Boy with a candle at the church

Ecumenical prayer service in the Trinity Church in Oslo, Norway on the occasion of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, 9 December 2017.


In a pastoral letter to the Church of Norway and the Christian Council of Norway, WCC acting general secretary (during the vacation) Marianne Ejdersten wrote: You know, of course, but I wish wholeheartedly to emphasize that we in the entire global fellowship of the World Council of Churches are distressed at the news and are holding you and all the people of Norway and its church communities close in our prayers and concern, as your country and its people face the aftermath of Storm Hans and begin to heal and recover from its damage and disruption.”

I do not know whether or to what extent this storm system is attributable to climate change as such,” wrote Ejdersten. These disasters stiffen our resolve to work relentlessly with you, the whole Church of Norway, the Christian Council of Churches and its agencies and partners for the prevention and mitigation of climate change in Scandinavia and elsewhere,” she wrote. As you begin to gauge the full extent of this tragedy and look to the long struggle ahead please know that, across the whole fellowship — we Christians stand united with you in our firm faith in a loving God.”

Read the WCC's pastoral letter to Churches in Norway