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Belonging - Affirmations for Faith Leaders

Background

Genesis of the document

Recognising that we all live in multi-religious societies, African church leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the 2016 World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) regional workshop on “Birth Registration and Gender Discriminatory Nationality Laws in Africa”, stressed the need to develop inter-faith strategies and affirmations in our advocacy work for the human rights of stateless people.

WCC Programmes

Churches respond to growing humanitarian needs in Ukraine and bordering countries

Hosting refugees, providing food, helping in hospitals, and ringing church bells as a warning when shelling starts—these are some of the many ways churches are responding in Ukraine and bordering countries as the war continues. More than two million people have poured out of Ukraine, and estimates from relief groups show that 18 million people—a third of the countrys population—will need humanitarian assistance.

Study trip to Rome testifies that ecumenical engagements can move forward

Our successful visit to Rome with various ecumenical deliberations itself testifies that ecumenical engagements can move forward despite the pandemic. The launch of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity document “Ecumenism in a Time of Pandemic: From Crisis to Opportunity,” followed by an ecumenical panel discussion, helped us to understand how different churches have approached the pandemic. 

Brother Guido Dotti reflects on visiting wounds and celebrating gifts

Brother Guido Dotti, from the Monastic Community of Bose, Italy, is a member of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Theological Study Group of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. Below, he reflects on a special commemorative calendar, on his experiences with Pilgrim Team visits, and on his hopes for the WCC 11th Assembly. 

Church and religious leaders worldwide pay tribute to Desmond Tutu’s life

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, one of the people who followed in the footsteps of Desmond Tutu as archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa announced the death of the Arch” as he was affectionately known on 26 December, fittingly celebrated in South Africa as the Day of Goodwill.”