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Borders and Migrants

On 20 May 2022, a group of us, 14 pilgrims from different parts of the world (Kenya, Brussels, Germany, Hong Kong, Philippines, Poland, Rome, Korea, Canada, Fiji, Australia, London, Scotland, and Geneva—a very diverse group) gathered in Palermo, Italy for a Pilgrim Team Visit on the theme of migration. 

Erklärung des ÖRK-Zentralausschusses zu sexueller Ausbeutung, Misshandlung und Belästigung ruft Kirchen dazu auf, Ungerechtigkeit herauszufordern und Bewusstsein zu bilden

Der Zentralausschuss des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK) ruft ÖRK-Mitgliedskirchen und ökumenische Partner in einer öffentlichen Erklärung dazu auf, “sexualisierte oder geschlechtsspezifische Gewalt und jede Form von Gewalt gegen Frauen, Kinder und vulnerable Personen zu verurteilen oder ihre bereits erfolgte Verurteilung zu bekräftigen, solche Verneinung der gleichen Würde aller Menschen und derartige Gewalt zur Sünde zu erklären und Richtlinien zur Prävention von sexueller Ausbeutung, Misshandlungen and Belästigung zu implementieren.”

WCC central committee statement on sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment calls churches to challenge injustice, build awareness

The World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee, in a public statement, called upon WCC member churches and ecumenical partners to condemn or reiterate their condemnation of sexual and gender-based violence and of any form of violence against women, children and vulnerable people; to declare such rejection of the equal dignity of all people and such violence a sin; and to implement guidelines for the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.”

Colombian delegation calls upon international community to revive “vital support”

As a group of three laureates of the “National Human Rights Award in Colombia” engaged in meetings with diplomats and United Nations representatives in Geneva, a tray lunch event was organized on 8 June at the Ecumenical Centre by the World Council of Churches and ACT Alliance to offer the delegation the opportunity to share about the deterioration of the peace process in the country and the importance of international solidarity.

Called to Transformation - Ecumenical Diakonia

A joint publication of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and ACT Alliance, this study document aims to clarify the understanding of ecumenical diakonia and to provide a common platform for acting and reflecting together for the churches and ecumenical partners worldwide. 

The major publication outlines the theological components of diakonia and offers practical content for those engaged in the service of diakonia. The study document is intended to be used for formation and training in ecumenical diakonia, to strengthen the institutional capacity of those involved in diakonia, and to foster dialogue and cooperation between churches, ecumenical partners, ACT Alliance and the WCC.

WCC Pilgrim Team Visits accompany communities in Italy, Armenia, Norway

Three World Council of Churches (WCC) Pilgrim Team Visits, one to Italy, a second to Armenia and a third to Norway, are continuing the WCCs accompaniment for communities in their quest for justice and peace under the theme of Christs love moves the world to reconciliation and unity,” through the lenses of post-war trauma healing, gender justice, and migration.

On Korean Peninsula, “the churches and the country need reconciliation and unity”

Rev. Dr Hyunju Bae represents the Presbyterian Church of Korea on the World Council of Churches central and executive committees and serves on the WCC Gender Advisory Group. She is a former professor of New Testament Studies at the Busan Presbyterian University, Republic of Korea, and now a co-president of the Korea Christian Environmental Movement Solidarity for Integrity of Creation.  Below, she reflects on a recent prayer vigil for peace, as well as other ecumenical activities in South Korea.

Afrikanische Kirchenleiterinnen: „Wo herrscht heute Gerechtigkeit?“

Als sich afrikanische Kirchenleiterinnen vergangene Woche zum offiziellen Start einer ökumenischen Initiative von Frauen für die Förderung von Führungswirken und Bildung, der „Ecumenical Women‘s Initiative for Leadership and Learning“, getroffen haben, haben sie große gesellschaftliche Ungerechtigkeit beklagt, Pionierinnen auf vielen Gebieten gefeiert und sich für einen Geist der Solidarität eingesetzt, von dem sie hoffen, dass er weltweit einen Weg in die Zukunft bahnen wird. 

WCC visit to Italy harvests examples of the churches’ unconditional support to refugees and migrants

The Central Mediterranean route is the overseas crossing from North Africa to Italy. Those migrating on this route generally aim to reach Italian shores but leave from a variety of North African countries bordering the Mediterranean. Though in past years most migrants have departed from Libya, which is a destination for migrants as well as a transit country, there is also a proportionally small but growing number of departures from Tunisia, Egypt, and Algeria.