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Unity, fellowship and the future on the agenda as WCC leadership convenes

The leadership of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee met in Geneva on 10-11 September to prepare for the Executive Committee meeting, Central Committee meeting and WCC 11th Assembly in 2021.

A deeply rooted teacher and preacher

It is a bright and crisp Sunday morning in mid-May in Ilulissat on Greenland’s west coast, more than 300 kilometres north of the Arctic circle. As usual, the sea is scattered with glittering icebergs in different shapes and sizes. This morning, like most mornings this time of the year, new formations of frozen water, calved from the Greenland icecap at the bottom of Ilulissat Icefjord, have made their way out into the Disko Bay and shaped up right in front of Zion Church, one of Church of Greenland’s two churches in use in Ilulissat. Built in 1779, this dark-brown wooden jewel is the oldest church in the country and a natural meeting place for locals.

Moravian Church in Tanzania launches Thursdays in Black

Moravian women pastors and evangelists have said: “Enough is enough: no more rape and violence against women." Women leaders of the church marched in the streets of Mbeya town in Tanzania wearing black on Thursday to officially launch the Thursdays in Black global campaign to stand against rape and violence.

Roman Catholic Church, WCC explore common efforts on migration, peace building

The Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches (WCC) met in Lyon, France for its annual plenary session from 2-5 September. The group released a communique focusing on migration and peace building, outlining areas for theological reflection and cooperation.

Council of Churches in Zambia: “Involve the people in the process”

The Council of Churches in Zambia released a press statement on 3 September indicating its refusal to submit thoughts on a controversial bill that would change the nation’s constitution.

WCC launches English version of puppet show for youngsters

Today, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has made available online the English version of a puppet show, "Children on board – WCC - We Care about Children", that explains the work of the WCC to children.

WCC congratulates Bishop Miguel Ayuso on nomination as cardinal

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered a warm congratulations to Bishop Miguel Ayuso upon his nomination as cardinal.

Erhard Hermansen: “The church in South Sudan needs our prayers"

Erhard Hermansen is general secretary of the Christian Council of Norway, which has been collaborating closely with churches in Sudan and South Sudan for nearly 30 years. Hermansen attended the South Sudan Council of Churches 2019 Assembly in late August, and shares his reflections and hopes below.

Pope Francis expresses “fraternal closeness” with Waldensian Methodist

As the Waldensian Methodist Synod met in Torre Pelisse in the north of Italy, the assembled delegates received a letter from Pope Francis, who expressed warm greetings. “I pray for each of you that you may experience the Holy Spirit in these days of encounter, prayer and reflection,” wrote Pope Francis. “Please allow me to join in your prayer that the Lord would deepen the ecumenical spirit among Christians and lead our churches into a growing communion with each other.”

Bishop Rolle: for Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian “an unimaginable living nightmare”

As Bishop Theophilus Rolle, living in the Bahamas, shared initial assessments with the World Council of Churches (WCC) in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the WCC in turn called for prayers and solidarity across the world for the people suffering greatly during the storm.

Indigenous youth to convene pilgrimage in Japan

Promoting justice, peace and racial awareness, indigenous youth will gather in Osaka, Japan from 8-12 September. Collaborating with the World Council of Churches, the youth from around the world will continue to build on indigenous youth leadership initiatives begun in the past few years, affirming the growing visibility and presence of indigenous youth leadership in the ecumenical movement.

Is God present - even amid hurricane’s wrath?

Rev. Kelli Jolly, like many Bahamians, is used to living through the possibility of multiple hurricanes, year after year. She serves as itinerant presbyter with the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, Bahamas/Turks and Caicos Islands District, Nassau Circuit of Churches.

Wide variety of visitors welcomed at WCC headquarters

The World Council of Churches (WCC) welcomed a wide variety of visitors during August and September, including leaders from the World Communion of Reformed Churches, an ecumenical pilgrimage from Austria, and representatives from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Dr Agnes Abuom: “Enough is enough”

This is the first in a series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. By standing together from many sectors and many countries, Thursdays in Black ambassadors are conveying a sense of solidarity against violence and injustice.

“Ambassadors” lead Thursdays in Black solidarity

Leaders from organizations, communities and churches are committing to be “Thursdays in Black Ambassadors” to inspire action against gender-based violence and injustice.

Important information: WCC general secretary advises member churches of false correspondence

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has written to member churches and ecumenical partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and worldwide to advise them of a communication falsely sent to them under his name.

Regional forum in Nigeria centers on banning nuclear weapons

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, together with its campaigners in West Africa, held a regional forum for members of the Economic Community of West African States as well as civil society organisations in Abuja, Nigeira from15-16 August.

WCC general secretary sends grateful greetings to Conference on Orthodox Spirituality

In a message to the 27th International Ecumenical Conference on Orthodox Spirituality at the Bose Monastery, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed his deep appreciation for the hospitality and ecumenical spirituality of the Bose community. The conference is convening from 4-6 September.

Prof. Mary-Anne Plaatjies-Van Huffel: “we are redesigning theology”

Prof. Mary-Anne Plaatjies-Van Huffel is the World Council of Churches (WCC) president for Africa. A South African pastor and academic, she was the first female minister to be ordained by a Dutch Reformed Church in Southern Africa. She has recently been promoted to full professor of church history and church law, at the University Stellenbosch.

As hurricane bears down on Bahamas, “we are going through a lot right now”

Rev. Kirkland Russel, an Anglican priest from Grand Bahama, spoke with the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 2 September as slow-moving Hurricane Dorian lingered over the island, bring-ing a threatening storm surge and trauma to many people.