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Debt campaigners propose strategies to revitalise the debt movement

Cf. WCC press release, pr-03-24, 27 June 2003

New group of ecumenical accompaniers continues work in Palestine / Israel

The third group participating in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel is currently in the region and has begun serving with local churches, church-related organizations and Israeli and Palestinian NGOs promoting health, peace and human rights.

WCC general secretary to visit Russian Orthodox Church

Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser will pay his last visit as World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary to the Russian Orthodox Church, 4-8 July. It will be his third visit to the church - the first was in 1993 soon after he had began serving as WCC general secretary, the second in 1998 before the WCC Assembly in Harare.

Illegitimate debt or arbitration? WCC addresses debt campaign divisions

Cf. WCC press update, pu-03-04, 20 February 2003

Job opening: WCC Coordinator and Programme Liaison Officer Public Information Team

The WCC currently seeks a Coordinator and Programme Liaison Officer for its Public Information Team.

WCC calls for peace-keepers in Liberia

World Council of Churches' (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser has today sent a letter to United Nations' (UN) secretary-general Kofi Annan expressing serious concern at the escalation of fighting in Liberia between government forces and the rebel group, Liberians United For Reconciliation and Democracy. Citing the "gravity of the near-anarchy situation that has developed", Raiser calls on the UN to support current peace initiatives and encourage the parties to accept a "credible peacekeeping force", with the aim of securing a lasting ceasefire.

Nominations invited for "the most universal Christian mission gathering"

Invitations to nominate participants to the next Conference on World Mission and Evangelism have been sent out to World Council of Churches (WCC) member churches and organizations and networks affiliated with the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME). The conference will take place in Athens, Greece, 12-19 May 2005.

"The position of the churches against war has increased their moral standing in society"

When the military actions in Iraq were over, those who had opposed the military invasion had to face the assessment - conveyed by the media and the military victors - that it had been "successful". The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser responds in this interview to the "critical questions" posed to organizations like the Council, which had a high profile in the pro-peace movement. He also mentions the announced "road map" to a permanent two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Church leaders in France to discuss aftermath of Iraq war

The future of multi-lateralism and the international order, Iraq, the Middle East, and the role of the churches will be the focus of a 5 June meeting in Paris of representatives of churches in France and staff and members of the World Council of Churches' Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (WCC/CCIA). The participants will also be received by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Needed: a more responsible, secure and democratic world

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser has given his "unreserved support" to a message from local Swiss and French church leaders to the G8 presidents and prime ministers meeting in Evian, France from 1-3 June 2003. The WCC message of support expressed hope that the summit would recognize the need to build "a world that is genuinely more responsible and more in solidarity, more secure and more democratic".

Orthodox participation in WCC: meeting to propose next steps

The Steering Committee of a Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the World Council of Churches (WCC) will meet - in the place where Orthodox challenges to the Council first came to light five years ago - to oversee the implementation of its 2002 recommendations.

Reclaiming the vision of Alma Ata

"Go back to the principles of primary health care: reviving Alma Ata is the most important step to ensure 'Health For All'," said a 16-18 May consultation in Geneva facilitated by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Peoples Health Movement.

WCC seeking proposals for theme of its next assembly

Cf. WCC Press Release PR-03-17, of 9 May 2003

Message of the presidents of the WCC at Pentecost 2003: "A Helper Has Come"

"... For if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment; about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned." (John 16: 7-11, NRSV)

WCC co-sponsors consultations on HIV/AIDS in Nairobi

Two consultations on HIV/AIDS, co-sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC), Caritas Internationalis, and the World Conference on Religion and Peace, and hosted by the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), will be conducted in tandem from May 7-13, 2003, at Nairobi, Kenya.