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Witnessing Together in Solidarity and Respect for the Human Dignity
This year, WCC addresses racism as the thematic focus of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP)- this is expressed in the design of pilgrim team visits, the WCC commitment to human rights; work on migration, racial discrimination and statelessness; work with Indigenous Peoples; and cooperation with the United Nations.
Greeting to the Middle East Council of Churches Annual Partners Meeting
Greeting to the Middle East Council of Churches Annual Partners Meeting by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, 7 May 2019
JWG Executive, 6-8 May 2019, Warsaw, Poland; Communique
The Executive Committee of the Joint Working Group (JWG) between the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church met in Warsaw, Poland, from 6 to 8 May 2019 under the leadership of His Eminence Archbishop and Metropolitan Nifon of Târgoviște (Romanian Orthodox Church) and His Excellency Diarmuid Martin, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland. Meeting at the Retreat Center of the Disciples of the Divine Master, the group had an excellent opportunity to learn about the ecclesial and ecumenical situation in Poland. Time was given to sharing about recent activities and ongoing cooperation between the Catholic Church and the WCC.
WCC, ACT Alliance and MECC statement on Gaza
WCC, ACT Alliance and MECC statement on Gaza With deep concern over the latest hostilities in the Gaza Strip, the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and ACT Alliance express their belief that the present situation in the Gaza Strip is morally and ethically untenable. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to all the victims, killed and injured and their families, of the recent intense spate of violence.
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.
“A gap to be bridged, An Investment to be made.”
The World Council of Churches (WCC) was represented at a panel discussion at the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan on 2-3 May.Rev Dr Peniel Rufus Rajkumar, WCC programme coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation, was part of a panel entitled “A gap to be bridged, An Investment to be made.”
Anglican contributions to unity, particularly to the work of the World Council of Churches
Message of Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary at the Anglican Consultative Council in Hong Kong on the theme: “Anglican contributions to unity, particularly to the work of the World Council of Churches”
Tribute to Reverend Norman Tendis at the memorial service
Message of Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC Deputy General Secretary at the Reverend Norman Tendis memorial service in St. Ruprecht Church, Landskron, Carinthia, Austria on Saturday, 27th April.
Message to the DMZ Peace Human Chain Movement from the WCC general secretary
Message to the DMZ Peace Human Chain Movement from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, World Council of Churches general secretary
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.
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.
WCC Annual Review 2018
This annual review of the activity of the WCC records many of the activities undertaken by the council during 2018 and continuing into 2019.
WCC Financial Report 2018
WCC Financial Report 2018
WCC condemns the massacre of farmers in the Philippines
The World Council of Churches condemns the massacre earlier this month of 14 farmers by police officers in Canlaon City and Manjuyod and Santa Catalina towns in Negros Oriental in the Philippines.
Communiqué by the WCC Permanent Committee on Consensus and Collaboration
Issued April 2019
Message of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Meeting of the Permanent Committee on Consensus and Collaboration in the WCC, April 2019.
Message to the Festival Visions du Réel celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019.
Under the motto "50 years of freedom, 50 years of openness, 50 years of film", the Festival Visions du Réel celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. From 5.-13. April.
What’s Love Got to Do with It? The Ecumenical Future of the Churches
"What’s Love Got to Do with It? The Ecumenical Future of the Churches", Inaugural Michael Huffington Lecture by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit World Council of Churches general secretary on 3 April, 2019
The Two Brothers: A Sermon Hollywood United Methodist Church 31 March 2019 Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary
The Two Brothers: A Sermon Hollywood United Methodist Church 31 March 2019 Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary World Council of Churches
Freedom of religion or belief - A guide to biblical insights
The World Council of Churches has published “Freedom of Religion or Belief: A guide to biblical insights or Belief,” as part of online training offered through the Freedom of Religion or Belief Learning Platform. The guide offers reflections and focus questions on how the Bible speaks of human rights, human dignity, universalism and other subjects. It also explores the Bible and the concept of justice, as well as the importance of the freedom to have, choose, change, or leave a religion.