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Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance newsletter, February 2016
This newsletter provides an update on the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, an initiative of the WCC, and its campaigns: Live the Promise HIV Campaign and Food for Life Campaign.
The Relationship between Religion and the Public Square
Presentation by Dr Clare Amos, WCC programme executive for Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation, at the Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs 2016.
Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017
It was in the context of the Reformation Anniversary that the Council of Churches in Germany took up the work of creating the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017. It quickly became clear that the materials for this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity would need to have two accents: on the one hand, there should be a celebration of God’s love and grace, the “justification of humanity through grace alone”, reflecting the main concern of the churches marked by Martin Luther’s Reformation. On the other hand, the materials should also recognize the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the Church, openly name the guilt, and offer an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation. Ultimately it was Pope Francis’ 2013 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) which provided the theme for this year, when it used the quote: “The Love of Christ Compels Us” (Paragraph 9). With this scripture (2 Cor 5:14), taken in the context of the entire fifth chapter of the second letter to the Corinthians, the German committee formulated the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017.
Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis
Statement from the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe.
Keynote by Dr Thomas de Maizière, German Federal Minister of the Interior
WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Comforting and making
Sermon at morning prayers for the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe, by Paolo Naso, Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy.
Presentation by Xavier Creach, UNHCR
WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Opening of WCC/UN Conference on Refugee Crisis
Opening remarks from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
Presentation by Nick Grisewood, International Labour Organization
WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Presentation by Doina Bologa, UNFPA
At the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Caring for Our Common Home: An Ecumenical and Interreligious Concern
Comments on the encyclical letter Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis: The encyclical – earth as common home
Greetings to the Primates of the Anglican Communion
Greetings sent from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 13 January, to the Primates of the Anglican Communion.
Service and advocacy: Matters of faith?
Speech given by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Nordic Conference on Systematic Theology, Helsinki, on 9 January, 2016
Condolence message from the WCC general secretary on the passing away of His Eminence the Rt. Rev. Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus, Suffragan Metropolitan of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church
Condolence Message from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the Metropolitan of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church
Statement on the situation in Burundi
In a joint statement issued on 18 December, WCC and AACC have come together in expressing grave concern for the people of Burundi.
Meditation at the Sant'Egidio evening prayer in Santa Maria in Trastevere
Meditation by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, at the Sant’Egidio evening prayer in Santa Maria in Trastevere on 14 December 2015.
Indigenous Peoples’ Programme Reference Group meeting December 2015
Communiqué: What is the medicine we are carrying with us as the Ecumenical movement embarks on a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace?
Human Rights Day 2015
Statement on International Human Rights Day
COP21 High Level Dialogue
An address by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on behalf of Faith-Based Organizations at the United Nations climate summit in Paris.
Ecumenical Prayer for the Preservation of Creation
Order of service for the ecumenical celebration held at Notre Dame de Paris during the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference.