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Statement on xenophobic attacks in South Africa
During recent days, we have seen numerous tragic expressions of the special vulnerability of migrants and migrant workers. The 28 Ethiopian migrant workers reportedly executed by ISIS in Libya, the hundreds of deaths on the Mediterranean Sea, and the xenophobic violence and killings of migrant workers in South Africa are only the most recent illustrations of the threats against people engaged in the simple and universal human search for a better life for themselves and their families – often driven to perilous risk by desperation, conflict and oppression in their home countries.
"Our life and our death are with our neighbour”: Commemorating a genocide, affirming our common humanity
“Our life and our death are with our neighbour” – this is a spiritual affirmation from the Christian tradition which we owe to Saint Anthony, a monk from Egypt of the third and fourth century. This is our common legacy from the early years of Armenia and its Christian history. To be human is to be part of the one humanity. From the first day of our life we depend on others. Today we are reminded in a dramatic way that belonging to one another is our destiny, for better or for worse. The gift of life together includes our responsibility for one another. This is a matter of being human, created by God for fellowship and unity.
Journey blessing for the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
Material for a "journey blessing" activity related to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
Letter to Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's letter to Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari congratulating him.
Killings of Ethiopian Christians
WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit's letter to Abune Mathias, patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church on the killing of Ethiopian Christians by the Islamic State.
South Sudan church leaders' message on conflict in South Sudan
Message from South Sudanese church leaders, following a meeting organized by the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) in Juba, from 18 to 26 March 2015 to reflect on situation of conflict in the country and the collapse of the IGAD peace talks.
We stand together to make peace, now
Joint statement from the South Sudan Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches Consultation on Peace in South Sudan. 14 – 15 April 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tribute to Rev. Dr Philip Potter
Tribute to Rev. Dr Philip Potter by Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC Central Committee.
A word of farewell to Philip Potter - a pilgrim of justice and peace
Speech by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the funeral of Rev. Dr Philip Potter in Lübeck, Germany.
Ending extreme poverty: A moral and spiritual imperative
Over 30 leaders from major world religions and heads of global faith-based organizations today launched a clarion call to action to end extreme poverty by 2030, a goal shared by the World Bank Group.
Statement from WCC-CCC-CLAI on US-Cuba relations
Statement from Cuban Council of Churches, the Latin American Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches USA, and the WCC urging normalization of Cuba-USA relations.
Speech at the University of Hanshin
Speech given by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the ceremony in which he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hanshin.
Sermon at the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan 150 years anniversary
Sermon at the celebration of the 150 years anniversary of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, Taipei by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, on Easter morning. Text: Matthew 28:1-10. Theme: “Do not be afraid!”
Statement condemning terror attack in Kenya
The WCC has strongly condemned the terror attack on the campus of Garissa University in North East Kenya in a statement issued from the WCC headquarters in Geneva.
Congratulations to Bishop Idowu-Fearon, Anglican Communion
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent a letter to Bishop Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon congratulating him after the announcement of his appointment by the Anglican Consultative Council and offered him the WCC’s support in his work.
Philip Potter
Philip Potter, 1921-2015, a tribute by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary.
Condolence message to those affected by the 4U9525 plane crash
Message from the Central Committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom to German churches and all people affected by the tragic plane crash of 24 March 2015.
Guide: Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in social media
A short summary of the questions we are invited to reflect on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, and the hashtags that are used on Twitter and in other social media for this purpose.
Patriarch Khanania Dinkha
Letter from Georges Lemopoulos, WCC deputy general secretary, to Mar Aprim Mooken on death of Patriarch Mar Khanania Dinkha IV, head of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East.
Twitter 101
An introduction to Twitter for the staff of the World Council of Churches