WCC Executive Committee releases statement on Armenian genocide
“Denial, impunity and the failure to remember such events encourage their repetition.” This warning was issued by the WCC Executive Committee in a public issues statement on the Armenian genocide of the early 20th century. Meeting in Armenia from 7 to 12 June at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, home to the Armenian Apostolic Church, the 20-member committee paid its respects to this year’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.
Churches urge action, not just thought, as Canada begins painful walk toward reconciliation
In the wake of the release of a summary report by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, member churches in Canada belonging to the WCC are beginning what they acknowledge will be a painful pilgrimage toward recognizing the mistreatment of their country’s indigenous peoples and ensuring such abuse will not happen again.
WCC leaders meet President Serzh Sargsyan
On Wednesday 10 June, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan formally received a delegation led by Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, who introduced the visiting leadership of the WCC Central Committee: Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, Metropolitan Dr Gennadios of Sassima and Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, vice-moderators, and the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
Young ecumenical leaders examine religion and violence in Asia
Young ecumenical leaders from Asia have met in Siam Reap, Cambodia to examine how religious traditions can offer resources to overcome religious violence in a changing Asian context.
Armenian genocide of 1915 commemorated by WCC Executive Committee
“The member churches of the World Council of Churches have pledged themselves to stand against all genocides, wherever they happen,” said the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the council (WCC), on the morning of 10 June after a solemn service of remembrance at the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum overlooking the capital city of Yerevan. The service took place in the context of the one-hundredth anniversary of an era of great suffering following mass arrests, executions and deportation of Armenians beginning on 24 April 1915.
Reformation anniversary in 2017 is next stop for Kirchentag “on the move”
Germany’s biggest Protestant convention, the Kirchentag, ended in Stuttgart with an open-air service and an invitation to the next gathering in 2017, a year that marks 500 years since the Reformation unleashed by Martin Luther.
South Sudan Council of Churches backed by WCC in peace bid for war-torn country
The WCC Executive Committee discussed at their meeting 8-12 June, in Armenia, the alarming situation in South Sudan where people continue to be killed, raped, displaced and tortured. The humanitarian situation is reported to be deteriorating.
Voices from the Christian Conference of Asia Assembly
More than 400 representatives of member churches and partner bodies from 28 countries in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, headed home on 27 May from an exciting week in Jakarta, Indonesia after attending the Christian Conference of Asia’s (CCA) 14th General Assembly.
Pilgrims on the move towards COP21 and climate justice
As organizations worldwide intensify their work on issues of climate justice, and the clock is ticking for new climate commitments to take shape, members of the WCC Working Group on Climate Change have gathered for a four-day meeting to strategize for effective climate justice action and for strong participation of faith-based initiatives at COP21.
WCC Executive Committee gathers in Armenia to map the ecumenical pilgrimage
Introducing 2015 as “a sacred year in the life of our people and our land,” Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, welcomed the 20-member WCC Executive Committee to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin at the start of their semi-annual meeting that is taking place from 8 to 12 June.
Panel explores meaning of dialogue with Judaism for Christian identity
Dialogue with Judaism challenges Christians to think more deeply about their own identity and faith, according to panelists at a forum during the German Protestant Kirchentag, a church convention that brought almost 100,000 people to the city of Stuttgart.
WCC congratulates president-elect of the World Association for Christian Communication
The WCC general secretary has expressed his strong appreciation of the recent election of Rev. Dr Samuel W. Meschak as president of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC).
WCC mourns the loss of Anglican ecumenist Kodwo E. Ankrah
In a letter of consolation to the family and friends of Canon Kodwo E. Ankrah of the Church of the Province of Uganda, the WCC general secretary has expressed sympathy following the death on 29 May of “this great Pan-Africanist and ecumenist.”
WCC general secretary urges a “spirituality of justice and peace”
Christians need a “spirituality of resistance” to face oppression, violence and experiences of defeat, the WCC general secretary said in an address at Germany’s biggest Protestant gathering.
Humanity needs to tend the garden of creation, says WCC leader
Humanity cannot ignore its responsibility for creation, the WCC general secretary, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has stated in Stuttgart during the German Protestant Kirchentag.
Building an interfaith community
27 July – 14 August 2015Bossey, Switzerland
“What can we, as people of faith, do to respond and to overcome the pressing challenges of our time, such as violence and conflict, and build together mutually accountable societies based on respect and cooperation?” This is the question up to 30 young Christians, Muslims and Jews from around the world are to explore during a summer seminar at the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Institute in Bossey.