World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

You are here: Home / Press centre / News


Young people ask WCC: "Help us overcome injustice!"

Young people have challenged the World Council of Churches (WCC) to support and encourage today's youth in their efforts to change the world.

WCC welcomes new members

The World Council of Churches' (WCC) Central Committee received into the fellowship one joint church membership and six ecumenical organisations in actions on Tuesday, 26 September.

CC moderator: interreligious dialogue an ecumenical priority

The moderator of the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Central Committee, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia, has called for "dialogue, relations and collaboration with other religions" to have a "high priority" in the Council's ecumenical witness.

WCC condemns bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad

"Deeply shocked by the horrific terrorist attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad," the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, sent a letter today to the United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan. Raiser strongly condemns "such unwarranted and unlawful acts that serve no acceptable purpose". He also mourns "the loss of lives of the UN personnel who were in Baghdad to serve the humanitarian needs of the people and work for restoration of the sovereignty of the people of Iraq", and particularly "the untimely death of Mr Sergio Vieira de Mello", who was "an old friend of the World Council of Churches".

The scars of memory - Sculpture exhibition at the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, to commemorate the 1994 genocide in Rwanda

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda massacres, a selection of sculptures by famous contemporary artist and sculptor Kofi Setordji will be exhibited in Geneva. The exhibition will take place from 26 August to September 24 (Monday to Friday, 08:30-17:00) at the Ecumenical Centre (150, Route de Ferney).

Unity of Christian churches remains centre of ecumenical vision

"All our church traditions are the result of human efforts to witness to the faith in one and the same Lord." That was the view expressed by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser in his sermon at the induction of Bishop Hamilton Mvume Dandala as general secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC). The service took place on Sunday 10 August, at the Vista University in Soweto, South Africa.

Overcoming institutionalism: WCC opens discussion on a new configuration of the ecumenical movement for the 21st century

The core vision of ecumenism remains, but ecumenical structures need to be reassessed in order to reflect changing times.

South Asian churches on "long and arduous journey" to peace

Cf. WCC press release PR-03-26 of 28 July 2003

WCC asks churches to respond to Liberia emergency

WCC member churches were asked today to urge their governments to support the immediate deployment of an adequately financed peacekeeping force in Liberia. In a 31 July message to member churches, WCC acting general secretary William Temu also asked them to join churches throughout Africa in ecumenical prayer for peace in Liberia, and to respond generously to Liberia's urgent humanitarian and relief needs through Action by Churches Together (ACT) appeal AFLR31. The message follows a 13 June letter from WCC general secretary Konrad Raiser to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan stressing the need for a "credible peacekeeping force" and a lasting ceasefire.

South Asian church leader to discuss regional peace and security

In a climate of mounting enthusiasm about the possibility of reopened peace talks between India and Pakistan, South Asian church leaders are planning to get together to determine how churches can help build peace and stability in the region.

World Council of Churches assessment of the 'Road Map'

While welcoming the Middle East Road Map to peace, some reservations were expressed by Peter Weiderud, Director of the WCC's Commission of Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), in an assessment distributed today to CCIA members and WCC networks. Weiderud highlights that the Road Map includes "a number of encouraging elements" but "it is far from ideal", and details some of the "vague and disturbing elements in it, as well as significant gaps that need clarification". Weiderud also welcomes the initiative from UN secretary general Kofi Annan to post a peacekeeping force in the area, but he stresses that UN should have "a more active and comprehensive role (…) in the entire process of conflict resolution and not just in peacekeeping".

Faith and Order: a more audible call to visible unity of the churches

The World Council of Churches' Commission on Faith and Order is preparing itself "to make its call to visible unity more audible to the churches".

Debt campaigners propose strategies to revitalise the debt movement

Cf. WCC press release, pr-03-24, 27 June 2003

New group of ecumenical accompaniers continues work in Palestine / Israel

The third group participating in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel is currently in the region and has begun serving with local churches, church-related organizations and Israeli and Palestinian NGOs promoting health, peace and human rights.

WCC general secretary to visit Russian Orthodox Church

Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser will pay his last visit as World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary to the Russian Orthodox Church, 4-8 July. It will be his third visit to the church - the first was in 1993 soon after he had began serving as WCC general secretary, the second in 1998 before the WCC Assembly in Harare.

Illegitimate debt or arbitration? WCC addresses debt campaign divisions

Cf. WCC press update, pu-03-04, 20 February 2003