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The WCC supports churches' networking and advocacy with uprooted people, and their efforts to explore the links between migration, racism and interfaith relations.

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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.

Unity in church-based advocacy for migrants contributes to the EU Migration Pact

Unity in church-based advocacy for migrants contributes to the EU Migration Pact

In a video interview, Dr Torsten Moritz, general secretary of the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe, gives a short analysis of the new EU Migration Pact, and how faith-based organizations are working to change unbearable conditions for thousands of migrants and refugees. The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe is helping to lead a dialogue between global religious groups and the European Commission offices in Brussels.

Ecumenical statement on migration received by European Commission

Ecumenical statement on migration received by European Commission

The advocacy statement of ecumenical organisations responding to the new EU Migrant Pact and the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe was received 25 September in the European Commission offices in Brussels. The statement was addressed to Vangelis Demiris, cabinet member of the vice president of the commission Margaritis Schinas, who is coordinating the commission’s work on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen, general secretary of the Conference of European Churches, and Dr Torsten Moritz, general secretary of the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe, delivered the statement to Demiris, who is responsible for the dialogue with the churches and faith-based organisations.

Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”

Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”

A dozen global and regional religious organizations released an advocacy statement on the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe that defines their calling as Christians to “welcome the stranger,” and urges the creation of a world in which “we become human together.”

Christian organizations representing 2 billion people call for more compassionate EU migration policy

Christian organizations representing 2 billion people call for more compassionate EU migration policy

Christian organizations representing 2 billion people—about one-third of the world's population—have released a statement on the dire situation of migrants and refugees in Europe, and they are demanding a more compassionate approach.

Archbishop of Athens and All Greece: “Welcoming the stranger is an integral part of Christian heritage”

Archbishop of Athens and All Greece: “Welcoming the stranger is an integral part of Christian heritage”

Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece offers reflections from an Orthodox perspective on the current plight of refugees, both in Greece and beyond, and how churches can help with both relief efforts and long-term wellbeing.

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

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.

Meet Sea-Watch 4: vessel of hope, instrument of peace

Meet Sea-Watch 4: vessel of hope, instrument of peace

The rescue ship Sea-Watch 4, purchased by a crowdfund led by the Evangelical Church in Germany, is ready to start operating in the Mediterranean Sea to help migrants attempting to reach Europe from North Africa.

Christian communicators create fund to support lifesaving community media

Christian communicators create fund to support lifesaving community media

The World Association for Christian Communication is creating a rapid response fund to help support grassroots community media outlets that provide accurate, trusted coronavirus-related information to vulnerable people who often cannot access mainstream media. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to contribute to the fund.

الكنائس تستعد لمساعدة اللاجئين خلال جائحة كوفيد-19

الكنائس تستعد لمساعدة اللاجئين خلال جائحة كوفيد-19

من الصعب أن نمكث في منازلنا قيد الحجر خلال جائحة كوفيد-19 وأن نشاهد عدد المصابين والموتى بسبب فيروس كورونا المستجد في تزايد مستمر. ولكن دعونا نفكر في اللاجئين والنازحين في العالم.