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Three WCC commissions close historic meeting, expressing hope in future work

As three World Council of Churches commissions—the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, Commission on Health and Healing, and Commission on Climate Justice and Sustainable Development—completed their meeting on 8 March in Geneva, they came away with a sense of collaborative determination to address the worlds challenges with hope and with practical actions. 

Un panel mundial pone de relieve los retos de las iglesias en el ámbito de la salud y la sanación

“El medio ambiente no nos da; nosotros aportamos al medio ambiente”, dijo el Rev. Dr. Stavros Kofinas, coordinador de la Red del Patriarcado Ecuménico para la Pastoral de la Salud. Kofinas y el nuevo moderador de la Comisión de las Iglesias para la Salud y la Sanación del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI), quien habló el 5 de marzo, durante un debate de tres comisiones del CMI.

Internationales Podium beleuchtet Herausforderungen für die Kirchen im Bereich Gesundheit und Heilen

Die Umwelt schenkt uns nichts, wir versorgen die Umwelt, sagte Pfarrer Dr. Stavros Kofinas, Koordinator des Netzwerks des Ökumenischen Patriarchats für Pastorale Gesundheitsfürsorge. Kofinas, der neue Vorsitzende der Kommission für Gesundheit und Heilen des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK), redete am 5. März im Rahmen einer Diskussionsrunde dreier ÖRK-Kommissionen.

Les défis des Églises en matière de santé et de guérison mis en lumière par un panel mondial

«Ce n’est pas l’environnement qui nous donne; c’est nous qui donnons à l’environnement», a déclaré le père Stavros Kofinas, coordinateur du Réseau du Patriarcat œcuménique pour la pastorale de la santé, et nouveau modérateur de la Commission des Églises pour la santé et la guérison du Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE), lors d’une prise de parole, à l’occasion d’un débat entre trois commissions du COE organisé le 5 mars dernier.

Churches' challenges in health and healing work highlighted by global panel

The environment doesn't give to us; we provide to the environment, said Rev. Dr Stavros Kofinas, coordinator of the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care. Kofinas, the new moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on Health and Healing, spoke on 5 March, during a discussion by three WCC commissions.

Climate emergency panel addresses how churches can respond with faith and hope

During a panel discussion at the meeting of three World Council of Churches (WCC) commissions on 5 March, speakers explored the theme Climate emergency—churches responding in faith and hope.” The panel was moderated by Archbishop Rev. Julio Murray Thompson, who also moderates the Commission on Climate Justice and Sustainable Development, which organized the panel.

Three WCC commissions meet to confront emerging global challenges

Three World Council of Churches (WCC) commissions—the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, Commission on Health and Healing, and Commission on Climate Justice and Sustainable Development—are jointly meeting from 5-8 March in Geneva to explore the theme "Faith and Effective Witness and Diakonia in the 21st Century.”

Seven Weeks for Water 2024, week 3: "Celebrating Jesus’ life in water through the lens of justice”

The third reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2024 series of the WCC Ecumenical Water Network is written by Very Rev. Dr Augustinos Bairactaris. In this reflection, he underscores that the water justice issue is a theological task for all, and that the health of the water is vital to human civilization, and for the stability of the worlds climate and biodiversity. He urges all Christians to pray, fast, and act together for a sustainable environment and planet, especially during Lent.

Faith Actors Reflect on Their Role in Reaching HIV Goals at ICASA

From 4 to 9 December 2023, thousands of people convened in Harare, Zimbabwe, for the 22nd International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa (ICASA). Scientists, medical experts, advocates, people living with HIV, and civil society organizations came together under the theme “AIDS IS NOT OVER: Address inequalities; accelerate inclusion and innovation.” Participants from many faith traditions were a meaningful part of many of these representative groups but also took up a space of their own.

Tackling sexual violence in war

War has always tragically impacted women and children, but the traumatic effects of weaponizing women in war have long been swept under the carpet.On 8 December, the World Council of Churches (WCC) held a hybrid discussion watched globally as part of the 16 Days Against Gender-based Violence.