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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.
The Draft ”Principles for Child-Friendly Churches” - Explained to 0 to 10-year-old Children
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.
Principles for child-friendly churches - Guide for consultations with children and adolescents on the draft
In line with the WCC-UNICEF partnership and the commitment to support children through churches, a guide for consultations with children and adolescents is now available.
Advocacy for refugee resettlement to Europe
On 22 March 2016, the CCME, CEC and WCC sent a letter to member churches and partner organizations in Europe urging increased advocacy for more refugee resettlement with their national governments and parliaments.
Easter message of hope in the resurrection
South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) leaders have in their Easter message reiterated a pledge no longer to simply make statements and stand idly by while their leaders ignore their advice in the quest for peace in their troubled nation.
Dignity, freedom and grace, Christian perspectives on HIV and AIDS
Speech given by Dr Gillian Paterson at the WCC-EAA launch of the Dignity, freedom and grace, 10 March 2016.
Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria
Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria, urged the World Council of Churches and Pax Christi International in a joint statement issued 15 March.
Peace message from WCC and AACC to all parties in Burundi
On 1 March 2016, a delegation on behalf of the WCC and AACC sent a peace message to all parties in Burundi, preceding a solidarity visit on 1-4 March, to encourage peace and dialogue in the country.
WCC-EAA statement at the Human Rights Council
Presented by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance to the HRC Panel Session on Human Rights and HIV.
Sources of water statistics for Seven Weeks for Water 2016
Presentation of sources of water statistics used by the Ecumenical Water Network for the Seven Weeks for Water campaign 2016.
Open letter to Gatestone Institute
The WCC sent an open letter to the Gatestone Institute in response to the institute’s web articles criticizing the WCC’s “Seven Weeks for Water” campaign.
Letter of prayers and condolences to Fiji Council of Churches
Letter of prayers and condolences in the wake of Fiji cyclone, by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 23 February 2016 to Rev. Simione Tugi, Fiji Council of Churches.