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Food campaigners call for greater convergence of all struggles

A declaration emphasizing the need for greater convergence in the struggles for justice and rights of communities, particularly for land, water, forests, natural resources, livelihood and identity, was the outcome of a meeting in Nepal, involving civil society organizations and social movements.

Canadian youth pilgrims: “We have the power to move mountains”

Canadian youth pilgrims: “We have the power to move mountains”

Young people on a pilgrimage across Canada are discovering what they call the “living ministry of Christ” as they meet groups of Christians who are making a difference in communities throughout the country.

Inspirations for an “economy of life” in The Ecumenical Review

The possibility of a new economic framework is the chief focus of the newly published issue of The Ecumenical Review. Informed by years of ecumenical work on the relationship of poverty, wealth and ecology (including the proposal for a “greed line”), the 14 contributors offer an array of insights from specific contexts and religious standpoints – Dalits, South Africans, Latin Americans, Indigenous spirituality, feminist theology and non-Christian religions – into the values and structures that can create an “economy of life” for all.

Church leaders to embark on pilgrimage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki seeking an end to nuclear threats

Church leaders to embark on pilgrimage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki seeking an end to nuclear threats

Church leaders from seven countries currently making historic choices for or against outlawing nuclear weapons will embark on a pilgrimage in early August to the two Japanese cities that were decimated by atomic bombs 70 years ago.

WCC acknowledges Mennonite churches’ work for peace

WCC acknowledges Mennonite churches’ work for peace

Contributions by Mennonites to the ecumenical movement were acknowledged with appreciation by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate general secretary of the WCC during her address at the 16th Assembly of Mennonite World Conference.

Ecumenical Water Network urges elimination of bottled water

Ecumenical Water Network urges elimination of bottled water

The International Reference Group of the Ecumenical Water Network of the WCC, at the conclusion of its recent meeting in Geneva, urged churches and ecumenical organizations in Europe and North America to consider eliminating the use of bottled water due to its adverse impact on the environment and because it is an impediment to realizing the human right to water.

WCC congratulates Bishop Hovakim Manukyan – new primate of Armenian Church of UK and Ireland

General secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit of the WCC has offered congratulations to Bishop Hovakim Manukyan on being installed as the new primate of the diocese of the Armenian Church of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East will train young Christians

Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East will train young Christians

A new initiative titled Ecumenical Institute for the Middle East is “promising and inspiring” in its attempt to train young Christians in ecumenical thought and history, according to Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC.

WCC general secretary reflects on Armenian Genocide at Holy Muron ceremony

WCC general secretary reflects on Armenian Genocide at Holy Muron ceremony

In a recent ceremony in Bikfaya, Lebanon, the Armenian Church of the Holy Muron was blessed – symbolically anointing the 1.5 million martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit gave an address at the event.

African faith-based organizations urge respect for region’s resources

Speaking of the African Faith Leaders’ Statement on Financing for Development, issued following a side event at the 3rd United Nations Financing for Development Conference, Rev. Nicta Lubaale, general secretary of the Organization of African Instituted Churches, said, the key message from African faith communities is “respect Africa’s resources”.

WCC general secretary sends greetings to Muslims for Eid al Fitr

At the occasion of the Islamic festival of Eid al Fitr (the end of Ramadan), the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC has extended greetings to the worldwide Muslim community in a message issued on 17 July.

Church leaders in Ivory Coast raise awareness about sexuality, violence and HIV

Church leaders in Ivory Coast raise awareness about sexuality, violence and HIV

Focusing on issues related to sexuality, gender based violence and HIV and AIDS, leaders from African churches and civil society organizations engaged in lively discussions at a WCC workshop in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Churches reflect on climate finance at UN Financing for Development Conference

“Prolonged droughts coupled with sudden floods are the face of climate change in Ethiopia,” said Endeshaw Kassa of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Kassa was speaking at a side event at the 3rd United Nations Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

WCC has key input at Global conference on religion and sustainable development

WCC has key input at Global conference on religion and sustainable development

Representatives from the WCC offered significant input at a Global Conference on Religion and Sustainable Development held in Washington, D.C.

Church voices highlight significance of tax reforms at UN conference in Addis Ababa

Church voices highlight significance of tax reforms at UN conference in Addis Ababa

Speaking about the place of taxation in development, taxation was called a “moral issue” by Rev. Suzanne Matale, general secretary of the Council of Churches in Zambia, during her participation at the 3rd United Nations Financing for Development Conference currently underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Global ecumenical leaders endorse call for bilateral ceasefire in Colombia

In a letter issued from Bogota, Colombia, local and international Christian leaders have demanded a bilateral ceasefire between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), urging that peace talks be resumed.

Churches in Zimbabwe establish Gender and Faith Network

Churches in Zimbabwe establish Gender and Faith Network

To strengthen the work of churches in achieving gender justice, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches has launched the Gender and Faith Network. The network is a movement of faith leaders in Zimbabwe committed to build a church that understands the cause of gender justice and supports local communities with deeper insight and sensitivity.

Faith-based organizations train to advocate for women’s human rights

Faith-based organizations train to advocate for women’s human rights

The role of faith in promoting women’s human rights was the focus of an ecumenical training session held in Geneva, Switzerland, for representatives of faith-based organizations.

Liberian churches honoured for their services during Ebola outbreak

Prayers and action undertaken by the Liberian Council of Churches during the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015 will be honoured by the Liberian government with distinction of “Commander, Order of the Star of Africa”.

Canadian Christians join in call for action on climate change

Canadian Christians join in call for action on climate change

Canadian Christians concerned about climate change are calling for government action in response to the impact of global warming on the country’s coastlines and vast Artic region.