Muslim and Christian scholars

On 11-15 June, the World Council of Churches will host the 18th “Building Bridges” seminar for Muslim and Christian scholars. The seminar, under the theme “Freedom: Muslim and Christian Perspectives,” is being sponsored and organized by Georgetown University.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Programme to Combat Racism

A special event in London was held to remember the 50 years that have passed since the World Council of Churches Programme to Combat Racism began in May 1969.

WCC Executive Committee responds to world’s urgent needs

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee just concluded its first meeting of the year. The committee reviewed and received the 2018 reports and adopted the 2018 financial report. The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace with Latin America and the Caribbean; the 70th anniversary of the WCC; the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism; and the visit of Pope Francis, together with many ongoing activities, made 2018 an extraordinary year in the life of the WCC – one that affirmed the vitality and visibility of the fellowship of churches.

WCC backs calls for crucial peace, dialogue in Colombia

A delegation comprised of two church leaders and a victim of death threats who lost family members due to the conflict in Colombia was hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in New York, 27-30 May. All three spoke with member states of the United Nations Security Council about the worsening situation in relation to the peace accords with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the stalled dialogue with the National Liberation Army.

“Demonstrate personal sacrifice” to care for creation, urges Ecumenical Patriarch

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, speaking at the Halki Summit III in Istanbul, reflected that all of us are called to serve as priests of God’s creation.

World Week for Peace highlights humanity and equality

Under the theme “Humanity and equality in God’s creation”, people of faith all over the world are encouraged to bear common witness by gathering in prayer and acts of support during the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel. This yearly manifestation of solidarity and hope takes place 15 – 22 September and as usual it includes the International Day of Peace on 21 September.

WCC general secretary attends “Heavenly Days” event in Denmark

Among the many international guests at the Heavenly Days on the Heath, which unfolded during the Ascension holidays in Herning in Denmark, was Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches.

Metropolitan Hilarion visits the World Council of Churches in Geneva

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations, visited the WCC at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 5 June, during a visit to Switzerland.

Nathan Söderblom – the man who “envisioned a new way of being church”

The First World War had started, and the planet was in crisis when he became Archbishop of Uppsala in 1914, but through it all, ecumenical trailblazer and peace-seeker Nathan Söderblom envisioned a new way for the church, a man who acted.