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Morning Prayer for Monday, 30 November 2020

O Lord, open to us the gates of righteousness…

This week, on the first week of Advent, in the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we are praying with the people and churches of Myanmar and Thailand.

In the context of the 16 Days against Gender-Based Violence, this week marks World AIDS Day (December 1), the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (2 December) and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December).

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WCC Christmas message 2020

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. For see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah. — Luke 2:10-11

The child in the manger, in its vulnerability, is an image of fragile hope, the beginning of a new story that will culminate in the gift of life and salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. There have been and there are today many reasons to be afraid and to live in despair. In the most difficult days of history, Christians have time and again found consolation and hope in the good news of Jesus Christ that begins with the birth of the Saviour in Bethlehem.

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Vorsitzende des ÖRK spricht über wichtige Rolle der Kirchen, weil Gewalt für immer mehr Kinder eine größere Gefahr ist als je zuvor

Im Zusammenhang mit einem aktuellen Aufruf an die Kirchen in aller Welt, zusammenzuarbeiten, um geschlechtsspezifische Gewalt und insbesondere Gewalt gegen Frauen, Kinder und junge Menschen zu verhindern, spricht die Vorsitzende des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen, Dr. Agnes Abuom, im Folgenden über einige der Gründe, warum diese Formen von Gewalt zugenommen haben, und über die wichtige Rolle, die Kirchen bei der Schaffung von sicheren Orten für die gefährdetsten Personen spielen können.

En un tiempo de máxima vulnerabilidad de la infancia ante la violencia, la moderadora del CMI reflexiona sobre el papel vital de las iglesias

En el marco de su constante llamado a todas las iglesias del mundo a trabajar unidas para prevenir la violencia de género –especialmente la ejercida sobre las mujeres, la infancia y la juventud–, la moderadora del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias, la Dra. Agnes Abuom, reflexiona bajo estas líneas sobre algunas de las causas del aumento de este tipo de violencia y sobre el crucial papel que pueden desempeñar las iglesias en la creación de espacios seguros para quienes se encuentran en mayor situación de riesgo.

Les enfants étant plus vulnérables que jamais à la violence, la modératrice du COE réfléchit au rôle vital des Églises

Dans le cadre d’un appel continu aux Églises du monde entier à travailler ensemble pour prévenir la violence de genre, en particulier à l’égard des femmes, des enfants, et des jeunes, la modératrice du Comité Central du Conseil œcuménique des Églises, Dr Agnes Abuom, réfléchit ici à certaines des raisons pour lesquelles cette violence a augmenté, et au rôle vital que les Églises peuvent jouer dans la création d'espaces sûrs pour les personnes les plus exposées.

COVID-19 in conflict zones: “a crisis within another crisis”

Damaris, a Nigerian woman, described her experience of 2020: “We’ve gone through hell.”

Damaris and her sisters were kidnapped in March 2020 and threatened with death as their kidnappers demanded money. Her father had to sell everything and beg on the streets to meet their demands. “We are just a common people in Nigeria,” she said. “We don’t know what we did.”

Fr Jamal Khader: “We need to keep hope alive” in Palestine

It is easy to feel despair of the unjust situation for the Palestinians, who are experiencing daily humiliation, annexation of land, growing settlements, land grabbing and poverty. This year Palestine has been illegally occupied for 53 years. But there are also many people in Palestine cultivating hope, faith and love for transforming the situation.

Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 25 November 2020

 Hear us, O God…

In the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we pray this week with the people and churches of Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore.

From 25 November to 10 December, we also mark 16 Days against Gender-Based Violence.

In a time of physical distancing, let us unite our hearts and minds as we prayerfully seek to overcome Sexual and Gender-Based Violence together.

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Rev. Jamil Khadir: “Without faith, there is no real hope” in Palestine

Illegal occupation of Palestinian lands has been ongoing for 53 years, imposing deep injustices on the daily life of local communities. In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, many Palestinians know what it can be like to live with settlements close by, not least in the villages around the city, where Palestinian landowners regularly face settler abuse. Yet there are many in the area who persist, in working hard on a daily basis to foster peace and justice. Below, Rev. Jamil Khadir reflects on what this means for him as a local pastor in Nablus.