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An exercise in hoping

I’m writing this text exactly one year after Brazil declared quarantine, on 16 March. Last year we went into quarantine thinking it would only be two weeks at home, and maybe a few months of wearing masks and sanitizing our hands. I’m the first to confess that I’ve underestimated the virus. However, we all know that is not how it went. Month after month went by - the internet joked about how could it possibly be August already, when last week was March?

Seven Weeks for Water 2021, week 7: "Healing the water heals the wounds of the earth and its people", by Andrew Schwartz

The seventh and last reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2021 of the WCC’s Ecumenical Water Network is written by Andrew Schwartz.* In the following reflection during Holy Week, he is using a small town in the USA as a case study to emphasise how local communities can take small initiatives to “resurrect” the contaminated or “dead” groundwater to form life giving waters.   Leaving us on a positive note, he ends by saying, “if Holy Week teaches us anything it’s that death is not final.”

Let us pray together in the time of COVID-19

We pray in lament. We pray for our communities. We pray for our leaders. For protection. For healing.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will convene a global online prayer service on 26 March at 2 pm (CET) as part of “A Week of Prayer in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Leadership Matters!

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how the world functions and how people relate to each other. The whole of my life I never imagined a moment where the world would come to a standstill, people giving up travelling and their busy lives to stay at home leaving the streets and public spaces empty. This shows how bad the situation was, at its initial stages. The month of March 2020 is one in which the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were felt in almost every country in the world. Leaders and policy makers rushed in to stop the spread of the deadly pandemic.

Mais um desafio no enfrentamento da pandemia: a hesitação vacinal

Conforme as campanhas de vacinação continuam a progredir em mais e mais países, começamos a ver a luz no fim de uma pandemia que causa medo e ansiedade em todo o mundo desde o início de 2020. Todos aguardam ansiosamente um retorno à vida cotidiana, onde as pessoas podem se socializar com a família e amigos, trabalhar como antes, e adorar a Deus juntos na igreja aos domingos. 

مجلس الكنائس العالمي يلقي بياناً خلال مجلس حقوق الإنسان بشأن نفاذ الفلسطينيين غير الكافي إلى اللقاحات ضد فيروس كورونا المستجد

أعربت لجنة الكنائس المعنية بالشؤون الدولية التابعة لمجلس الكنائس العالمي في بيان شفهي خلال مجلس حقوق الإنسان عن قلقها البالغ إزاء النفاذ غير الكافي للفلسطينيين في الأراضي المحتلة إلى اللقاح ضد كوفيد-19. 

ה-WCC נותנת הצהרה מילולית למועצה לזכויות האדם בנוגע לגישה בלתי הולמת לחיסוני קורונה עבור פלסטיניםה-WCC נותנת הצהרה מילולית למועצה לזכויות האדם בנוגע לגישה בלתי הולמת לחיסוני קורונה עבור פלסטינים

בהצהרה מילולית אשר ניתנה למועצה לזכויות האדם של האומות המאוחדות, וועדת הכנסיות לעניינים בינלאומיים של מועצת הכנסיות העולמית הביעה דאגה רצינית בנוגע לגישה בלתי הולמת לחיסונים נגד COVID-19 עבור פלסטינים בשטחים הכבושים.

Devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme, le COE prononce une déclaration sur l’accès insuffisant des Palestiniens aux vaccins contre la COVID-19

Dans une déclaration prononcée devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies, la Commission des Églises pour les affaires internationales du Conseil œcuménique des Églises s’est déclarée très préoccupée par l’accès insuffisant des Palestiniens des territoires occupés aux vaccins contre la COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic and community life: reflections and challenges

The Greek word Koinonia, which Paul especially uses in the New Testament, translates as community, communion, union, fellowship, participation, among other meanings. The term "solidarity" expresses the meaning of Koinonia. The community based on solidarity seeks peace, justice, well-being, the Shalom of the people. The word "coexistence" can also be equivalent of Koinonia, because it means to live in unity for several generations under the same roof or house. The "coexistence" leads us to take care of the integrity of creation, to recognize that we are not the only inhabitants of this house.

Недоверие к вакцинации представляет еще одну проблему

Поскольку программы вакцинации внедряются во все большем количестве стран, появилась надежда на завершение пандемии, которая еще в начале 2020 года вселила страх и беспокойство во всем мире. Люди с нетерпением ждут возвращения к повседневной жизни, где они смогут как раньше общаться с семьей и друзьями, ходить на работу и вместе поклоняться Богу в церкви по воскресеньям.