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US Catholic bishops approve pastoral letter against racism

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved on 14 November the formal statement, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love,” a pastoral letter against racism.

“When Nature Calls”…WCC joins in commemoration of World Toilet Day

On 19 November, the World Council of Churches (WCC) commemorated World Toilet Day with reflections about the human right to a dignified sanitation. In a morning prayer led by the WCC Ecumenical Water Network (EWN), those gathered drew attention to the global sanitation challenge.

WCC general secretary expresses appreciation for local community’s help to refugees

In an address to the general assembly of Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy in Rome on 16 November, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed gratitude for those who help refugees and migrants. At the same time, Tveit mourned the nearly 2,000 people who have died or are missing while trying to make the journey to reach the Mediterranean in the first ten months of 2018.

WCC to ring with children’s voices across the world

The voices of young people will ring through the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 21 November as part of global celebrations for World Children’s Day linked to other events involving the World Council of Churches (WCC) in different places.

Tveit: “What does mutual accountability mean?”

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Centro Pro Unione, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit spoke on 15 November in Rome about “What Does Mutual Accountability Mean for Christians and the Christian Life?”

Mission is the essence of Christian life, says Orthodox theologian

“Mission is not an action or activity we can choose. It is an expression of daily life. It belongs to the whole church and is not the function of just a few or of an agency,” says Father Ioan Sauca, deputy general secretary of the World Council of Churches.

The search for belonging: the reality of stateless people through the eyes of Maha Mamo

“I didn’t have any document that says who I am, so I started to look for answers that would help me to understand the real definition of my condition as a stateless person”, said Maha Mamo in a video interview published by World Council of Churches communications.

Bossey newsletter “Beyond Boundaries” releases latest edition

“Beyond Boundaries,” the newsletter of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, has published its November issue.

MECC general secretary said “reinforce wavering stability, and build steadfast and fair peace”

The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) participated in a Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies on “Inclusive Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa.” The forum was held 14-15 November.

Evangelical Church in Germany calls for quick and fair withdrawal from fossil fuels

"The Synod advocates a swift exit from coal-fired power generation (lignite and hard coal), which complies with the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and contributes to achieving the German climate targets as soon as possible”, reads a statement released by the 12th Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), on 14 November.

Church and Peace group calls for “active remembrance”

As an observance of the centenary of the end of World War I, the board of the European peace church network Church and Peace publicly called for active remembrance through nonviolence, pointing to the Gospel as a basis for this call.

WCC hosts delegation from Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church

The World Council of Churches (WCC) hosted a delegation from the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church on 12-13 November.

Roundtable for Peace on the Korean Peninsula convenes in Atlanta

A Roundtable for Peace on the Korean Peninsula convened in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) on 8-12 November, building on decades of progress by the Korean Methodist Church, United Methodist Church, and World Methodist Council, as well the Korean Christian Federation and the World Council of Churches (WCC).

WCC continues to receive 70th anniversary greetings

The WCC continues to receive messages of thanksgiving and encouragement from member churches, sister organizations and the wider ecumenical movement as the fellowship marks 70 years in working for Christian unity and action.

Ofelia Ortega recounts to Bossey students what 70 years of WCC work means to unity of churches

Rev. Dr Ofelia Ortega Suárez may be 82 years old, but after the students at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey heard her speak about the World Council of Churches (WCC) at 70: Achievements and Hopes, they said she has the lively spirit and enthusiasm of a 20-year-old.

WCC general secretary sends greeting to EKD synod

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent a greeting to the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) reflecting on the main theme of this year’s synod, “The Faith of Young People.”

Film “Ayka” wins Interfilm award

At the 28th FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema, held 6-11 November, the film “Ayka” won an Interfilm award for giving a face to the faceless and helping the audience discover the sufferings of the marginalized.

WCC moderator speaks on challenges and prospects for church and mission

In an acceptance speech at VID Specialized University, where she was awarded an honorary doctorate, Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee, spoke on “Life in Fullness: Challenges and Prospects for Church/Mission.”

WCC moderator receives honorary doctorate from university in Norway

Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from VID Specialized University, one of Norway’s largest private universities.

WCC general secretary dismayed at shooting in California

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed dismay at the tragic shooting in California (USA) during which a gunman killed 12 people before taking his own life.

WCC moderator speaks at Justice Conference in Norway

Dr. Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, offered a speech entitled “A Clarion Christian Call to Justice and Peace: Ending Global Inequality and Climate injustice” at the Justice Conference in Oslo, Norway on 9 November.

WCC Eco-School encourages youth to become eco-ambassadors

“Hunger amidst plenty is the great contradiction of our time”, said Dr Ángel Ibarra, vice-minister of environment and natural resources of El Salvador, as he addressed participants of the World Council of Churches (WCC) “Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice”, being held in San Salvador, 1-12 November.

WCC advocates for climate justice at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

“We must lift the veil on our beguilement with consumerist culture and materialistic values”, said Bishop Mark MacDonald, the National Indigenous Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada and president of the World Council of Churches (WCC) for North America, as he addressed a panel promoted by the WCC at the 2018 sessions of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, held in Toronto, Canada, 1-7 November.

Nigerian church members spotlight children in UN’s Universal Periodic Review after asking for WCC help

Last month, three members of Nigeria’s Christian community spoke to Government representatives in Geneva, spotlighting the challenges that children, and particularly girls, face in their society. Their meetings took place ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of their country, at the United Nations this week.

United Bible Societies and the WCC offer new insights on the Bible in Christian traditions

United Bible Societies (UBS) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) have released a joint publication entitled Your Word Is Truth: The Bible in Ten Christian Traditions. The book is a collection of essays by theologians and historians on how the Bible is used and understood in various traditions.