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Bossey students mark Thursdays in Black with Swedish visitors

Students at the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Institute at Bossey marked Thursdays in Black on 10 October, together with a group of visitors from Sweden.

Markus Imhoof film receives human rights award

The movie Eldorado, in which filmmaker Markus Imhoof examines the European migrant crisis and contrasts it against his boyhood experience with a post-World War II Italian refugee, has received recognition from the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) and SIGNIS, a Roman Catholic lay ecclesial movement for professionals in the communication. The film was awarded because it highlights universal values.

Churches in southern Africa stand against violence, xenophobia

Churches across southern Africa are publicly saying #EnoughIsEnough,” with many denominations and congregations continuing to issue strong statements, arrange special prayer events, and speak out against rising levels of violence. Both the Dutch Reformed Church and the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) have been discussing gender justice and how to keep the momentum going on the unprecedented public demand for change.

Alison Judd: “Be willing to challenge”

Our series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors highlights those who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. Alison Judd is the world president for the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner: “Keep your eyes open and stand up for justice”

Our series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors highlights those who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. Bishop Rosemarie Wenner is Geneva secretary of the World Methodist Council.

Workshops support African churches in fighting sexual abuse and exploitation of children

Two workshops in Nigeria and Tanzania organized by local church councils in collaboration with the World Council of Churches (WCC), All Africa Conference of Churches, and UNICEF consolidated the partnership on ending sexual violence against children.

WCC condemns attack in German synagogue on Yom Kippur

After Wednesday evening’s attack by a gunman on a synagogue in the German city of Halle as dozens of worshippers observed Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of fasting and atonement that follows Rosh Hoshanah, the Jewish new year, World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said “the assault seems to be a brazen display of racist anti-Semitism that, sadly, is on the rise in Europe and elsewhere.”

Kenya mourns the late Prof. Samuel John Mbiti

Kenyan religious leaders, scholars, students and ordinary people have mourned Prof. John Samuel Mbiti, world-renowned Christian philosopher and writer who died on 6 October.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child observes 30th anniversary

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is making available resources to help the WCC fellowship celebrate the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children.

WCC commemorates life of former Bossey director John Samuel Mbiti

The World Council of Churches (WCC) fellowship joined family and friends of Prof. John Samuel Mbiti in giving thanks for his life and grieving his death on 6 October.

WCC co-signs message to UN on statelessness

The World Council of Churches (WCC) joined other organizations in signing a statement delivered to the United Nations Refugee Agency on 7 October that urges immediate action on statelessness.

WCC well-represented in Religions for Peace leadership

Religions for Peace is the world's largest and most representative multi-religious coalition, and as in other multi-faith groups, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and its ecumenical family figure strongly in its leadership bodies.

WCC invites Week of Action on Food with ‘God’s Promise of Abundance’

Observed on 13-20 October, the WCC Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance invites churches around the world again to a Churches’ Week of Action on Food, an opportunity to pray, reflect and take action together, for food justice across the globe.

WCC staff looks ahead to 2021 assembly

On 1-4 October, WCC staff are gathering to develop a common work plan for the year ahead. Staff Planning Days are a way to strengthen relationships, build trust and increase collaboration between and across teams.

WCC in solidarity with communities facing discrimination based on work and descent

The first-ever International Congress on Discrimination Based on Work and Descent was held in New York on 21-23 September alongside the UN Climate Summit. Over 100 participants including 10 parliamentarians from different parts of the world gathered, strategizing on forming a global network.

WCC reflects on ecological racism and climate justice at conference in Crete

"Ecological racism and prophetical voices for ecological crisis – Climate justice". This was the theme of the 6th international conference on Ecological theology and Environmental Ethics organized at the Orthodox Academy of Crete under the auspices of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on 23-26 September.

Finding the Missing Men and promoting Justice for Children: faith leaders join partnerships for response to HIV

An interfaith prayer breakfast in New York City on 26 September tackled the involvement of faith leaders and faith communities, in partnerships with non-faith actors, to accelerate optimal HIV services to reach men and children, and to promote action to address issues related to sexual violence against children and HIV.

Rev. Damon Mkandawire: “A man is a gender justice champion”

This is the fifth 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. Rev. Damon Mkandawire is hospital administrator for the United Church of Zambia’s Mbereshi Mission Hospital.

Topics of violence, just war focus of Interreligious exploration

A workshop held 18-20 September in Erlangen, Germany explored the concepts of violence and just war. Part of the project “Key Concepts in Interreligious Dialogue” established by Dr George Tamer, the workshop tied the concepts to contemporary life.

Agnes Abuom to receive leadership award from National Council of Churches USA

The National Council of Churches USA (NCCUSA) will confer its President’s Award for Excellence in Faithful Leadership to Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) central committee.