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Sounds and voices

Listen to a selection of interviews, presentations and comments recorded recently at various ecumenical events around the world.

More recent recordings are available on the WCC SoundCloud channel.

Additional recordings are available in Spanish, French and German.

Moderator's address

In his opening address, the Rev. Dr Walter Altmann, moderator of the Central Committee, argued forcefully that unity as well as justice and peace should be included in the theme for the next assembly of the world’s largest ecumenical body.

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Dr Yacob Tesfai

“The prospect for a religion-based approach to peace-making has a great potential in sub-Saharan Africa,” Dr Yacob Tesfai said during the launch of his book "Holy Warriors, Infidels and Peacemakers in Africa" at the Ecumenical Centre on the 2 July 2010.

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Copenhagen in review

Lunchtime Conversation at the Philip Potter library: Thursday, 14 January 2010: "Climate Change, Copenhagen and beyond: ecumenical perspectives", a presentation by WCC programme executive on climate change Dr Guillermo Kerber

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Fr Daniel Groody on migration and theology

Father Daniel Groody, a professor from Notre Dame University in the United States and a Roman Catholic priest, presented a theological approach to the topic of migration at a Tuesday 8 March 2011 gathering in the library of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva.

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Attorney Edre Olalia

Attorney Edre Olalia, acting secretary general of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers and a legal counsel to the 43 detained health workers, explained how the human rights of the "Morong 43" have been violated and why their arrest and detention should be considered illegal.

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Human rights in the Philippines

The Rev. Rex Reyes (general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and president of the Christian Conference of Asia) and Marie Hilao-Enriquez (general secretary of the human rights group Karapatan) presented the human rights situation in the Philippines and the ecumenical delegation to the UN Human Rights Council of which they were members, at a lunch discussion with staff at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, 7 June 2010.

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Jigs Clamor

Jigs Clamor, husband of one of the medical doctors who were arrested on 6 February 2010, said his wife was threatened with reprisals against her family unless she admits that she and the others were members of the New People’s Army.

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Fr Rex Reyes

Fr Rex Reyes ended the lunch discussion relating the commitment to human rights to the Christian faith and the calling of the church.

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Questions and answers

Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Attorney Edre Olalia and Fr Rex Reyes answer questions on the human rights situation in the Philippines, church advocacy in the Philippines and at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Interview with Grub Cooper on the IEPC theme song

During the past 40 years Grub Cooper has reached deep into the heart of Jamaicans with more than a thousand musical compositions, many of them written and performed as a member of one of Jamaica’s top performing acts, the Fabulous 5. Now Cooper is bringing his gift of songwriting to the world through a newly recorded composition written specifically for the WCC's International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, which was held in Kingston, Jamaica, 17-25 May 2011.

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WCC general secretary Tveit on Just Peace

In this interview, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflects on the outcomes of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation and expands on the churches' vision for just peace.

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Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit

In presenting “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World” at the public launch of the joint recommendations by the WCC, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue on 28 June 2011, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit alluded to Jesus Christ’s prayer for unity in the 17th chapter of John’s gospel. “We are called to be one so that the world may believe,” said Tveit. (7 min 42)

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Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe

Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe, chief executive officer and secretary general of the WEA, said the document was "a major achievement" in that it represents formal agreement on"the essence of Christian mission" while also demonstrating that diverse Christian bodies "are able to work together and to speak together." (9 min 39)

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Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Roman Catholic Church, said in his presentation that leaders in the churches today “have a duty to proclaim the faith” and also “to propose a greater vision of dialogue.” (16 min)

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