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Minute for Mission: Thursdays in Black

A couple of weeks ago, the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (GACEIR) met via Zoom for our winter meeting. In addition to working to review our work on actions referred to us from GA225, we spent time in worship and devotion. On Thursday, we remembered the church’s commitment to stand in solidarity with our siblings who are experiencing violence by wearing black. We invite you to join us each Thursday to stand with and pray for the end of violence in all areas of our lives.

Congolese Peacemaker follows her father’s lead standing up for women

People used to tell Monique Misenga Mukuna’s father that he did not have children because he had more girls than boys — 11 girls and three boys, to be precise. In many African cultures, including Mukuna’s native Democratic Republic of Congo, women and girls have second-class status, not enjoying many of the advantages of men and boys. Mukuna’s father wasn’t having that.

Pilgrims gather in Amsterdam to celebrate 70 years of global ecumenism

Hundreds of people gathered from across the world for an ecumenical prayer service at the Nieuwe Kerk, a 15th-century church in Amsterdam, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the very spot in which the organization was founded.

WCC conference draws more than 1,000 to Tanzania

More than 1,000 people representing churches around the world recently met in Arusha, Tanzania, for the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) Conference, which is held every decade. The attendees included a strong contingent from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The participants explored the conference theme, “Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship.”

World Council of Churches invites youth to 2018 Stewards Program in Geneva

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting ecumenical youth to be stewards at the 2018 Central Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. With an application deadline of Jan. 31, the Stewards Program aims to bring together a dynamic and diverse group of 20 young people, between the ages of 18 and 30, from all over the world. The program will take place June 5–23. The invitation is open to people from a variety of backgrounds, churches and regions.

Minute for Mission World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Presbyterians join with Christians all around the globe today to pray for all of God’s creation. Instituted by the World Council of Churches in 2015, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is observed on Sept. 1. On this day, Christians worldwide are encouraged to set aside time to pray for all of God’s people and for all of creation.

Honing a faithful worldview

Sometimes global ecumenical bodies such as the World Council of Churches (WCC) seem far removed from the daily lives of Christians in the United States. But 49-year-old Presbyterian minister Rebecca Todd “Toddie” Peters says her work with these bodies “has completely shaped how I live in the world.”