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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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Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice (PDF for professional printing)

This file is for professional printing of the publication. The Roadmap is an invitation to congregations, communities and churches to discuss a 5-step programme to change the way we deal with the economy and our ecological surroundings.

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Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice (PDF for home printing)

This is a version for printing the publication at home. The Roadmap is an invitation to congregations, communities and churches to discuss a 5-step programme to change the way we deal with the economy and our ecological surroundings.

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Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit’s address to the Seminar on Food and Water for Life (Hong Kong, 4 May 2019)

Food is central to life and our faith. It is a blessing and a gift of God, in the form of the abundant creation which we depend on for our sustenance. Food is also a reflection of the quality of our relationships with each other- our caring for the other and the sharing of resources and the hospitality we show each other. Food is central to our worship life, our liturgy and the Eucharist, which helps us to be one with God and with each other.

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Kairos for Creation: Confessing Hope for the Earth - The Wuppertal Call

After 52 participants from 22 countries from different confessional and faith traditions gathered 16-19 June in Wuppertal, Germany, they have released "Kairos for Creation – Confessing Hope for the Earth”.

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STOP the “bottle Divonne water project” !

Residents of Divonne and people from neighbouring cities and countries are signing a petition at Avaaz.org. The WCC Ecumenical Water Network is encouraging people of good will to sign the petition as well.

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ΚΑΙΡΟΣ για τη Δημιουργία – Ομολογώντας την Ελπίδα για τη Γη: Η έκκληση του Βούπερταλ

Μοιραστήκαμε ιστορίες από την Αφρική, την Ασία, την Ευρώπη, τη Λατινική Αμερική, τη Βόρεια Αμερική και την Ωκεανία. Ακούσαμε τις κραυγές της γης, τις κραυγές των ανθρώπων που είναι ευάλωτοι στις επιπτώσεις της κλιματικής αλλαγής, ιδιαίτερα των παιδιών και των ηλικιωμένων, τις κραυγές των νέων που απαιτούν δικαιοσύνη μεταξύ των γενεών και τις ανησυχίες των ειδικών για τις τρέχουσες τάσεις.

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WCC general secretary greetings to the 64th General Conference and 70th Anniversary of the Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM)

Greetings for the 64th General Conference and 70th Anniversary of the Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM) "God of love, guide us in the path of Reconciliation, Unity in Diversity, Justice and Peace". Read by Prof Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC Deputy General Secretary. 26-30 June 2019, Maputo province, Mozambique

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WCC moderator's address to the 15th ELCA Churchwide Assembly (8 August 2019)

"We Are Church, Journeying toward Justice", address by WCC moderator Dr Agnes Abuom to the Fifteenth ELCA Churchwide Assembly, 8 August 2019

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"Faith communities demand climate justice" - Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change for COP25 Madrid 2019

This is the declaration of the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to the United Nations climate change summit COP25 (Madrid, Spain, 2-13 December 2019). Working together at COP25, the group has been seeking “to offer a positive and empowering voice of hope over fear, of compassion over indifference, and urgent and fair action as a moral obligation.”

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GEM School 2020 - application form

This is the application form for the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life (GEM School). Taipei (TBC), 17-28 August 2020.

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GEM School 2020: invitation to apply

This is the invitation to apply for the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life (GEM School). Taipei (TBC), 17-28 August 2020.

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GEM School 2020: participant guidelines

These are the guidelines for participants of the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life (GEM School). Taipei (TBC), 17-28 August 2020.

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GEM School 2020: programme and curriculum

Programme of the 2020 Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life

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WCC general secretary letter to the Taizé community gathering in Wrocław, Poland (27 December 2019)

As you and the Taizé community gather this month in Wrocław, Poland, for the next stop in your Pilgrimage of Trust, I want, on behalf of the whole worldwide fellowship of Christians, to convey my greetings, promise my prayers, and send encouragement to you and to the thousands of young people journeying there.

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Kairos for creation - Confessing hope for the earth

A publication on eco-theologies and climate justice, entitled "Kairos for creation - Confessing hope for the earth,” has been released in Januarz 2020 by a group of international theological experts who met in June 2019 in Wuppertal, Germany.

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“Re-visiting Arusha 2018 : Highlights of African Missiology”-Poster

On 13 February 2020, in Nairobi (Kenya) a one-day theological seminar,“Re-visiting Arusha 2018 : Highlights of African Missiology", will give space to theological reflections linked to the Arusha Conference, as well as create space for new reflections based on the Arusha Call to Discipleship, a key document and outcome of the Arusha world conference.

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WCC and ACT Alliance statement on World Water Day 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic

On the occasion of the World Water Day 2020, and with deep concern over the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences on people in all regions of the world, especially the poor, the World Council of Churches and ACT Alliance reaffirm the responsibility of churches and faith-based organisations to ensure that people have access to clean, affordable, sufficient water to meet their physical and domestic needs, including that of hand-washing.

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WCC/ACT Alliance/NCCCUSA letter to US President Donald J. Trump

A joint letter to US president Donald Trump, the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance, and National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA urging the US to lift crippling sanctions against Iran that are greatly impeding response in that nation to COVID-19.

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Calling for an Economy of Life in a Time of Pandemic - a Joint Message from the WCC, WCRC, LWF, and CWM

The current Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives in a world already plagued with immense human suffering. In response, our organizations – the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), and the Council for World Mission (CWM) – through the joint New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) initiative convened an e-conference under the theme, “Economy of Life in a time of Pandemic”, on 17 and 24 April 2020.

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2020 Season of Creation - celebration guide

Each year, the ecumenical steering committee that provides this Season of Creation Celebration Guide suggests a theme. The 2020 theme is Jubilee for the Earth.

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Statement - WCC condemns violence, racism in US

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and its member churches resolutely condemn both racism and violence, and consistently seek to promote recognition of the image of God in all people. As part of our Christian understanding and our witness in the world, we reject the brutality of both violence and racial injustice.

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Joint statement of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights (GIF) to the Human Rights Council 44th Session

Human Rights Council 44th Session (30 June-17 July 2020) - Joint statement submitted by the World Council of Churches on behalf of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights (GIF). "States must protect human rights in the wake of Covid-19 and the climate crisis"

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