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WCC congratulates new Conference of European Churches president

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit congratulated the new president of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), Rev. Christian Krieger, who was elected 4 June at the CEC General Assembly in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Geneva conference to lead to World Declaration on the Advancement of Equal Citizenship Rights announced at WCC

The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue in collaboration with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and other ecumenical organizations has announced the first World Conference “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” to take place on 25 June.

WCC sends greetings to Lusitanian Church synod

As the Lusitanian Catholic Apostolic Evangelical Church held its synod, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent greetings.

Orthodox conference interprets findings of the Holy and Great Council

One hundred-and-twenty hierarchs and academic theologians, clergy, laity and young researchers, men and women from 25 universities and theological institutes and 15 countries participated as speakers at the 8th International Conference of Orthodox Theology in Thessaloniki on 21-24 May, organized by the Faculty of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the title: "The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church: Orthodox Theology in the 21st Century.”

Tveit offers greeting to Conference of European Churches assembly

As the Conference of European Churches (CEC) convened in Novi Sad, Serbia for its 15th general assembly, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit conveyed a greeting on behalf of the WCC.

Theological Conference in Greece Unpacks the Teaching of the 2016 Orthodox Council

The 8th International Conference of Orthodox faculties, just held in Thessaloniki, Greece, is expected to contribute to the interpretation and reception of the 2016 “Holy and Great Council” of the Eastern Orthodox churches.

WCC advocates for economic justice at UN conference

The World Council of Churches (WCC) participated in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Civil Society (UNCTAD) Forum held at the Palais de Nations in Geneva on 24 May ahead of the UNCTAD board meeting on 4-12 June.

Congolese churches respond to Ebola outbreak

As Ebola breaks out in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), church and church agencies are moving to help counter the virus, which has left at least 25 people dead and more than 50 infected.

Pope Francis at the World Council of Churches

Interview with pastor Martin Robra on the visit of Pope Francis to the World Council of Churches by Antonio Spadaro, SJ

WCC calls for Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

The World Council of Churches (WCC), World Evangelical Alliance and All Africa Conference of Churches, along with a coalition of other partners, are promoting 10 June as the second annual Global Day of Prayer to End Famine.

In Nigeria, voices on gender justice, HIV prevention and scriptures

Interfaith consultation on positive masculinities and femininities with adolescents and young people in Abuja, Nigeria brought together more than fifty religious leaders, theologians, people living with HIV, adolescents and young people, teachers, health professionals, media persons and government officials for frank conversation.

Adolescents and young people talk positive masculinities and femininities with religious leaders in Nigeria

Fifty adolescents, young people, teachers, theologians, health professionals, people living with HIV and religious leaders met in Abuja from 22-26 May to discuss positive masculinities and femininities in faith communities.

WCC participates in 71st World Health Assembly

The World Council of Churches (WCC), a non-state actor with the World Health Organization (WHO), participated in the 71st session of the World Health Assembly (WHA). This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care (PHC), of which WCC was one of the creators.

Australian churches call for peace in South Sudan

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) drew together 27 Australian-Sudanese and South Sudanese leaders from seven churches for a national consultation held 15-16 May in Canberra.

Young woman from Malawi keeps standing up for justice

At the WCC 10th Assembly in 2013, 19-year-old Shyreen Mvula captivated hundreds of people when she told her courageous story about how being born HIV-positive unfolded into a lifetime of struggling for justice.

World Association for Christian Communication responds to challenges of digital age for justice and peace

As the World Association for Christian Communication celebrates its 50th anniversary, the organization continues to explore how communication can help advance justice and build peace.

Films recognized for highlighting strength of the human spirit

The 2018 Ecumenical Jury recognized two films in the Cannes Film Festival. The first, “Capharnaum,” by Nadine Labaki from Lebanon, portrays women and children, immigrants and outcasts, who have shown by their perseverance and ingenuity, love and courage, the full possibility of the human spirit.

Join in “pilgrim prayers” for women overcoming violence

People across the world will have an opportunity to join in a special prayer for women who are standing strong in the face of gender-based violence. Each Thursday, beginning 31 May, the World Council of Churches (WCC) will release via its website and social media a prayer shared by members of “Pilgrim Teams” who have been visiting communities in conflict, and hearing the stories of women who are facing sexual harassment, rape, domestic violence and other injustices.

Korean churches plan prayer vigils ahead of June summit

In the weeks leading up to the summit planned for 12 June between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the National Council of Churches in Korea is planning prayer vigils to express hope for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Churches build message on ethics, economy for G20

Between 17–18 May, representatives of several religious denominations, theologians, economists, and experts in development and ecumenism gathered in São Paulo, Brazil, for the 3rd Dialogue on Ethics and Economics. They aim to build a common message to G20 leaders who will meet in Argentina later this year.

Security highest priority for papal visit

At a WCC press conference at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 15 May, two senior officers from the Geneva police force outlined security arrangements for the Pope’s historic visit to Geneva on 21 June, offering reassurances that the police are more than ready and well-equipped for such a visit.

USA church leaders offer “reclaiming Jesus” message

In a video message viewed by more than 1, 790 000 people, leaders in various USA-based churches are urging people to “reclaim Jesus” and reject narrow nationalistic and racist ideas.

Violence against women focus of meeting in Italy

At the third meeting of the Bologna Interreligious Round Table on Religion and Violence against Women, held 2 May, participants worked with the theme: “Do the churches move? Do men move?”

Faith communities demand action to end TB, a major killer in people living with HIV

The WCC-EAA is inviting a “letter writing action”, encouraging religious leaders and faith communities to speak out for action against Tuberculosis (TB).

As peace talks continue in South Sudan, faith groups share messages

As a High Level Revitalization Forum met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, met to discuss peace in South Sudan, faith groups shared clear messages urging an end to war and suffering.