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“The materials are us” - Faith building bridges in the HIV response

How faith groups and leaders can, should and are building bridges to more effectively eliminate AIDS as a public health threat is the focus of an interfaith event being held in Amsterdam, 21-22 July 2018.

#WCC70: A prayer about health and healing

Dr Erlinda N. Senturias, from the Philippines, gives thanks that WCC has created safe spaces for the churches to talk about HIV and AIDS. She asks that the ecumenical movement continue to be a beacon of support for this ongoing journey of health and healing.

South Sudan Council of Churches: “peace will return to our country”

In a 19 July statement, the South Sudan Council of Churches reflected on recent developments in the country: “The winds of violence and conflict have continued to obscure our road to light and peace, while the international community remains discouraged and frustrated by the absence of peace. It is well known that the church has historically played a key moral and spiritual role in healing and mediation at various points in our history to stop bloodshed and make peace.”

Nicaragua: “cease state violence and protect the people”, says WCC

The alarming number of alleged civilian casualties in Nicaragua raises “deep concern for the weakening of human rights and the fragility of the state of law”, said World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 19 July.

WCC urges protection of Colombian peacemakers

As Colombia strives to pave the road to just peace, new death threats against social, union and religious leaders and institutions were issued by paramilitaries earlier this week. The World Council of Churches (WCC) is closely following the developments and reiterates its full support to those committed to working for peace in the country.

WCC condemns attack on renowned social activist in India

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit is condemning an attack on renowned social activist Swami Agnivesh in Jharkhand state in northeast India. A violent mob of alleged fringe fundamentalist groups in the Pakur district attacked Agnivesh on the same day as a Supreme Court judgment called mob lynching unacceptable and holding the local administration, the state and central governments responsible for preventing it.

Korean churches continue to pursue peace

The Korean Christian Federation Central Committee (North Korea) and the National Council of Churches in Korea (South Korea) have composed their annual joint prayer for peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula for 2018. The World Council of Churches is inviting its fellowship and all people of goodwill to use the prayer during worship, especially on 12 August, the weekend before August 15th, the anniversary of Korea's liberation and division.

Young peacemakers, Christian and Muslim, meet religious leaders during UK forum

Fifty young Christians and Muslims ages 20-25 are meeting 8-18 July for an Emerging Peacemakers Forum offering training in peacemaking and reconciliation at the Churchill College of Cambridge University in the UK. They will meet with international religious leaders, including the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and president of the Muslim Council of Elders Prof. Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb.

Latest issue of International Review of Mission focuses on Pentecostal mission theology

Under the title “Pentecostal Mission Theology,” the latest issue of the World Council of Churches’ journal International Review of Mission offers contributions from Pentecostal perspectives on mission in various contexts.

Finn Church Aid, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland share visual message during Trump-Putin summit

As USA president Donald Trump met with Russian president Vladimir Putin on 16 July in Helsinki, Finland, they were sent a prominent message of peace from Finn Church Aid (FCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF).

Broken glass of hope grown out of rubble

Originally, they were made of pieces of broken glass from the rubble an Israeli tank left behind it when it slammed into the giftshop at the International Centre of Bethlehem (ICB) in 2002. Today the glass angels of peace are made of used bottles and have emerged into a small business enterprise employing around 50 people in the Bethlehem area. Since the tank-incident, thousands of angels have been produced and sold worldwide.

WCC condemns intended demolition in Bedouin village

As reports unfolded on 12 July of Israel announcing the demolition of a Bedouin village within days despite a temporary injunction, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned the plans for demolition, saying it violates human rights, particularly those of vulnerable children, who live in Khan al-Ahmar.

Water for all: WCC panel reaffirms faith communities’ contribution

On the sidelines of the ongoing High Level Political Forum (HLPF) of the United Nations (UN), an official side event was organized by the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN).

Church of England to stop investing in fossil fuel companies not tackling climate change

The Church of England has voted to pull investments in its $8 billion fund from firms not on track to meet the provisions of the Paris Agreement on climate change by 2023. Members of the General Synod rejected a proposal to bring forward the deadline from 2023 to 2020.

Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity starts in Hong Kong

Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity (YATRA) began at the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre, Hong Kong on 7 July. Drawing young women and men from across the World Council of Churches (WCC) fellowship in Asia as well as theological institutions, the focus of this year’s YATRA is ‘Passionately Christian and Compassionately Interreligious’.

WCC reaffirms water justice concern at UN talks on SDGs

Some 6-7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are reviewed every year through a United Nations (UN) mechanism called the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). The 2018 HLPF is taking place at the UN headquarters in New York, 9-18 July.

WCC Annual Review 2017, now available in four languages

Entitled “Sharing faith, nurturing hope”, the WCC Annual Review 2017 is now available in four languages: English, French, German and Spanish. The annual review of the WCC records many of the activities undertaken by the council during 2017 and continuing into 2018.

#WCC70: An Ecumenical Story from Australia: National Covenanting

The signing of the National Covenanting Document in Australia in 2004 was a significant ecumenical milestone. Ray Williamson Oam traces this journey towards deeper unity with its roots in the Canberra Statement of the WCC 7th Assembly.

South Sudan peace-building needs to go beyond high-level talks, says Christian Aid report

A new report by Christian Aid - the UK charity - has cautioned that securing long-term peace in South Sudan requires much more than agreements between political leaders.

Praying and voting goes together

When Zimbabwe holds general elections on 30 July, the turnout at the polls will most likely be – at least somewhat – affected by the IprayIvote-web and social media campaign, which was launched by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches on 30 January this year, exactly six months prior to the election.

WCC praises peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea

After the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a declaration saying that the war between the two countries is over, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit praised the agreement as opening a new door for peace in the region.

WCC invites participation in World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

In a 9 July letter, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit invited the WCC global fellowship and all people of good will to participate in the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel on 16-23 September.

WCC general secretary shares WCC history, future with Pro Oriente

In a lecture that opened a summer course offered by the foundation Pro Oriente in Vienna, Austria, on 9 July, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit commemorated the WCC’s 70-year history and described its ongoing Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.

WCC mourns passing of Cardinal Tauran

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is mourning the passing of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID).

WCC invites churches in Africa to discern direction for ecumenical diakonia

In a plenary presentation given at the 11th All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda, on 5 July, World Council of Churches (WCC) deputy general secretary Isabel Apawo Phiri offered “An Overview on the Imperative of Diakonia for the Church.”