The World Council of Churches (WCC), via a specific landing page on its website, is reaching out to the worldwide fellowship with a sense of pastoral care amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Where to turn for reliable information
The WCC relies on the World Health Organization as the global authority on health issues. The WHO’s website contains detailed valuable information and advice for individuals, organizations, and countries on measures of precaution and mitigation: WHO guidelines
The WCC also encourages everyone to stay informed and follow national health authorities’ recommendations and instructions in view of the new Coronavirus.
WCC Covid-19 fact-sheet (pdf)
What the WCC does as a fellowship
The World Council of Churches is a worldwide fellowship of churches, with members in more than 110 countries.
In times like these, faith communities can do a lot to promote solidarity and accountability, wisdom and care, and can play an important role in providing accurate information, encouraging and supporting the sick and those at risk of illness, and pastoral care to those affected by the virus.
The WCC seeks to bring hope and light to how churches are, and can be, contributing to constructive responses to the Coronavirus and its consequences for people’s lives, physically as well as spiritually, in countries around the world.
WCC urges: “give highest priority to protect life” (WCC press release of 18 March 2020)
As world turns virtual during COVID-19 crisis, it is easy to pray (WCC press release of 17 March 2020)
WCC leadership postpones central committee meeting in light of coronavirus, (WCC press release 28 February)
Updates from the World Council of Churches on Coronavirus can be accessed here: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/covid-19