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Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

Become involved in the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, an initiative of the WCC member churches “to work together in a common quest, renewing the true vocation of the church through collaborative engagement with the most important issues of justice and peace, healing a world filled with conflict, injustice and pain.”

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WCC Executive Committee meets with eye toward busy future

WCC Executive Committee meets with eye toward busy future

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee is meeting from 20-26 November at the Bossey Ecumenical institute with a packed agenda that includes many important organizational decisions and discussions.

WCC delegation meets with Korean prime minister

WCC delegation meets with Korean prime minister

On 18 November a delegation led by World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit met with the prime minister of the Republic of Korea, Lee Nak-yeon.

National Council of Churches in Korea honors WCC leaders

National Council of Churches in Korea honors WCC leaders

The National Council of Churches in Korea has presented plaques of appreciation to World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and to WCC director of international affairs Peter Prove.

Tveit, in Republic of Korea, asks “Are we moved by Christ’s love for the common good of all people and this world?”

Tveit, in Republic of Korea, asks “Are we moved by Christ’s love for the common good of all people and this world?”

Offering a keynote speech during the 68th General Assembly of the National Council of Churches in Korea in Seoul, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflected on the assembly theme, “Walk the Path of the New Commandment,” based on John’s account of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples.

Tveit: “Love is about the future: Where are we going from here?”

Tveit: “Love is about the future: Where are we going from here?”

In a sermon at the Seong Eun Methodist Church on 17 November, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflected on the theme of the upcoming WCC Assembly in 2021, “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”

South Sudan Council of Churches: peace “is a question of the heart”

South Sudan Council of Churches: peace “is a question of the heart”

A message released 9 November from the South Sudan Council of Churches reflected that the will for peace is not measured only by deadlines and technical arrangements. “Whether the government is formed on 12th November 2019 or a further extension is agreed, it is a question of the heart and of the political will,” the message reads. “The people of South Sudan have begged their political leaders to find a peaceful way forward, to look beyond political interest, emotional turmoil and historical grievances, and to hold their duty towards the people of the country as a sacred calling which is to be gravely cherished in holy servitude and with deep respect.”

Berlin Wall 30th anniversary commemorated as Germany tackles rising tensions

Berlin Wall 30th anniversary commemorated as Germany tackles rising tensions

Thirty years ago, on 9 November 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell, the Nicolaikirche in Leipzig had gained a reputation as a gathering point for events signalling the end of an era of communist rule in what was then East Germany.

WCC, ACT Alliance to Burkina Faso president: “Protect people who are in imminent fear for their lives”

WCC, ACT Alliance to Burkina Faso president: “Protect people who are in imminent fear for their lives”

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the ACT Alliance, in a joint letter to Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, expressed concern for developments affecting the secu-rity and human rights of many of the nation’s people.

WCC general secretary to Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches: “Ecumenism has never been more relevant”

WCC general secretary to Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches: “Ecumenism has never been more relevant”

In a visit to Bern on 4-5 November, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit visited with leaders of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, focusing on the role of the WCC in the future shaping of the ecumenical movement. Tveit spoke during the general assembly of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, exploring the question “Where does the ecumenical movement stand today and where should the WCC take in it in the future?”

Tveit “We hope that this Nobel Peace Prize will provide fresh inspiration and momentum in the ongoing search for peace and justice in Ethiopia”

Tveit “We hope that this Nobel Peace Prize will provide fresh inspiration and momentum in the ongoing search for peace and justice in Ethiopia”

The World Council of Churches (WCC) offers its congratulations to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2019. Since his election as Prime Minister in April 2018, Mr Ahmed has championed an impressive programme of positive and inspiring reform initiatives, and played a decisive role in the reconciliation of the two synods and fostered unity of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. The achievement which this award particularly recognizes is his leadership in bringing an formal end to the twenty-year long fratricidal conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea.