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Prayer cycle

Week by week, the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle enables us to journey in prayer through every region of the world, affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing their problems and sharing their gifts.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Traditionally celebrated between 18-25 January (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere), the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity enters into congregations and parishes all over the world. Pulpits are exchanged, and special ecumenical worship services are celebrated.

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WCC Publications

WCC Publications is the book publishing programme of the World Council of Churches. It facilitates global Christianity’s “alternative voice” and enhances the larger visibility and cultural presence of the ecumenical movement.

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Documents

A searchable collection of official WCC documents and statements.

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E-news

Please fill in this form if you would like to receive free news and updates from the WCC by email.

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Audio

A selection of interviews, presentations and comments recorded recently at various ecumenical events around the world.

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Videos

Videos on the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement.

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Logo

The ecumenical symbol was in use even before the inauguration of the WCC in 1948, and has taken several stylized variations since then. In 2001, the WCC adopted a redesigned logo in red, signalling that the WCC is looking to the future with renewed purpose and energy.

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Social media

Connect with the WCC in Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or YouTube.

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OikoumeneGPS

This interactive tool was developed by Médias-pro, the Media Department of Reformed Churches in French-Speaking Switzerland, ahead of the WCC 10th Assembly. Available in five languages, it encourages users to identify their priorities and position themselves better on the playing field of values and beliefs with regard to ethics and spirituality.

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WCC general secretary message to 40th European Meeting of Young Adults

In a letter to Brother Alois, prior of the Taizé Community, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent a message to all those gathered in Basel, Switzerland for the 40th European Meeting of Young Adults organised by the Taizé Community.

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Message on Indigenous Peoples' Collective Right to Land for the 17th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (April 2018)

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Indigenous Peoples’ Network Reference Group (EIPNRG), representing communities, churches, and ecumenical partners from the different regions of the globe, is concerned about the lack of significant advances in guaranteeing, at national and international levels, the Indigenous Peoples’ collective right to land as it is stated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP, Article 26).

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Steve de Gruchy Memorial Lecture. Rodebosch United Church, Cape Town, South Africa. By Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri (24 April 2018)

Steve de Gruchy Memorial Lecture by WCC deputy general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri. Rodebosch United Church, Cape Town, South Africa. By Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri (24 April 2018)

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Message on the occasion of the 3rd United Nations Financing for Development Forum, by WCC, WCRC, CWM and LWF. New York, 23-26 April 2018

World Council of Churches - World Communion of Reformed Churches - Council for World Mission - Lutheran World Federation message on the occasion of the 3rd United Nations (UN) Financing for Development Forum. New York, 23-26 April 2018

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Jonah 1:1-16 "Many Cultures, One Goal – Life", by Guido Dotti (Pilgrimage Bible study)

The story of the prophet Jonah tells us about a tortuous road of a call to conversion and about God’s infinite mercy both towards the reluctant prophet and towards “the great city in which there are more than a hundred twenty thousand persons … and a large number of animals” (Jonah 4:11).

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WCC general secretary condolence letter to the family of Rev. Dr. James Cone and his community of faith and scholars

On 7 May 2018, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, sent a letter of condolences to the family of Rev. Dr James Cone and his beloved community of faith and scholars, upon the passing of Rev. Cone on 28 April 2018.

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Luke 24:13-35 "The Walk to Emmaus", by Susan Durber (Pilgrimage Bible study)

There are all sorts of pilgrimages for which one plans and prepares, looks forward to and anticipates with excitement. This story in Luke 24:13-35 is nothing like that. This is a story about a walk that comes from grief and trauma, from profound disappointment and sorrow. It is a story that starts with the slow steps of the depressed and cast down. But it ends with the excited running of the redeemed, and the joy of finding life transformed.

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Faith leaders’ invitation to join the Season of Creation

Once every year, from September 1 to October 4, we as members of the Christian family set aside time to deepen our relationship with the Creator, each other, and all of creation. This is the Season of Creation, which began in 1989 with the first recognition of the day of prayer for creation by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church, and which is now embraced by the wider ecumenical family.

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God is Love and Commandment to Love One Another

Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri at the United Church of Canada General Council 43, Morning worship of 25 July 2018

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Signs of the Times in the Ecumenical Movement

Isabel Apawo Phiri at the United Church of Canada General Council 43, Dinner hosted by the moderator, Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell and general secretary Nora Sanders 24 July 2018

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Brochure of the 2018 Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice

The Eco-School 2018 will take place in El Salvador, 1-12 November. It aims to motivate and prepare young people to contribute to the work of the churches at the regional and local level on issues related to water, food, nutrition, health and climate change towards a sustainable future.

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Application form of 2018 Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice

The second edition of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice will be held from 1-12 November 2018 in San Salvador, El Salvador. This year the Eco-School will focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Applications are open until 31 August 2018.

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Application Guidelines for 2018 Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice

The second edition of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice will be held from 1-12 November 2018 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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Communion of Churches in Indonesia reply to WCC condolence letter after earthquakes in Lombok

Rev. Gomar Gultom, general secretary of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia replies to the WCC letter of condolences sent on 6 August, after earthquakes rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok

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Letter from WCC general secretary to Ethiopian Patriarchs on the reconciliation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

In a letter addressed to His Holiness Abune Mathias I and His Holiness Abunä Merkorios, on 13 August, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), conveyed heartfelt congratulations for the reconciliation of the two synods and unity of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church after 27 years of separation.

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Letter from WCC general secretary to Ethiopian Prime Minister on the reconciliation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

In a letter addressed to the prime minister of Ethiopia Dr Abiy Ahmed, on 13 August, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), conveyed heartfelt congratulations in the decisive role played by Ahmed to ensure the reconciliation of the two synods and unity of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church after 27 years of separation.

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