“The Pacific Conference of Churches welcomes you on board our ecumenical canoe, as we sail and voyage together beyond the fringing reefs and rocks of the many issues that affect us here in the Pacific and globally, and set sail with our eyes firmly fixed on the island of hope,” said Rev. Dr James Bhagwan, Pacific Conference of Churches general secretary as he welcomed participants of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace to Fiji, on 20 January.
Victoria Falls is known locally as Mosi-oa Tunya ("The Smoke that Thunders") due to the power of the water from the Zambezi River that often flows across one of the great wonders of the world. Today it is a mere trickle.
A couple of days of light rain brought some relief to those resisting killer bushfires across southeastern Australia. Still, firefighters, residents and other responders were bracing themselves and preparing for more mayhem.
The 27 young people/participants of the WCC Eco School 2019 from 11 countries, who gathered at Chiang Mai, Thailand from 4th to 17th November 2019, jointly organized and hosted by the Christian Conference of Asia and World Student Christian Federation, discussed and deliberated on various ecological issues affecting our planet and people.
Participants of the World Council of Churches (WCC) 2019 Eco School in Asia have pledged to serve as “Eco Ambassadors” who will protect our waters, promote food sovereignty, health and wellbeing and stand for climate justice with a sense of urgency.
Red and smoky skies at night and in the morning* looming in four Australian states indicate a catastrophe of biblical proportions as killer fires engulf towns and communities, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded.
In a pastoral letter to Australian churches, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit acknowledged that the catastrophic fires in many parts of Australia have darkened the horizon in a time when much of the world is celebrating.
Dans une lettre pastorale adressée aux Églises australiennes, le secrétaire général du Conseil œcuménique des Églises, le pasteur Olav Fykse Tveit, prend acte que les incendies catastrophiques ravageant plusieurs régions australiennes ont assombri l’horizon en ce temps de célébrations dans la plupart des régions du monde.
Amongst those who “came into being” are the familiar faces of the Christmas story. They faithfully lived the life they were given. There is significance in this for us, in our being here now. The life they were given was very different from the life they had probably planned.
I write to you today out of urgent and earnest concern for our world and the advancing peril represented by climate change. Our faith in the creator, our love for creation, and our discipleship in the company of Jesus are all being put to the test by this crisis.
In a pastoral letter to the global fellowship, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expresses urgent and earnest concern over the world’s climate emergency, and urges churches and individuals everywhere to take action now.
Do you know of the five stages of grief? When it comes to the climate crisis, I am close to having gone through all of them: years ago I could not believe how bad Mother Earth has been affected by how humans are treating her. I thought it can't be as bad as the scientists say: denial.
"Ut Unum Sint: Between Winter and Spring, Reality and Prophecy, 1995 – 2020", Lecture by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC General Secretary, at the Institute for Ecumenical Studies, St. Thomas Aquinas Pontifical University (Angelicum), 12 December 2019
"World Leaders Must Act Now in the Face of Climate Emergency", Message from the Faith-Based Organizations to the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties – COP25 to the UNFCCC.
10 December 2019
If the world is to address the climate emergency, every person must be involved in a transformation on many levels, notes a message from the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the UN climate talks this week.