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Seraphim of Zimbabwe: During Season of Creation, “we give back to God everything that he has given to us”

H.E., Most Rev. Seraphim (Kykkotis) of Zimbabwe is the metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Zimbabwe in eastern Africa, part of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. He serves on the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive and central committees, and also on the WCC Climate Change Working Group.

“Serving a Wounded World” document is “a call to reflection and action”

Rev. Dr Peniel Rajkumar is the World Council of Churches (WCC) programme coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation. He reflects on the recent release of “Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity: A Christian Call to Reflection and Action During COVID-19 and Beyond” by the WCC and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID). The document aims to encourage churches and Christian organizations to reflect on the importance of interreligious solidarity in a world wounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In troubled Cameroon, hard-hit Presbyterian church leads peace efforts

Cameroon's 27 million people have two official languages - English and French – but the people in the two linguistic groups are divided, adding to the nation's woes and those for its church leaders, along with another affliction, Boko Haram extremists.

National Council of Churches (USA): “Not too tired to continue to fight for justice”

On 26 August, the National Council of Churches (USA) released a statement expressing outrage over still more police shootings of Black men. “It is hard to believe that we are in the position to have to issue another statement on police shootings,” reads the statement. “Yet, here we are.”

WCC, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue release “Serving a Wounded World” document

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) have released a joint document, “Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity: A Christian Call to Reflection and Action During COVID-19 and Beyond.” Its purpose is to encourage churches and Christian organizations to reflect on the importance of interreligious solidarity in a world wounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amazon’s grave risks exacerbated by agri-plundering, proselytizing

God’s creation groans in the Amazon forest, a sacred space for 34 million people suffering from the growth of inequality, land invasion, extractivism, relaxation of environmental laws, criminalization and murder of its defenders, and arson orchestrated by agribusiness—all of it made worse by proselytizing.

Special Laudato Si’ anniversary year now being commemorated

A special anniversary year, running from 24 May 2020 to 24 May 2021 is now being observed to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Laudato Si’ encyclical. The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is organizing several initiatives among many groups with a clear emphasis on ecological conversion in action.

Podcast shares how faith communities can boost mental health among youth

Anxiety, stress and unexpected changes in lifestyles are making it increasingly difficult for many youngsters to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Alcohol and substance abuse are on the rise as young people desperately search for answers to what is hap-pening around them. Mental health issues are rapidly following In the wake of the phys-ical health and socio-economic issues caused by COVID-19.

Moral call collective issues statement on COVID-19 corruption in South Africa

On 25 August, a delegation led by the South African Council of Churches met with officials from the African National Congress to call for societal action against COVID-19 corruption.

WCC moderator contributes to G20 Interfaith Forum on Africa

Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC), contributed to a G20 Interfaith Forum on Africa hosted by KAICIID, or the International Dialogue Centre, dedicated to the facilitation of dialogue between followers of different cultures and religions.

How do we ‘walk the talk’ on climate justice? We have to change

A webinar series promoted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) focusing on good practices of ecological justice and economy of life was closed on 18 August with reflections and examples of how churches worldwide are promoting renewable energy and climate protection.

WCC commemorates life of Bishop John K. Yambasu

Bishop John K. Yambasu, resident bishop of the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone and president of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, died suddenly in a road accident on 16 August.

Thomas Kang: “Hope is what moves Christians”

Economist Thomas Kang is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

WCC mourns passing of Rev. Dr Alexi Chehadeh, peacemaker in Syria

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is mourning the death of the Very Reverend Archimandrite Dr Alexi Chehadeh, who led the Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East in Damascus, Syria.

Latin American churches lead efforts to prevent rising violence against women

As coronavirus cases rise sharply in Latin American countries, so has violence against women.

Human rights defender killed in Philippines; demands for justice grow

Church leaders and human rights advocates are amplifying calls for justice after the death of Zara Alvarez, a health worker and human rights defender in the Philippines. Alvarez, who was killed on 17 August, worked closely with churches in a common quest for human dignity and rights.

GEM School panel calls for prophetic action

“We are in the midst of four pandemics, and they are intertwined. The COVID pandemic has revealed more vividly the pandemics of economic injustice, racism, and climate change,” said Cynthia Moe-Lobeda in her presentation to the 2020 GEM School. “This could be the gateway to far more compassionate, just, and ecologically sane ways of structuring our life together in God’s good garden earth.”

Ecumenical Review focuses on Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

The latest issue of The Ecumenical Review, the quarterly journal of the World Council of Churches (WCC), focuses on the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, held in Crete in June 2016, the result of more than a century of efforts to gather the Orthodox churches to reach a common mind on the main challenges they face.

Thursdays in Black is growing in Namibia

The Thursdays in Black campaign for a world free from rape and violence has been intensified in Namibia, bringing awareness of the heightened risk of violence against women and children during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Bossey alumni from Thailand continue their strong ties

Alumni from the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute Bossey who live in Thailand are continuing to foster ecumenical activities and relations. Every year for a decade, they have offered a local orientation for new students from Thailand who are headed to Bossey.