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Messages and letters from the general secretary of the World Council of Churches
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Greetings to the 12th meeting of the synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) Greetings of the World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the 12th meeting of the synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) in Bonn, 12 November 2017 14 November 2017
Greetings to Hindus on the occasion of Diwali 2017 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. 18 October 2017
‘Diamond Jubilee Message’ ‘Diamond Jubilee Message’ delivered on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Christian Conference of Asia, Yangon, Myanmar, 15 October, 2017 by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches 15 October 2017
Rosh Ha-Shanah greetings to Jewish partners "This ‘New Year’ falls at a difficult time, when assumptions that have governed life in significant parts of our world for a generation or more have, during the last year or so, suddenly been called into question", the WCC general secretary rights in a greeting to Jewish partners on the occasion of Rosh Ha-Shanah and the High Holy Days. 20 September 2017
Address to the Synod of the Maohi Protestant Church, 29 July 2017 Tahiti, 29 July 2017 Address to the Synod of the Maohi Protestant Church Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary WCC 31 July 2017
To Archbishop Ezekiel Kondo, first Primate of the Anglican Province of Sudan Congratulatory message from WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to Archbishop Ezekiel Kondo Kumir Kuku on his installation as the first Archbishop and Primate of the Province of Sudan of the Anglican Communion. 31 July 2017
Pastoral Letter to Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, 22 July 2017 Dear Heads of Churches in Jerusalem My heart and my prayers are with you and your churches these days, and with all the peoples of faith in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. 23 July 2017
Invitation to World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel 2017 Letter from WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to member churches and Central Committee members, inviting their participation in the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel. 19 July 2017
Comment on ‘Liberation of Mosul‘ Comment on ‘Liberation of Mosul‘ 10 July 2017
WCC General Secretary Greetings, Nikolaikirche, Leipzig, 30 June 2017 Living God Renew and Transform Us 2017 General Council, 28 June – 1 July Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit WCC General Secretary Greetings, Nikolaikirche, Leipzig, 30 June 2017 30 June 2017
To Love Earth and Neighbour as Oneself Sami Church Days Árviesjávrrie/Arvidsjaur, Sweden, 17 June 2017 Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary, World Council of Churches A theological reflection on a more integrated way of understanding creation. Some thoughts on being on a pilgrimage for justice and peace, and why we shouldn’t be so afraid of walking in circles. 26 June 2017
Eid al Fitr Greetings Greetings to the worldwide Muslim community from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC 26 June 2017
The cloud of witnesses to hope Introduction to the Bethlehem Consultation on 50 Years of Occupation, by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC 21 June 2017
Message by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the Bethlehem International Peace Consultation Message by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, to the Bethlehem International Peace Consultation, 20 June 2017. 21 June 2017
Pentecost Prayer for Unity and Just Peace 18 May 2017
Congratulations to David Beasley, WFP As David Beasley assumed his new role of executive director of the World Food Programme, the WCC offered its congratulations via a letter from general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. 15 May 2017
Greetings for the Conference on Christians on the Way to Unity Greetings for the Conference on Christians on the Way to Unity 9-13 May 2017, Mariapolis Centre, Castelgandolfo, Rome, Italy From Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches 12 May 2017
Vesakh 2017 On Vesakh - a day commemorating the life and legacy of Gautama Buddha - WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit extended his greetings to Buddhists across the world. 08 May 2017
Condolence letter in wake of Great Britain attack, 23 March 2017 As Great Britain continued to cope with grief and trauma in the wake of the country’s deadliest terror attack in 12 years, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered sympathy for those who lost loved ones from both Great Britain and other countries. 23 March 2017
Healing memories – 11 March 2017, Hildesheim The Reconciliation Service in Hildesheim, 11 March 2017, jointly held by the Chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, and the Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Landesbischof Dr. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm. 11 March 2017
Message to potential hosts for the WCC 11th Assembly Letter to the WCC member churches informing them of the March 2017 deadline for submitting official invitations to host the next WCC Assembly. 09 February 2017
A moment of truth in Davos: Address inequality now The 2017 World Economic Forum has to some extent had a moment of truth: Economic globalization has created many problems and even conflicts that are now worrying for “the state of the world”. 20 January 2017
Christmas 2016 A greeting from the World Council of Churches 13 December 2016
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. 31 October 2016
Letter from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on the occasion of the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 2016 Letter from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on the occasion of the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 2016. 16 September 2016
Message to Middle East Council of Churches, 8 September 2016 Message to the Middle East Council of Churches on 8 September 2016, delivered by WCC associate general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, representing the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. 08 September 2016
Letter to Cardinal Turkson on appointment as president of dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development In a letter to Cardinal Peter Turkson, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed joy and appreciation that Pope Francis has appointed Turkson as president of the newly created dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. 05 September 2016
Condolences following earthquake in central Italy Letter to the president of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, Rev. Luca Negro 25 August 2016
Greetings to 20th General Council of the Methodist Church in Brazil WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sends greetings to the 20th General Council of the Methodist Church in Brazil. 08 July 2016
Eid Al Fitr Greetings 2016 Greetings to the worldwide Muslim community as they celebrate Eid Al Fitr after keeping the fast of Ramadan for the past month. 06 July 2016
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. 26 May 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. 19 May 2016
Letter to Ambassador Eviatar Manor Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations and other agencies in Geneva 09 May 2016
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. 22 April 2016
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. 14 April 2016
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. 12 April 2016
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. 24 February 2016
Letter of prayers and condolences to Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma 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. Tevita Nawadra Banivanua, President, Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma. 24 February 2016
Condolences to Presbyterian Church in Taiwan following earthquake Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, in a letter to PCT general secretary Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong, said he was saddened to learn of the earthquake, which happened when many people in Taiwan were gathered to be with family as they celebrated the new year. 11 February 2016
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. 13 January 2016
Christmas 2015 A greeting from the World Council of Churches 30 November 2015
The Right to Hope, COP 21 Advent message from the General Secretary, Rev.Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at COP 21 in Paris, France. 28 November 2015
Solidarity letter to member churches in the Middle East A letter of solidarity following terrorist attacks in Beirut. 14 November 2015
Solidarity letter to member churches in France A letter of solidarity following terrorist attacks in Paris. 14 November 2015
Diwali 2015 Greetings of peace and prosperity to Hindus on the occasion of Diwali. 11 November 2015
Statement at the opening session of the consultation "Discrimination, Persecution, Martyrdom: Following Christ Together" This consultation on "Discrimination, Persecution, Martyrdom: Following Christ Together" comes therefore timely. It is very much needed that we come together as Christians from different confessional families and discern how we can work together in supporting those sisters and brothers that go through these challenging times. The suffering of so many makes all of us sad and vulnerable. 06 November 2015
Condolence letter to His Holiness Kirill On Monday 2 November 2015, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit wrote to express his heartfelt condolences for all those who died in the tragic airplane crash occurring in the Sinai desert in the early morning of October 31. 02 November 2015
Message of solidarity for Christians in Aceh Singkil The WCC general secretary expresses solidarity and support for the member churches of the Huria Kristen Batak and other Christians in Aceh Singkil, in light of the recent burning and demolition of church buildings in the region. 20 October 2015
Letter to WCC member churches in Israel and Palestine Letter to WCC member churches in Israel and Palestine, by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, expressing concern over the renewed wave of violence in Jerusalem. 19 October 2015
Congratulatory message for CEC general secretary elect Congratulatory message by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary for Fr Heikki Huttunen, new general secretary elect of the Conference of European Churches. 14 October 2015
Message for World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel 2015 Message for World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel 2015 by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. 18 September 2015
Greetings for Flensburg and Brekklum Greetings from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit for Flensburg and Brekklum events. climate justice initiatives. 17 September 2015
Rosh Ha-Shanah greetings 2015 A message on Jewish New Year "Rosh Ha-Shanah" from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit for the members of the Jewish community. 15 September 2015
Message on 75th anniversary of the Taizé Community WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's message to Taizé on 16 August 2015 Jubilee Celebrations - "Ora et labora" – pray and work 14 August 2015
Congratulations to Bishop Hovakim Congratulatory letter from general secretary Olav Fyske Tveit to Bishop Hovakim for his election as Bishop to the Armenian Diocese of the United Kingdom and Ireland. 22 July 2015
Eid al Fitr greetings Eid al Fitr greetings to the worldwide Muslim community from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary. 17 July 2015
Congratulations to LCC Letter of congratulations to the Liberian Council of Churches on recieving distinction of “Commander, Order of the Star of Africa” by the Liberian government. 10 July 2015
Congratulations to Bishop Angaelos on receiving OBE Congratulations letter to Bishop Angaelos on receiving the honour of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services in promoting human rights and religious freedom. 26 June 2015
Greetings to LWF Council meeting, Geneva 2015 Delivered by Natasha Klukach, WCC programme executive for Relations with Member Churches, to the Lutheran World Federation Council during its meeting at the Ecumenical Centre. 18 June 2015
Condolences on the mass killing at Emanuel AME Church, Charleston Message of solidarity and condolence regarding the mass killing at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, South Carolina, United States 18 June 2015
To the Churches in South Korea concerning the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Coronavirus It is with concern that we hear of the outbreak of MERS in South Korea following the identification of the first case on 20th May 2015, coming from an unfortunate traveller who had recently visited an affected area in the Middle East. 16 June 2015
Congratulation letter to Rev. Dr Samuel W. Meschak The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed his strong appreciation of the recent election of Rev. Dr Samuel W. Meschak as President of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC). 08 June 2015
Greetings to Rev. Dr Meschak, WACC WCC congratulates Rev. Dr Samuel W. Meschak on his election as President of the World Association for Christian Communication. 04 June 2015
Vesakh greetings Dear Buddhist brothers and sisters, This letter brings you greetings of peace, joy and goodwill as you celebrate the auspicious occasion of Vesakh this year. 01 June 2015
Letter to Cardinal Koch Beatification Monsignor Romero In a letter sent to H.E. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Rev. Dr Tveit expressed the joy experienced by Christians of many traditions at the beatification of Msgr Oscar Romero. 28 May 2015
Greetings to the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Lesotho Evangelical Church Greetings brought to the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Lesotho Evangelical Church by the WCC’s associate general secretary Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri on behalf of the WCC general secretary. 13 May 2015
Letter to Indonesian president Letter from Olav Fykse Tveit and Bishop Ketut Waspada of the Christian Protestant Church in Bali to the President ofIndonesia, H. E. Joko Widodo, asking to stop the execution of ten people on 28 April. 28 April 2015
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. 21 April 2015
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. 21 April 2015
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. 02 April 2015
Letter inviting special prayers for Syria and beyond Letter to the WCC member churches and Central Committee members inviting special prayers for Syria and beyond by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. 24 March 2015
Letter of support to Indian churches amidst increasing violence Letter from the WCC general secretary to the Indian churches, addressed to National Council of Churches in India, expressing solidarity and support amidst increasing acts of violence and vandalism affecting Christian community 19 March 2015
Letter to Pakistani churches after Lahore bomb attacks Letter from the WCC general secretary to Pakistani churches, following attackes on churches in Lahores, addressed to Bishop Samuel R. Azariah and Rev. Arif Masih Siraj. 17 March 2015
Letter to Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu over cyclone devastation Letter from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to Rev. Kalsakau Urtalu Zacharie of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu expressing solidarity with churches in Vanuatu after the 15 March cyclone. 16 March 2015
Letter to Vanuatu Christian Council over cyclone devastation Letter from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the Vanuatu Christian Council expressing solidarity with churches in Vanuatu after the 15 March cyclone. 16 March 2015
Congratulations to president of the Protestant churches in Egypt Congratulations letter to the new president of the Protestant churches in Egypt, Rev. Dr Andrea Zaki Stephanous, by the WCC acting general secretary Georges Lemopoulos. 23 February 2015
Letter to Bishop of Copenhagen Letter from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to The Rt. Rev. Peter Skov-Jakobsen, Bishop of Copenhagen, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark, after attacks in Copenhagen. 18 February 2015
Letter to Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt Letter to Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on killings of 21 Egyptians at the hands of militants. 17 February 2015
Congratulations to Archbishop Urmas Viilma Letter of ongratulations to Archbishop Urmas Viilma new archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. 30 January 2015
Letter to Colombian president expressing concern over protection of human rights defenders Letter to the Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos expressing concern over protection of human rights defenders 29 January 2015
Christmas Message 2014 Christmas Message 2014 from the WCC general secretary 12 November 2014
Nathan Söderblom anniversary Message from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to Archbishop Antje Jackelén of the Church of Sweden at the occasion of 100 years anniversary of the consecration of Nathan Söderblom as Archbishop of Uppsala. 07 November 2014
Greetings to the EKD Synod in Dresden, Germany Greetings to the EKD Synod, held from 9–12 November, in Dresden, Germany by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, delivered by Father Dr Daniel Buda. 07 November 2014
Letter to the president of Federal Republic of Nigeria about abducted young women Letter to Dr Jonathan Goodluck, the president of Nigeria, about the 200 abducted young women. This is the second letter to the president since Rev. Tveit's first letter on May 5, 2014. 06 November 2014
Greetings to Hindus on the occasion of Diwali Greetings from the WCC general secretray Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to Hindus on the occasion of Diwali. 22 October 2014
Condemning attacks on Holy Martyrs Church of Deir Zor Letter from WCC general secretary to Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Catholicos Aram I of Cilicia and Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, condemning attacks on the sacred sanctuary of the Holy Martyrs Church of Deir Zor, Syria. 14 October 2014
Rosh Ha-Shanah greetings to members of the Jewish community A message on Jewish New Year "Rosh Ha-Shanah" from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit for the members of the Jewish community. 24 September 2014
Message for World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2014 Message from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary for the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, 22 to 28 September, calling for prayers, action and advocacy for justice and peace in Palestine Israel. 18 September 2014
WCC statement on the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki It was nearly 70 years ago on 6 and 9 August 1945 that the atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These are tragedies that are to be remembered and must never happen again, Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate and acting general secretary of the WCC, said. 05 August 2014
Invitation to prayer for 10 August 2014 In order to carry forward the spiritual accompaniment of the Korean peninsula and the churches of North and South Korea the WCC is invited to join the Christians of North and South Korea in a joint moment of prayer. 01 July 2014
Message to the 103rd International Labour Conference Message from the general secretary on the occasion of the 103 International Labour Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2014. 05 June 2014
Greeting to His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II Greeting to His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II, the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East, at the occasion of the celebration of his enthronement, Beirut 1 June 2014 03 June 2014
Message for WCRC’s outgoing general secretary Rev. Dr Setri Nyomi WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's message to the outgoing WCRC general secretary, Rev. Dr Setri Nyomi of Ghana. 18 May 2014
Congratulatory message for WCRC’s new general secretary WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's congratulatory message to Rev. Christopher Ferguson, on his election as a new generals secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. 18 May 2014
Greetings to the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy and Media Message from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit delivered to the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy and Media by the WCC director of Communications, Mark Beach. 06 May 2014
Greetings to the Ecumenical Assembly 2014 in Mainz WCC general secretary's greetings to the Ecumenical Assembly 2014 in Mainz, Germany, held from 30 April to 4 May, addressing the theme “The future we desire – Life not destruction”. 05 May 2014
Support for Malaysian churches' efforts to restore multi-religious values WCC general secretary’s letter to Archbishop John Ha Tiong Hock, president, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Rev. Dr Hermen Shastri, general secretary, Council of Churches of Malaysia, expressing support for an appeal against a Malaysian court’s decision in October 2013 forbidding the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims. 27 February 2014
Condolences on death of Tuikilakila Waqairatu WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and the WCC Central Committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom's letter of condolences on the death of Rev. Tuikilakila Waqairatu to Methodist Church of Fiji. 11 February 2014
Condolences on death of Lois Dauway WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and the WCC Central Committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom's letter of condolences on the death of Lois M. Dauway to Bishop Maryann Swenson, ecumenical officer for the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. 10 February 2014
Condolence message on death of Tilewa Johnson WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's letter at the death of Archbishop S. Tilewa Johnson, Anglican primate of the Church of the Province of West Africa on 21 January 2014. 22 January 2014
Letter to President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Republic of South Sudan WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent a letter to South Sudanese president Salva Kiir Mayardit, expressing profound concern for the people of the nation. 16 December 2013
Christmas Message 2013 Christmas Message 2013 from the World Council of Churches general secretary. 04 December 2013
Congratulations to Archbishop-elect of Church of Sweden Congratulatory message to Rev. Dr Antje Jackelén, Archbishop-elect of the Church of Sweden 18 October 2013
Letter to Pakistani prime minister over bomb blasts Letter to Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif over bomb blasts in Peshawar, Pakistan. 03 October 2013
1700th Anniversary of Edict of Milan Message to Serbian church leaders on 1700th anniversary celebrations of Roman Emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan, 3 October 2013. 03 October 2013
Letter to Kenyan president over Westgate tragedy Letter to Kenyan president H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta following the massacre that took place at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi beginning 21 September 2013. 01 October 2013
Solidarity and prayers over Westgate tragedy in Kenya Solidarity message to the WCC member churches in Kenya following the massacre that took place at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi beginning 21 September 2013. 01 October 2013
Letter of solidarity on church bombings in Pakistan Letter of solidarity sent to the WCC member churches in Pakistan, National Council of Churches in Pakistan on bombings of the All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan. 23 September 2013
Open letter to UN Security Council on Syria Open letter from the WCC General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit invoking prayers for peace and condemning chemical weapons and possible military intervention in Syria. 04 September 2013
Concern and prayers for Egypt WCC general secretary's letter to the WCC member churches in Egypt calling for prayers for peace and expressing concern over the burning of churches and violence following protests on 14 August. 15 August 2013
Condolence message on train derailment in Spain WCC general secretary's letter to the Roman Catholic archdiocese expressing solidarity and offering prayers to the victims of train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. 26 July 2013
Letter of solidarity to Buddhists on Mahabodhi temple blasts Open letter to Buddhist brothers and sisters expressing sorrow and solidarity over the blasts in the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya, India on 7 July 2013. 16 July 2013
Letter of solidarity and concern to Bangladesh WCC general secretary's letter to the member churches and the National Council of Churches in Bangladesh to express concern and sympathies because of recent tragedies in Bangladesh. Since late February and onwards Bangladesh has faced political and religious violence and atrocities as well as major disasters, such as the collapse of a garment factory building in Savar, Dhaka, which has taken the lives of more than 1000 people. 17 May 2013
Letter of concern at the Albania Census 2011 The World Council of Churches would like to express its concern on the methodology followed and on the reliability of the results of the 2011 Census in Albania, regarding the optional question of religious affiliation. The latest official report of INSTAT, regarding the religious identity of the population, from the 2011 Census declares that Orthodox Christians in Albania are 6.75% and that the overall number of Christians has been drastically reduced from 31% to 17%. 06 May 2013
Prayers, condolences for victims in Boston Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offers prayers, condolences and advocacy support for victims of Boston bombing. 16 April 2013
Condolence and support message on Connecticut shootings Condolences to the people of Sandy Hook and Newtown, Connecticut. 17 December 2012
Christmas Message 2012 Christmas Message 2012 from the World Council of Churches general secretary. 29 November 2012
Congratulations to 105th Archbishop of Canterbury In a letter to the Bishop Justin Welby, the WCC general secretary expressed his "warmest congratulations" on the announcement made that morning that the bishop was going to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury. 09 November 2012
50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council Greetings of the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, to the Synod of Bishops XIII Ordinary General Assembly on 7-28 October 2013 in Rome: The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith and at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the opening of the Year of Faith on 11 October 2013 delivered by H.E. Archbishop and Metropolitan Dr Nifon of Targoviste. 11 October 2012
Greetings to the CPCE General Assembly WCC General Secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit Greetings to the CPCE General Assembly, 21 September 2012, Florence, Italy 22 September 2012
WCC general secretary's message for Rio+20 WCC general secretary's message to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and Peoples’ Summit 13 June 2012
Christmas Message 2011 Christmas Message 2011 from the World Council of Churches general secretary. 25 November 2011
Condolences following attack on UN House in Nigeria In a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed condolences on behalf of the World Council of Churches following the attack on the United Nations House in Abuja, Nigeria, on Friday, 26 August 2011. 30 August 2011
Condolences to the Christian Council of Norway In a letter to the Norway Christian Council, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, and the moderator of the WCC Central Committee, Rev. Dr Walter Altmann, expressed their "deep shock and sadness" concerning the attacks of 22 July 2011. 29 July 2011
Congratulation letter for the independence of South Sudan The general secretary of the WCC sends his congratulations and profound good wishes to the President of South Soudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, on the occasion of his country's independence. 07 July 2011
Congratulations to the 1000th follower of WCCs' Twitter feed The general secretary congratulates the congregation of Ontmoetingskerk in Ijsselstein, Netherlands, for becoming the 1000th follower of the World Council of Churches' Twitter feed. 04 April 2011
Condolence letter to the churches and all faith communities of Belgium Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expresses condolences following the loss of many lives in a bus accident in Sierre, Switzerland. 15 March 2011
Shock at assassination of Pakistan government minister Bhatti In a letter to the prime minister of Pakistan, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) expressed «great shock and dismay» at the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistan government minister for Minority Affairs. Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit noted that reports indicate that Mr Bhatti was «assassinated by religious extremists because he was critical of the controversial blasphemy law in Pakistan.» 03 March 2011
Religious freedom in Cyprus Letter by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, concerning freedom of religion and belief in the northern, occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus. 28 January 2011
Condolences for Brazil landslides victims Condolence letter to WCC member churches in Brazil following the landslides of January 2011 which left more than 800 people dead, another 400 people missing and many more homeless and displaced. 27 January 2011
Condolence letter to the Coptic Orthodox Church Condolence letter by WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit following the vicious attack on innocent worshippers in the Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt when a bomb was detonated at the conclusion of the celebration of a New Year's midnight mass. At least 21 people have been killed and more than 80 injured by the attack. 01 January 2011
Christmas Message 2010 Christmas Message 2010 from the World Council of Churches general secretary. 13 December 2010
Message on the occasion of Eid al Fitr (end of Ramadan) 1431 H. / 2010 a.d. Sent to Muslim leaders and dialogue partners on 8 September 2010 08 September 2010
To Middle East negotiators in Washington, D.C. The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has sent a message to the Middle East negotiators in Washington to stress the concerns of Palestinian Christians. 02 September 2010
Condolence letter to the Pakistani president following the 2010 monsoon floods Grief over the many deaths and the devastation caused by recent floods in Pakistan, as well as appreciation for the relief work provided by the Diocese of Peshawar of the Church of Pakistan, was expressed by the WCC general secretary Tveit in a letter to the government. 05 August 2010
Condolence letter to the Church of Pakistan following the 2010 monsoon floods Grief over the many deaths and the devastation caused by recent floods in Pakistan, as well as appreciation for the relief work provided by the Diocese of Peshawar of the Church of Pakistan, was expressed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a letter to the church. 05 August 2010
Shooting of two Christians in Pakistan Letter by WCC general secretary Tveit to the president of Pakistan following the shooting and killing of two Christians in Pakistan who were in court on accusations related to the blasphemy law. The same letter was sent to the prime minister. 23 July 2010
Dom Emmanuel Lanne Condolence letter to the Abbot and the Community of the Monastère de Chevetogne 25 June 2010
Open letter to government leaders and churches concerning Haiti 17 June 2010
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula Letter to Churches and the National Council of Churches in South Korea 03 June 2010
United Methodist Women Assembly Greetings from general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit to the United Methodist Women assembly on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the organization. 29 April 2010
Congratulations to Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, United Church of Christ Congratulatory letter to the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, who was installed by the United Church of Christ as general minister and president on 17 April 2010. 22 April 2010
Condolence letter following the terrorist attacks in Moscow Condolence letter by WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit to the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kyrill following the terrorist attacks in Moscow on 29 March 2010. 30 March 2010
Letter to the president of Chile following the earthquake 02 March 2010
Commendation of G7 debt cancellation for Haiti In this letter from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the WCC asked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international financial institutions to follow the G7 example and make sure financial support to Haiti is "grant-based and not debt-creating". 09 February 2010
100th anniversary of Evangelischer Pressedienst (epd) 01 February 2010
Letter on Haiti to the Caribbean Conference of Churches Pastoral letter by the WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit 22 January 2010
Letter to the President of Uganda, Mr Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Letter by WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia raising concerns regarding the Anti Homosexuality Bill 22 December 2009
Congratulations to CEC president Metropolitan Emmanuel of France Letter of congratulation to Metropolitan Emmanuel of France following his election as president of the Conference of European Churches. 21 December 2009
Gilo settlement expansion 19 November 2009
Christmas Message 2009 From the World Council of Churches general secretary 16 November 2009
Congratulations to Lois Dauway Lois M. Dauway, a member of the WCC's Central Committee and Executive Committee, has been honoured for outstanding ecumenical service as this year's recipient of the J. Irwin Miller Award from the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. The award is given annually to a lay person in the US who has borne witness to Christian values while demonstrating commitment to church unity. 13 November 2009
To heads of states/governments involved in the Six Party Talks Open letter to heads of states and governments involved in the Six-Party Talks related to issues on the Korean peninsula. 12 November 2009
20th anniversary of 1st European Ecumenical Assembly Greeting on the 20th anniversary of the First European Ecumenical Assembly, Basel 28 May 2009
Congratulations to Bishop Johannes Hempel In einem Gratulationsschreiben an den früheren ÖRK-Präsidenten und säschsischen Landesbischof Dr. Johannes Hempel zu seinem achtzigsten Geburtstag, hobÖRK-Generalsekretär Samuel Kobia dessen Verdienste um die Ökumene und insbesondere den konziliaren Prozess für Gerechtigkeit, Frieden und Schöpfungsbewahrung hervor. 23 March 2009
Christmas Message 2008 From the World Council of Churches general secretary 15 December 2008
Message to the Synod of Bishops XII Ordinary General Assembly Greetings of the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, to the Synod of Bishops XII Ordinary General Assembly on 5-26 October 2008 in Rome. The theme of the assembly was "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." 03 October 2008
Message to the 34th General Assembly of the WSCF 17 July 2008
Letter of congratulations to Republic of Paraguay President-elect Fernando Lugo 29 April 2008
Christmas Message 2007 From the World Council of Churches general secretary 21 December 2007
Letter to the President of Brazil, Lui­s Inacio Lula da Silva Letter of appeal to the President of Brazil, Lui­s Inacio Lula da Silva, inspired by his message to the 9th Assembly of the WCC, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 14-23 February 2006, which strongly affirmed the role of the WCC and the need to continue together our journey in the path of social justice and the quest for human dignity. 13 December 2007
Letter to EU trade commissioner Mandelson on interim agreements with ACP countries The letter expresses concern about undue pressure exerted by the European Union on African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to sign interim Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) by the end of the year. 06 December 2007
Letter to the Grand Rabbin Izhak Dayan, Geneva Please refer to the original text in French. 24 May 2007
Letter to Prime Minister Suleiman al-Bakhit Letter to the Prime Minister of Jordan Dr Marouf Suleiman al-Bakhit, expressing concern over the news that the Jordanian government decided to withdraw its recognition from the legally elected Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine. 18 May 2007
Epiphany letter 15 January 2007
Christmas message 2006 From the World Council of Churches general secretary 15 November 2006
Congo elections 24 July 2006
Children and armed conflict Message by WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia 13 July 2006
Appeal against the Second Report of the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba Letter to President George W. Bush 10 July 2006
Letter to member churches in Indonesia Letter to member churches in Indonesia following the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that shook the area around Indonesia's ancient royal city of Yogyakarta on 27 May 2006. 29 May 2006
Letter to Indonesian president Letter to the Indonesian president following the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that shook the area around Indonesia's ancient royal city of Yogyakarta on 27 May 2006. 29 May 2006
Congratulations to Evo Morales on election as President of Bolivia Letter to H.E. Mr Evo Morales, President of the Republic of Bolivia, 31 January 2006 31 January 2006
Christmas Message 2005 From the World Council of Churches general secretary 20 November 2005
Letter to Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi Letter to prime minister Meles Zenawi expressing concern over the deaths of many Ethiopians following demonstrations and riots in Addis Ababa. 04 November 2005
UN reform 07 September 2005
International Day of Prayer for Peace 05 September 2005
Iraqi tragedy 01 September 2005
Carta a las iglesias de Bolivia Letter to Bolivian churches 03 June 2005
Role of the African Union in Togo Letter to the chairman of the African Union 21 April 2005
Sudan peace agreement Message to to the churches and people of Sudan on the signing of the historic peace agreement between the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Sudan People's Liberation Movement on 9 January 2005 17 January 2005
Christmas Message 2004 From the World Council of Churches general secretary 09 December 2004
Message to the 34th General Assembly of the United Church of Christ in Japan WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia salutes the long history of the United Church of Christ in Japan in responding to Jesus' healing ministry as a true sign of liberation through holistic ministries. 14 October 2004
Peace and reconciliation in the Great Lakes Region Letter to H.E. President Joseph Kabila, Democratic Republic of the Congo 24 June 2004
Easter message Easter message to the churches from the general secretary of the WCC, March 2004 31 March 2004
Christmas message 2003 Konrad Raiser, pastor, professor and theologian, member of the Evangelical Church of Germany, concluded an 11-year mandate as general secretary of the World Council of Churches at the end of December 2003. 02 December 2003
Christmas Message 2000 Issued in Geneva, 17 November 2000, by the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser 17 November 2000
Christmas Message 1999 by the Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, general secretary of the World Council of Churches 19 November 1999
Congratulations on the granting of the World Methodist Council's Peace Prize to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo Conveyed by letter to Bishop Aldo M. Etchegoyen of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina. 13 August 1999