Norway to host prayers for peace on Nobel Prize weekend

By agency reporter
December 6, 2017

Trinity Church in Oslo, Norway, will host a prayers for peace ecumenical service on 9 December 2017, the same weekend that the city will host the awards ceremony for the Nobel Prize.

The Churches in Norway and the World Council of Churches (WCC) are  inviting all to the service, which will include representatives from churches in Norway as well as from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recipient of a 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Church of Norway presiding bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien, and Mission Covenant Church of Norway General Secretary Øyvind Haraldseid will lead the liturgy. The WCC General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit will preach.

Kiriaki P. Samuelsen (Greek Orthodox Society), Marit Kromberg (Quakers) and William Cochrane from The Salvation Army will participate in the service. Music will be led by Ulf Nilsen.

Linnet Ng’ayu of the African Council of Religious Leaders - Religions for Peace, who is also on ICAN’s international board, will offer greetings.

* The service will be streamed live at www.kirken.no and via www.oikoumene.org.

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches http://www.oikoumene.org/en

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