Welcoming strangers: The core of our mission

“Welcoming and protecting the strangers and the aliens, especially the migrants, are at the core of our mission as churches,” said Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), in a meeting with Prof François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. Continue reading

WCC condemns chemical weapons use

The spectre of chemical weapons recently used in the conflict in Syria against civilians has raised international alarms, led to calls for an investigation and met with strong condemnation from the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, who called on the United Nations to fulfil its responsibility to protect the Syrian people from gross human rights violations. Continue reading

Australian churches gear up for International Day of Peace

Each year, on 21 September churches across Australia and the world mark the International Day of Peace through prayer and action. Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council for Churches in Australia (NCCA) is inviting churches to join this year’s action to call on our political leaders to invest in direct peace-building projects and keep their promises on the amount they spend on overseas aid. Continue reading

Churches to observe International Day of Prayer for Peace

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling its member churches to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September.

This year parishes and individuals are invited to pray using the theme of the WCC Assembly, “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”. The assembly takes place in Busan, Republic of Korea 30 October to 8 November. Continue reading