The World Council of Churches (WCC), via a specific landing page on its website, is reaching out to the worldwide fellowship with a sense of pastoral care amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The page is available at www.oikoumene.org/corona
In view of the rapid spread of the virus in countries across the world, the page brings together the most essential information on where to find reliable updates on the situation, as well as how the WCC is responding.
“The WCC has dual roles at this time, both being an employer of staff in Switzerland and in several other countries and a worldwide fellowship of churches. This web page is to make sure the most important information is readily available, so that we can help member churches to stay informed, but also so that we as a fellowship can help 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,” says WCC director of communication Marianne Ejdersten.
On 17 March, the WCC published the first in a series of feature articles about the response of the WCC member churches and all people of goodwill to COVID-19. The purpose of the stories will be to share hopes, concerns and best practices among our one human family.
“In times like these, it is more important than ever to have clear information available. The content on the page may seem simple, but that is also part of the strategy at this stage,” reflects Ejdersten.
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