Organized by the World Council of Churches and a variety of other faith-based partners, the symposium, an online event, will open with a high-level panel consisting of a UN official, faith-based representative, and member state. The theme of the 2023 edition is "Securing People’s Wellbeing and Planetary Sustainability".
The World Council of Churches and the Conference of European Churches, in a joint letter sent 19 December to the European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, denounced the blockade by Azerbaijan of the ethnic Armenian region of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh, “as a violation of the tripartite agreement that ended the six-week war of 2020, of international humanitarian and human rights law, and of the most fundamental moral principles.”
A historic meeting between the patriarchs of Syriac heritage upon invitation from H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, the Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, has resulted in a joint statement to guide future action to keep the ancient Syriac tradition in the Middle East and other lands.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is offering its fall edition of online week-long training workshop on, “UN Human Rights Mechanisms and Racial Justice“ from 14-18 November. This time around, the training brought together nearly 30 participants from 15 countries in the Eastern hemisphere.
A Theological Education by Extension programme in Africa aims to reach many people who can collectively drive social transformation. This was affirmed during the All Africa Theological Education by Extension Association 5th Quadrennial Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, 24-28 October.
In a public statement released by the leadership of the WCC central committee, the WCC encourages continued advocacy, “with Indigenous Peoples and on their behalf in defence of their human rights, to protect the use of human rights language, to promote Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination and the right to participate in the decision making process within churches and in society.”
‘Behold I create new heavens in which life, justice and peace are possible for all’. (Isaiah 65:17-25)
Indigenous Peoples are created with God-given identities that are beautiful. God was present in their lands and among their peoples before colonizers arrived. When Christians brought the Bible, Indigenous People recognized the voice of their Creator in Jesus’ teachings. They did not hear a call to reject their identities.
Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness (Genesis 1:26)
The World Council of Churches, at its 11th assembly, in Karlsruhe, Germany, abhors the perpetuation of all forms of racism, xenophobia and related discriminations against humanity and the pervasive suffering it causes.
The Syriac-Aramaic genocide, or “SAYFO,” must be named as an historical reality, and the “persistent and present threat of genocide for some peoples” must be acknowledged, urged a minute released at the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly.
War in Ukraine, church dialogue, and humanitarian response were in sharp focus on third day of the World Council of Churches 11th Assembly. Church leaders from Ukraine together with heads of ecumenical organisations emphasised the need for reconciliation, unity, and peacebuilding.
Address of H.E. Archbishop Yevstratiy of Chernihiv and Nizhyn of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Deputy Head of the External Church Relations Department of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine at the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Karlsruhe, a city built over 300 hundred years ago without walls, open to friends and guests —at a time where other cities still hid behind their fortifications —welcomed people from all over the world to four pre-assemblies that are bringing forward powerful calls to the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
In a 21 June statement, religious leaders in eastern Africa released a statement on the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They reaffirmed their commitment to peace, security and democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the eastern African community at large.