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WCC calls for long-term commitment to new chapter of peace for US-North Korea

After the United States (US) - Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) summit concluded, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit gave thanks to God for what he called “an important first step on the path to a more peaceful and secure future in the region.”

Global prayers to end famine find relevance in Africa

The Global Day of Prayer to End Famine has found relevance in Africa, where communities bear the brunt of severe food shortages associated with the challenge. On 10 June, the WCC, All Africa Conference of Churches and World Evangelical Alliance called on churches to pray for millions of people at risk and those who face severe hunger.

Dr Samuel George: “Ensure all are included"

WCC News meet with Dr Samuel George of the WCC Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN) at the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), held in Tanzania from 8-13 March, World Council of Churches (WCC). George, a Christian theology professor at Allahabad Bible Seminary in India, was invited by the WCC to make presentations on disability in various parts of the conference.

WCC expresses hope for outcome of US-North Korea summit

The day before the 2018 North Korea–United States summit - the first between a sitting US President and the leader of North Korea - the World Council of Churches (WCC) expressed hope for a successful outcome.

WCC mourns passing of Calle Almedal

The WCC is mourning the death of Calle Almedal, a great friend of WCC and of all faith communities, as well as a pioneer in the field of HIV. Almedal passed away on 7 June.

World stands together to pray for peace on Korean Peninsula

As people in Seoul held a candlelight vigil on 7 June to pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula, they were joined by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC), and hundreds of others across the world.

#WCC70: A story of life

In writing a story for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Elias Crisóstomo Abramides of Argentina, from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, is writing the story of his life. His service at the WCC opened for him the gate to meeting and loving “the very good Creation of God”: love, respect and admiration for the life of his neighbours and for all creation.

Joint WCC-Roman Catholic group discusses peace building, migrants

The leaders of the Joint Working Group (JWG) between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches met 24-27 May in Targoviste, Romania, to discuss cooperation in peace building and the ecumenical challenge and opportunity posed by migrants and refugees.

WCC promotes Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

The World Council of Churches, 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 promoting 10 June as the second annual Global Day of Prayer to End Famine to be observed in faith congregations worldwide.

Ecumenical Patriarch opens international ecological symposium

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officially opened the international ecological symposium “Toward a Greener Attica: Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People” at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

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.