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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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South Sudan Council of Churches urges people to adhere to public health guidelines

South Sudan Council of Churches urges people to adhere to public health guidelines

The South Sudan Council of Churches, in a pastoral message on 13 May, acknowledged that COVID-19 is a reality in South Sudan, and urged every citizen to make a personal commitment to fight it. “Our people must for sure understand that basic preventive measures by individuals and communities remain the most powerful tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” reads the message. “Therefore, unless each and every person works hard enough to quickly control the spread of this virus, it is likely to overwhelm us.”

Spiritual resources for uncertain times to be published by the WCC

Spiritual resources for uncertain times to be published by the WCC

As the world lurches through the coronavirus pandemic and its wide-ranging consequences, the World Council of Churches (WCC) will publish sets of resources for individuals, groups and faith communities to grapple spiritually with the new reality and come to terms with its meaning for their lives.

Faith-based organizations call for ceasefire to protect people from COVID-19

Faith-based organizations call for ceasefire to protect people from COVID-19

The Lutheran World Federation and Islamic Relief Worldwide issued on 11 May a call on all parties to lay down arms, institute an immediate ceasefire, and ensure humanitarian access in order to protect people from COVID-19.

Rabbi Mark Dratch reflects on “the larger picture of God's love”

Rabbi Mark Dratch reflects on “the larger picture of God's love”

Rabbi Mark Dratch is the executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America. Below, he reflects on what has inspired him amid the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how we can work together to create a redeemed world.

Religious and human rights leaders urge more relief for North Korea amid COVID-19

Religious and human rights leaders urge more relief for North Korea amid COVID-19

The National Council of Churches (USA) has joined with other humanitarian and human rights organizations in writing the US Congress to urge that obstacles keeping nongovernmental organizations from addressing the “devastating potential for COVID-19’s spread” within the nation of North Korea be removed.

Knowing COVID-19 was on its way, Africa’s churches prepared

Knowing COVID-19 was on its way, Africa’s churches prepared

Africa is of huge concern around the novel coronavirus pandemic for the World Health Organization (WHO), but the continent’s churches have been preparing for the silent and lethal virus for some time.

Webinar to inspire churches’ ministry online during a pandemic

Webinar to inspire churches’ ministry online during a pandemic

A webinar on churches’ ministry online will bring inspiration and knowledge to churches who want to develop their online ministry, discovering how we continue to pray and worship together in times of pandemic.

As COVID-19 leaves millions on brink of starvation, African church leader says hunger is beatable

As COVID-19 leaves millions on brink of starvation, African church leader says hunger is beatable

As the UN warns that the coronavirus pandemic is pushing millions to the brink if starvation in a “widespread famine of biblical proportions,” a senior Christian leader in Africa has emphasised that it is possible to beat hunger, a yoke that enslaves many in the continent.

Conference of European Churches reflects on freedom of religion during COVID-19 pandemic

Conference of European Churches reflects on freedom of religion during COVID-19 pandemic

The Conference of European Churches Thematic Group on Human Rights has reflected on freedom of religion or belief during the fight against COVID-19.

Global faith-based organizations jointly call for gender justice amid COVID-19 response

Global faith-based organizations jointly call for gender justice amid COVID-19 response

In a statement published 23 April, the group “Faith in Beijing,” a collective of religious ac-tors and faith-based networks, called for the world to advocate governments and civil so-ciety for urgent COVID-19-related responses that protect women’s rights and achieve gender equality.