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A World Council of Churches (WCC) support team is online and ready to help WCC member churches as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

The team—comprised of experts in different facets of faith-related pandemic response—is here for you, said WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca.

“These are people who can serve as a tremendous support to the WCC fellowship,” said Sauca. “Reach out, and allow them to accompany you with your current challenges, which we know may seem diverse and daunting.”

The support team, with expertise in different programmatic areas, is available to consult on how churches can discern their roles during the coronavirus pandemic, how they can adapt as faith communities, and how they can connect and share with each other. The service is provided upon request from the member churches.

Whether member churches are discerning their roles during the coronavirus pandemic, adapting services and pastoral care, or simply looking for new ways to pray, the WCC support team can help.

Need help in any of the following areas? The support team is here for you! Contact them by email covid19support@wcc-coe.org

Making connections between and among churches: Rev. Dr Benjamin Simon, programme executive for Church Relations.

Public health issues from the context of faith: Dr Manoj Kurian, coordinator of the WCC Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, and Dr Mwai Makoka, WCC programme executive for Health and Healing.

Diaconal (church-related social care) resources: Rev. Matthew Ross, programme executive for Diakonia and Capacity Building.

Building health-competent faith communities: Rev. Dr Nyambura J. Njoroge, Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy coordinator.

Accompaniment of young people: Joy Eva Bohol, programme executive for Youth Engagement.

Children, youth and teachers: Frederique Seidel, senior advisor on children's rights.

Ecumenical prayer and spirituality: Rev. Dr Mikie Roberts, programme executive for Spiritual Life.

Sexual and gender-based violence: Rev. Nicqi Ashwood, programme executive for the Just Community of Women and Men.

WCC landing page: Coping with the Coronavirus

Contact the support team: covid19support@wcc-coe.org

Learn more about the support team members