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Diakonia focus of seminar in West African Republic of Bénin

Representatives from churches and church-related organisations gathered for a capacity-building seminar, financed by funds from Brot fuer die Welt, on diakonia and development

A seminar on human resources and leadership development for diakonia was held in the West African Republic of Bénin from 13-17 May. Representatives from churches and church-related organisations gathered for a capacity-building seminar, financed by funds from Brot fuer die Welt, on diakonia and development. Participants came from French-speaking countries…

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Assessment at World Council of Churches (WCC) raises awareness about impact of Cyclone Idai on Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Taonga Mushayavanh also thanked the WCC for the event

They came from governments, the United Nations, civil society, churches and other faith-based organizations to discuss the impact of Cyclone Idai that has wreaked death, havoc and destruction on Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in recent weeks. Meeting at the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva on 5 April, WCC…

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Churches call for support amid devastation caused by Cyclone Idai

As the numbers of victims and people displaced are still unfolding, churches in the region are calling everyone to join in prayers for the wellbeing and protection of those affected

More than 100,000 people are still stranded from massive flooding caused by a devastating cyclone and heavy rainfall in Mozambique and neighboring southeastern African countries. As the numbers of victims and people displaced are still unfolding, churches in the region are calling everyone to join in prayers for the wellbeing…

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Tanzania: A long-standing issue, with potential for change

This week in Tanzania, religious leaders gathered to address stigma and discrimination related to HIV

What if HIV were just a virus, and not also a taboo? This week in Tanzania, religious leaders gathered to address stigma and discrimination related to HIV. Convened as part of the PEPFAR-UNAIDS FBOs Initiative on 18-21 March, the interfaith consultation was facilitated by the World Council of Churches-Ecumenical HIV…

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World Council of Churches (WCC) to hold Midday Prayer for those grieving after flight disaster

Prayers will focus on grieving family, friends and colleagues who lost loved ones from UN agencies, the WCC and other organizations

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting the public, media, and all people of goodwill to join in a Midday Prayer on 20 March. Prayers will focus on grieving family, friends and colleagues who lost loved ones from UN agencies, the WCC and other organizations who perished in the…

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    • Bishop Arnold Temple, the President of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), speaks on March 11 during a faith leaders side event dubbed faith for earth at the U.N Environmental Assembly in Nairobi. Photo: Fredrick Nzwili
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Role of the faith in tackling environmental challenges expounded at UN Environment Assembly

President of the All Africa Conference of Churches, warned that the world had become ecologically bankrupt, while calling for urgent action to tackle climate change

By Fredrick Nzwili On the sidelines of the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, top UN officials, religious leaders and environmental experts underlined the role of faith communities in tackling climate change, a phenomenon that threatens to annihilate humanity. The assembly opened on 11 March against the dark shadow of the Ethiopian Airline…

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Religious leaders from USA and South Africa issue pilgrimage statement on Israel and Palestine

The delegation also met with families fighting to keep their homes from being taken for Jewish settlements and developments

After a visit to Israel and Palestine on 21 February through 1 March, a delegation of South African and African-American church leaders, released a Group Pilgrimage Statement on Israel and Palestine. The group was a joint delegation of leaders from historic black denominations of the National Council of Churches in…

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World Council of Churches (WCC) contributes to contextual theologies course in Morocco

The WCC helped instruct a course on contextual theologies and African theologies at the Ecumenical Theological Institute Al Mowafaqa in Rabat

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Theological Education programme has, for the second time, contributed to ecumenical capacity development in Morocco. The WCC helped instruct a course on contextual theologies and African theologies at the Ecumenical Theological Institute Al Mowafaqa in Rabat. Founded in 2012, the Al Mowafaqa Institute…

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World Council of Churches condemns killing of Catholic priests in South Sudan, Cameroon

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned the killing of two Catholic priests, one in South Sudan and another, less than one week later, in Cameroon

Jesuit priest Fr Victor Luke Odhiambo was attacked and killed by unknown people on the night of 15 November in Cueibet South Sudan. The late priest was known for his commitment to education and social transformation for the people of South Sudan. Odhiambo, who was the first Kenyan Jesuit priest,…

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World Council of Churches (WCC) condemns arrest of pastor in Zambia

Chibubi and other pastors had gathered to discuss the debt crisis when police were allegedly directed to arrest them

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned the apparent arrest of Pastor George Chibubi, who was picked by the police in Ndola for organising a meeting with fellow pastors to discuss Zambia’s economic crisis. Tveit joined other Zambian and international advocates urging President Edgar…