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World Social Forum: How globalization is challenging the churches

"Thanks to the World Social Forum, we're better prepared for the meeting we'll be having this year with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank," says Rogate Mshana, who heads the World Council of Churches' (WCC) programme on economic justice.Â

Porto Alegre: Of course we can change the world!

"Fifty percent of the children born in my country are born into poor homes," said Mariana Berger. "We don't want to be part of the causes that make the lives of other people in the world miserable," said Arnhild Helgesen. Mariana is from Uruguay and Arnhild is from Norway. The two young people were taking part in a discussion at the workshop on youth and globalization organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the third World Social Forum.

Iraq crisis: churches to discuss common response

Forging a common and consistent response by churches to the threat of military action in Iraq is the goal of an urgent one-day meeting by European church leaders scheduled for Wednesday, 5 February, in Berlin. The meeting is convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC), following an initiative by the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD), and in consultation with the Conference of European Churches (CEC).

Porto Alegre: "Lula is preaching the gospel" says Federico Pagura

"President Lula is preaching the gospel when he says that his aim is that, by the end of his term, not a single child will go to bed hungry," Bishop Federico Pagura of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina told the third World Social Forum in Porto Alegre.

"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".