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Statement on the current situation in Aleppo, Syria
Statement on the current situation in Aleppo, Syria, by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, 4 December, 2016.
The Lagos Message: A Pilgrimage of Water Justice in Africa
Message from a Regional Consultation on Human Right to Water in Africa, organised by the Ecumenical Water Network of the World Council of Churches, from 27-29 November 2016.
Bible study on statelessness
Text of the Bible study on statelessness by bishop Duleep de Chickera
Leadership letter to Cardinal Koch, Bishop Munib Younan and Rev. Martin Junge
WCC leadership letter to Cardinal Koch, Bishop Munib Younan and Rev. Martin Junge, November 2016.
The protection needs of minorities from Syria and Iraq
The protection needs of minorities from Syria and Iraq
Letter to the China Christian Council and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement
WCC Executive committee Letter to the China Christian Council and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, 17-23 November 2016, China
WCC statement on climate justice
Statement on Climate Justice by the WCC executive committee, meeting in Nanjing, China, 17-23 November 2016
International Ecumenical Conference on a Peace Treaty for the Korean Peninsula
Communique from the International Ecumenical Conference on a Peace Treaty for the Korean Peninsula, Hong Kong SAR, 14-16 November 2016.
Message from Patriarch Bartholomew to COP22
A message from by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the UNFCCC COP22 session.
COP 22 media pack
ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches have put together a comprehensive kit to offer to the media.
Greetings to Hindus on the occasion of Diwali 2016
Continuing the tradition of offering greetings to interreligious partners during festive seasons, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered greetings to Hindu religious partners on the occasion of Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights.
The Jubilee of the Reformation – ecumenical?
Speech by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 27 October 2016, at the Peterskirche, the University Church of Heidelberg.
Religion and Religious Freedom in International Diplomacy: Workshop Summary Brief
Summary Brief from the Religion and Religious Freedom in International Diplomacy Workshop, UNHRC, 22 September 2016
Congratulatory Letter from the World Council of Churches to Mr António Guterres
As António Guterres of Portugal was named the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations, the World Council of Churches (WCC) congratulated him on his appointment.
Sermon at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, 16 October 2016.
Sermon at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, 16 October 2016. Ecumenical Multicultural Worship Service Text: Luke 24
Michael Putney lecture on ecumenism - Brisbane, Australia
WCC general secretary presented a lecture on ecumenism in Brisbane, Australia, on 18 October 2016. The lecture's name pays tribute to Bishop Michael Putney.
2016 Prayer Service for Churches Week of Action on Food
This liturgy prepared for the 2016 Churches Week of Action on Food and World Food Day (16 October) can be used throughout the year to reflect on God's gift of creation and celebrate all who are responsible for the food we have.
Public Statement in Support of the Multilateral Negotiation of a Nuclear Weapons Ban in 2017
Submitted to the 2016 UN General Assembly First Committee by Faith Communities Concerned about the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons
The Opening Ceremony Of The Exhibition “Restoring Our Humanity” Greetings on behalf of the World Council of Churches
Greetings on behalf of the World Council of Churches at the Opening Ceremony Of The Exhibition “Restoring Our Humanity”, on 11 October 2016.
The pilgrimage of healing, justice and peace
Sermon by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, at Knox Church, Christchurch, New Zealand on 9 October 2016.