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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.

A seminar on the church in China

will be held at the Ecumenical Centre (150 Route de Ferney, Geneva)

Leadership training opportunity for young people

An internship programme launched by the World Council of Churches offers a unique leadership training opportunity for young people from different churches and different parts of the world. Six young people aged 18-30 and committed to the ideals of the ecumenical movement will serve as interns in WCC Geneva offices for a period of 12 months, from September 2003 to September 2004. Closing date for receiving applications for the internships is 10 June 2003. Ability to communicate in English is required. More information at

Latin American Churches to target international financial institutions

Leaders of Latin American and Caribbean churches are preparing to tell the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank what they think of their policies.

World Council of Churches regrets miscarriage of justice in trial of Cuban dissidents

In a letter addressed to the Cuban President, Fidel Castro, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Konrad Raiser, expresses regret at the miscarriage of justice in the recent trial in which Cuban political dissidents were found guilty and received heavy sentences. He further urges that their sentences be reviewed and that they be released.