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

Dear Commissioners, 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Dear colleagues

I am glad that we have the opportunity to gather online today. Thanks to each and everyone who invests time and efforts to attend, especially those of you who are attending at very inconvenient hours, late night, or very early morning.

Thanks to the staff for preparing the agenda so well and keeping us all well informed and prepared for our meetings. We all know about the limitations off gathering online. I am therefore very glad that we hopefully will meet in real life in February, in Indonesia.

Commission on Faith and Order

Statement on Nigeria, in the Regional Context of Africa

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 Nigerias “astonishing 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.

Executive committee

“Quieren vivir sin miedo ni acoso constante”

Máire Ní Mheibhric, de Galway (Irlanda), ejerció de acompañante ecuménica en el pueblo de Tubas, en la Ribera Occidental, entre el 31 de agosto y el 7 de octubre. También había sido acompañante ecuménica en 2019 en Hebrón. El Programa Ecuménico de Acompañamiento en Palestina e Israel del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI) –creado a raíz del llamado de los dirigentes de las iglesias locales al establecimiento de una presencia internacional en el país– acompaña a las poblaciones y comunidades locales ofreciéndoles su presencia protectora y siendo testigos tanto de sus dificultades cotidianas como de sus esperanzas. Bajo estas líneas, Ní Mheibhric reflexiona sobre lo que vio durante esas semanas como acompañante.

WCC guide raises awareness of obstetric fistula

A new guide published by the World Council of Churches (WCC) aims to raise awareness in churches and church communities of the role they can play in the prevention of the catastrophic condition of obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury usually caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without timely medical intervention.