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The term "WCC document" applies to texts of many different types and levels of institutional authority. Many hundreds of such texts are available on our websites.

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Invitation to World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel 2020
“Let us pray together for a lasting peace built on justice and dignity for all,” writes Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, interim general secretary of the World Council of Churches, in this letter to the WCC member churches.
Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility
Under the theme “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility,” people of faith all over the world are encouraged to demonstrate the power of prayer during the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel. This special week of prayer coupled with action is held annually and includes the International Day of Peace on 21 September.
WCC, WCRC, LWF, CWM letter to G20 finance ministers (July 2020)
The World Council of Churches (WCC), World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Council for World Mission (CWM), have followed with profound concern how the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis have continued to destroy lives and livelihood around the world. To date this has resulted in more than half a million deaths, massive unemployment, increase of debts, poverty, and inequality in many parts of the world.
Το Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Εκκλησιών για την Αγία Σοφία
Σήμερα, Σάββατο 11 Ιουλίου 2020, μετά από έντονο προβληματισμό και συντονισμένες προσπάθειες μακριά από το φως της δημοσιότητας, το Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Εκκλησιών αποφάσισε να απευθυνθεί στον Ρετζέπ Ταγίπ Ερντογάν, Πρόεδρο της Δημοκρατίας της Τουρκίας, με επιστολή του Γενικού Γραμματέα του.
WCC letter to President Erdogan to keep Hagia Sophia as the shared heritage of humanity
Geneva, 11 July, 2020: In a letter to H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof Dr Ioan Sauca is expressing his fervent hope and prayer that Hagia Sophia will not become once again a focus of confrontation and conflict, but will be restored to the emblematic unifying role that it has served since 1934. Read the full letter:
"Voices of Faith at the United Nations"
In a historical overview of the relationship between the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the United Nations, this WCC publication explores why the shared purposes of the organizations are needed now more than ever.
Communiqué of the Executive Committee meeting of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC
Communiqué of the Executive Committee meeting of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches, 6 July 2020
Joint statement of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights (GIF) to the Human Rights Council 44th Session
Human Rights Council 44th Session (30 June-17 July 2020) - Joint statement submitted by the World Council of Churches on behalf of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights (GIF). "States must protect human rights in the wake of Covid-19 and the climate crisis"
From the Old Jerusalem to the New: Lamentations to Blessings, Bible study by Annika Mathews
From the Old Jerusalem to the New: Lamentations to Blessings, Bible study in times of COVID-19 by Annika Mathews
UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld address to WCC 2nd Assembly, Evanston 1954
The address entitled “An instrument of faith,” by Dag Hammarskjöld, the second UN secretary-general, was delivered during the 2nd Assembly of the World Council of Churches, in Evanston, Illinois (USA) on 20 August 1954.
Ecumenical Statement on the Planned Annexation of Occupied Palestinian Territory
Ecumenical Statement on the Planned Annexation of Occupied Palestinian Territory
Joint Ecumenical Peace Message on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War
Joint Ecumenical Peace Message on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, 25 June 2020
Vamos Caminando - aportes latinoamericanos a la Peregrinación de Justicia y Paz
This is the regional publication from Latin America, a part of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace series.
NCCK resource booklet for the National Reconciliation Week
As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of Korean War and pray for the nation’s reconciliation, peace and co-existence, we share a sermon, a prayer, a testimony and a solidarity message that you may use as good worship resources for the National Reconciliation Week. Please use them for Sunday worship, Wednesday gatherings and bible study meetings during the National Reconciliation Week.
From the heart - conversations with God online, and offline. A reflection by Marianne Ejdersten, Director of Communications for the World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland
The year 2020 is one etched forever in our memories. The unimaginable happened when a virus seized the world. Vulnerability became the norm and fiction became reality. Overnight life became more precious for all of us, the world’s billions. Normality took a break; frustration set in. Everything we took for granted went on hold. Society closed; offices shut; schools halted; churches sealed their doors; the hemorrhaging of money accelerated from the public purse. Anxiety and the grip of fear cripple as the most vulnerable face worsening exposure. The pandemic is hitting the world hard. So, being a church in a time of vulnerability has huge relevance. As a present church, God’s presence in the world precedes all. It is in God that we live, feel, and exist. The mission of the church is to provide space for that presence at all of life’s stages.
WCC statement on developments of Korean peninsula
WCC statement on developments of Korean peninsula
The heart’s conversation with God online - A reflection by Marianne Ejdersten
The heart’s conversation with God online - A reflection by Marianne Ejdersten, director of Communications for the World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland. The article published in the Norwegian Magazine for pastors in June, 2020.
Hjärtats samtal med Gud på nätet En reflektion
Hjärtats samtal med Gud på nätet En reflektion av Marianne Ejdersten, kommunikationsdirektör för Kyrkornas Världsråd, Geneve, Schweiz
Facing the Red Sea: Overcoming Fear by Using Your Gifts, Bible study by Joy Eva Bohol
Facing the Red Sea: Overcoming Fear by Using Your Gifts, Bible study in times of Covid-19 by Joy Eva Bohol
IYD 2020 Toolkit
On 12 August, the World Council of Churches (WCC) will celebrate Ecumenical International Youth Day with the theme “Young People and Mental Health.” A worship celebration with expert speakers, music, prayer and Bible studies is being planned, and a “toolkit” is being released before the event to help WCC member churches provide a safe space for youth to strengthen their mental health.