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WCC offers condolences on passing of Rev. Dr Edwin Mulder

Upon the death of Rev. Dr Edwin Mulder, a major figure in global Protestantism in the 20th century, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed both condolences and gratitude in a letter to Mulder’s family.

WCC condemns terror attacks on churches in Indonesia, calls for end to violence

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned the suicide bombing attacks at three separate churches in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, on Sunday.

The leadership of the WCC Central Committee gathered in Geneva

The leadership of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee met in Geneva on 11 May to prepare for the Executive Committee meeting and the Central Committee meeting and the visit of Pope Francis in June.

A call for information: church projects helping children on the move

WHAT: A Global Church Partners Forum on “Children on the Move,” including refugees as well forcibly displaced children and adolescents. The forum will provide a platform for a diverse group of Christian faith-based organisations to reflect on how they are helping to end violence against children on the move.

In Holy Land, journey’s end also begins a new one

“Ecumenical accompaniers” (EAs) from more than 20 countries handed off the ‘road map’ of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) to a new group on 23 April.

When you have nothing, you give your heart

If the human spirit and likeness of God's will for peace with justice for all people is alive in the world, the pilgrim team that visited South Sudan this week has witnessed it. From 5-9 May, a World Council of Churches “Pilgrim Team” visited South Sudan under the theme “African Women of Faith and Gender Justice.” The delegation was hosted by the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC).

Roundtable focuses on faith-based, inclusive, sustainable finance

Through the invitation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and as part of the Responsible Finance and Investment Summit 2018 hosted by the Responsible Finance and Investment Foundation, the World Council of Churches (WCC) participated in a roundtable on the role of faith and finance organisations in promoting sustainable and inclusive finance.

Kenyan churches seek humanitarian support for flood victims

From opening church doors to providing food and shelter, Kenyan churches are offering an initial response to the nation’s growing flood crisis.

A tribute to Rev. Dr James Cone

As we mourn the passing of Rev. Dr James Hal Cone, who died on 28 April, the World Council of Churches (WCC) also commemorates his great academic and church leadership contributions. Cone, known as the founder of black liberation theology, was also the Bill and Judith Moyers Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary. We also recognize that he was a member of one of our founding churches, the African Methodist Church, a church that has carried the globally-known vision and legacy of freedom and justice, a legacy that is now just as living and important as ever.

Ecumenical delegation visits North Korea

A six-person international ecumenical delegation, comprised of representatives of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and led by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and WCRC general secretary Rev. Dr Chris Ferguson, visited Pyongyang on 3-7 May, at the invitation of the Korean Christian Federation (KCF) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

WCC and partners plan Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

The WCC, World Evangelical Alliance and All Africa Conference of Churches, along with church-related humanitarian organizations and a coalition of church-related networks and organizations and partners, are planning 10 June 2018 as a second Global Day of Prayer to End Famine to be observed in faith congregations worldwide.

“Sharing faith, nurturing hope” - WCC publishes its Annual Review 2017

As of 1 May 2018, the WCC Annual Review 2017 is available for download online. The annual review records many of the WCC’s activities undertaken in 2017 and continuing into 2018.

In Africa, support for children’s rights is building

Masimba Kuchera, a commissioner for the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, introduced the initiative “Churches’ Commitments to Children” before the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in Mali on 28 April.

“Church Action for Tax Justice” begins in UK

Christian leaders visited the House of Lords in the UK on 17 April to challenge government inactivity on tax justice reforms and to demand action. Beginning the initiative “Church Action for Tax Justice” (CAT), president-designate of the UK Methodist Conference, Rev. Michaela Youngson, joined Lords Rowan Williams and Richard Harries, Dame Margaret Hodge and Quaker leader Paul Parker to demand an end to corporate tax evasion, greater transparency and a change to the negative narrative around tax.

South Sudan delegation advocates for peace during New York meetings

Representatives of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) engaged in a series of meetings last week in New York, accompanied by the World Council of Churches (WCC) to inform UN member states and agencies about the current crisis and to advocate for a pathway towards peace.

Take up the challenge of ‘Mutual Love’ urges Global Christian Forum

Christians are called to take up together the challenges of peace, unity and costly discipleship the Global Christian Forum has said in a 27 April closing Message to the churches of the world sent from Bogotá, Colombia.

WCC congratulates new general secretary of Churches Together in England

The WCC sent a congratulatory message to Rev. Dr Paul Goodliff, who was appointed new general secretary of Churches Together in England.

WCC “Pilgrim Team” to visit South Sudan

A World Council of Churches “Pilgrim Team” will visit South Sudan from 5-9 May under the theme “African Women of Faith and Gender Justice.”

Role of churches in Colombia’s peace process raised at Global Christian Forum gathering

A leader in Colombia’s administration in Bogota at the third Global Gathering of the Global Christian Forum (GCF) praised the Christian community and religious groups for the role they have paid in the South American country’s peace process.

National Council of Churches in Korea welcomes outcome of summit

The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) released a statement on 27 April in response to the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Unification of the Korean Peninsula.

A Peace Treaty will start the work for sustainable peace on Korean Peninsula

As the leaders of North and South Korea formally vowed to end the war and work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the World Council of Churches (WCC) celebrated this moment as an affirmation of long-held ecumenical hopes and dreams for peace and reconciliation among the Korean people.

70th anniversary of WCC celebrated in Thessaloniki

The Theological Faculty of Aristoteleion University in Thessaloniki organized an international colloquium on 19-20 April to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) as well as the 70th anniversary of the election of Patriarch Athenagoras as head of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

A tribute to former WCC president for the Asia-Pacific

Chō Takeda Kiyoko passed away on 12 April at the age of 100. Throughout her many scholarly pursuits, she always strived to deepen her engagement with global ecumenical Christianity. The World Council of Churches released a tribute.

In the ecumenical movement to stay

Since a small scholarship got her involved in the ecumenical movement, Sana Jennifer’s future has been staked out. She started as a bishop’s secretary and office administrator at the Diocese of Raiwind, Church of Pakistan, in Lahore three years ago and was appointed youth programme coordinator this year.

WCC extends greetings as Buddhists observe Vesakh

As many Buddhists prepare to observe Vesakh on 29 April - a day commemorating the life and legacy of Gautama Buddha - WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit extended his greetings to Buddhists across the world.