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Do You Love Me? Sermon Marble Collegiate Church, New York City, Sunday 22 September 2019
Do You Love Me? Sermon Marble Church, New York City, Sunday 22 September 2019 Gospel reading: John 21: 15-18 Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary World Council of Churches
Resolution of Support for Engagement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America through the #ThursdaysinBlack Campaign
Whereas in 2015, the ELCA Church Council adopted the ELCA social message “Gender-based Violence” in order to increase awareness, accountability, and action across the church about the alarming degree of gender-based violence in church and society;
Humanity and Equality in God’s Creation
Reflection by Nora Carmi for WCC morning prayers - World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel 2019
Speech on 'One human family', at Sant’ Egidio International Meeting
Delivered by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at “Peace With No Borders: Religions and Cultures in Dialogue”, Madrid 2019.
Ecumenism: Is It Still On?
World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, at Sant’Egidio Conference, 16 September 2019, Madrid.
Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020
Flyer of third Webinar on Racism, Xenophobia and discrimination in the Caribbean Context
The Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting you to a webinar on RACISM, XENOPHOBIA AND DISCRIMINATION IN THE CARIBBEAN. Rev. Kelli D. Jolly, Itinerant Presbyter at The Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas Bahamas/ Turks and Caicos Islands District, Nassau Circuit of Churches, will moderate the webinar.
Joint Working Group 2019 Plenary Communique
The Joint Working Group (JWG) between the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) met in Lyon, France for its annual plenary session from 2-5 September 2019. The meeting was hosted at Centre Jean Bosco which is owned and run by the Order of Don Bosco (Salesians), a Catholic Order devoted to working with youth.
Congratulatory message to HE Bishop Ayuso Guixot from WCC General Secretary
It was with great joy that I received the news that you have been nominated by His Holiness Pope Francis to become a Cardinal. We lift our hearts in joy and thanksgiving on this day that the Lord has made. Even as you prepare to take up this calling may I greet you with the words of the Apostle Peter “” (1 Peter 1:3). We at the World Council of Churches consider this to be both a fitting recognition of your dedicated and distinguished work in the field of interreligious relations and also a welcome signal of how highly the work of PCID continues to be valued.
Message to the 27th International Ecumenical Conference on Orthodox Spirituality by WCC General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
As one who has personally benefited from the hospitality and ecumenical spirituality of the Bose community, I am delighted to offer my greetings at the onset of your conference. The monastery remains a true ecumenical beacon in its commitment and contributions, as evidenced in the strong relationships and friendships of the community with the WCC and our members. The Orthodox spirituality experienced and lived in this monastery cannot be separated from its continual sharing beyond its walls and beyond confessional borders. Life is communion: communion with each other and with God. The Apostle Paul says it beautifully: “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). In the liturgy of John Chrysostom, we hear repeatedly: “Let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole lives to Christ our Lord.” This call teaches and reminds us what the Christian life is all about. Against any compartmentalization, it stresses the wholeness of the life which must be directed toward the source of life, which is God.
WCC Letter of condolences to member churches in Bahamas regarding the Hurricane Dorian
WCC Letter of condolences to member churches in Bahamas regarding the Hurricane Dorian
Resolutions of the South Sudan Council of Churches Assembly 2019
Resolutions of the South Sudan Council of Churches Assembly 2019
Letter to the WCC member churches in DRC regarding the false correspondence
WCC general secretary advises member churches of false correspondence
2nd Webinar: Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination in North America
The thematic focus of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP) in 2019 is Racism.The WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), organises a series of eight WCC CCIA regional expert Webinars on the issue of racism and racial justice from August to December 2019. The aim of the webinars is to explore how racism manifests itself in the respective regions, learn about the work that churches and ecumenical partners are doing in this respect, identify synergies and avenues for possible collaboration.
WCC Child Safeguarding Policy
Adherence to the WCC’s Child Safeguarding Policy and its Child Safe Code of Conduct is a mandatory requirement for all staff, volunteers, consultants, interns, contractors, representatives, partners and those invited by the WCC to visit projects (hereafter referred to as staff and others) serving programmes in which interactions with children may take place (such as, but not limited to, EAA, EAPPI, EDAN, EHAIA, EWN, Indigenous Peoples, Child Rights, etc.).
WCC Commitment announced at “Safe to Learn” Leaders Event, 15 July 2019, New York
At the “Safe to Learn” Leaders Event in New York in July, the WCC committed to promoting the Safe to Learn strategy. Building on the success of the WCC-UNICEF global partnership, the WCC will convene a global conference of church-run schools in 2020. It will raise awareness on toll free child helplines, and promote solutions to the climate crisis through the Safe to Learn actions.
Greetings to the International Youth Day 2019
It is with heartfelt sincerity and even a certain urgency that I greet you today in the name of the global fellowship of Christians that is the World Council of Churches. On this 19th celebration of International Youth Day, I especially greet those of you gathered in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and in Geneva, Switzerland.
Internal Youth Day Programme- 2019
To promote a shared understanding for the Inclusion, celebrating the gifts and addressing the common concerns and challenges of the young people around the world.
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
WCC letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on West Bank and East Jerusalem
WCC letter to Ms. Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights on Human rights violations in West Bank, East Jerusalem