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Telling Unwelcome Truths: True and False Prophecy, Bible study by Pauline Wanjiru Njiru
In the reign of Jehoiakim, King of Judah, in 597 BCE, Babylonians attacked and carried the king and the elite into exile, alongside the articles or sacred utensils from the temple. An utterly humiliating experience like this could hardly be interpreted as being the will of God.
Tribute to the Reverend Protopresbyter Boris Bobrinskoy
The World Council of Churches (WCC) mourns the loss of Protopresbyter Boris Bobrinskoy, one of the best-known Orthodox theologians in France, and pays tribute to a highly appreciated ecumenical companion who deepened in his writings “the silence of the Father, whose mercy is the eternal source of authentic love and true unity."
Statement by the All Africa Conference of Churches on the attack on the cathedral of Makol Chuei in the Diocese of Athooch of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan
Statement by the All Africa Conference of Churches on the attack on the cathedral of Makol Chuei in the Diocese of Athooch of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.
Message from the South Sudan Council of Churches on the killing of three innocent children
Message from the South Sudan Council of Churches on the killing of three little children by an unidentified person in the absence of their parents in Rock City neighborhood in the capital Juba, on 1 August 2020.
Joint Interfaith Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
As a wide coalition of faith-based communities from around the world, we have committed to speaking with one voice that rejects the existential threat to humanity that nuclear weapons pose. We reaffirm that the presence of even one nuclear weapon violates the core principles of our different faith traditions and threatens the unimaginable destruction of everything we hold dear.
WCC interim general secretary letter to the Presbyterian Church of Colombia
Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, WCC interim general secretary letter to the Presbyterian Church of Colombia on the occasion of the 164th anniversary of the church.
Letter to the churches in Lebanon by WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca
It is with great affliction and sorrow that we followed the devastating news of the explosions in the Beirut port on 4 August. On behalf of World Council of Churches fellowship, I want to express my deepest compassion and solidarity to you, to the people of Beirut and all Lebanon.
WCC / ACT Alliance letter to the President of Mozambique
WCC / ACT Alliance letter to the president of Mozambique on the humanitarian impact of violent attacks by armed groups in the northern and central provinces of Cabo Delgado, Manica, Sofala and Nampula Mozambique.
August 15th Joint South-North (North-South) Prayer for Peace & Reunification on the Korean Peninsula 2020
Joint South-North (North-South) Prayer for Peace & Reunification on the Korean Peninsula, August 15th, 2020
WCC interim general secretary condolence letter to Presbyterian Church of East Africa on the passing of Rev. Peter Kaniah Kariuki
WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, sent a condolence letter to the Presbyterian Church of East Africa on the passing of Rev. Peter Kaniah Kariuki
Ανακοινωθέν Ιεράς Συνόδου ένεκα της πρόσφατης απόφασης για μετατροπή σε Μουσουλμανικό τέμενος της Αγίας Σοφίας Κωνσταντινουπόλεως
Communique of the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus
Spread Only the Contagion of Love, Bible study by Jennifer Philpot-Nissen
Tribulation” is certainly an appropriate description for the previously unimaginable scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has affected almost everyone around the world, whether through the direct impacts on our health or the health of our loved ones, the sudden restrictions on all our movements, or the fear of the virus arriving in our lives.
A Declaration for the People’s Korea Peace Agreement
A Declaration for the People’s Korea Peace Agreement was launched on 23 July 2020 at a global Zoom convention initiated by the National Council of Churches in Korea, along with civil organizations.
WCC Statement on Hagia Sophia
Today, despite the appeals of Christian leaders around the world and many members of the international community, including a number of prominent Muslim leaders, the decision to reconvert the Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque was implemented, with Muslim Friday prayers being heard in the ancient building for the first time since the 1930s.
Statement on situations of concern in Nigeria
The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting by video conference on 20-24 July 2020, takes special note of a number of situations of concern that have been brought to its attention in Nigeria. Nigeria is one of the WCC’s priority countries in the context of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, and Africa’s most populous nation, with many diverse communities of faith, and a vibrant church and ecumenical life.
Statement on the crisis in Lebanon
The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting by video conference on 20-24 July 2020, expresses its great concern and apprehension about the current developments in Lebanon.
Minute on Jerusalem Jaffa gate properties case outcome
The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting by video conference on 20-24 July 2020, takes note of the outcome of legal proceedings in the District Court of Jerusalem concerning the Greek Orthodox Church’s ownership of the Jaffa Gate properties.
Moderator's address - WCC executive committee, 20-24 July 2020
Dr Agnes Abuom - "Trends and Developments during the past six months of 2020 and their Impact on Church Life and Communities"
Healing the World: Eight Bible Studies for the Pandemic Era
Collection of eight Bible studies to facilitate our coming to terms—as individuals, groups, and communities of faith—with the loss, fear, and confusion engendered by the pandemic, and the bracing prospect of building the world anew.
Statement on Azerbaijan-Armenia border
The World Council of Churches calls for urgent de-escalation of the confrontation on the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, where renewed fighting since Sunday 12 July has cost the lives of at least 16 people and resulted in destabilization and increased threats of wider conflict.