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Health and healing

The WCC’s health and healing programme facilitates networking and dialogue to promote health and healing for all people. Throughout 2017 and 2018, the WCC is developing a global ecumenical health strategy to meet continuing and new health challenges worldwide.

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WCC convenes faith-based healthcare providers to share challenges, map the future

WCC convenes faith-based healthcare providers to share challenges, map the future

On 19 June, the World Council of Churches (WCC) convened a group of church-based healthcare providers who discussed what a global COVID-19 response looks like—now and in the future.

WCC executive committee releases statement on role of churches during COVID-19

WCC executive committee releases statement on role of churches during COVID-19

The World Council of Churches executive committee released a public statement on the role of churches in the context of COVID-19. Focused on love, steadfastness, hope and courage, the statement reflects on the damage COVID has wreaked over the last five months—and how churches can offer hope.

South African Council of Churches releases church COVID readiness guidelines

South African Council of Churches releases church COVID readiness guidelines

The South African Council of Churches released guidelines for member churches as they prepare for the COVID readiness of their congregations.

WCC Executive Committee to hold virtual meeting, pray for world burdened by COVID-19

WCC Executive Committee to hold virtual meeting, pray for world burdened by COVID-19

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee will meet virtually on 1-3 June, offering solidarity to a world in which many find themselves in critical situations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

WCC COVID-19 support team addresses questions from the fellowship, highlight good practices

WCC COVID-19 support team addresses questions from the fellowship, highlight good practices

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt around the globe, a WCC website Q&A now provides guidance and highlights good practices on key concerns from member churches and partners all over the world.

WCC holds online consultation with global health providers

WCC holds online consultation with global health providers

Dr Mwai Makoka is programme executive for Health and Healing at the World Council of Churches (WCC). In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, he organised and moderated an online consultation with ecumenical global health providers and networks in mid-May.

Rt. Rev. Sharma Nithyanandam: “Contribute toward suspending negativity”

Rt. Rev. Sharma Nithyanandam: “Contribute toward suspending negativity”

Rt. Rev. Sharma Nithyanandam is the bishop in Vellore, Church of South India. Below, he reflects on how churches can infuse hope as an antidote to despair by becoming agents of tangible social action. During the COVID-19 lockdown, our church doors may be closed but our hearts are not, and Bishop Nithyanandam reflects on why this is a time for deeds and not just words.

African faiths take frontline actions to combat COVID-19

African faiths take frontline actions to combat COVID-19

Frontline actions by African faith communities in mitigating against the novel coronavirus are being welcomed as timely, as groups move to support people left vulnerable by the pandemic.

WCC Executive Committee will meet online in June, Central Committee postponed until June 2021

WCC Executive Committee will meet online in June, Central Committee postponed until June 2021

The WCC Executive Committee will meet online on 1-3 June, while the WCC Central Committee meeting has been postponed until June 2021.

UN chief appeals to common humanity across all faiths, in tackling the coronavirus

UN chief appeals to common humanity across all faiths, in tackling the coronavirus

As the UN secretary-general António Guterres shared a message on 12 May with religious leaders about how our shared vulnerability to the coronavirus pandemic reveals our common humanity, World Council of Churches (WCC) leaders agreed that solidarity is a foundation of a meaningful global response.