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"The church's place is at the World Social Forum"

"The way the ecumenical community joined forces at the third World Social Forum showed that local, regional and international levels can work together. This was a qualitative leap forward in terms of strategic vision," said World Council of Churches (WCC) director of Programmes Geneviève Jacques. "We heard many calls for the WCC to increase its participation in the Forum in the future, possibly as part of the international council that organizes the event."

WCC in Porto Alegre: "Struggling against intolerance is a form of resistance"

Struggling against intolerance is a vital way of resisting the free market model of globalization, according to Geneviève Jacques, director of Programmes for the World Council of Churches (WCC). Speaking at the third World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Jacques suggested that the struggle against intolerance is directed against dogmatic claims that the free market model is the only option; it responds to a situation of existential crisis produced by the culture of violence and its deadly fruits.

Iraq: Bishop of Basra to visit WCC

His Excellency Gabriel Kassab, Archbishop of Basra (Chaldean Catholic) will visit the World Council of Churches (WCC) on Tuesday, January 28.

"Spirituality of Resistance" key theme of WCC's contribution to World Social Forum

For the World Council of Churches (WCC) delegation taking part in the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 23-28 January, the emphasis will be on a spirituality directed towards resistance.

Venezuela: El CMI pide una salida pacífica y exhorta a las iglesias a continuar trabajando por la paz y la reconciliación

Un llamado a buscar "una salida pacífica a la situación actual en el marco de la Constitución y las leyes vigentes, respetando integralmente los Derechos Humanos y reafirmando las instituciones democráticas", fue dirigido por la Comisión de las Iglesias en Asuntos Internacionales (CIAI) del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI) al presidente de la república, a la oposición y al pueblo venezolano en su conjunto.

WCC applauds US governor's decision on death penalty

The World Council of Churches' Commission of Churches on International Affairs (WCC/CCIA) has today sent a letter to George Ryan, the former governor of Illinois, regarding his decision to commute the death sentences of all the prisoners on death row in the State of Illinois.

Geneva church and WCC to explore peace theme

During the 2003 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and in the spirit of the Decade to Overcome Violence

New edition of the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement published

The long-awaited revised and expanded second edition of the "Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement" has just been published. Produced by the World Council of Churches (WCC), this volume is an essential tool for study and research on the movement and for passing the ecumenical memory on to a new generation.

Churches launch campaign for "Trade for people, not people for trade"

Cf. WCC Press Release, PR-02-33, of 9 December 2002

New interactive website for the Decade to Overcome Violence now on line

Coinciding with International Human Rights Day, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has today opened a new interactive version of its "Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010): Churches seeking Reconciliation and Peace" website. Its address is: www.wcc-coe.org/dov .

Churches to launch global campaign on trade and human rights

A global network of churches and related organizations are launching a three-year "Trade for people, not people for trade" campaign on 10 December - International Human Rights Day. The campaign - launched by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) - will press for international human rights, social, and environmental agreements to take precedence over trade agreements and policies.

World AIDS day: Churches express their concern at European consultation in Minsk, Belarus

Issued jointly with the Conference of European Churches (CEC)

Christmas message 2002

Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser

WCC announces measures to save costs and enhance effectiveness

The World Council of Churches (WCC) announced plans today to reorganize its Geneva- and New York-based staff around the five "historic" themes of the Council's work. The five themes are:

Complete nuclear disarmament a moral and legal imperative says WCC

"NATO's ongoing commitment to the indefinite retention of nuclear weapons violates both moral and legal responsibility and threatens global security," says the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a November 14 letter to the foreign ministers of non-nuclear states belonging to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Ivory Coast: WCC calls on churches, ECOWAS, to pursue efforts to prevent civil war

Alarmed by escalating hostilities in Ivory Coast, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser has encouraged WCC member churches there to "do all in their power to prevent the conflict from deteriorating into a civil war".

WCC appeals to South Asian leaders to pursue peace path

cf. WCC Press Release, PR-02-23.08e of 2 September 2002

"Spirituality for Unity" the theme of Chiara Lubich visit to Geneva

Chiara Lubich, the founder and president of the Focolare movement for spiritual and social renewal, will visit Geneva, 25-28 October 2002. Lubich's message of "spirituality for unity" in all areas of life and humanity is of great interest to the organizations hosting her visit: the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Protestant Church of Geneva, and the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey.

WCC convenes international Christian - Muslim consultation

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will be hosting an international consultation on "Christians and Muslims in dialogue and beyond". The three-day consultation will take place from 16-18 October 2002 at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.