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La rencontre «Travailler ensemble» rapproche le COE et les ministères spécialisés

Une série de réunions «Travailler ensemble» en ligne la semaine dernière ont aidé à renforcer la collaboration entre le Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE) et ses partenaires ainsi que ses ministères spécialisés, dont l’Alliance ACT. La rencontre, qui a normalement lieu chaque année au mois de mai à l’Institut œcuménique de Bossey, a été présidée en ligne par le secrétaire général par intérim, le père Ioan Sauca.

ÖRK veröffentlicht Toolkit, um Kinder vor sexueller Gewalt zu schützen

Der Ökumenische Rat der Kirchen (ÖRK) hat eine Kampagne gestartet und ein Toolkit mit praxisorientierten und spirituellen Ressourcen für Pastorinnen und Pastoren, andere Kirchenleitende und zur Nutzung in Sonntagsschule und Kindergottesdienst veröffentlicht, um einen ehrlichen Austausch zu fördern und den Kirchen zu helfen, sichere Orte für Kinder zu schaffen.

Netherlands churches urge Dutch government—and other nations—to care for children from Greek refugee camps

In a letter to its European sister organizations, the Council of Churches in the Netherlands reiterated its call to the Dutch government to honour the call from the European Committee regarding the relocation of vulnerable and unaccompanied children from Greek refugee camps. The letter also urges European sister organizations to appeal to their governments to exercise the same human compassion.

WCC support team online and ready to help during pandemic

A WCC support team is online and ready to help WCC member churches as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. The team—comprised of experts in different facets of faith-related pandemic response—is here for you, said WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca. “These are people who can serve as a tremendous support to the WCC fellowship,” said Sauca.

We are under care, not at war

Ever since the dominant narrative in Italy and in the world about the pandemic has assumed a war terminology — that is, immediately after the health situation in any given country changes drastically for the worse — I have been looking for a different metaphor to describe adequately what we are living and suffering and at the same time to offer elements of hope and of sense for the days ahead.

Easter Reflections: “I have come that they may have life and life abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Bishop Emeritus Munib Younan from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land:

It is Easter 2020.

This is the commemoration of both the crucifixion and the resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the source of our liberation but also of our praise and joy, especially in this time of the coronavirus crisis.

'I think it is the same for us now. It is enough that we are reflecting and praying, it is enough that we are listening to the voice of God, and the God of love will always be with us in our homes, in our churches, and our workplaces. The Risen Christ will bring us peace in our homes, and grants us hope in a hopeless situation, bringing us life and life abundantly.'

Faces of help: WCC offers resource people to accompany during COVID-19 pandemic

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is offering member churches some resources with a human face during the COVID-19 pandemic. A team of nine resource people has been made available to consult on how churches can discern their roles during the coronavirus pandemic, how they can adapt as faith communities, and how they can connect and share with each other.