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African faiths launch climate change justice network

On 23 June, at a climate change consultation in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, African faith leaders launched a climate justice network to coordinate their work and increase visibility, as the first respondents to ecological crises at the grassroots.

بيان بشأن التقارير الإعلامية الزائفة عن إسرائيل والدكتور بيلاي

منذ انتخاب القس الأستاذ الدكتور/ جيري بيلاي أمينا عاما جديدا لمجلس الكنائس العالمي في منتصف يونيو/حزيران، أثيرت مخاوف، معظمها في وسائل الإعلام اليهودية، بشأن موقفه من إسرائيل والمجتمعات اليهودية ومعتقدهم.

Dr Elizabeth Joy’s message to the WCC: “We have created history”

Dr Elizabeth Joy was the first woman ever to be shortlisted as a nominee for the general secretary of the World Council of Churches. A director at Churches Together in England, she is from the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. She grew up in both India and the United Kingdom. Below, during an interview held the day after the WCC elections, she reflects on her roots in the ecumenical movement, and on her message to the WCC.

Regarding false media reporting on Israel and Dr Pillay

Since the election in mid-June of Rev. Dr Prof. Jerry Pillay as new World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, concerns have been raised, predominantly in Jewish media, about his position on Israel and the Jewish communities and their faith.

Peace churches call for “more creativity in our peacebuilding”

We are asked to reflect on the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee and the WCC 11th Assembly,” said Janet Scott, Friends World Committee for Consultation, as she prepared to facilitate the confessional meeting of the Moravian and historic peace churches on the first day of the central committee meeting. Our historic peace church way to reflect is to consider how to further the cause of peace.”

Assembly leadership meeting convenes at Bossey

An assembly leadership meeting is convening at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute from 20-21 June to continue preparing for the WCC 11th Assembly with the delegates and presidents nominated to lead assembly business, assembly committees and thematic plenaries. The meeting will introduce the assembly business agenda and provide training on the conduct of WCC meetings, including consensus decision-making.

Christ’s Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity: A reflection on the theme of the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Karlsruhe 2022.

The result of the work of an international group drawn from different regions and confessional traditions, the text is intended as a resource for churches and Christians worldwide in advance of the WCC’s 11th Assembly, to take place in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 31 August to 8 September 2022. It offers biblical and theological reflections on the assembly theme, inspired by a biblical verse – “For the love of Christ urges us on” (2 Cor. 5:14) – against the backdrop of critical issues confronting churches and humanity as a whole. The text is available initially in four languages – English, French, German, and Spanish.

مجلس الكنائس العالمي يكرر "دعوته المستمرة لإنهاء الاحتلال، والمساواة في حقوق الإنسان للجميع" في الأراضي المقدسة

أعربت اللجنة المركزية لمجلس الكنائس العالمي في بيان عام ركز على الأراضي المقدسة عن "تضامنها العميق مع الكنائس الأعضاء والمسيحيين في المنطقة في حياتهم وعملهم، وابقاء إيمان وشهادة المسيحيين في الأراضي المقدسة مفعمان بالحياة والنشاط، وكذلك جميع شعوب المنطقة."