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Bishop Staccato Powell: ‘I solicit the most fervent prayer of covering’

Bishop Staccato Powell is president of the board of bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, a founding member church of the World Council of Churches (WCC). His long service with the WCC includes attending four assemblies and serving on many governing bodies, including the current Central Committee.

A tribute to Rev. Dr Rena Joyce Weller Karefa-Smart

The life of Rev. Dr Rena Joyce Weller Karefa-Smart is being remembered and commended this week by the WCC fellowship after her passing last week. Karefa-Smart was the first Pan African woman to graduate in 1945 from Yale Divinity School. She was a champion for global ecumenism over the course of a long and distinguished career. An attendee of the first WCC Assembly, she was also a procession leader and author of the liturgies at the second WCC Assembly in Evanston, Illinois (USA).

Konrad Raiser shares ecumenical journey of transformation

Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser has been on an ecumenical journey for most of his adult life, which spans 80 years. The former WCC general secretary relates some of this pilgrimage in his newest publication, “The Challenge of Transformation: An Ecumenical Journey.” On 5 February, shortly after Raiser’s birthday, ecumenical experts from different generations, confessions and continents met in Geneva to discuss the newest publication by the man who led the WCC from 1993 to 2003.

Sermon: A Way in the Wilderness

Reflection brought to the Ecumenical Centre morning prayer by Bishop Dr Staccato Powell, WCC Central Committee member for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, during a meeting of the Assembly Planning Committee and on the same day as the new book of former general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser was presented to the public at the Ecumenical Centre, in the presence of the author. The event is par of a year-long series of events commemorating the WCC’s 70th anniversary.

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Konrad Raiser book presentation

05 February 2018

On February 5, shortly after Konrad Raiser’s 80th birthday, ecumenical experts from different generations, confessions and continents will meet in Geneva to discuss the newest publication by the former general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), titled The Challenge of Transformation: An Ecumenical Journey.

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Churches call for United States to confront racism

Leaders from historically African-American Methodist churches, many of them representing member churches of the WCC, joined last week in Washington, D.C. to publicly call for the United States to confront racism and demand legal solutions to bring about racial equality.

WCC expresses solidarity with churches and people in Ferguson shooting

In the wake of a racially charged police shooting in the state of Missouri, United States, “the efforts of the churches, faith communities, ecumenical and interfaith partners and civil society organizations and coalitions that have called for prayer, calm, peaceful protest, and open and honest dialogue on racism and issues of class” have received support and encouragement from the WCC.

WCC US Conference letter to President Obama

WCC US Conference letter to President Obama was prepared during the US Conference conference Annual Meeting by a panel of church leaders including Rev. Dr. Jeffery W. Carter, Rev. Dr. Gradye Parsons, Rev. Michael Livingston, Dr. Elizabeth Ferris, Rev. Dr. John H. Thomas, Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon. Drafting group: Bernice Powell Jackson, Gradye Parsons and Sharon Young, Kathryn Lohre, Lois Dauway and Leonid Kishkovsky.

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