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Letter of condolences from the World Council of Churches Acting General Secretary on the passing of His Holiness the Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya

His Eminence the Most Rev. Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan (Metropolitan Emeritus) of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, passed away on the 5 May in Kerala, India. He was 104 years old. Churches and the global ecumenical community are celebrating a remarkable life, lived in full, in service of God and humanity with holiness, humility, humour and helpfulness. His funeral will be held on 6 May.

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WCC mourns passing away of His Grace Most Rev. Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan

His Eminence the Most Rev. Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan (Metropolitan Emeritus) of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, passed away on the 5 May in Kerala, India. He was 104 years old. Churches and the global ecumenical community are celebrating a remarkable life, lived in full, in service of God and humanity with holiness, humility, humour and helpfulness. His funeral will be held on 6 May.

El CMI responde a sus preguntas sobre las vacunas

En la Semana Mundial de la Inmunización, el Consejo Mundial de Iglesias se une a UNICEF y otras organizaciones del mundo entero para promover la vacunación en aras de la salud mundial. A continuación, el Dr. Mwai Makoka, encargado del programa de Salud y Sanación del CMI, responde a preguntas frecuentes sobre las vacunas. Comparte, además, algo de historia sobre las vacunas, reflexiones acerca del papel de los grupos religiosos y por qué los niños y otras personas son tan vulnerables si no reciben vacunas.

Líderes indígenas iluminan la visión de una nueva economía mundial

Durante un seminario web organizado a través de la iniciativa de la Nueva Arquitectura Financiera y Económica Internacional (NAFEI), hablaron sobre la colusión del capitalismo, el colonialismo y el cristianismo, y compartieron cómo las comunidades indígenas son idóneas para liderar el movimiento ecuménico en la búsqueda de alternativas a los sistemas de muerte del mundo.

Indigenous leaders illuminate vision of a new world economy

During a webinar organized through the New International Financial and Economic Architecture initiative (NIFEA), they spoke on the collusion of capitalism, colonialism, and Christianity, and shared how indigenous communities are well-suited to lead the ecumenical movement in seeking alternatives to the world’s death-dealing systems.

WCC answers your questions about vaccines

On World Immunization Week, the World Council of Churches is joining UNICEF and other organizations across the world in encouraging vaccinations for global health. Below, Dr Mwai Makoka, WCC programme executive for Health and Healing, answers often-asked questions about vaccines. He provides some history of vaccines, reflections on the role of faith-based groups, and why children and others are so vulnerable if they don’t receive vaccines.

Indigenous Peoples and the Economy of Life: Spirituality, Land, and Self-Determination

22 April 2021

As part of the New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) initiative, the World Council of Churches together with the World Communion of Reformed Churches, Lutheran World Federation, World Methodist Council and Council for World Mission will be hosting a webinar highlighting the voices of Indigenous Peoples and their understandings of the Economy of Life.  

WCC participates in dialogue on COVID-19 vaccines with WHO director general

World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca participated in a virtual “High-Level Dialogue on Multi-religious Response to COVID-19 Vaccine” on 19 March with Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as leaders from other religious groups.

Siete semanas para el agua 2021 – Semana 5: “El agua en Wall Street: el máximo abuso del don de Dios”. Autores: Susan Smith y Dinesh Suna

Los autores de la quinta reflexión de las Siete Semanas para el Agua 2021 de la Red Ecuménica del Agua (REDA) del CMI son Susan Smith y Dinesh Suna.* En la siguiente reflexión, condenan la reciente cotización del agua en Wall Street como mercancía comercializable. Refiriéndose a la promesa bíblica de que Dios saciará la sed de los pobres y necesitados y de que el agua debe ponerse a disposición de todos aunque no tengan dinero, proclaman el verdadero valor del agua como un don de Dios, un derecho humano, un milagro espiritual y la fuente de toda vida.

Seven Weeks for Water 2021, week 5: "Water on Wall Street: the ultimate abuse of God’s gift", by Susan Smith and Dinesh Suna

The 5th reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2021 of the WCC’s Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) is written by Susan Smith and Dinesh Suna.*  In the following reflection, they condemn the recent listing of water on Wall Street as a tradable commodity.  Referring to the biblical assurance that God will quench the thirst of the poor and needy and that water should be made available to all even if they have no money, they proclaim the true value of water as a gift from God, a human right, a spiritual wonder and the source of all life.