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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 statement on the report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - 12 October 2018

The recently released report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius is more than a wake-up call for all of us. It is an alarm bell of a disaster going on. Our home, the Earth, God’s gift of creation, is endangered by the unlimited extraction of natural resources that is clearly disrupting the life-giving systems of our planet.

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WCC general secretary message to public event in Uruguay on the legacy of Emilio Castro

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent a message to be read at a public event held on 15 October, in Montevideo, Uruguay, in Uruguay celebrating the legacy of Emilio Castro and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Decision of the 12th Synod of the EKD on withdrawing from coal for energy production

Synod advocates a rapid withdrawal from electrical power production by coal (lignite and anthracite), which would implement the Paris Climate Agreement and contribute to reaching the German climate targets without further delay. For that to be possible, half of the coal-fired power stations, preferably the oldest and most inefficient, must be shut down in the near future.

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COP24 - Interfaith submission to Talanoa Dialogue 2018

"Respecting Mother Earth and caring for ecological systems, the most vulnerable communities and all future generations" is an Interfaith submission to Talanoa Dialogue 2018, at the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 2-15 December 2018.

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“Lent to us is the Star on which we live” - The Agenda 2030: a Challenge to the Churches

The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has recently made available a discussion paper affirming the significance of Agenda 2030 and placing specific demands upon those in positions of responsibility within politics, civil society and churches. EKD Texte 130 - “Lent to us is the Star on which we live” The Agenda 2030: a Challenge to the Churches

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Sermon by Archbishop Anders Wejryd at the Ecumenical service in Katowice, Poland (9 December 2018) - COP24

A sermon delivered by Archbishop Anders Wejryd at the Ecumenical service in Katowice, 9 December 2018 (COP24). Texts: Gen 1-2:2, Gen 3:9-19, Isaiah 11:1-10, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:14, John 1:1-14.

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GEM School 2019 - Application form and guidelines for motivation essay

Application form and guidelines for the motivation essay of the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management (GEM) for an Economy of Life Jakarta, Indonesia, 19 - 30 August 2019.

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GEM School 2019 - Participant Guidelines

Participant Guidelines for the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management (GEM) for an Economy of Life Jakarta, Indonesia, 19 - 30 August 2019

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GEM School 2019 - Provisional Programme (version 11 December 2018)

Provisional Programme of the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management (GEM) for an Economy of Life Jakarta, Indonesia, 19 - 30 August 2019

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Message by HAH Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to COP24 (10 December 2018)

Message by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP 24), Poland, December 3-14, 2018

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"Climate Justice is at the Heart of Just Transitions" - Statement from the faith communities to the Plenary of the High Level Ministerial Segment of COP24

Statement from the faith communities to the Plenary of the High Level Ministerial Segment of the 24rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24), the 14th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP14) - United Nations Climate Change Conference Katowice, Poland December 2018

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Christmas message from the South Sudan Council of Churches (December 2018)

A message from the South Sudan Council of Churches on Christmas 2018, signed by Ret. Rev. Peter Gai Lual Marrow and Fr. James Oyet Latansio.

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Liturgy for Worship on the Occasion of the Week of Action to Fight Inequality (18-25 January 2019)

During the week of 18-25 January, we celebrate two important events: the Week of Action to Fight Inequality and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which has as its theme for 2019, “justice and only justice you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16, 18-20). As Christians, we are a diverse, worldwide family. Jesus calls us to be the light of the world, to preach the good news to those that have less. Where can our worldwide network serve as a light in a world of tremendous inequalities? Where can the Holy Spirit help us to come together as one and discover our potential for enacting change?

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Programme of the 5th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs

Tuesday, 29 January 2019: the 5th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs will focus on financing for sustainable development and build on this vision of an economy of life as the flourishing of all life.

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"Sustainable Resourcing for Sustainable Development", by Bishop Ingeborg Midttømme

Presentation of Ingeborg Midttømme on financing for development at the 5th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith Based Organizations in International Affairs “Financing for Sustainable Development: Towards an Economy of Life”, United Nations headquarters, New York, 29 January 2019

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Communique from the Workshop on Interfaith Reflections on Just Transitions: Linking Climate and Economic Justice

From the 30th January to 1st February 2019 about 30 climate activists, climate injustice survivors, researchers and representatives of different religious and spiritual traditions came together in Dhaka for a workshop on “Interfaith Reflections on Just Transitions: Linking Climate and Economic Justice”.

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Concept note of NIFEA Workshop on Just Taxation and Reparations, 16-20 March 2019

The concept note and provisional programme of the NIFEA Workshop on Just Taxation and Reparations, 16-20 March 2019 (arrival on 16th and departure on 20th), Durban, South Africa.

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Statement on the political situation in Venezuela

On 14 February 2019, Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, and Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, issued a statement about the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela.

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WCC general secretary address to colleagues after the tragedy of air crash in Ethiopia and the loss of Rev. Norman Tendis

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, addressed the community of the Ecumenical Center, in Geneva, on the morning of 11 March 2019, on the news of the air crash in Ethiopia that took the lives of 157 persons, including WCC staff Rev. Norman Tendis.

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WCC general secretary condolence letter to UN secretary general on plane crash in Ethiopia

It is with deep sadness that we received the information of the plane crash in Ethiopia yesterday, and the further news that 19 UN staff perished in the accident. We express our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to the bereaved families and friends, and to the wider UN Family.

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WCC general secretary condolence letter to director general of Food and Agriculture Organization on plane crash in Ethiopia

It is with deep sadness that we received the information of the plane crash in Ethiopia yesterday and the further news that, of 19 UN staff who perished in the accident, two worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization. We express our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to the bereaved families and friends, and to the wider UN family.

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WCC general secretary condolence letter to executive director of World Food Programme on plane crash in Ethiopia

It is with deep sadness that we received news of the plane crash in Ethiopia yesterday, and the news that, of the 19 UN staff who perished in the accident, seven belonged to the World Food Programme (WFP). We express our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to the bereaved families and friends and to the wider WFP family.

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Are we closer to the mental tipping point?

Are we in a time when the message of the threats of climate change is on its way to sink into our shared consciousness? After being active in the climate debates in the ecumenical and interreligious discussions and advocacy work with not so much of a visible impact on policies and action I am wondering if we are getting closer to the point where we should have been 20 years ago. A point that says that humanity needs to choose another way if we are going to secure a decent future for coming generations and to save ecosystems and peoples opportunities to have a good and peaceful life together.

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