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The new Arms Trade Treaty: a life-saving gift this Christmas

The world is giving itself a kind of Christmas gift this year, a serious gift and one that is long-overdue. On 24 December 2014 an international law to regulate the global trade in armaments and ammunition enters into force.

Christmas gifts are offered in a spirit of celebrating the birth of Christ

A flood of Advent contributions from congregations and individuals, as well as member churches and ecumenical partners, has been one of the greatest joys for the new WCC income manager, Doug Chial, just three months in to the job.

WCC welcomes Cuba-US reconciliation

Following the positive developments in relations between Cuba and the United States announced yesterday by their governments, the WCC general secretary expressed his gratitude for the process.

WCC extends sympathies to Peshawar victims

Following the massacre of dozens of students and staff in Peshawar on 16 December, the WCC general secretary extended sympathies to those bereaved or wounded, offering prayers for the victims and their families, for their communities.

WCC works with Ukrainian churches for peace

WCC works with Ukrainian churches for peace

A WCC representative joined a representative of the Moscow Patriarch to visit churches in Ukraine and to encourage efforts toward peace there.

Leaders envision stronger youth engagement

Leaders envision stronger youth engagement

The WCC general secretary met this week with representatives of youth organizations to discuss priorities, challenges and common concerns related to youth in the ecumenical movement, as well as possibilities for collaboration.

Momentum builds for ban on nuclear weapons

Momentum builds for ban on nuclear weapons

After a concerted examination of the evidence presented at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons and two earlier conferences, 44 of the states present called for a ban on nuclear weapons. The host government Austria added momentum with a specific, cooperative pledge to “fill the legal gap for the prohibition of nuclear weapons” and eliminate them.

Advent protests in New York City

Advent protests in New York City

Ferguson is in turmoil. So is New York. And so is Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York, a long-standing institution of theological education located on the upper west side of Manhattan – or in West Harlem – since 1836.

Palestinian history of dispossession is focus of WCC exhibition and conference

Experiences of death and expulsion faced by some 750,000 Palestinians in 1948 are the subject of an exhibition titled “The Nakba” and hosted by the WCC at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. The Arabic word Nakba means “catastrophe.”

Churches in Japan are witnesses of justice and peace

Churches in Japan are witnesses of justice and peace

“Churches in Japan are true witnesses of Jesus Christ through their words and deeds. Their strength even in a minority situation is impressive. Their voices in critical times are significant for Japan, paving a way towards justice and peace,” said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC during his visit to member churches of the WCC in Japan.

Climate change and human rights at the heart of the WCC’s work at COP 20

Climate change and human rights at the heart of the WCC’s work at COP 20

Climate justice has been the focal point of the WCC advocacy strategy at 20th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which concluded on 12 December in Lima, Peru.

Water network develops a theological framework for water justice

Water network develops a theological framework for water justice

What is our call to respond to the global water crisis? In what way is our response different from other actors? To respond to these questions within a theological framework of water justice, the Ecumenical Water Network convened theologians from around the world at the Ecumenical Institute.

Churches seek to strengthen electoral process in Democratic Republic of Congo

Churches seek to strengthen electoral process in Democratic Republic of Congo

A workshop with the aim of strengthening electoral process in the Democratic Republic of Congo was held Kinshasa by the Church of Christ in Congo and the Independent National Electoral Commission in partnership with the WCC and the All Africa Conference of Churches. Participants in the workshop encouraged renewed engagement from local churches in the nation.

WCC member churches commit to climate justice at COP 20

WCC member churches commit to climate justice at COP 20

Care for creation and affirmation of faith values in addressing the impact of climate change were highlighted in a number of initiatives organized by members of the WCC in Lima, Peru. The capital is hosting the 20th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

WCC launches global ecumenical network for advocacy for just peace

WCC launches global ecumenical network for advocacy for just peace

To build just and sustainable peace, engaging churches, ecumenical organizations and civil society, the WCC has launched an Ecumenical Peace Advocacy Network (EPAN), aiming to turn its “pilgrimage of justice and peace” into concrete action.

Impact of business activities on human rights highlighted at UN forum in Geneva

Impact of business activities on human rights highlighted at UN forum in Geneva

The adverse impact of business activities on the lives of members of the local population in Colombia and El Salvador was highlighted by the WCC-sponsored participants at the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights.

WCC appreciates religious leaders’ declaration for the eradication of slavery

WCC appreciates religious leaders’ declaration for the eradication of slavery

A declaration issued on 2 December by religious leaders calling for the eradication of slavery has prompted an expression of appreciation from the WCC. The declaration, issued at the Vatican, brings together signatories from the Catholic and two WCC member churches: Anglican and Orthodox, with Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim leaders who signed a joint declaration of commitment against modern slavery.

Faith communities urged to affirm Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution

Faith communities urged to affirm Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution

A statement issued by the 4th Global Inter-religious Conference on Article 9 has been received with appreciation by the WCC.

WCC advisory group to promote gender justice

WCC advisory group to promote gender justice

A gender advisory group representing member churches of the WCC has begun working by developing procedures and policies to help the WCC in accomplishing gender justice in institutions, communities and societies – an objective lying at the core of its vision of a “pilgrimage of gender justice”.

WCC general secretary expresses concern over Article 9 of the Japanese constitution

WCC general secretary expresses concern over Article 9 of the Japanese constitution

At the 4th Global Inter-religious Conference in Tokyo, Japan, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed grave concern at the Japanese government’s initiative to reinterpret or change Article 9 of the Japanese constitution.