The 21st International AIDS Conference, which concluded July 22, had its normal dose of science speak, with seminars and workshops ranging from new vaccine trials to the testing of a vaginal ring that appears to dramatically lower the risk of HIV infection in women.
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemns the terrorist attack claimed by so-called Islamic State that took place in Kabul on Saturday 23 July, apparently directed against a demonstration organised by the Hazara community of Afghanistan. The death toll has reached at least 80, with several hundreds injured. The casualities include a number of members of the Afghan security forces who were seeking to protect the demonstration.
The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, decried the shootings in Munich, Germany, on 22 July. Tveit said: “The fatal attack that took place yesterday in Munich against innocent people, adding to the litany of recent religiously-motivated violence, is an attack on human life, human dignity and the human rights of all.”
23 - 31 July 2016 Summer School on Communication and Religion
25 July - 12 August 2016 CAS in Interreligious Studies
18 - 22 August 2016 Youth Engagement, Religion and Violence
22 August - 02 September 2016 Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management
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