Member Church News: Reflections, Ordinations, Prayers

As the pandemic continues to spread, individuals from the Communion have been writing reflections and other essays. Here are a few of them:

The Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil has ordained six new female pastors for the ministry of the word and sacraments. “The ordination of these women only officially confirmed the ministry that they had been developing for years,” says Rev. Maria Helena Faleiros, with whom we talked about the reality of female leadership in the region of Londrina, Brazil.

A virtual minister tries to tend a missing flock during the coronavirus crisis.

The president and moderators of the Uniting Church in Australia have prepared a weekly cycle of prayers for use by congregations and in people’s personal devotions, as a way of connecting Uniting Church members. as we pray each day for one another and the life of the Australian community.

Presbyterian pastor and songwriter Richard Avery died March 15 at the age of 85. Avery was half of the Avery and Marsh songwriting duo who produced more than 150 hymns and carols.

In a historic joint pastoral statement released on 26 March, the World Council of Churches and regional ecumenical organizations affirmed the urgency of standing together to protect life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

After more than 30 years as a pastor, ecumenist and church leader, Olav Fykse Tveit firmly believes that the church can change the world. As general secretary of the World Council of Churches for the past ten years, he has witnessed what Jesus Christ means to people of faith around the globe. By the end of this month he heads home to lead the Church of Norway as presiding bishop of its bishop’s conference.

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