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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.

School on economics proves “eye-opening” across globe

As the 4th Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life concluded on 30 August in Bogor, Indonesia, participants representing 15 countries and coming from diverse contexts reflected on the two-week, “eye-opening” experience.

South Sudan Council of Churches Assembly issues resolutions

On 26-29 August, the South Sudan Council of Churches held its 2019 Assembly, and delegates issued resolutions related to the governance of the organization, and to the path forward for peace and justice.

WCC general secretary reflects on “dialogue of truth and love” at Pentecostal World Conference

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit shared his reflections in several settings at the 25th Pentecostal World Conference, held in Calgary, Canada this week. The theme of the gathering was “Spirit Now.”

Substantial breakthroughs for faith perspectives at World Water Week

At a well-attended showcase in Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday afternoon, the Ecumenical Water Network took a step further towards achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 by bringing together faith actors with key people from the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector.

“Season of Creation” means focusing on our interconnectedness

As the world readies to observe the “Season of Creation” from 1 September to 4 October, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said that people’s prayerful observations and determined actions are vital to addressing the current climate change emergency.

South Sudan Council of Churches convenes first assembly eight years after independence

The South Sudan Council of Churches, an ecumenical body of seven members and associate members, held its first General Assembly since the independence of the largely Christian and animist country in 2011.

Ecumenical Review focuses on theological dialogue, 20 years after landmark declaration on justification

Twenty years after the signing of the landmark “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification” by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999, the latest issue of The Ecumenical Review, the quarterly journal of the World Council of Churches (WCC), focuses on the achievements and challenges of contemporary ecumenical dialogue.

WCC pressing ahead with disarmament work

The work of the World Council of Churches (WCC) related to disarmament continues to endure and expand, even as the world faces increasing injustice and tensions that threaten peace on a daily basis.

Church leaders: Amazon’s fire must be addressed as an international crisis

Fires in the Amazon region must be addressed as a national and international crisis, states general secretary of the World Council of Churches Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

WCC supports health and wellness in Africa

The World Council of Churches (WCC) reiterated its commitment to supporting health and wellness in Africa before the 69th session of World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa. The regional committee, comprising health ministers from the 47 countries, is the governing body of the World Health Organization in the African region. The 69th session was held in Brazzaville, Congo from 19–23 August.

Church leaders of Brazil share concerns about country’s developments

Churches in Brazil need to work more closely than ever to address the culture of violence and environmental concerns in the nation; so affirmed participants in an ecumenical round table meeting on Brazil convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva on August 26.

Water and Faith showcase highlights results of collaboration

On Thursday afternoon, 29 August, the World Council of Churches (WCC) will co-host a Water and Faith showcase during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. The aim is to further explore scalable faith-based development models in water, sanitation and hygiene; develop a roadmap on effective engagement with faith actors; and to mobilize them to achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6.

“Ambassadors of change” address gender justice at Uganda university

As Makerere University in Uganda admitted new undergraduate students in August, trained “ambassadors of change" were able to speak about preventing sexual and gender-based violence and HIV transmission. The ambassadors were trained though workshops offered by the World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme.

Pan African young adults pilgrimage to Jamestown, USA for anniversary of arrival of slaves

Members of Bread for the World’s Pan African Young Adult Network embarked on a pilgrimage to Jamestown, Virginia (USA) on 23-25 August to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved African peoples in 1619.

Religions for Peace calls for "shared well-being”

In a declaration on 23 August, the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace called for caring for our common future and advancing shared well-being. The assembly, held in Lindau, Germany, drew 900 people from 125 countries.

Bossey students learn English as a tool for ecumenical formation

Every summer the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey runs an intensive English course used to equip students from all over the world for further ecumenical formation. About 15 students come to the institute in June for almost three months of full-time English study. The majority of the students continue in September with certificate and masters programmes in ecumenical studies, which are conducted in English.