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Book launch: "Call to Discipleship”

10 November 2021

On 10 November, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism will release a new publication, Call to Discipleship: Mission in the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace,” a collection of the commissions study documents from 2018-2021.

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WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism meeting

09 - 11 November 2021

The World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism will hold an online meeting 9-11 November to evaluate its work and impact from the 10th WCC Assembly in Busan in 2013 to the 11th WCC Assembly in Karlsruhe in 2022.

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Film “My Very Own Circus” receives jury prize

The Ecumenical Jury at the 26th International film Festival for Children and Young Audience Schlingel in Chemnitz, held 9-16 October, awarded its prize to Mon cirque à moi (My Very Own Circus),” directed by Miryam Bouchard (Canada 2020).

Thursdays in Black Bible Studies Series 1

Listening, Learning and Responding to the Word of God

Led by Thursdays in Black Ambassadors – leaders in their communities committed to being visible and outspoken against such violence – a series of Bible studies are being prepared for individual and congregational reflection on sexual and gender-based violence. Such reflection will help us listen to the word of God and apply our faith and vision of justice, peace, and love in our contexts today. This first series of reflections address critical topics in our societies and Christian communities that contribute to or respond to gender-based violence and provide diverse perspectives from our wide ecumenical fellowship.

A core group of Thursdays in Black Ambassadors oversaw this Bible study series: Anders Göranzon, Claudia Bandixen, and Karen Georgia Thompson.

UNICEF-WCC Partnership – 2015 - 2021: Examples and Highlights of the Churches’ Commitments to Children (CC2C)

Representing more than 580 million Christians in more than 110 countries, the World Council of Churches is a worldwide fellowship of churches with over 70 years of experience in pursuing justice and peace for all. It does this work together with those of different faiths and secular organizations.

In 2013, the WCC adopted a joint declaration, “Putting Children at the Centre,” and partnered with UNICEF to build the capacity of its member churches and ecumenical partners to (1) protect children and adolescents, and (2) promote children's meaningful participation, and (3) their engagement in climate justice initiatives.

UNICEF entered this partnership to further strengthen their effective engagement with religious actors to improve the well-being of children. Religious actors can reach the most vulnerable children, and often have the trust, moral influence, and capacity to do so. Through this partnership, larger numbers of locally connected, grassroot partners can be reached.

Thus, in 2015, the WCC and UNICEF signed the first of several Letters of Collaboration¹. Key in this was the development of “Churches' Commitments to Children”.

WCC mourns passing of Rev. Dr Jose Pepito Manansala Cunanan

Rev. Dr Jose Pepito Manansala Cunanan, who served as secretary of the Urban Rural Mission Programme at the World Council of Churches (WCC) from 1986-1989 and executive director of the Commission on Development and Social Concerns at the National Council of Churches in the Philippines from 1990-93, passed away on 12 October.

In Baden, Ökumenetag sparks inspiration for lead-up to WCC 11th Assembly

An Ecumenical Day on 16 October brought music, prayers, and workshops for many gathered in Bad-Herrenalb, Germany, on the occasion of the annual conference of the National Council of Churches in Baden-Württemberg. The World Council of Churches (WCC) brought greetings and a preview of the upcoming WCC 11th Assembly as well.