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Catholicos Aram's message to KAICIID conference of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders from the Arab region
The 26-27 February 2018 conference was organized by the Vienna-based International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID).
Action Alert: WCC-EAA invites interfaith chaplains and young counsellors for AIDS 2018
The World Council of Churches - Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (WCC-EAA) is inviting applications for interfaith chaplains and young counsellors to participate at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, July 2018.
Opening Address: WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award Ceremony for Heidi Specogna
Opening Address at the WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award Ceremony for Heidi Specogna Monday, 19 February 2018 at 17h00 in Golden Tulip Hotel Hamburg, Landgrafenstr. 4, D-10787 Berlin-Tiergarten
A day of prayer and fasting for peace in South Sudan the Democratic Republic of Congo - 23 February
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary on a Day of prayer and fasting for peace in South Sudan the Democratic Republic of Congo- 23 February
Statement: WCC calls for peace in Colombia
The World Council of Churches (WCC), which this year focuses its attention on Colombia in the framework of its ‘Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace’, is undertaking during these days a series of solidarity visits to communities in Colombia which continue to be affected by violence and marginalization. In light of the experiences of these communities and of other recent events in the country – including a fatal attack on a police station in Barranquilla, the bombing of an indigenous reservation in Choco province, and a recent wave of assassinations of social leaders – the WCC expresses its concern for the continuation and fulfilment of the peace process in Colombia.
Sermon: A Way in the Wilderness
Reflection brought to the Ecumenical Centre morning prayer by Bishop Dr Staccato Powell, WCC Central Committee member for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, during a meeting of the Assembly Planning Committee and on the same day as the new book of former general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser was presented to the public at the Ecumenical Centre, in the presence of the author. The event is par of a year-long series of events commemorating the WCC’s 70th anniversary.
Worship Order, World Interfaith Harmony Week 2018
Worship Order, World Interfaith Harmony Week 2018.
Message of the WCC General Secretary for the World Interfaith Harmony Week
Message of the WCC General Secretary for the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2018.
Sermon of Rev. Dr. Sang Chang, WCC Asia President at the Beijing Gangwashi Church in China
Sermon of Rev. Dr. Sang Chang, WCC Asia President, “Your Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven” (Matthew 6:10-12), at the Beijing Gangwashi Church in China on 14 January 2018.
"Perspectives on Migration: Displacement and Marginalization, Inclusion and Justice. An Ecumenical Vision"
"Perspectives on Migration: Displacement and Marginalization, Inclusion and Justice. An Ecumenical Vision" - Speech by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches at the reception hosted by UNICEF, in New York, 22 January 2018, as part of as part of the 4th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs.
Homily during morning prayer at the Ecumenical Centre
Reflection on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 by Dr Ani Ghazaryan Drissi, WCC Faith and Order programme executive.
Jerusalem: A city of shared sovereignty, a city of monotheistic religions
Intervention of His Holiness Aram I on the first day of the International Conference in Support of Jerusalem, organized by Al-Azhar, Cairo, Egypt (17-18 January 2018).
Dealings at Davos: Diminished Collaboration Meets Heightened Nuclear Dangers
In a message to the World Economic Forum, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said he can think of no greater antithesis to a vision of shared life and responsibility than the continued existence of and political and social support for nuclear weapons.
Luke 24:13-35 "Pilgrimage to Emmaus", by Guido Dotti
The journey of the disciples to Emmaus in Luke 24 is not a pilgrimage toward Jerusalem but leaving it disillusionment. It is a journey of finding our hearts burning as the disciples of Emmaus’s hearts were burning at the moment of sharing a meal. The text invites us to find our own Emmaus where our heart to be kindled. Each of us meets unknown pilgrims who hide an unknown Jesus, but especially meets and encounters him- or herself, discovers that that he or she has a heart that hopes, eyes to see and ears to listen, and finds him- or herself in full solidarity with every human being. The story speaks about three places in which we meet the Risen Christ: scripture, eucharist, and community. It is a pilgrimage of hope and of expectation by listening to the Word, breaking the bread, and hearing the voice of the other because everyone is created in God’s image.
Ephesians 2:11-21 "A pilgrimage of unity", by Susan Durber
In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul addresses the particular faith journey that the early Christians found themselves walking. Their pilgrimage is a journey of discovering the unity between Jews and the Gentiles, in which the Gentiles are welcomed into the covenant of promise. It invites us to wonder where God might be doing the work of reconciliation and building bridges today. God’s purpose is to lead all of us into unity with one another and to welcome those who were once strangers into the household. The reconciling love of God reaches beyond any borders.
Matthew 10:1-42 "Jesus Sends Out the Twelve – On a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace", by Fernando Enns
Jesus sends out his disciples to the world of injustice and violence. The disciples, who are on a pilgrimage, are not saints but ordinary people, and they are not sent with empty hands but with power to force out evil spirits (Matt. 10:1). As Jesus warns the disciples,“I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves” (Matt. 10:16). The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is not an easy walk. It is a courageous and costly participation in God’s pilgrimage of justice and peace. Today, refugees bring justice and peace because God wants to meet us in them. In this way, the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace could be a channel of blessing because pilgrims themselves are the recipients.
Micah 6:1-8 "What Does God Expect of You? A Pilgrimage of Reconciliation with God and with Our Neighbor", by Jin Yang Kim
The prophet Micah asks a crucial question in the midst of injustice and violence in 8th-century B.C.E. Judean society: “What does God expect of you?” This is also a question that we must ask ourselves today as we are invited to join in the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. The answer is clear: do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). The first two commands stand at the centre of Israel’s faith-talk, concerning the love of neighbour (Lev. 19:18) and the love of God (Deut. 6:5). The third command is to walk humbly, which could be misleading. To walk humbly is the opposite of walking proudly or self-righteously, and actually invites us to the faith journey of self-giving, self-sacrifice, and self-emptying. So the question, “What does God expect of you?” leads us to the restoration of God’s image in us and is an invitation to become agents of transformation in the world.
Utrecht and Uppsala in communion – a WCC-perspective
Speach of the World Council of Churches (WCC) president for Europe Anders Wejryd in Utrecht, Netherlands, congratulating the Old Catholic Church and the Church of Sweden on entering into a communion.
Jesus, the key of unity
A prayer written by Rev. Martin Hoegger, Reformed Church of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
The hidden treasure and the pearl of great price
A prayer written by Rev. Martin Hoegger, Reformed Church of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.