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10 years of Patriarchal leadership celebrated in Moscow

Hundreds of high-ranking Russian orthodox clergy along with representatives of some other churches, government and state institutions gathered for a Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on 1 February, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Local Council and enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

WCC general secretary to join Grand Imam, Pope Francis at Global Conference of Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit will attend the Global Conference of Human Fraternity in Abu-Dhabi on 3-4 February along with Dr Ahmad At-Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar, and Pope Francis.

Middle East Council of Churches Executive Committee issues statement on EAPPI

The Executive Committee of the Middle East Council of Churches held its third meeting at the Patriarchal See of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East in Lebanon on 22-23 January.

WCC general secretary visits Head of Russian Orthodox Church

The World Council of Churches (WCC) continues its mission of being a platform for churches to come together, to understand each other better and to work together for the good of their societies, said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches during a meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church on 30 January.

WCC pulls accompaniers from Hebron due to security concerns

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel has made the decision to remove Ecumenical Accompaniers from the Hebron area due to security concerns.

WCC co-sponsored event at the UN focuses on ethical financing for development

“Financing for sustainable development represents the expression of an ethic of solidarity and sharing, including with generations that come after us and who will inherit whatever good or evil we have wrought”, said Peter Prove, director of International Affairs at the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a symposium at the United Nations headquarters, in New York, on 29 January.

Bossey transforms the life of ecumenical students

Almost 30 international students from the WCC's Bossey Ecumenical Institute, Switzerland, are embarking on a future of ecumenism, dialogue and unity that began with months of intense study and fellowship.

WCC clarifications in response to continued antisemitism allegations by “NGO Monitor”

The World Council of Churches’ condemnation of antisemitism is clear and categorical. WCC regards antisemitism as irreconcilable with the profession and practice of the Christian faith, and a sin against God and humanity.

WCC condemns terror attack on Roman Catholic Church in Philippines, calls for end to violence

The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemns the vicious attack on worshippers in the Sunday Mass in the Roman Catholic cathedral on the southern Philippine island of Jolo.

WCC commemorates life of Bishop McKinley Young

Upon the passing of Senior Bishop McKinley Young on 16 January, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit commemorated the life of a significant leader within the African Methodist Episcopal Church and within the ecumenical world.

WCC mourns passing of Rev. Dr George Edward Todd

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit extended his condolences and prayers to the family upon the passing on 14 January of Rev. Dr George Ed-ward Todd.

Italian Protestants and Catholics sign “Let’s remain human” appeal on immigration

The Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, Italian Episcopal Conference, Waldensian Board, and Community of Sant’Egidio signed a joint declaration, entitled “Let’s remain human,” that encourages a spirit of humanity and solidarity towards migrants.

WCC to co-organise Buddhist-Christian conference to commemorate birth centenary of Lynn A De Silva

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will partner in organising the 13th annual conference of the European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies to commemorate the birth centenary of Lynn A De Silva, a pioneering figure in Christian-Buddhist dialogue.

Christians called to pray and act for justice in Geneva and worldwide

On 23 January, the Rassemblement des églises et communautés de Genève gathered at the Ecumenical Centre to pray for Christian unity in Geneva and worldwide. At the core of the sermon, Inès Calstas, coordinator of the solidarity unit of the Roman Catholic Church in Geneva, urged Christians to put words into action and to contribute to bringing more justice in the world.

Prayer service hails churches’ involvement in the fight against inequality

“Inequality hurts us all and goes against God’s vision of life in abundance for every human being”, said Athena Peralta, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for economic and ecological justice, at a prayer service on the occasion of the Week of Action to Fight Inequality, held at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, on 21 January.

Urgent call for constitutionalism and respect of Zimbabweans’ rights

At a meeting in Harare on Tuesday this week, church and civil society leaders in Zimbabwe strongly rejected all forms of violence and urgently called upon the state to restore the rule of law and constitutionalism in the exercise of state power.

Kirchentag begins inviting “guests of honour” for June festival of faith

Organizers of the 37th German Protestant Kirchentag, scheduled for 19-23 June in Dortmund, are inviting churches to nominate international “guests of honour” for the lay-led festival of faith and civic responsibility.

Connecting God with work discussed at conferences held at WCC

How to spiritually strengthen, to live faith and values in daily professional decisions may not be in the human resources manuals of 21st-century companies, but if they were, many pitfalls could be dodged.

Bossey students join Pope Francis in Rome to inaugurate Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Twenty-nine students from the WCC Bossey Ecumenical Institute traveled to Rome for the annual study visit to the Vatican, and to take part in the inauguration of the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is observed 18-25 January.

A tribute to Rev. Dr Rena Joyce Weller Karefa-Smart

The life of Rev. Dr Rena Joyce Weller Karefa-Smart is being remembered and commended this week by the WCC fellowship after her passing last week. Karefa-Smart was the first Pan African woman to graduate in 1945 from Yale Divinity School. She was a champion for global ecumenism over the course of a long and distinguished career. An attendee of the first WCC Assembly, she was also a procession leader and author of the liturgies at the second WCC Assembly in Evanston, Illinois (USA).

“Bible App” brings Week of Prayer to even more people

A “Bible App” is making material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity available on smart phones, computers and tablets as the World Council of Churches (WCC) continues its collaboration with YouVersion.

Cyprus Metropolitan Vasilios says steps to reconciliation are ‘not easy’, yet ‘must be done’

The division of Cyprus since 1974 is one of the most protracted issues in the hands of the United Nations. Despite recent peace negotiations faltering, hope still exists that the impasse on the unification of the Mediterranean island will be resolved. The Church of Cyprus, a founding member of the WCC, strives for the unity of the island, together with other churches in the country. It recognizes, however, that the challenge is first to heal the wounds caused by the Turkish invasion 44 years ago.

Compassion flow in Kenya after terrorist attack

Dozens of acts of compassion, overflowing patriotism and individual courage have marked the responses to a Nairobi terrorist attack. The country’s faith leaders strongly condemned the violence.

WCC planning committee: 11th Assembly in 2021 “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity”

As it concluded its meeting in Cyprus, held from 9-16 January, the WCC Assembly Planning Committee released a report to the WCC Executive Committee detailing building blocks for the 11th WCC Assembly, to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2021.

“Toward a Common Vision” focus of study group

A study group from the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission met at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute from 8-12 January to continue ongoing work on the reception of response to “The Church Toward a Common Vision”.