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Coping with the Coronavirus

Where to turn for reliable information, what the WCC does as a fellowship, and what the WCC does as an employer. The WCC COVID-19 support team is here for you! Contact them by email



Where to turn for reliable information

The WCC relies on the World Health Organization as the global authority on health issues. The WHO’s website contains detailed valuable information and advice for individuals, organizations, and countries on measures of precaution and mitigation: WHO guidelines

The WCC also encourages everyone to stay informed and follow national health authorities’ recommendations and instructions in view of the new Coronavirus.

WCC Covid-19 fact-sheet (pdf)


What the WCC does as a fellowship

The World Council of Churches is a worldwide fellowship of churches, with members in more than 110 countries.

In times like these, faith communities can do a lot to promote solidarity and accountability, wisdom and care, and can play an important role in providing accurate information, encouraging and supporting the sick and those at risk of illness, and pastoral care to those affected by the virus.

The WCC seeks to bring hope and light to how churches are, and can be, contributing to constructive responses to the Coronavirus and its consequences for people’s lives, physically as well as spiritually, in countries around the world.

The WCC COVID-19 support team is here for you!
Contact them by email


Advancing a disability-inclusive response to COVID-19 (WCC press release of 21 April 2020)

WHO publishes recommendations for faith-based communities in context of COVID-19 (WCC press release of 9 April 2020)

Faces of help: WCC offers resource people to accompany during COVID-19 pandemic (WCC press release of 28 March 2020)

WCC releases “Health and Hope” online publication as a resource amid COVID-19 pandemic (WCC Press release of 3 April 2020)

”God has promised to be with us also in times of crisis” says Tveit (WCC press release of 31 March 2020)

Health experts and church leaders co-address pandemic on TV (WCC press release of 31 March 2020)

Church, relief agency officials highlight COVID-19 impacts on humanitarian response (WCC press release of 30 March 2020)

Archbishop Anastasios: “Let us transmit from heart to heart the light of hope” (WCC press release of 28 March 2020)

In joint statement, ecumenical organizations across the world stand together to protect life (WCC press release of 26 March 2020)

Global Lord’s Prayer “united for humanity” (WCC press release, 24 March 2020)

WCC urges everyone to pray at home (WCC press release, 22 March 2020)

WCC medical experts urge life-saving measures akin to WHO’s on COVID-19 (WCC press release, 21 March 2020)

On World Water Day, WCC and ACT Alliance urge ensuring access to clean water for hand-washing (WCC press release, 21 March 2020)

Pastoral letter 18 March 2020

WCC webpage available on ‘Coping with the Coronavirus’ (WCC press release, 18 March 2020)

"Overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic with faith communities: some guidance for churches" (questions and answers to medical doctors at the WCC, Dr Mwai Makoka and Dr Manoj Kurian)

Virtual services enable real prayer, but not all have online access (WCC press release, 20 March 2020)

WCC urges: “give highest priority to protect life” (WCC press release, 18 March 2020)

The essential role of crisis communication (WCC press release, 19 March 2020)

In South Korea, as church life goes online, ‘a church is a church for the world’ (WCC press release, 18 March 2020)

As world turns virtual during COVID-19 crisis, it is easy to pray (WCC press release, 17 March 2020)

As coronavirus affects ‘one human family,’ WCC emphasizes accurate information, practicing prevention (WCC press release, 14 February 2020)

WCC leadership postpones central committee meeting in light of coronavirus (WCC press release, 28 February)


What the WCC does as an employer

The World Council of Churches is taking strong measures to help protect its staff in Geneva and around the globe, as well as to help mitigate the spread of the virus, e.g., through work travel.

WCC adjusts to new reality: “new and emerging routines" (WCC press release, 25 March 2020)

WCC takes strong measures to protect from coronavirus (WCC press release, 13 March 2020)

WCC takes steps to prevent spread of COVID 19 (WCC press release, 6 March 2020)