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Assurance of prayers during President Obama's visit to Hiroshima
On the occasion of US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 28 May 2016, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent greetings, noting that this is a time when signs of peace and justice are sorely needed.
An invitation to Reformation - Education - Transformation
Statement made by the twin consultation on Reformation, Education, Transformation (R-E-T) in Halle, Germany, in May 2016.
WCC Annual Review 2015
This annual review of the activity of the WCC records many of the activities undertaken by the council during 2015 and continuing into 2016.
Vesakh greetings 2016
Greetings of good will to Buddhist partners, from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on the occasion of the Festival of Vesakh.
Financial Appendix 2015
WCC Financial report appendix, 2015
Letter to Ambassador Eviatar Manor
Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations and other agencies in Geneva
Statement on events at Ben Gurion International Airport, 29 April-2 May 2016
After traveling to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for a climate justice meeting, WCC staff and partners were detained or deported in a manner that WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit terms both unprecedented and intolerable.
Air strike on Syrian refugee camp
The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemns the air strike targetting the Kammouneh Syrian refugee camp, which is reported to have killed at least 28 people.
Europe needs repentance - a European value from the Reformation?
Presentation by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Wider Outlook Works Festival in Halle, Germany.
Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the Context of the Jubilee of Mercy
Speech delivered by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit in a global seminar in Rome organized by the International Labour Organization, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Caritas Internationalis.
Faith and Order publications list
Official numbered publications of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order
Pentecost Message 2016
Message of the presidents of the World Council of Churches at Pentecost 2016
Pursuing peace and strengthening presence: The Atlanta Summit of Churches in the USA and the Holy Land
At a first-ever summit of churches in the USA and the Holy Land, in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) on 19-20 April 2016, participants issued a peace statement on the theological and ethical urgency for a just peace in the Holy Land.
Three years since abduction of Syrian Bishops
WCC GS expresses sadness and hope by the continued absence of the two beloved Metropolitans of Aleppo, Paul Yazigi and Youhanna Ibrahim for the third consecutive year.
Solidarity with workers in Iceland
In a letter to the Bishop of Iceland, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed the solidarity of the ecumenical fellowship with Iceland protests against taxation that serves the already affluent.
Congratulations to newly-elected Church of Norway leaders
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent congratulations to the new leaders of the Church of Norway National Council, its Council on Ecumenical and International Relations and the Sami Church Council: Kristin Gunleiksrud Raaum, Rev. Kristine Sandmael, Sara Eira.
Manifesto on an ecological reformation of all Christian traditions
Gathering at the Academy of Volos, in March 2016, participants stressed the concern that an ecological reformation of Christianity is possible, but can remain authentic only if it stays in the Spirit and is expressed in the form of a humble prayer...
WCC and the UN: Common heritage and shared challenges
On 6 April, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit addressed the issue of global security in a contribution to York Minster’s lecture series Global Security and the United Nations: 70 years on, in York, UK.
Letter to WCC general secretary from Hieronymos, Archbishop of Athens, addressing the refugee crisis
Greece’s people are exhausted from years of economic crisis and the Orthodox church head there is pleading with the European Union to reconsider its decision to limit the refugees it is accepting.Archbishop Hieronymos wrote his impassioned letter for help to the general secretary of the WCC, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, appealing to international churches and the global community.
The Draft ”Principles for Child-Friendly Churches” - Explained to 11 to 18-year-old Children and Adolescents
The Draft "Principles for Child-Friendly Churches" are now available in two child-friendly versions. One explains the principles to children under ten years of age, while the other explains it to children over ten years of age.