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“There are no spare parts for whales”

It is midnight and the sun just about hides for a little while beneath the horizon. The calm sea is scattered with icebergs in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Some are like five-story buildings, with vertical sharp-edged walls rising high above the surface. Others are more like snow-capped hilltops, slowly ploughing through the blank water.

Bossey master students graduate, continuing 'that pilgrimage we call ecumenism'

A ceremony on 11 June saw eight new master students graduate from the WCC Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey.

‘Building Bridges’ for Muslim and Christian scholars is a process

A Christian and a Muslim scholar have told a seminar at the World Council of Churches (WCC) about their work in an annual “Building Bridges” seminar with “freedom” as the theme, as participants described what they do as a process, not an event.

Christian organizations join urgent calls for response to protesters killed in Sudan

Christian Aid and Christian Solidarity Worldwide are among 30 global agencies demanding urgent international action to halt violence in Sudan, where women have been leading pro-change and democracy protests.

Prof. Evelyn Parker selected as Fulbright scholar

Evelyn L. Parker, a member of the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, has been selected for a 2019-20 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant.

WCC Pentecost message “To prophesy is to tell the truth”

The regional presidents of the World Council of Churches sent special greetings to churches around the world celebrating Pentecost. “To prophesy is to tell the truth,” reads the message. "No rank or class, no race or club, no gender, nor even any religion, has a monopoly on the truth.”

World Council of Churches responds to misleading media reporting on Ukraine

The WCC responds to misleading media reporting on Ukraine: World Council of Churches does not interfere or comment on internal discussions in the Orthodox family. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations, visited the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 5 June, during a visit to Switzerland.

Faltering Colombian peace process needs urgent work

When a wide-ranging ecumenical group discussed “Transitional Justice in Colombia, implications for the peace process”, many of the speakers seemed worried that the great hope there was back in 2016 seems to have dissipated and much more work for peace is needed.

WCC to host “Building Bridges” public lectures by Muslim and Christian scholars

On 11-15 June, the World Council of Churches will host the 18th “Building Bridges” seminar for Muslim and Christian scholars. The seminar, under the theme “Freedom: Muslim and Christian Perspectives,” is being sponsored and organized by Georgetown University.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Programme to Combat Racism

A special event in London was held to remember the 50 years that have passed since the World Council of Churches Programme to Combat Racism began in May 1969.

WCC Executive Committee responds to world’s urgent needs

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee just concluded its first meeting of the year. The committee reviewed and received the 2018 reports and adopted the 2018 financial report. The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace with Latin America and the Caribbean; the 70th anniversary of the WCC; the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism; and the visit of Pope Francis, together with many ongoing activities, made 2018 an extraordinary year in the life of the WCC – one that affirmed the vitality and visibility of the fellowship of churches.

WCC backs calls for crucial peace, dialogue in Colombia

A delegation comprised of two church leaders and a victim of death threats who lost family members due to the conflict in Colombia was hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in New York, 27-30 May. All three spoke with member states of the United Nations Security Council about the worsening situation in relation to the peace accords with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the stalled dialogue with the National Liberation Army.

“Demonstrate personal sacrifice” to care for creation, urges Ecumenical Patriarch

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, speaking at the Halki Summit III in Istanbul, reflected that all of us are called to serve as priests of God’s creation.

WCC general secretary attends “Heavenly Days” event in Denmark

Among the many international guests at the Heavenly Days on the Heath, which unfolded during the Ascension holidays in Herning in Denmark, was Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches.

Metropolitan Hilarion visits the World Council of Churches in Geneva

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations, visited the WCC at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 5 June, during a visit to Switzerland.

Nathan Söderblom – the man who “envisioned a new way of being church”

The First World War had started, and the planet was in crisis when he became Archbishop of Uppsala in 1914, but through it all, ecumenical trailblazer and peace-seeker Nathan Söderblom envisioned a new way for the church, a man who acted.

Dealing with traumas and healing of wounds

It is confirmation season in Greenland. In churches across the country, bench rows are decorated with flowers and candles along the aisle. Joy is in the air and it is time for a vast majority of 14-year-olds to have their Christian baptism confirmed.

North American churches embrace Arusha Call

In a joint message, the heads of four North American churches - Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Anglican Church of Canada, and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada - commended the richness of the Arusha Call to Discipleship and invited their members to embrace the call.

Save lives of boat refugees on “deadliest border in the world,” urges declaration

The Protestant Church in Germany and Palermo (Italy) Mayor Leoluca Orlando have issued a joint declaration calling for a European distribution mechanism for boat refugees. Currently there is no Europe-wide distribution mechanism to accommodate refugees rescued in the Mediterranean in the European Union. The declaration calls for a political emergency solution this summer, and urges a group of European Union member states to act as a “coalition of the willing” and develop a sustainable migration policy.

Knowledge of gender roles deepens in Togo

Pastors, supervisors, teachers, counselors, chaplains and youth from primary schools, universities, theological institutions, and churches met from 23-24 May at the Theresia Residency in Togo to reflect and deepen their knowledge on masculinities, femininities and HIV.