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Christian communicators in Europe are collaborating with PEN International to combat online hate speech, fear and fake news. Read more

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Preaching at Hollywood UMC, the Rev. Dr. Olav Fyske Tveit says the parable of the prodigal son teaches that nobody should be excluded from the faith community. Read more

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The theme for the week of prayer in 2019, "Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue ..." is inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20. Read more

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We face a direct existential threat from climate change this Advent, and our seasonal reflections must turn us toward radical action to stop it, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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The concept of “just transitions” aims to ensure that the burden of adjusting to reduce climate change does not fall on those who contributed least to it, are most vulnerable to it, and have the least resources to deal with it. Read more

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Migrants seeking asylum in the United States are at the heart of this year's Christmas message from the World Council of Churches. Read more


“Populist nationalism” manipulates people’s fears and insecurities about negative impacts of migration on their families, communities and cultural identities to benefit political self-interests and gain electoral advantage, said the consultants. Read more

The Thursdays in Black campaign against gender-based violence is changing hearts and minds one person at a time. Read more

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Women have always been the backbone of the church and have always been in leadership positions, even when not ecclesiastically ordained. Today many speak truth to power in the midst of conflict. Read more

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A new logo highlights the renewal of the World Council of Churches' "Thursdays in Black" campaign protesting rape and violence against women and girls. Read more

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Statement also calls for "an end to impunity in the Holy Land" and expresses solidarity with Christian churches in the Middle East, many of which are in Palestinian areas. Read more

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The World Council of Churches' Report on the April 4 anti-racism rally in Washington, D.C., brings another perspective to the task of eradicating racial prejudice in America. Read more

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Under a theme "Called to Transforming Discipleship," the once-every-10-years conference drew 1,000 participants to contemplate Christian mission and evangelism in today's chaotic world. Read more

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

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

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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? Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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

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