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WCC, ACT Alliance, Middle East Council of Churches appeal for addressing needs in Lebanon

In a joint statement, the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance, and Middle East Council of Churches appealed to address the most urgent needs in the wake of the catastrophic explosion that ripped through the heart of Beirut on 4 August.

Laudato Si’ anniversary offers “a way forward through caring for the planet and one another”

Fr Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam helps coordinate the Sector on Ecology and Creation in the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at the Vatican in Rome. He is among those planning activities during a special year, running from 24 May 2020 to 24 May 2021, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Laudato Si’ encyclical.

Rev. Dr Angelique Walker-Smith: From a Christian Pan African perspective, “who writes the stories?”

Rev. Dr Angelique Walker-Smith is senior associate for Pan African and Orthodox Church Engagement at Bread for the World. She also serves on the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee. She recently participated in a rally and march in Washington, DC, where thousands gathered to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington in 1963 that included Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream" speech.

Interfaith conference will explore role of faith in HIV response

An HIV Interfaith Conference, ”Resilience & Renewal: faith in the HIV response,” will take place virtually on 22-24 September. The World Council of Churches (WCC) is part of a consortium of organisations from several faith traditions and people living with HIV from around the world organising the gathering, with the support of the UNAIDS-PEPFAR Faith Initiative. The conference will provide a space for sharing, learning and advocacy among people of faith involved in the HIV and AIDS response.

Conflict has raged in Mozambique for decades, but the churches are always there

Conflict has ingrained itself in the people of Mozambique for many decades from the days of Portuguese colonial rule, to the ensuing civil war which only ended this century, and now Daesh along with the unseen enemy of COVID-19. So, the churches have their hands full as peacemakers.

Globethics releases “Globalance: Ethics Handbook for a Balanced World Post-Covid”

Globethics.net has launched a new book, “Globalance: Ethics Handbook for a Balanced World Post-Covid” by Prof. Christoph Stückelberger, Globethics.net president and founder.

WCC postpones seminar on youth, transformative masculinity and femininity, changes location to Fiji

Because of the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC), the decision was taken to postpone the Ecumenical Continuing Formation on Youth Transformative Masculinity and Femininity in the Pacific again to the second half of 2021, and change the location to Fiji.

On 10th anniversary of right to water, we still strive for “ambitious promise of water and sanitation for all”

During a webtalk entitled “10 years Human Right to Water - problems, positions, perspectives,” held on 1 September, expert speakers highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the acute lack of water and the unacceptable sanitary conditions in which large parts of the world’s population have to live every day. Some 3 in 10 people worldwide still do not have safe access to clean drinking water. More than half of the global population cannot use acceptable toilets.

Inclusion reaches new level at Zimbabwe Council of Churches assembly

Rev. Zenda Chipaka, the first deaf pastor of the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe, through a sign language interpreter shared reflections on the importance of listening to advice in her devotion during the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) 8th Biennial General Assembly. The assembly was held 28-29 August.

Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa urges prayers for Cameroon

The Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa issued an urgent call for prayers for the Republic of Cameroon. “We come to you through the medium of this letter with an appeal to support in doing the one thing that we are encouraged to do unceasingly as Christians – to pray,” reads the text. “Friends, we have been reading of stories and seeing the images of the sufferings of our sisters and brothers in the Republic of Cameroon in their struggle with a system that has divided them based on an imposed description of Anglophone and Francophone divide.”

Rev. Dr Lydia Mwaniki receives Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship from Archbishop of Canterbury

Rev. Dr Lydia Mwaniki, director for Women, Gender and Youth at the All Africa Conference of Churches, has received the Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

WCC extends prayers to assembly of Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea

The World Council of Churches (WCC) extended greetings and prayers to the 105th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, which convened under the theme “Restore us, O Lord, in truth and love.”

In London, “standing up for God’s creation” means acting with courage for climate justice

As the ecumenical family celebrates Season of Creation, churches across the world are showing their strong passion for climate justice and caring for the Earth. In London, this passion has been in evidence this week as church leaders and lay people joined marches, peacefully advocating for change even despite the threat of being arrested.

Photo essay: The caring faces of the United Methodist Church (USA) during COVID-19

For the past 25 years, Mike DuBose has been putting a face on the work of the United Methodist Church as a photojournalist for the denomination’s news agency. As COVID-19 has spread around the world, that face has been mostly covered by a mask.

WCC commemorates life of Rev. Tsutomu Shoji

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is remembering the life and commemorating the legacy of Rev. Tsutomu Shoji, former general secretary of the National Christian Council in Japan.

Church of South India synod offers opportunity to “Pray in Tears for Others”

The Church of South India synod observed a month-long “Pray in Tears for Others” during August to help people mourn and reflect on the severe effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 29 August, the prayer campaign focused specifically on the World Council of Churches as well as all ecumenical efforts across the world.

Global celebration urges “radically new ways of living” to protect our common home

The Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action for the environment, begins on 1 September. During this annual event, Christians around the world renew their relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment.

Rev. Henrik Grape: “Understanding the need for creation to rest”

Rev. Henrik Grape is senior advisor on Care for Creation, Sustainability, and Climate Justice for the World Council of Churches. He shares his reflections on the Season of Creation, observed annually from 1 September to 4 October.

Protecting children’s rights even more crucial as COVID-19 wears on

For children, the COVID-19 pandemic is more about the impact of containment measures than a health issue, as such. Confinement may put children at risk for domestic violence and affect their rights to education, care and protection. Churches around the globe are well-positioned to pro-tect and champion child rights further.

Ecumenical jury recognizes four films at Molodist Festival in Ukraine

The Ecumenical Jury, at the 49th Molodist – International Film Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine, awarded prizes to four films after watching them online. The festival took place from 22-30 August.