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A young person’s reflections on what “health” really means

My work experience at the World Council of Churches (WCC) consisted of meeting with professionals whose work related to health. Before our meetings, I wanted to get a clear understanding of the term health.” The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 

At Barbados Gospelfest 2024, WCC leads “Campaign of Hope”

During a week of music, lectures, and dialogue, the World Council of Churches (WCC) played key roles in the Barbados Gospelfest which ran from 26 May to 2 June. Started in 1993, through the then-ministry of tourism in Barbados, the Barbados Gospelfest has evolved over the past 30 years as one of the Caribbeans premiere gospel music festivals.

As WHO assembly starts, WCC reaffirms commitment to “health for all”

“The ill health and suffering experienced by the least and the most vulnerable must be felt by and responded to by all in a united, equitable, effective, and mutually accountable manner,” wrote Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary in a message to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general, as the 77th World Health Assembly is taking place in Geneva.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity celebrated in southern hemisphere

The worlds largest prayer gathering—the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity—is being celebrated in the southern hemisphere from 19-26 May, drawing together churches across the globe under the theme "You shall love the Lord your God ... and your neighbour as yourself" (Luke 10:27).

Young people speak out on safe spaces—and what churches need to do

During a webinar on 25 April, young people shared their honest perspectives on safe spaces” in faith communities. They talked about the characteristics of a safe space—and what churches can do better, particularly when working with issues related to HIV and reproductive health.

Is health the same for all?

To guarantee the right to health, we need to understand the meaning of health. WHO defined it in 1948 as a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity wellness, but there is another definition that I like better.