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Worrying food shortages compel faith action

As churches worldwide focus on the “Action Week for Food” in October, increasing numbers of people going hungry due to violent conflicts, failed harvests and rising food costs are compelling faith-based organizations to offer urgent intervention.

In Kenya, issues of young people come to the forefront

Are church schools in Kenya engaging with youth the best way they can? The WCC-EHAIA programme helped 22 principals, education secretaries and church leaders ponder this question when they met at St Julian’s Centre in Limuru.

Publication review: exploring the impact of technologies on what we eat

A publication entitled “When Food Becomes Immaterial: Confronting the Digital Age” is now available to help people explore the impact of technologies on what and how we eat, as well as on how food is produced.

Primary Health Care at 40 and the WCC at 70, a relationship being rekindled

The year 1948 was historical not only for the founding of the World Council of Churches, but also for the launch of its neighbour down the road in Geneva, the World Health Organization (WHO).

Faith groups take steps towards joint commitment for children on the move

Joint commitment and action for children on the move were at the heart of discussions as representatives of religious communities and faith-based organizations gathered in Rome on 16-18 October.

WCC represented at International Sanitation Convention in India

World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) coordinator Dinesh Suna attended the International Sanitation Convention from 29 September - 2 October in India. Suna shared his reflections on the conference, the role of EWN, and the future of sanitation and how it affects justice in the lives of millions of people.

Rev. Dr Shanta Premawardhana: ‘Seeds of peace come from the ground’

“The seeds of peace come from the ground.” That is the vision that Rev. Dr Shanta Premawardhana, former director of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation at the World Council of Churches and now president of OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership, tries to follow with his organization.

The year that shook the world: 1968 in retrospect

1968 – that pivotal year in politics, popular culture, and geopolitical turmoil, also ushered in a new era for the worldwide ecumenical movement and the WCC.

Court orders reversal on Israeli ban of WCC deputy general secretary

A Jerusalem administrative appeals court on 17 October invalidated a decision by the state to bar entry into the country of Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, deputy general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

WCC congratulates primate of The Church of the Lord

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered a warm congratulations to the primate of The Church of the Lord, Aladura, Worldwide, an African initiat-ed church founded in 1925.

Yet another sad anniversary for Christians in war-torn Syria

Last week the 2,000-day mark since the abduction of two Syrian archbishops was passed. Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi haven’t been heard from since gunmen kidnapped them outside Aleppo in April 2013, almost five and a half years ago.

Third annual Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia training begins

The third annual training of peace activists through the Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia (YAPA) opened during an interfaith service at the headquarters of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) on 15 October.

#WCC70: At the end of an assembly

The date: 20 February 1991. The last day of the WCC 7th Assembly. The hours were packed with remaining agenda items, the assembly had acquired a second unofficial theme. As moderator, how was Bishop Heinz Joachim Held supposed to bring this incomplete, basically unfinished assembly to a close?

WCC sends message to public event celebrating Emilio Castro

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent a message to the participants of a public event held on 15 October, in Montevideo, Uruguay, celebrating the legacy of Emilio Castro and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

WCC general secretary speaks on link between poverty and climate change

Before the Community of Sant'Egidio in Bologna, Italy, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit spoke on “Poverty and Inequality in a Time of Climate Change.”

Children on the Move forum gathers in Rome

Religious leaders from across the globe gather in Rome on 16-18 October, to address the situation of children on the move.

WCC representative shares insights on youth at Synod of Bishops

Rev. Martina V. Kopecká of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church represented the World Council of Churches at a Synod of Bishops (XV Ordinary General Assembly) which met in Rome under the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”

Dalit Liberation Sunday empowers grassroots in India

The National Council of Churches in India and the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India have announced Dalit Liberation Sunday will be 11 November.

Catholic Justice and Peace Commission released statement on demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land issued a statement strongly condemning the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar.

WCC general secretary: “we have to think and act ‘green’ in everything we do”

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit responded to the recently released report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the impacts of global warming.

European Christian Environmental Network releases assembly statement

The 12th Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) met from 6-10 October in Katowice, Poland under the theme ‘On the way to economic and ecological justice.’ The gathering drew 85 participants from 22 countries of Europe and overseas.

Tveit: “Faith is what God has given to us”

In a sermon in Bridgetown, Barbados, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflected on faith and what it has meant to the ecumenical movement.

WCC deputy general secretary reflects on Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women

World Council of Churches (WCC) deputy general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri reflected on the recent Global Consultation on the Decade of the Churches in Solidarity, and what the insights gathered there might mean for the ecumenical movement.

“If this is the ecumenical movement I want to be in!”

Rev Prof. Dr Ofelia Ortega Suárez is a retired professor of Theology and Gender, and Christian Ethics for the Reformed-Presbyterian Church in Cuba. Ortega Suárez was born in Cuba. After her undergraduate studies in Theology and Christian Education at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas, she completed her post-graduate studies in Ecumenical Theology at the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Institute at Bossey. She returned to Cuba and obtained her master's degrees in Divinity and Education.

WCC invites Churches’ Week of Action on Food 2018

The World Council of Churches invites a Churches’ Week of Action on Food, from 15-22 October 2018. An annual week-long global campaign initiated by the WCC-EAA, the Churches’ Week of Action on Food invites the global ecumenical movement and organisations, community-based organisations and faith-based organisations to act collectively for food-justice.