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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.

Pakistan killings: WCC calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice

cf. WCC Press Release, UP-01-37, of 29 October 2001

A Summit of contrasts

By Mirjam Schubert

Pater Noster

By Royal Orr

Staff changes in WCC International Relations and Media Relations

Appointed as coordinator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) International Relations team and director of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) by the WCC executive committee in February, Peter Weiderud from Sweden took up his new post on 1 September 2002. Weiderud succeeds Dwain Epps, who retired at the end of August 2002 after three decades of ecumenical ministry in the field of international affairs, including twenty years on the staff of the CCIA.

Checkpoint Kalandia

By Royal Orr