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Die Notwendigkeit, sich auf das Wesentliche der ökumenischen Bewegung zu besinnen

Dr. Agnes Abuom, die Vorsitzende des Zentralausschusses des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK), spricht im folgenden Interview über die Tagung des ÖRK-Exekutivausschusses, die vom 17. bis 23. Mai 2021 stattgefunden hat. Der Exekutivausschuss hat auf dieser Tagung zuversichtlich in die Zukunft geblickt, in Erklärungen, pastoralen Botschaften und Aufrufen zum Gebet aber gleichzeitig auch die verschiedenen globalen Krisen thematisiert.

Die Umstellung auf eine Programmarbeit per Online-Tools und auf Online-Andachten während der COVID-19-Pandemie sei für den ÖRK genau wie für den Rest der Welt eine Herausforderung gewesen, hatte Abuom erklärt, und in den Vorbereitungen auf die 11. ÖRK-Vollversammlung im kommenden Jahr in Karlsruhe, Deutschland, sei die Situation „eine große Belastung“ für die gesamte ökumenische Familie gewesen.

The imperative to go back to the ecumenical basics

Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee, was asked about the WCC executive committee meeting held on 17-23 May 2021. The WCC executive committee set a tone of hope for the future while, at the same time, addressing multiple global crises with statements, pastoral messages, and calls for prayer.

The transition to online programming and prayers during COVID-19 has challenged the WCC, and the rest of the world, Abuom found, and said is a heavy burden” on all in the ecumenical family as the WCC prepares for its 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany next year.

The pandemic does not stop the pilgrimage— it deepens the accompaniment

As part of a series of material prepared for a special edition of the WCC newsletter focusing on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, WCC news interviewed Rev. Prof. Dr Fernando Enns, from the Association of Mennonite Congregations in Germany, and Jennifer Martin, Education in Mission secretary for the Caribbean and North America Council for Mission, United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Enns and Martin share the moderation of the Reference Group of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace since its creation in 2013.

"Storytelling, whether in-person or online, is the backbone of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace" - interview with WCC deputy general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri

Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, World Council of Churches (WCC) deputy general secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia, reflects on how the WCC’s Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, though forced to change during COVID-19, has nonetheless brought gifts to the WCC and to the world.

WCC Programmes

Because God Loves Me - Affirming My Value in Christ

“Because God Loves Me—Affirming My Value in Christ,” a new curriculum written in French that is designed to help children ages 7-12 address gender-based violence.

Though the curriculum, edited by Yvette A. Kelem and Blandine E. Ackla, was developed for use primarily with churches and church groups in Africa, it is relevant and accessible for other French-speaking populations as well.

The Christian education programme encourages the full involvement of children, adolescents and youth in becoming early proponents of nonviolence. Developed for children's Bible study leaders, teachers, parish volunteers, and others who work with children, the curriculum serves as a guide to help churches live into their responsibility to protect all children, girls and women from gender-based violence.

«Parce que Dieu m’aime», un nouveau programme d’éducation en français, aidera les jeunes à lutter contre les violences sexistes

Le Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE) publie «Parce que Dieu m’aime – Affirmer ma valeur en Christ», un nouveau programme écrit en français et conçu pour aider les enfants âgés de 7 à 12 ans à lutter contre la violence basée sur le genre.

Bien que le programme, édité par Yvette A. Kelem et Blandine E. Ackla, ait été conçu principalement pour être utilisé par les Églises en Afrique, il est également accessible et utile à d’autres populations francophones. 
 

"Because God Loves Me,” new French curriculum, will help youth address gender-based violence

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is publishing “Because God Loves Me—Affirming My Value in Christ,” a new curriculum written in French that is designed to help children ages 7-12 address gender-based violence.

Though the curriculum, edited by Yvette A. Kelem and Blandine E. Ackla, was developed for use primarily with churches and church groups in Africa, it is relevant and accessible for other French-speaking populations as well. 
 

Parce Que Dieu M’aime - Affirmer Ma Valeur En Christ

Un programme d’éducation chrétienne contre la violence basée sur le genre

La violence continue de se propager dans nos sociétés non seulement chez les adultes mais également chez les enfants, les adolescents et les jeunes. Cet outil pédagogique, basé sur une méthodologie ludique et une approche participative est mis à la disposition des moniteurs et monitrices pour aider au développement des relations de confiance entre les enfants et pour faire d'eux des acteurs essentiels.

Economic and fiscal challenges from COVID-19

The aftermath of the pandemic will present enormous long-term political, social and economic challenges. After the pandemic has subsided, there will be an enormous financial cost to be calculated – especially in terms of increased government debt for almost every country. In particular, there is a very real risk that the UN Sustainable Development Goals will not be met. As Christians, we cannot use COVID-19 as an excuse for inaction and the preferential option for the poor must be recognised.

Conference explores keys to generating relevant theology for Africa

“When the music changes, so must the dance,” counselled Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, World Council of Churches (WCC) deputy general secretary at the Africa Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions Anglophone Group virtual conference on 9-10 April. Phiri gave a keynote address at the conference organized by Africa University, a Methodist-affiliated university in Zimbabwe.