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World Council of Churches leaders begin a year-long 70th anniversary observance with an extended visit with Christians in China. more

Jan 11, 2018 12:10 PM Global Nature

WCC Week of Prayer

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The annual observance seeking unity among the world's Christians is sponsored by the World Council of Churches. more

Jan 4, 2018 1:11 PM Global Nature

Zimbabwe Churches Exec

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The heads of churches call for prayer, peace, respect for human dignity, a transitional government of national unity, and national dialogue in a spirit of reconciliation. more

Nov 16, 2017 5:45 PM Global Nature

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The interfaith climate statement, "Walk on Earth Gently," calls for more ambitious climate actions include changes in personal lifestyles and institutional consumption. more

Nov 9, 2017 2:40 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Kenya Crisis WCC

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Church leaders warn that Kenya is on brink of disaster unless political leaders embrace dialogue to solve immediate challenges in the east African country. more

Oct 26, 2017 1:29 PM Global Nature

Thursdays in Black

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Members of a World Council of Churches group meeting in Romania join the global "Thursdays in Black" campaign against gender-based violence. more

Oct 12, 2017 4:43 PM Advocating Justice

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Two ecumenical Christian organizations issue a joint statement lamenting the mass shooting Oct. 1 at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. more

Oct 2, 2017 5:06 PM Advocating Justice

Horn of Africa

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As the leaders of the G20 economies gathered, the World Council of Churches, the ACT Alliance, and the All Africa Council of Churches called for those nations to lead a campaign against hunger and war in the Horn of Africa. more

Jul 6, 2017 4:25 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

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Speaking at a World Council of Churches' consultation on 50 years of occupation of Palestinian lands, religious leaders say that politics has failed and churches are the only hope for bringing peace to the Middle East. more

Jun 21, 2017 7:53 PM 1 Comments

WCC Climate Activists

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Messages from churches around the world indicate continued commitment to working toward climate justice, reports the World Council of Churches. more

Jun 8, 2017 3:04 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Christians are invited to pray on Sunday, May 21 for the resources and motivation to end global famine, says the Rev. Olav Fyske Tveit, top executive of the World Council of Churches. more

May 19, 2017 12:03 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Jerusalem Palm Sunday

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Christian leaders in the Middle East proclaim that the world's suffering and death are not final, thanks to Christ's Resurrection on Easter. more

Apr 13, 2017 12:32 PM Practicing Faith

The collaborative blog UM & Global recommends a series of webinars on evangelism today, produced by the World Council of Churches. more

Apr 6, 2017 7:46 AM Local Church

Olav Discriminate

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The Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit asked pointed questions about religion's role in prejudice against people worldwide during a scholarly forum in Norway recently. more

Feb 16, 2017 2:57 PM Advocating Justice

Lancaster Protest

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Bishops, academics and other religious leaders continue to issue sharp criticisms of President Donald Trump's executive orders as detrimental to believers, society and scholarship. more

Feb 6, 2017 6:24 PM Advocating Justice


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United Methodist missions staff and World Council of Churches representatives met recently in the agency's new Atlanta headquarters to beginning planning for a 2018 global conference on mission in the 21st century. more

Jan 20, 2017 10:28 AM Global Nature

Ecumenical prayer

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Reconciliation is the theme for this year's observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity held annually Jan. 18-25. more

Jan 12, 2017 2:58 PM Global Nature

A global conference involving representatives of the world's religions issues a new declaration of human rights in observance of the 50th anniversary of a similar statement by the United Nations. more

Sep 29, 2016 3:07 PM Advocating Justice

Olav and Francis

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As conflicts continue to convulse many societies, religious leaders gathered around the International Day of Prayer for Peace to discuss how to bring peace in the world. more

Sep 29, 2016 1:35 PM Advocating Justice

Peace Prayer Dove

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The annual observance of the World Council of Churches focuses this year on Mideast peace efforts and peace between humans and God's creation. more

Sep 8, 2016 7:19 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Stop the killings

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Several civil society organizations in the Philippines, including some backed by the United Methodist Church there, have brought extrajudicial killings and other government abuses to a special United Nations committee. more

Jun 22, 2017 1:07 PM , , , Advocating Justice

Almost 40 years after AIDS was identified, people around the world living with HIV still endure assaults on their basic human rights, from discrimination to denial of legal protection and even medical care, a World Council of Churches' study finds. more

Mar 17, 2016 3:11 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

WCC Water Teaser

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The World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Water Network is sponsoring a contest for amateur photographers to share photos on the importance of water in their lives as part of the WCC's water justice campaign. more

Mar 10, 2016 4:36 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Common Good WCC

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In an age of religious pluralism and of religious justification of all manner of atrocities, how do religious communities contribute authentically to the public good? more

Feb 19, 2016 9:28 AM In the World

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Participants in a recent conference on the refugee crisis in Europe, hosted by the WCC, said they felt energized by the reports from a multitude of activities undertaken by churches from Lebanon to Finland through Serbia, Greece and Germany. more

Feb 19, 2016 9:28 AM Advocating Justice

WCC Street Preacher

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The World Council of Churches seeks to help its members, including The United Methodist Church, learn how to reach out more effectively to people in today's secularized contexts. more

Feb 19, 2016 9:28 AM Global Nature

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Global church leaders have welcomed the landmark Paris climate agreement for taking into account the immediate needs of poor countries most severely affected by extreme weather. more

Dec 18, 2015 8:00 AM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Church leaders in the United States, Cuba and the World Council of Churches urge normalizing U.S.-Cuban relations in a joint statement. more

Apr 13, 2015 12:03 PM Global Nature