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Strengthening inter-religious trust and respect

The WCC attempts to strengthen inter-religious trust and respect through bilateral and multilateral dialogues, regional and cross-cultural encounters on topics like religion and violence, perceptions of "the other", and the search for identity in pluralistic societies.

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Letter from the WCC Interim General Secretary for the Jewish New Year/RoshHashanah 2020

World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca sent joyful greetings to Jewish friends and colleagues across the world on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah 2020 and the forthcoming High Holy Days.

“Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity: A Christian Call to Reflection and Action During COVID-19 and Beyond”

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) 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. The document offers a Christian basis for interreligious solidarity that can inspire and confirm the impulse to serve a world wounded not only by COVID-19 but also by many other wounds.

2020 Eid Greeting

On behalf of the World Council of Churches (WCC), WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca sent warm greetings to all Muslims around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

Letter of the WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca - Vesak 2020

In a letter to Buddhist friends, World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca sent cordial greetings of peace and joy for Vesak.

WCC General Secretary welcoming remarks at the Current Dialogue launch

A special event on 7 February in Geneva marked the launch of the World Council of Churches periodical on interreligious relations Current Dialogue as an academic journal for researchers, students, interfaith practitioners, and all those interested in the study of religions. Current Dialogue thereby becomes the third WCC academic journal to be produced by publishers Wiley, alongside The Ecumenical Review and International Review of Mission.

YATRA 2020- Application Form

Applications are now open for YATRA (Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity), an interreligious training programme launched by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 2014 following its 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea. The choice of name for the programme is intended to reflect the idea of a pilgrimage of justice and peace. YATRA is a common term for the word "pilgrimage" in many Indo-Asian religions and languages. The YATRA programme is an intensive training course to equip young Christians from Asia, between the ages of 20 to 35, to build up communities of harmony and hope from an interreligious perspective.

Young Adults Training for Religious Amity - 2020

Applications are now open for YATRA (Young AdultsTraining for Religious Amity), an interreligious training programme launched by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 2014 following its 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea. The choice of name for the programme is intended to reflect the idea of a pilgrimage of justice and peace. YATRA is a common term for the word "pilgrimage" in many Indo-Asian religions and languages. The YATRA programme is an intensive training course to equip young Christians between the ages of 20 to 35, to build up communities of harmony and hope from an interreligious perspective.

Greetings from the WCC general secretary on the occasion of Diwali

As the Hindu community celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered greetings on behalf of the global fellowship.

Greetings to members of the Jewish community on Rosh Hashanah 2019

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed warm greetings to members of the Jewish community on the festival of Rosh Hashanah 2019

Witnessing Together in Solidarity and Respect for the Human Dignity

This year, WCC addresses racism as the thematic focus of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP)- this is expressed in the design of pilgrim team visits, the WCC commitment to human rights; work on migration, racial discrimination and statelessness; work with Indigenous Peoples; and cooperation with the United Nations.