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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.

WCC condemns attacks during violent week

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned attacks across the world that have occurred during a violent week during which many have lost their lives or lost their loved ones.

Global Christian Forum builds trust between Christian traditions says WCC general secretary

World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has told participants at the Global Christian Forum’s Third (GCF) Global Gathering in Bogota, Colombia that the GCF is remarkable in building trust among participants and opening ways for new forms of cooperation.

Panel addresses economic and climate injustice

The 3rd meeting of the Ecumenical Panel on a New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) took place on 21-22 April in New York City to coincide with the United Nations 3rd Economic and Social Council Forum on Financing for Development on 23-26 April.

WCC leader offers Steve de Gruchy Memorial Lecture

World Council of Churches (WCC) deputy general secretary Isabel Apawo Phiri offered the annual Steve de Gruchy Memorial Lecture on 24 April in Cape Town, South Africa.

WCC brings greetings to archbishop in South Sudan

Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee, delivered a greeting at the installation of the archbishop of the South Sudan Episcopal Church on 22 April.

Churches express solidarity with indigenous peoples at UN Permanent Forum

From 16-27 April, the United Nations headquarters in New York City is hosting the 17th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The World Council of Churches (WCC) is assisting the participation of a representative of the Ecumenical Indigenous Peoples Network Reference Group (EIPNRG) and co-sponsored a public event that explored ways that the church can move into a new phase of interaction with indigenous communities.

WCC joins call for prayer for peace on Korean Peninsula

In preparation for a 27 April summit between North and South Korea - the first in more than a decade - the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) is calling on Christians around the world to pray for a successful outcome.

Photo exhibition on water justice in Latin America opens

To commemorate Earth Day, observed on 22 April, a photo exhibition portraying the need for water justice in Latin America will open on 23 April in the Ecumenical Center. The work of photographer Sean Hawkey, in collaboration with the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network, will be featured in the exhibition, entitled “The blood flows and the rivers run dry.”

New economic architecture focus of New York meeting

The third meeting of the Ecumenical Panel on a New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) is underway in New York City from 21-23 April.

A common journey for the WCC and the Focolare

Basta amare! This is the core of Chiara Lubich’s message for unity. A message full of hope and respect for the work of the World Council of Churches (WCC) towards justice and peace.

WCC welcomes initiatives for dialogue between USA, North Korea

On 19 April, the World Council of Churches (WCC) welcomed recent initiatives to establish meaningful and constructive dialogue between the United States of America and North Korea.

Aiming for unity within diversity in Asia

When the Asia Ecumenical Youth Assembly (AEYA) kicked off in Manado, Indonesia on the 6 April, it was the first such gathering in 34 years. More than 350 youth from 23 countries across Asia came together to address pertinent issues in today’s globalized world.