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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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New report shows critical thinking – and critical clicking – are needed to respond to online hate speech

A new report and resource kit to address hateful content online has been published by WACC Europe, the European region of the World Association for Christian Communication.

WCC moderator to lead plenary at upcoming G20 Interfaith Forum

WCC moderator to lead plenary at upcoming G20 Interfaith Forum

World Council of Churches moderator Dr Agnes Abuom will lead a plenary session on empower-ment of women, youth and vulnerable people being held at the G20 Interfaith Forum on 15 Octo-ber. The online forum will feature hundreds of policymakers, prominent experts and religious leaders speaking over five days in dozens of sessions.

WCC interim general secretary sends greetings to conference on empowering youth for peace

WCC interim general secretary sends greetings to conference on empowering youth for peace

World Council of Churches interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca shared greetings with a conference on “Empowering Youth for Peace through Interreligious cooperation, education and humanitarian action.”

WCC offers Rosh Hashanah greetings to Jewish communities across the globe

WCC offers Rosh Hashanah greetings to Jewish communities across the globe

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 and the forthcoming High Holy Days.“May this be a time of blessing, joy and peace for you,” writes Sauca. “Certainly, this last year has brought a time of extraordinary challenges for us all.”

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

“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.

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

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.

مجلس الكنائس العالمي والمجلس البابوي للحوار بين الأديان يصدران وثيقة عنوانها "خدمة عالم مُثخن بالجراح"

مجلس الكنائس العالمي والمجلس البابوي للحوار بين الأديان يصدران وثيقة عنوانها "خدمة عالم مُثخن بالجراح"

أصدر مجلس الكنائس العالمي والمجلس البابوي للحوار بين الأديان وثيقة مشتركة بعنوان "خدمة عالم مُثخن بالجراح في روح من التضامن بين الأديان: دعوة مسيحية للتدبر والتصرف في خضم مرض كوفيد-19 وما بعده". وتهدف هذه الوثيقة إلى تشجيع الكنائس والمنظمات المسيحية على التدبر في أهمية التضامن بين الأديان في عالم تضربه جائحة كوفيد-19".

“Train the Trainers” offers joyful re-encounter for alumni of Young Adults Training for Religious Amity

“Train the Trainers” offers joyful re-encounter for alumni of Young Adults Training for Religious Amity

More than 30 alumni of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Young Adults Training for Religious Amity programme gathered online over the last two weeks for a unique “Train the Trainers” event to equip former participants with the skills to organise interreligious dialogue and training in their own communities. The training, which brought together former participants from 2014-2019, included four webinars focussed on deepening interreligious awareness as well as developing leadership competencies in facilitation.

Religions for Peace: Hagia Sophia meant to be shared with all the world

Religions for Peace: Hagia Sophia meant to be shared with all the world

In a 24 July statement on Hagia Sophia, Religions for Peace reiterated its commitment to the universality of heritage as something that can create peace and respect for all faiths. “We call for calm, in times when we see the use of religious sentiments and institutions in a manner that is divisive, thus pitting some believers against one another,” reads the statement. “We stand on the side of peace, and of deliberate, intentional, coexistence, particularly as we hear of the voices, and see the actions, of divisiveness and hatred from many quarters.”

Muslim leaders in solidarity with WCC’s urgent calls to keep Hagia Sophia a place of openness

Muslim leaders in solidarity with WCC’s urgent calls to keep Hagia Sophia a place of openness

On 11 July, World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca sent a letter to the Turkish president expressing “grief and dismay,” noting that since 1934, “Hagia Sophia has been a place of openness, encounter and inspiration for people from all nations and religions.” The letter generated widespread reactions from churches and the media—and also from Muslim leaders. Sauca met online with H.E. Judge Mohamad Abdel Salam, general secretary of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity (HCHF), special adviser of the Grand Imam of al Azhar Cheikh Ahmad al Tayeb, and special adviser of the Muslim Council of Elders.