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Document Joint communiqué of the symposium on "Religion and peaceful co-existence"
This communiqué was issued by the The World Council of Churches (WCC, Geneva, Switzerland) and the Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (Tehran, Iran) at the end of their fifth symposium that took place in Tehran on 13-14 December 2008.
Located in Resources / / Interreligious dialogue and cooperation / Interreligious trust and respect
Document Respect for people and nature
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Messages and letters
Document Religious Plurality and Christian Self-Understanding
This unofficial text is the result of a unique collaboration among WCC Interreligious Relations, Mission and Evangelism, and Faith and Order staff, and their respective commissions or advisory bodies. It seeks a new approach to the difficult and controversial issues related to Christian self-understanding in a religiously plural world. The text, which is provisional as it has not been submitted to or adopted by any official WCC body, is shared here as a document for discussion and debate.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / IX. Other study processes
Document A theological reflection on cruelty - the ugly face of violence
Exploring responses in faith to institutionally and structurally embedded cruelty was the purpose of the theological consultation on cruelty that took place in Puidoux, Switzerland during December 5-8, 2006. Organized by the WCC and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), this gathering focused on cultures, traditions as well as social, economical and political structures that are themselves cruel, as well as creating an ethos that "enables" people to become cruel. Twelve case studies from different contexts and perspectives provided the basis for the debate. Some of these are about racism, casteism, patriarchy, xenophobia, terrorism and counter-terrorism, torture of prisoners, genocide, rape and sex trafficking, and occupation. Papers from this consultation will be published in 2008.
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Theological reflection on peace
Document Realizing mutuality and interdependence in a world of diverse identities
A group of 20 theologians and peace activists from regions which have come to be known for violent conflict arising from the aggressive assertion of identities - Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, DR Congo, Nigeria, Middle East, Eastern Europe - participated in this consultation in June 2005. They attempted to identify the problems in, and prospects for, realizing mutuality and interdependence in contexts of diverse identities in an effort to challenge the churches to consider this as a contribution to the wider movement for peace during the Decade Overcome Violence.
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Theological reflection on peace
Document Memorandum to the UN secrtary-general
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Messages and letters
Document Statement presented to the media by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on behalf of the Ecumenical Caucus
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001
Located in Resources / / WCC commissions and working groups / Commission of the Churches on International Affairs
Document Missiology Consultation, London
Report from a missiology consultation, 14 - 19 April 2002
Located in Resources / / WCC commissions and working groups / Mission and evangelism
Document Human rights and languages of indigenous peoples
Located in Resources / / Commission of the Churches on International Affairs / Human rights and Impunity
Document Religion and Ethnicity: Gift from God or Source of Conflict?
Located in Resources / / Regional concerns / Africa