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Director’s address, Faith and Order Meeting, 27 November 2023

It is often said that “Bad news travels fast.” Indeed, it is hard not to be focused on the difficulties and harsh challenges we are facing in today’s world. In a digital village that we live in, where every piece of news is spread quickly, the worst news takes center stage. “We live in a time of profound crisis”, “The world is as disunited as ever”, “Society is polarized!” are just some of the everyday remarks describing the present condition. 

Commission on Faith and Order

El CMI insta al Gobierno de Nigeria a esforzarse más en reparar las injusticias económicas

Durante la reunión del Comité Ejecutivo del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI) en Abuja (Nigeria), del 8 al 14 de noviembre, el órgano rector publicó una declaración en la que reconocía su gran admiración por la “asombrosa diversidad de culturas, lenguas y religiones” de Nigeria y hacía un llamado al gobierno nigeriano a hacer un mayor esfuerzo para reparar las injusticias económicas y otros graves problemas que afectan a la nación.

ÖRK fordert Regierung Nigerias auf, mehr gegen wirtschaftliche Ungerechtigkeit zu tun

Im Rahmen der Exekutivausschusstagung des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK) vom 8. bis 14. November in Abuja, Nigeria, veröffentlichte das Leitungsgremium eine Erklärung, in der es die „erstaunliche Vielfalt von Kulturen, Sprachen und Religionen“ in Nigeria würdigte und die nigerianische Regierung aufforderte, sich mit der wirtschaftlichen Ungerechtigkeit und anderen schwerwiegenden Problemen des Landes auseinanderzusetzen.

Le COE exhorte le gouvernement du Nigeria à en faire davantage pour combattre l’injustice économique

À l’occasion de sa réunion du 8 au 14 novembre à Abuja, au Nigeria, le Comité exécutif du Conseil œcuménique des Églises a publié une déclaration soulignant «la diversité étonnante de cultures, de langues et de religions» au Nigeria — et appelant également le gouvernement du Nigeria à combattre les injustices économiques et d’autres graves difficultés auxquelles la nation est confrontée.

WCC urges government of Nigeria to do more to address economic injustice

As the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee met in Abuja, Nigeria, on 8-14 November, the governing body published a statement that included deep appreciation of Nigeriaastonishing diversity of cultures, languages, and religions”—as well as appeals to the Nigerian government to address economic injustice and other grave challenges facing the nation.

Thirty days that changed the ecumenical movement

No holidays for William Temple, Archbishop of York, early in August 1937. The ecumenical movement for the social responsibility of the churches, known as Life and Work,” had just held its world conference in Oxford, 12-26 July, with the church struggle against emerging totalitarian states at the heart of its theme and work. Temple had drafted the final message of the conference, known for the motto let the Church be the Church.”   

ACT Alliance general secretary: “equity is not negotiable”

As the 78th session of the UN General Assembly and the first-ever Climate Action Summit were held in New York City in September, ACT Alliance general secretary Rudelmar Bueno de Faria reflected on the importance of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the ecumenical movement in creating a more sustainable and equitable world.

NIFEA Communiqué

We, the members of communities including social thinkers, clergy, theologians, activists, and community leaders representing social organizations, ecumenical institutions, and religious traditions, gathered under the aegis of the New International Financial Economic Architecture (NIFEA). We met at a time when leaders of the G20 were also gathering to deliberate on the future of this planet.

WCC Programmes

NIFEA group calls for reimagined global financial alternatives

Meeting at the same time as the G20 summit in Delhi, India, a group of social thinkers, community activists, theologians, and religious leaders has called for “radical alternatives” to be reimagined “as an alternative to capitalism, state domination, patriarchy, ableism, cis-heteronormativity, and all forms of racism and casteism.”