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Document Ending extreme poverty: A moral and spiritual imperative
Over 30 leaders from major world religions and heads of global faith-based organizations today launched a clarion call to action to end extreme poverty by 2030, a goal shared by the World Bank Group.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Joint declarations, statements and reflections
Document Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (Faith and Order Paper no. 111, the "Lima Text")
This famous text, adopted by Faith and Order at its plenary commission meeting in Lima, Peru in 1982, explores the growing agreement - and remaining differences - in fundamental areas of the churches' faith and life. The most widely-distributed and studied ecumenical document, BEM has been a basis for many "mutual recognition" agreements among churches and remains a reference today.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / I. Unity: The Church and its mission
Document Costly Unity
This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Located in Resources / / VI. Church and World: Unity and the life of the Church in the World / Ecclesiology and Ethics
Document Costly Commitment
This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Located in Resources / / VI. Church and World: Unity and the life of the Church in the World / Ecclesiology and Ethics
Document Costly Obedience
This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Located in Resources / / VI. Church and World: Unity and the life of the Church in the World / Ecclesiology and Ethics
Document Cooperation in the Field of Diakonia and Development
Located in Resources / / Justice, diakonia and responsibility for creation / Ecumenical solidarity and regional relations
Document Guidelines for Sharing
"Guidelines for sharing", in Sharing for Life, the report of the El Escorial consultation. 1987
Located in Resources / / Justice, diakonia and responsibility for creation / Ecumenical solidarity and regional relations
Document Larnaca Declaration
Poor and oppressed people, who are at the margins of the world's concern, should be at the centre of Christian service, insisted the 300 participants in the 1986 global ecumenical consultation on interchurch aid in Larnaca, Cyprus. Diakonia, they said, is "liberating and transforming, suffering and empowering". Christian service cannot be separated from the struggle for justice and peace; therefore, advocacy, solidarity and sharing of skills are as essential to diakonia as the giving of money.
Located in Resources / / Justice, diakonia and responsibility for creation / Ecumenical solidarity and regional relations
Document Diakonia
The following article by Teresa Joan White is the entry on diakonia from the revised edition of the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement published jointly by the World Council of Churches and the Wm. Eerdmans in 2002.
Located in Resources / / WCC programmes / Justice, diakonia and responsibility for creation
Document Sharing food - Sermon at the Ecumenical Centre morning prayers
Sermon by Dr Rogate R. Mshana at the Monday morning prayer service at the Ecumenical Centre, 3 May 2010 Based on Mathew 14:13-14
Located in Resources / / Public witness: addressing power, affirming peace / Poverty, wealth and ecology: impact of economic globalization