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Rev. Dr Hans-Ruedi Weber dies at 97

During his long career, Weber, who passed away on 18 October, made the Bible come alive for thousands of people through Bible studies that he coordinated with groups from many different cultures, contexts and situations.

WCC mourns passing of Prof. Vuyani Vellem

With great sadness, the World Council of Churches (WCC) received news of the demise of Prof. Vuyani Vellem on 4 December. A member of the WCC’s Commission on Ecumenical Education and Formation, Vellem was director of the Centre for Public Theology and associate professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also served as deputy secretary of the South Africa Council of Churches.

Ecumenical Review focuses on Pan-African Women of Faith and Inclusive Global Theological Education

The latest issue of The Ecumenical Review, the quarterly journal of the World Council of Churches (WCC), focuses on the Pan-African Women’s Ecumenical Empowerment Network (PAWEEN), a project of the WCC’s programme on Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE).

Formally established as a network in 2015, PAWEEN aims to celebrate, commemorate, and build upon the legacy of Pan‐African women in the ecumenical movement.

70-jähriges Jubiläum des ÖRK in Amsterdam

23 August 2018

Mit einem Gottesdienst am 23. August in der aus dem 15. Jahrhundert stammenden Nieuwe Kirk in Amsterdam, Niederlande werden die Führungskräfte des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen genau an dem Ort das 70-jährige Bestehen des ÖRK feiern, an dem die Organisation gegründet wurde. Ein „Spaziergang der Ruhe/Walk of Peace“ durch Amsterdam und ein Symposium mit dem Thema „Gastfreundschaft auf dem Pilgerweg zu Friede und Gerechtigkeit“ an der Vrije Universiteit finden ebenfalls am selben Tag statt.

Amsterdam, Niederlande

WCC 70th anniversary in Amsterdam

23 August 2018

During a 23 August service in the Netherlands in the Nieuwe Kerk, a 15th-century church in Amsterdam, World Council of Churches leaders will celebrate the WCC’s 70th anniversary at the very spot in which the organization was founded.  A “Walk of Peace” through Amsterdam, and a symposium under the theme “Hospitality on a pilgrim's way to peace and justice”, at the Vrije Universiteit, will also be held on the same day.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dialogue flourishes between WCC, Muslim Council of Elders

The Grand Imam of Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar mosque and university, Prof. Dr Ahmad al-Tayyeb, will visit the WCC to give a public lecture and participate in high-level dialogue on interreligious peacemaking. “We are honoured to welcome one of the world’s highest-ranking and most influential Muslim leaders to Geneva, and I very much look forward to his lecture and to sharing views with him on the many challenges that we as religious persons and leaders face together,” says WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

„Es ist an der Zeit, die wichtige Rolle afrikanischer Frauen in der weltweiten Ökumene anzuerkennen“, sagen führende ÖRK-Vertreterinnen

Frauen afrikanischer Herkunft sind seit Jahrzehnten eine Antriebskraft der weltweiten ökumenischen Bewegung, werden aber immer noch nicht angemessen für ihren Beitrag gewürdigt. Es sei an der Zeit, dies zu ändern, meinen die Organisatorinnen eines Netzwerks afrikanischer Theologinnen, Laiinnen und Geistlichen innerhalb des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK).

WCC statement invokes new understanding of mission

The first ecumenical affirmation of mission since 1982, invoking a new understanding of mission and evangelism amidst a changing world and ecclesial landscape, has been presented to the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC).