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World Water Day 2024 events amplify WCC’s commitment to water for peace

The World Council of Churches (WCC) participated in three online events on 22 March, World Water Day, under the banner "Leveraging Water for Peace." These events, held in collaboration with various global partners, underscored the crucial intersection of faith, international perspectives, and the mission to build a sustainable Blue Community.

Exploring Christian identities and local perspectives on ecumenism

After four years as general secretary of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen has returned home to Denmark, filled with confidence in the future of CEC and its growing influence on European affairs. With a clear mandate to sharpen CEC’s purpose and profile fulfilled, and strategic directions for the future affirmed at last year’s general assembly in Estonia, he now continues an extraordinary ecumenical journey, a journey where the search for his own Christian identity has played a significant role.

WCC mourns loss of Dr William Stanley, who pursued economic justice

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is mourning the loss of Dr William Stanley, who passed away on 11 December. Stanley contributed to the WCCs work on economic and ecological justice especially during the period between the WCC 8th Assembly in Harare in 1998 and WCC 10th Assembly in Busan in 2013. 

Religious leaders uniting for climate peace in solidarity with refugees, boost UN conference

The moment religious leaders from around 40 faith-based organisations worldwide agreed to keep defending the individual right to seek asylum during a gathering in Geneva marked a high point on the eve of the Global Refugee Forum, the world's biggest such international gathering.They met at a one-day event on 12 December at the World Council of Churches (WCC), chaired by an Armenian archbishop and a UN diplomat who was once a Turkish legislator.

Blending local and global ecumenism in Asia

After being postponed twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15th General Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) finally got underway in late September and early October 2023 in Kottayam, India. Under the theme "God, renew us in your spirit and restore the creation,” CCA member churches across Asia gathered to stake out the direction forward and evaluate accomplishments and challenges since the last assembly in 2015 in Jakarta. 

Vast challenges in Asia call for unity

By far the largest region, both in terms of population and geographical size, the Asia region faces an array of pertinent issues for the churches to address and engage in. Stretching from Iran in the west to Japan in the east and from Nepal in the north to New Zealand in the south, the region encompasses a wide range of cultures and religions.

Accepting others in their otherness

Accepting others in their otherness is at the heart of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue. This was the message at a tray lunch event titled “Christian Witness in a pluralistic world: Building on the Legacy of Asian Ecumenism,” held on 16 June at the Ecumenical Centre and organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC).

ÖRK ruft angesichts von ethnischer Gewalt und Gewalt zwischen Bevölkerungsgruppen zu Frieden in Manipur, Indien, auf

Der Generalsekretär des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK), Pastor Prof. Dr. Jerry Pillay, hat große Besorgnis angesichts der ethnischen Gewalt und Gewalt zwischen Bevölkerungsgruppen zum Ausdruck gebracht, die in der letzten Woche in dem nordostindischen Bundesstaat Manipur aufgeflammt ist und an der die mehrheitlich hinduistische Bevölkerungsgruppe der Meitei und die mehrheitlich christlichen Stämme der Naga und Kuki beteiligt sind.

Le COE appelle à la paix au Manipur, État indien frappé par des violences ethniques et communautaires

Le secrétaire général du Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE), le pasteur Jerry Pillay, se dit profondément préoccupé par les violences ethniques et communautaires persistantes qui ont éclaté la semaine dernière dans l’État du Manipur, au nord-est de l’Inde, impliquant la communauté Meitei, à majorité hindoue, et les communautés tribales de Naga et Kuki, à majorité chrétienne.

Le COE propose des perspectives lors de la pré-Assemblée des jeunes du Conseil national des Églises en Inde

Le Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE) a proposé des perspectives et participé au dialogue lors de la pré-Assemblée des jeunes du Conseil national des Églises en Inde, qui s’est déroulée du 17 au 19 avril à Hyderabad.

Organisée par le Centre indien pour la paix, la pré-Assemblée des jeunes s’est tenue sur le thème «L’heure est venue: l’heure pour les jeunes de construire un monde de paix et de durabilité».