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

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'

“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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Posted: Sept. 9, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12477
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: Christian unity, WCC, WCC Assembly
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Bishop Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm elected as WCC moderator: “we are one church in this global world”

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

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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Posted: Sept. 8, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12489
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, WCC, WCC Assembly, WCC Central Committee
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“Living Planet” statement from WCC 11th Assembly seeks a just and sustainable global community

Activists demand attention to the climate crisis during a protest at the World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Assembly's theme is 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

A statement from the World Council of Churches 11th Assembly, “The Living Planet: seeking a just and sustainable global community,” raises an increasingly urgent voice of concern and demand for action.

“We are all interdependent in God’s whole creation,” notes the statement’s introduction. “We are running out of time.”

We must repent from our continuing human selfishness, the statement urges. “Christ’s love calls us to deep solidarity and a quest for justice for those who have contributed to this emergency the least, yet suffer the most, physically, existentially, and ecologically,” reads the statement.
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Posted: Sept. 8, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12475
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: climate change, ecology, environment, WCC, WCC Assembly
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WCC statement on war in Ukraine deplores “illegal and unjustifiable” invasion, renews calls for ceasefire

Supporters of Ukraine demonstrate outside the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, held in Karlsruhe, Germany.  The Assembly's theme is 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

A statement from the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly, “War in Ukraine, Peace and Justice in the European Region,” denounces “the illegal and unjustifiable” Russian invasion of Ukraine and renews the call for a ceasefire as well as the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops.

“We appeal to all sides in the conflict to respect the principles of international humanitarian law, including especially with regard to the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, and for the humane treatment of prisoners of war,” the statement reads.
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Posted: Sept. 8, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12473
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: peace, Ukraine, WCC, WCC Assembly
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WCC statement urges active engagement in dialogue to bring lasting peace and security for all in the Middle East

Members of the choir sing during a service of Oriental Orthodox evening prayer at the World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany. The assembly takes place August 31 to September 8 under the theme 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

The World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly says it is hearing the pleas of the heads of churches in the Holy Land more than ever before in relation to mounting intimidation, violations, limiting access to places of worship, and attacks by radicals.

In a statement from the assembly, the WCC noted that authorities are squeezing the Christian presence in Jerusalem, threatening the Status Quo and the multi-religious and multi-cultural identity of the city, along with displacing Palestinians.
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Posted: Sept. 8, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12471
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: Middle East, Palestine, peace, WCC, WCC Assembly
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WCC assembly statement calls for global ceasefire, renewed commitment to peace

Young people hold signs during the morning prayer service at the World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Assembly's theme is 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

Recognizing the deep need for, “renewed dialogue within the ecumenical movement,” the WCC 11th Assembly released a statement “strongly affirming the commitment of the WCC and its member churches to peacemaking through inter-religious dialogue and cooperation at all levels,” and calling for a global ceasefire in all armed conflicts around the world.
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Posted: Sept. 8, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12504
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
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WCC 11th Assembly shares message: “A Call to Act Together”

Assembly delegates vote to approve a list of new Central Committee members during a business plenary session 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'

All are called by Christ’s love to repentance, reconciliation, and justice in the face of war, inequality, and sins against creation, delegates at the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Karlsruhe, Germany, have stated in a message issued on 8 September.

“We will find a strength to act from a unity founded in Christ’s love, for it enables us to learn the things that make for peace, to transform division into reconciliation, and to work for the healing of our living planet,” delegates stated in their message, titled “A Call to Act Together.”
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Posted: Sept. 8, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12502
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
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WCC assembly proposes “A Pilgrimage of Justice, Reconciliation and Unity”

Children enjoy play time in 'Domino World' at St. John's Church in Karlsruhe during the World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly. The assembly takes place August 31 to September 8 under the theme 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

In a report released 7 September, the World Council of Churches (WCC) assembly proposed inviting member churches and ecumenical partners to commit to working together as a fellowship in “A Pilgrimage of Justice, Reconciliation, and Unity,” as a way to go even further on the “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace” initiated at the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan.

“The beginning of our work has relationship building at its heart, but we want to go even further and revive a sense that the fellowship is a movement, even a prophetic movement,” reads the report. “We do not want to lose the sense that we are ‘moving’ and that we are on a journey of justice and peace, prepared to struggle for them.”
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Posted: Sept. 7, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12499
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
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COVID-19 pandemic impacted income and ways of working at the WCC

Assembly delegates gather for a business plenary session 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'

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 resulted in reduced income for the World Council of Churches (WCC) and led to an adaptation in ways of working, the 11th Assembly of the WCC has heard.

The WCC assembly presented its report during the 31 August to 8 September Assembly hosted in the German city of Karlsruhe.

“When the assembly met in Busan in 2013, in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, there was concern over both the decreasing levels of income, and the loans taken to refinance the pension fund,” the report said.
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Posted: Sept. 7, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12497
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
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Press conference offers array of voices on unity as “fundamental mission that Jesus gave to us”

A press conference was addressed by Archbishop Justin Welby of the Church of England; Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity; Metropolitan Job of Psidia of the Ecumenical Patriarchate; and Rev. Prof. Dr Sandra Beardsall, member of the WCC Faith and Order Commission

At a World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly press conference held 7 September, Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox voices joined a WCC Faith and Order member to explore the meaning of Christian unity.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told journalists that ecumenical unity begins with the nature of one God omnipotent.

Welby, the Church of England leader, shared a platform with Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; Metropolitan Job of Pisidia, the permanent representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the WCC; and Rev. Prof Dr Sandra Beardsall, member of the WCC Faith and Order Commission.
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Posted: Sept. 7, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12495
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: Justin Welby, WCC, WCC Assembly, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Archbishop of Canterbury: “In this time of world crisis, Christians are to be a community of peace”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby addressed the WCC Assembly during the thematic plenary on Christian unity

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby addressed the World Council of Churches 11th Assembly on 7 September.

The archbishop spoke of how the theme of the WCC assembly—“Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity”—resonates with the theme of the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops, held in August under the theme “God’s Church for God’s World.”
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Posted: Sept. 7, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12493
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, WCC, WCC Assembly
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Plenary challenges WCC to embrace unity through youth, reconciliation, and love of one another

A panel of speakers for the thematic plenary on ’Christian Unity and the Churches’ Common Witness’ 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'. L-R: Bran Friesen of the World Christian Student Federation; Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity; Metropolitan Job of Psidia, Ecumenical Patriarchate; plenary moderator Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, presiding bishop of the Evangelische Kirche in Bavaria; Canon Dr Rosemary Muthoni Mbogo of the Anglican Church of Kenya; Rev. Prof. Dr. Jooseop Keum from the Council on World Mission; and Lani Mireya Anaya Jiménez of the Methodist Church of Mexico

Speakers during a World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly plenary under the theme “Christian unity and the churches’ common witness” on 7 September reflected on unity, mission, and reconciliation in the fellowship and ecumenical movement. The plenary theme included conversation on accomplishments and challenges to Christian unity and mission since the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, and mutual accountability and witness to the love of Christ in a changing landscape and looking forward.
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Posted: Sept. 7, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12491
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: Christian unity, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, WCC, WCC Assembly
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Message from the WCC Indigenous Peoples Pre-Assembly

Participants in the WCC's Indigenous Peoples' Pre-Assembly gathered for an informal time of prayer on the first evening of their gathering

Message from the WCC Indigenous Peoples Pre-Assembly 28-30 August 2022 We were welcomed to this land in song, scripture, and ceremony by the Sami people and members of the Ecumenical Indigenous Peoples Network. We acknowledge the Sami of Norway, Sweden, Finland and parts of Russia and the Inuit of Greenland as Indigenous peoples of Europe.
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Posted: Sept. 7, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12438
Categories: Conferences, NewsIn this article: Indigenous peoples, WCC, WCC Assembly
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WCC 11th Assembly elects new central committee

Assembly delegates vote to approve a list of new Central Committee members during a business plenary session 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'

The World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly elected its 150-person central committee on 6 September during a session at its proceedings in Karlsruhe, Germany. The WCC central committee serves as the main decision-making body of the WCC between assemblies.

The new 150-person central committee is comprised of 41% women, 59% men, 13% youth, 13% Indigenous persons, 3% persons with disabilities, 29 percent laypeople and 71 percent ordained.
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Posted: Sept. 6, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12453
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly, WCC Central Committee
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At press conference, ecumenical leaders advance agenda of the earth, persons with disabilities, and gender justice

Addressing a press conference on 'Affirming Justic and Human Dignity' - Rev. Dr Henriette Hutabarat-Lebang of the Toraja Church (Indonesia), chair of the Advisory Board of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) and newly elected World Council of Churches president for the Asia region; Rev. Dr Karen Georgia Thompson, Delegate of the United Church of Christ; Rev. Dr Gordon Cowans, Regional Coordinator for WCC EDAN Caribbean. The press conference was held during the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches with the theme 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

At a press conference held on 6 September as part of the ongoing World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany, global ecumenical leaders spoke about the needed response from churches regarding gender justice, persons with disabilities, and the rights of the earth.

Rev. Dr Karen Georgia Thompson, associate general minister and vice president for Wider Church Ministries and Operations of the United Church of Christ (USA) brought attention to and raised awareness of gender justice challenges and issues that must be prioritized in the fellowship of churches and on a global level. According to her, the “quest for gender justice must include identifying challenges facing women, global advocacy, and women’s empowerment.”
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Posted: Sept. 6, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12449
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
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Break barriers, demand change, be different: clarion calls to the WCC 11th Assembly

Fadi El Halabi (in wheelchair) and Karen Abou Nader perform a dance of joy during a thematic plenary focused on ’Affirming Justice and Human Dignity’, 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.' Fadi El Halabi is a psychotherapist and the regional coordinator for the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network and an ambassador of joy and hope from Lebanon. Karen Abou Nader is an international dancer and choreographer, and an ambassador of joy and hope from Lebanon

Witnessing a spectacular display of movement and grace through para-dance, the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly was challenged to boldly proclaim the truth about injustices, show a commitment to transformation, and be agents of reconciliation by recognizing complicity.

Rev. Dr Henriette Hutabarat-Lebang, delegate from the Toraja Church, was part of 5 September’s thematic plenary focusing on the intersection of human dignity and justice through the lens of gender, disability, race, and youth.
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Posted: Sept. 6, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12447
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
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International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations greets WCC assembly focusing on repentance, forgiveness

Rabbi Dr David Fox Sandmel, Chair of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations shares greetings to 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'

The International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations told the World Council of Churches 11th Assembly that its meeting in Karlsruhe coincides with the Hebrew repentance month of Elu.

Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, chair of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, sent greetings to the 31 August to 8 September assembly, meeting in the southern German city with the theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”
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Posted: Sept. 6, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12444
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: Judaism, WCC, WCC Assembly
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WCC 11th Assembly elects eight new presidents

Moment of prayer for the newly elected WCC presidents takes place 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'

The World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly elected eight new presidents, six regional and two from Orthodox churches, in a vote on 5 September with 574 delegates present.

At the start of the day’s plenary session in Karlsruhe, WCC moderator Dr Agnes Abuom said, “We will present eight WCC presidents for election. We will also take action on the recommendations of the nominations committee.”

According to the WCC Constitution the role of the WCC presidents is to promote ecumenism and interpret the work of the WCC, especially in their respective regions. The presidents are ex-officio members of WCC central committee.
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Posted: Sept. 5, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12437
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
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Bishop Olav Fykse Tveit: “We are called to be one as churches, as followers of Christ”

Greetings by former general secretary Bishop Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to 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'

In a special greeting to the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly, Bishop Olav Fykse Tveit, presiding bishop of the Church of Norway an

“It is a miracle that we all are able to gather here. Knowing how much work it is behind such an event, I will particularly commend all staff members and all involved in the preparations in so many ways that we are here,” he said. “The world is already deeply into challenges that humanity has not seen before, through climate change and all its effects on the whole world.”
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Posted: Sept. 5, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12435
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Press conference focuses on key role of youth in addressing the world’s injustices

Press conference was given by Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, general secretary of ACT Alliance and a member the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil and Ruth Mathen, delegate of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church 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'

Unless the efforts of youth are mobilized for institutional change, their efforts to live sustainably, ethically, and mindful of consumption will not have an impact, warned Ruth Mathen, delegate of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, during a WCC assembly press conference on 5 September.

Her comments came following a thematic plenary on “Affirming the wholeness of life,” about challenging indifference and systemic injustices so that we can more deeply interconnect the world in which we live.

“Bodies like this,” she said referring to the WCC assembly, “churches as a whole, Christians as a faith community, can make a statement and make an impact.”
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Posted: Sept. 5, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12433
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: justice, WCC, WCC Assembly, youth
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