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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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The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee just concluded its first meeting of the year. The committee reviewed and received the 2018 reports and adopted the 2018 financial report. The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace with Latin America and the Caribbean; the 70th anniversary of the WCC; the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism; and the visit of Pope Francis, together with many ongoing activities, made 2018 an extraordinary year in the life of the WCC – one that affirmed the vitality and visibility of the fellowship of churches.

Nathan Söderblom – the man who “envisioned a new way of being church”

Nathan Söderblom – the man who “envisioned a new way of being church”

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Dealing with traumas and healing of wounds

Dealing with traumas and healing of wounds

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WCC sends Eid al-Fitr greetings to Muslim sisters and brothers

WCC sends Eid al-Fitr greetings to Muslim sisters and brothers

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WCC statement condemns attacks, persecution of Christian communities in Asia

WCC statement condemns attacks, persecution of Christian communities in Asia

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WCC statement reiterates call for just peace in Palestine and Israel

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WCC Executive Committee expresses concern, solidarity for West Papua

WCC Executive Committee expresses concern, solidarity for West Papua

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WCC, Korea Institute for National Unification reflect on improving human rights

WCC, Korea Institute for National Unification reflect on improving human rights

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WCC general secretary extends greetings to Buddhist Partners on Vesak

WCC general secretary extends greetings to Buddhist Partners on Vesak

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