Olivier Schopfer January 12 at 1:50am Reply

Dear Friend of the World Council of Churches,

At the beginning of a new year, let me share the poem that our new general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, quoted in his introductory sermon, when he took office yesterday:

This is the dream we carry through the world
that something fantastic will happen
that it has to happen
that time will open by itself
that doors shall open by themselves
that the heart will find itself open
that mountain springs will jump up
that the dream will open by itself
that we one early morning
will slip into a harbour
that we have never known.

Olav H. Hauge (Norwegian poet)

The full text of the sermon can be found here:

For many communities, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will start on the 18th of January. Resources for this week are available in English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese on the WCC website:

A Facebook group on the Week of Prayer allows you to learn about related events and share the events that you are aware of:

With friendly greetings from the WCC Communications Team.

Rev. Olivier Schopfer
Executive web editor