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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.
Letter of condolence for passing of Rev. Robina Winbush
Letter of condolence by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, expressing deep sadness at ultimely passing of Rev. Robina Winbush.
YATRA 2019 Flyer
Applications are now open for YATRA (Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity), an interreligious training programme launched by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 2014 following the 10th General Assembly of the WCC held in Busan, Republic of Korea.
Application form YATRA 2019
Applications are now open for YATRA (Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity), a highly successful interreligious training programme launched by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 2014 following the 10th General Assembly of the WCC held in Busan, Republic of Korea.
Are we closer to the mental tipping point?
Are we in a time when the message of the threats of climate change is on its way to sink into our shared consciousness? After being active in the climate debates in the ecumenical and interreligious discussions and advocacy work with not so much of a visible impact on policies and action I am wondering if we are getting closer to the point where we should have been 20 years ago. A point that says that humanity needs to choose another way if we are going to secure a decent future for coming generations and to save ecosystems and peoples opportunities to have a good and peaceful life together.
Prayers for Ethiopian Airlines flight crash victims
The World Council of Churches (WCC) held Midday Prayer for those grieving after Ethiopian Airlines flight disaster on 20 March. Prayers focused on grieving families, friends and colleagues who lost loved ones from UN agencies, the WCC and other organizations who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash on 10 March.
WCC general secretary letter to member churches and members of the Central Committee: “Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice”
On 15 March 2019, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent a letter to member churches and members of the Central Committee presenting the "Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice”
The Right to Communicate – the Prophetic Voice
15 December, 2018 Freedom of Religion or Belief in the Middle East Cumberland Lodge Panel Marianne Ejdersten, WCC Communication Director
Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice (PDF for home printing)
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 general secretary condolence letter to executive director of World Food Programme on plane crash in Ethiopia
It is with deep sadness that we received news of the plane crash in Ethiopia yesterday, and the news that, of the 19 UN staff who perished in the accident, seven belonged to the World Food Programme (WFP). We express our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to the bereaved families and friends and to the wider WFP family.
WCC general secretary condolence letter to director general of Food and Agriculture Organization on plane crash in Ethiopia
It is with deep sadness that we received the information of the plane crash in Ethiopia yesterday and the further news that, of 19 UN staff who perished in the accident, two worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization. We express our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to the bereaved families and friends, and to the wider UN family.
WCC general secretary condolence letter to UN secretary general on plane crash in Ethiopia
It is with deep sadness that we received the information of the plane crash in Ethiopia yesterday, and the further news that 19 UN staff perished in the accident. We express our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to the bereaved families and friends, and to the wider UN Family.
WCC general secretary address to colleagues after the tragedy of air crash in Ethiopia and the loss of Rev. Norman Tendis
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, addressed the community of the Ecumenical Center, in Geneva, on the morning of 11 March 2019, on the news of the air crash in Ethiopia that took the lives of 157 persons, including WCC staff Rev. Norman Tendis.