WCC approves two statements on Racism and Reconciliation with Indigenous People

 — Sept. 30, 202230 sept. 2022

The World Council of Churches Central Committee approved the release of two statements proposed at the recent Karlsruhe Assembly that had not been completed during the Assembly. In the introduction to the first statement, “Statement on Confronting Racism and Xenophobia, Overcoming Discrimination, Ensuring Belonging”, the WCC stated simply that, “(t)he World Council of Churches, at its 11th assembly, in Karlsruhe, Germany, abhors the perpetuation of all forms of racism, xenophobia and related discriminations against humanity and the pervasive suffering it causes.”

The second statement, titled “Statement on Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples”, acknowledges that “Indigenous Peoples are created with God-given identities that are beautiful. God was present in their lands and among their peoples before colonizers arrived. When Christians brought the Bible, Indigenous People recognized the voice of their Creator in Jesus’ teachings. They did not hear a call to reject their identities.”

The statements can be viewed in their entirety at the links below:

Statement on Confronting Racism and Xenophobia, Overcoming Discrimination, Ensuring Belonging – www.oikoumene.org/resources/documents/statement-on-confronting-racism-and-xenophobia-overcoming-discrimination-ensuring-belonging

Statement on Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples – www.oikoumene.org/resources/documents/statement-on-reconciliation-with-indigenous-peoples

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Jordan's King Abdullah II

Church leaders commend Jordanian king for speaking up for Christians at UN assembly

 — Sept. 29, 202229 sept. 2022

Patriarchs and heads of Churches in Jerusalem have expressed their gratitude to Jordan’s King Abdullah II for telling the UN General Assembly about Christians in Jerusalem and his promise to help preserve the city’s Christian identity.

The Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant leaders in a statement said they “express our utmost gratitude and appreciation” to the king “for his true and honest description of the Christian reality” in the Holy Land, especially in Jerusalem and said they applauded him for his “public commitment to protect our communities’ historical and legal status quo, thus preserving our safety and future”.
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Pope Francis speaks to young people in Assisi

Pope calls for the ‘courage’ to ‘abandon fossil fuels’

 — Sept. 26, 202226 sept. 2022

Pope Francis has told young economists, entrepreneurs and university researchers that the world’s development model must be seriously questioned and reformed without delay.

The pope made his appeal this past Saturday in Assisi before a thousand young adults from around the world who were gathered in Assisi for a three-day meeting titled “The Economy of Francesco”, which explored ways to create sustainable and ecologically viable development.
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People take part in the annual Belgian LGBT Pride Parade in central Brussels

Catholic bishops in Belgium authorize prayer for committed same-sex couples

 — Sept. 20, 202220 sept. 2022

The Flemish-speaking bishops of Belgium have appointed a contact person for ministry to and with gay Catholics and have authorized prayer for committed gay couples on the condition it is clear that it is not equivalent to a wedding blessing.

The document, “Being pastorally close to homosexual persons: For a welcoming church that excludes no one,” was dated Sept. 20 and posted on the website of the Belgian bishops.
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A teepee stands in front of Parliament in Ottawa

Vatican statement on Doctrine of Discovery imminent

 — Sept. 16, 202216 sept. 2022

A date for a new papal statement on the Doctrine of Discovery, promised by Pope Francis on his way home from Canada to Rome, has not been announced. But whenever it happens it will address core concerns of Indigenous people in Canada and in many other parts of the world.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is working with Vatican officials in Rome on the wording for a new statement rejecting an entire tradition of legal reasoning, said CCCB spokesperson Jonathan Lesarge.
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Closing business plenary at the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, held in Karlsruhe, Germany from 31 August to 8 September, under the theme 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

WCC elects executive committee

 — Sept. 9, 20229 sept. 2022

The World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee elected the WCC executive committee on 8 September during the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe.

The central committee elects 20 of its members to serve as the WCC executive committee of the WCC, along with the leadership of the central committee, which includes the moderator, two vice-moderators, and the WCC general secretary, as well as the moderators of its programme and finance committees.
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Outgoing WCC central committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom speaks at the closing press conference at the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, held in Karlsruhe, Germany from 31 August to 8 September, under the theme 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

“Commitment to the search for unity” cornerstone of WCC, stressed at closing assembly press conference

 — Sept. 9, 20229 sept. 2022

“For the first time in a long while, this 11th assembly provided safe spaces for serious engagement, reflections, prayer, challenging one another, [and] encounters.” said Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee. She spoke of her take-aways from the WCC assembly, including the “commitment to the search for unity – common vision and understanding,” which she referred to as the cornerstone of the WCC.
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Pope Francis wearing a headdress presented to him by Chief Wilton Littlechild at Maskwacis First Nation during the pope's pilgrimage of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

Memory, Healing, Reconciliation: Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to Canada

 — Sept. 9, 20229 sept. 2022

The ITA plane with Pope Francis, his entourage and accredited journalists on board took off at 9:16 a.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2022, from Fiumicino Airport, heading for Edmonton Airport, where it landed around 11:20 a.m. Thus began Pope Francis’ trip to Canada, the second largest country in the world, about 10 million square kilometers in size but inhabited by only 38 million people.
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Participants in the WCC's Indigenous Peoples' Pre-Assembly gathered for an informal time of prayer on the first evening of their gathering

The WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany, August 31-September 8

 — Sept. 9, 20229 sept. 2022

The World Council of Churches held its 11th Assembly in the German city of Karlsruhe with the theme “Christ’s Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity.” Over 3,750 participants from all Christian traditions and almost every country around the world came together for 9 days of prayer, reflection, discussion, and decision. The following news articles trace the Assembly from the gatherings of the pre-Assembly to the final plenary and the gathering of the new Central Committee. The principle texts of the Assembly are also included further below.
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Bishop Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria was moderator of the WCC Assembly thematic plenary on Christian unity. On September 8, he was elected as Moderator of the WCC Central Committee for the period until the next Assembly

Bishop Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm elected as WCC moderator: “we are one church in this global world”

 — Sept. 8, 20228 sept. 2022

The World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee has elected Bishop Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria as its new moderator.

The central committee also elected two vice moderators, Rev. Merlyn Hyde Riley, Jamaica Baptist Union; and H.E. Archbishop Dr Vicken Aykazian, Armenian Apostolic Church, Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

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