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Ecumenical Continuing Formation on Youth Concept Paper
In June 2020, the World Council of Churches (WCC) will hold its annual Ecumenical Continuing Formation on young people with a focus on Transformative Masculinity and Femininity in the Pacific region. This is a collaborative event of WCC’s programmes on Youth Engagement in the ecumenical movement, Mission from the Margins (MM), and the Just Community of Women and Men (JCWM).
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit: "What’s love got to do with it? Climate Justice and Care for the Earth"
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC General Secretary delivers a speech "What’s love got to do with it? Climate Justice and Care for the Earth" at an international conference on Sustainability and Climate in Religion in Bergen, Norway.
Ecumenical Continuing Formation on Youth Transformative Masculinity and Feminity in the Pacific
WCC will hold its annual Ecumenical Continuing Formation (ECF) on young people with a focus on Transformative Masculinity and Femininity in the Pacific region. The Pacific Council of Churches (PCC) has identified the following concerns among young people in the region: climate justice, mental health, unemployment, and gender-based violence. In-line with the WCC pilgrimage of justice and peace theme for its 2020 Pacific regional focus of ‘Climate Justice and Nuclear Disarmament’, the ECF has a specific emphasis on the impacts of climate change on mental health, in relation to the overall theme. This joint event plans to engage 30 young people from the Pacific and around the world to go deeper on the topic of transformative masculinity and femininity in the Pacific. The youth participants are expected to produce a Call to Action statement from the seminar, which will be shared within and outside the WCC network.
WCC general secretary responds to recent allegations against WCC-EAPPI
The WCC strenuously rejects any allegations of illegality in relation to its activities in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories. There is nothing illegal nor anything secret about the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) or other WCC activities in the region. Such activities are conducted in full public transparency.
Guidelines for submission of prayer and music resources for the 11th Assembly of the WCC
This document brings the guidelines for submission of prayer and music resources for the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2021.
WCC General Secretary welcoming remarks at the Current Dialogue launch
A special event on 7 February in Geneva marked the launch of the World Council of Churches periodical on interreligious relations Current Dialogue as an academic journal for researchers, students, interfaith practitioners, and all those interested in the study of religions. Current Dialogue thereby becomes the third WCC academic journal to be produced by publishers Wiley, alongside The Ecumenical Review and International Review of Mission.
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.
New Presiding Bishop of the Bishops’ Conference of Norway: "There is lots to be done, and we have lots to contribute"
Press release by Church of Norway, 30 January 2020: New Presiding Bishop of the Bishops’ Conference of Norway
2 Corinthians 6:1-10 "Kerygma: Proclamation as Living Testimony", by Prof. Dr. Iosif Bosch (Pilgrimage Bible study)
We live in the time-space of uncreated grace, a gentle urgency that encourages us to live our contingency in view of eternity.
WCC general secretary's response to Trump-Netanyahu plan for Palestine and Israel
WCC general secretary calls Trump-Netanyahu plan for Palestine and Israel an ultimatum, not a path to peace.
Letter to the H.E. Muhammadu Buhari President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria from WCC and LWF
Letter to the H.E. Muhammadu Buhari President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria from WCC and LWF general secretaries
WCC comment on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Address of the WCC general secretary to the annual assembly of the Protestant Federation of France
Address of the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the annual assembly of the Protestant Federation of France
Genesis 33:1–17 - "Pilgrimage toward Reconciliation", by Yolanda Pantou
Now Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids. 2 He put the maids with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. 3 He himself went on ahead of them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near his brother.
YATRA 2020- Application Form
Applications are now open for YATRA (Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity), an interreligious training programme launched by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 2014 following its 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea. The choice of name for the programme is intended to reflect the idea of a pilgrimage of justice and peace. YATRA is a common term for the word "pilgrimage" in many Indo-Asian religions and languages. The YATRA programme is an intensive training course to equip young Christians from Asia, between the ages of 20 to 35, to build up communities of harmony and hope from an interreligious perspective.
Young Adults Training for Religious Amity - 2020
Applications are now open for YATRA (Young AdultsTraining for Religious Amity), an interreligious training programme launched by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 2014 following its 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea. The choice of name for the programme is intended to reflect the idea of a pilgrimage of justice and peace. YATRA is a common term for the word "pilgrimage" in many Indo-Asian religions and languages. The YATRA programme is an intensive training course to equip young Christians between the ages of 20 to 35, to build up communities of harmony and hope from an interreligious perspective.
Meditation by Fr Prof. Ioan Sauca on the great blessing of waters
Fr Prof. Ioan Sauca, Bossey Institute director and WCC deputy general secretary, on 13 January 2020 shared the meaning behind the service of “great blessing of waters”, which once a year celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River according to Orthodox tradition.
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Sermon by the WCC general secretary in the Chapel of the Ecumenical Centre
Sermon by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, World Council of Churches general secretary, at the Chapel of the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, 8 January 2020
Chiang Mai declaration for action by the WCC Eco School 2019
The 27 young people/participants of the WCC Eco School 2019 from 11 countries, who gathered at Chiang Mai, Thailand from 4th to 17th November 2019, jointly organized and hosted by the Christian Conference of Asia and World Student Christian Federation, discussed and deliberated on various ecological issues affecting our planet and people.