It was with sadness that WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit received the news of the passing of Rev. Juan Abelardo Schvindt of the Evengelical Church of the River Plate (IERP), on 23 August.
The “Exclusion and Embrace Conference: Disability, Justice and Spirituality” was held in Melbourne, Australia 20-24 August. The multi-faith conference explored the issues of faith and meaning in the lived experience of disability. Participants discussed ethics, care, inclusion in faith communities, friendship, discrimination, love, justice and liberation. Dr Samuel Kabue, executive secretary of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network, gave a presentation entitled “Disability/Theology in curriculum of Theological Institutions.”
“Negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons”. Do it “in 2017”. Make sure the negotiations are “open to all states” and include civil society. These are key points in a much-disputed report adopted last week by a United Nations working group of more than 100 countries meeting in Geneva.
22 August - 02 September 2016 Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management
27 - 31 August 2016 WCC Indigenous Spirituality and Theology Consultation
01 September - 04 October 2016 Time for Creation
18 - 24 September 2016 World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel
21 September 2016 International Day of Prayer for Peace
30 September - 02 October 2016 70 years of ecumenical formation at Bossey
01 - 06 October 2016 Youth Engagement in Social Justice in Latin America