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WCC Executive Committee: statelessness must be eradicated

A World Council of Churches Executive Committee statement urges an end to statelessness so that people will no longer live in a situation of legal limbo.

WCC deeply regrets USA stance on West Bank settlements

The World Council of Churches Executive Committee issued a minute, reaffirming its opposition to the establishment and expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967.

WCC expresses grave concern over lethal autonomous weapons systems

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee issued a minute expressing grave concern with the ethical implications of automated weapons systems.

2020 to be celebrated as ‘jubilee year’ for peace on the Korean Peninsula

Churches across the Korean Peninsula will mark the year 2020 as a “jubilee year,” and, as they commemorate 70 years since the Korean War, religious leaders are pledging to redouble their ongoing efforts for stronger peace and reunification.

“Standing Together in a World Divided” speaks to global survival

An ecumenical consultation shared a message responding to the divisions that pose high exis-tential threats to the world’s survival, relaying how Christian witness can lead to transforma-tive mission.

Dialogue explores role of religions in settling conflicts

At an event entitled “The role of religions in settling conflicts,” held on 7 November in Geneva, peace-builders spoke out on the necessity of expanding the space for resolving conflict through dialogue and negotiation.The event, held as part of Geneva Peace Week, was organized by the Permanent Observer Mission in Geneva of the Sovereign Order of Malta in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Azerbaijan, Lebanon, the Holy See, the World Council of Churches (WCC), and the International Catholic Migration Commission.

WCC and Pentecostals reflect together on baptism, discipleship

The Joint Consultative Group between Pentecostals and the World Council of Churches met from 8-12 November at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute outside Geneva. Established by the Harare Assembly in 1998, the group is currently in its third round of consultation. Since 2015, the group has been studying discipleship and formation.

From Our House to Yours: WCC marks 16 Days against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is highlighting the links between the household of God, and the fundamental need to make our homes safe and loving spaces during 16 Days Against Gender-based Violence. “16 Days” is an annual international campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

WCC, UNICEF celebrate commitment of churches to children

“Churches can help respond to the urgent demands of the children who march in the streets for our planet,” said moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee, Dr Agnes Abuom, during the Executive Committee celebratory break marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

WCC Executive Committee meets with eye toward busy future

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee is meeting from 20-26 November at the Bossey Ecumenical institute with a packed agenda that includes many important organizational decisions and discussions.

WCC to host lecture and book launch by Jürgen Moltmann

The WCC invites partners, friends, media and interested public to a lecture and book signing by Prof. Dr Jürgen Moltmann on 2 December.

Eco-School promotes blue communities, green churches

Dr Mathews George Chunakara, general secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia, addressed young people attending an Eco-School in Chiang Mai, Thailand, noting that large numbers of people in Asia don’t have access to safe drinking water.

WCC delegation meets with Korean prime minister

On 18 November a delegation led by World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit met with the prime minister of the Republic of Korea, Lee Nak-yeon.

New study illuminates children’s rights, hopes and burdens

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflected on the 19 November launch of “Faith and Children’s Rights: A Multi-Religious Study on the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” a new report developed by Arigatou International in collaboration with several partner organizations and advocates.

National Council of Churches in Korea honors WCC leaders

The National Council of Churches in Korea has presented plaques of appreciation to World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and to WCC director of international affairs Peter Prove.

Tveit, in Republic of Korea, asks “Are we moved by Christ’s love for the common good of all people and this world?”

Offering a keynote speech during the 68th General Assembly of the National Council of Churches in Korea in Seoul, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflected on the assembly theme, “Walk the Path of the New Commandment,” based on John’s account of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples.

Tveit: “Love is about the future: Where are we going from here?”

In a sermon at the Seong Eun Methodist Church on 17 November, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflected on the theme of the upcoming WCC Assembly in 2021, “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”

The cry of the Papuans in Indonesia

The World Council of Churches (WCC) continues to amplify the voice of the indigenous Papuans in Indonesia, who are oppressed by racism and discrimination. Concerned about the escalating crisis of violence, racism and discrimination against indigenous Papuans in Indonesia, a side event co-sponsored by the WCC was convened during a fall session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss patterns that are oppressing and displacing Papuans.

Those who make Bossey so special: The students

Any prospective student who intends to study at the WCC Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey, in its picturesque setting near Geneva, soon learns it is an exceptional place.

Helsinki Orthodox Parish Council embraces Thursdays in Black campaign

The Helsinki Orthodox Parish Council has endorsed the Thursdays in Black global campaign for a world free from rape and violence. Maria Mountraki, a member of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, also serves as the second vice president of the Helsinki Orthodox Parish Council.