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One God, one humanity 07 November 2017 Lecture - Speech Speech by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at a Muslim World League symposium in Geneva entitled “The Role of Religions on the Strengthening of World Peace.”
Greetings to Hindus on the occasion of Diwali 2017 18 October 2017 Statement: letter 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.
Rosh Ha-Shanah greetings to Jewish partners 20 September 2017 Message "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.
WCC expresses grave concern for Rohingya people in Myanmar 14 September 2017 Statement: public statement The World Council of Churches (WCC) expresses its concern about the situation of the Rohingya people and the circumstances in Rakhine state that have forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and country. According to UN and reputable media reports, some 379,000 Rohingya people have sought refuge in Bangladesh since 25 August, fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
Vesakh 2017 08 May 2017 Statement: letter 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.
Is religion discriminatory? 14 February 2017 Lecture - Speech Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's panel contribution during a conference at a cultural center in Trondheim, Norway.
Greetings to Hindus on the occasion of Diwali 2016 31 October 2016 Message 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.
Joint Communique issued by the delegations representing the World Council of Churches and the Muslim Council of Elders 01 October 2016 Statement: public statement Joint Communique issued by the delegations representing the World Council of Churches and the Muslim Council of Elders at the meeting held 30 September – 1 October 2016 Geneva, Switzerland.
The joint pilgrimage of justice and peace 20 August 2016 Lecture - Speech Speech by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the launch of the International Centre for Inter-Faith Peace and Harmony, 19 August 2016 in Kaduna, Nigeria.
The Relationship between Religion and the Public Square 01 February 2016 Lecture - Speech 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.
An Interfaith Call for Justice and Compassion in Finance 29 November 2015 Statement: public statement Statement by participants of a Workshop on Faith and Finance reflecting upon the role of money and finance in the current economic and social order from their perspectives as Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims.
Called to Dialogue 19 November 2015 Background document Inter-religious and Intra-Christian Dialogue in Ecumenical Conversation - A Practical Guide.
CID-WCC Joint Communique 17 November 2015 Statement: public statement 8th Meeting for Dialogue between the Centre for Interreligious Dialogue (CID) from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the WCC
Diwali 2015 11 November 2015 Pastoral letter Greetings of peace and prosperity to Hindus on the occasion of Diwali.
Eid al Fitr greetings 17 July 2015 Message Eid al Fitr greetings to the worldwide Muslim community from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary.
Clare Amos ICCJ presentation 03 July 2015 Lecture - Speech Presentation at the conference of the International Council of Christians and Jews, Rome, by Dr Clare Amos, WCC programme executive for inter-religious dialogue and cooperation.
Statement condemning attacks on religious sites in West Bank and Jerusalem 27 February 2015 Statement: public statement Statement from WCC acting general secretary Georges Lemopoulos condemning the recent attacks against a mosque in the West Bank and a Christian centre in Jerusalem.
Statement condemning attacks on Christians in Syria 25 February 2015 Statement: public statement Statement condemning attacks and atrocities by the so-called “Islamic State” perpetrated against Assyrian Christians in Syria.
Statement on Nigeria attacks 12 January 2015 Statement: public statement WCC statement expressing shock over the attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria, which is said to have cost the lives of more than 2,000 people, including children used in suicide bomb attacks.
Greetings to Hindus on the occasion of Diwali 22 October 2014 Message Greetings from the WCC general secretray Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to Hindus on the occasion of Diwali.
Interfaith statement on climate change 21 September 2014 Statement: public statement The statement produced at the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change 2014, presented to the deputy-secretary general of the UN, Jan Eliasson. The Interfaith Summit on Climate Change was hosted by the WCC and Religions for Peace in New York.
Ecumenical Conversations Report 10 February 2014 Report Reports, Affirmations and Challenges from the Ecumenical Conversations at the WCC 10th Assembly
Statement on the Politicization of Religion and Rights of Religious Minorities 08 November 2013 Statement: public statement Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Greetings of Peace from an inter-religious guest 06 November 2013 Message Professor Ram Puniyani, a former professor of biomedical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, is chairperson of the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai, India.
Greetings from the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations 04 November 2013 Message Delivered by Rabbi David Fox Sandmel to the WCC 10th Assembly Mission Plenary.
Message from Rissho Kosei-Kai 01 November 2013 Message Delivered by the Rev. Yasutaka Watanabe, chair of Rissho Kosei-Kai's Board of Trustees, to the WCC 10th Assembly Asia Plenary.
Statement urging non-violence and respect for religions 14 September 2012 S WCC statement urging non-violence and respect for religions following the release of an Anti-Islamic film on YouTube.
Good Practices Series: Massa-Massar, the Journey 31 December 2011 Background document Programmes on interfaith learning are important in Israel because they fill a gap in the educational system. Published in part by Arigatou Foundation.
Christian Self-Understanding in Relation to Hindu Religion 18 October 2011 A A consultation with the participation of thirty persons from most of the major traditions of the Christian church met at the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, Switzerland, from the 12-15 October 2011 under the auspices of the World Council of Churches to explore the issues of Christian self-understanding in relation to their Hindu neighbours and to Hinduism as a religious tradition.
End of Ramadan 2011 31 August 2011 S Message from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to Muslim partners on the occasion of the end of Ramadan.
Presentation to the World Islamic Call Society 10 January 2011 Lecture - Speech Presentation by the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, to the World Islamic Call Society, Tripoli, Libya, 10 January 2011
Inter-faith Initiative to End Violence Against Children in Swaziland 19 November 2010 Background document Members of 8 faith organisations met to discuss the role of religious organisations in the national response to violence against children.
Opening address at Muslim-Christian consultation 01 November 2010 Lecture - Speech Opening Address by the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Muslim-Christian consultation, Geneva, 1 November 2010
Message on the occasion of Eid al Fitr (end of Ramadan) 1431 H. / 2010 a.d. 08 September 2010 Message Sent to Muslim leaders and dialogue partners on 8 September 2010
Sheikh Mohammed Sayyid Tantawi 12 March 2010 Tribute In this condolence letter to the al-Azhar University, WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit expresses great respect and appreciation for Sheikh Tantawi's remarkable contribution to Islamic scholarship, for his prominent role and genuine commitment to intercultural and inter-religious dialogue.
Minute on the responsibility of churches for communities enduring anti-Christian violence 02 September 2009
Bible study on reconciliation among religions 28 August 2009 L Bible Study by the Right Reverend Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, for the WCC Central Committee, which met from 26 August to 2 September 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.
3rd Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions 01 July 2009 Lecture - Speech Speech of WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia at the Kazakhstan Third Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.
Statement on the Gaza war 20 February 2009 S
Joint communiqué of the symposium on "Religion and peaceful co-existence" 14 December 2008 M This communiqué was issued by the The World Council of Churches (WCC, Geneva, Switzerland) and the Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (Tehran, Iran) at the end of their fifth symposium that took place in Tehran on 13-14 December 2008.
Christian Self Understanding in Relation to Islam 20 October 2008 R
Address by Catholicos Aram I: Living as a community with Islam 18 October 2008 Lecture - Speech This is the text of a keynote lecture delivered by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I at an ecumenical consultation, organized by the World Council of Churches, together with Secretaries of Christian World Communions 18-20 October 2008, Geneva, Switzerland.
Metropolitan Emmanuel of France's address to the World Conference on Dialogue 18 July 2008 Lecture - Speech Madrid, Spain
Learning to Explore Love Together 20 March 2008 S On 13 October 2007 a group of 138 Muslim scholars addressed an open letter to Christian leaders. Among those addressed was the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. Based on initial responses from member churches, the WCC initiated a process of responding to the letter. Since November 2007 the WCC commenced consultation with its member churches and ecumenical partners, a number of whom responded with great enthusiasm. This was followed by a meeting of scholars and church experts engaged in the field of Christian-Muslim relations. Their deliberations produced the following commentary on the letter entitled "Learning to Explore Love Together". The commentary is intended to assist the churches in reading and responding to the letter "A Common Word". The document includes suggestions to encourage member churches and ecumenical partners in their reflection on the Letter and in its invitation to explore together with Muslim fellows the love of God and the love of neighbour in their respective contexts. Churches and ecumenical partners are then invited to share their reflections with the WCC as a contribution to a common understanding of and a common response to this initiative.
Learning To Live Together 01 January 2008 Background document An Intercultural and Interfaith Programme for Ethics Information. Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children, Global Networks of Religions for Children, Arigatou Foundation.
Kirchentag 07 June 2007 Lecture - Speech Keynote lecture by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
Letter to the Grand Rabbin Izhak Dayan, Geneva 24 May 2007 Statement: letter Please refer to the original text in French.
Expression of concern on religious tension in Palu, Central Sulawesi 18 October 2006 S
Recognition by Israel of His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus III 29 September 2006 S
Minute on Kosovo 06 September 2006 Statement: minute WCC Central Committee, Geneva, 30 August-6 September 2006
Minute on Sudan 06 September 2006 Statement: minute WCC Central Committee, Geneva, 30 August-6 September 2006
Appeal for respect of right to religious freedom 02 August 2006 S
Grand rabbin Alexandre Safran 28 July 2006 Tribute Condolence letter to the Jewish community of Geneva by the WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia (in French).
The Mandate and Work of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion 01 June 2006 S
Executive Committee May 2006 Statement on the Conflict in Israel/Palestine: The Time Is Ripe To Do What 19 May 2006 S
Report from Inter-Religious Consultation on Conversion 16 May 2006 R
The Right to Education in Pakistan 21 April 2006 S
Minute on Mutual Respect, Responsibility and Dialogue with People of other Faiths 23 February 2006 S
7. Minute on mutual respect, responsibility and dialogue with people of other faiths 23 February 2006 S
Katsunori Yamanoi 17 February 2006 L
Prince El Hassan bin Talal 14 February 2006 L
Deborah Weissman 14 February 2006 L
Brazilian Inter-religious Group 14 February 2006 L
Expression of concern at recent statements by Iranian President 03 November 2005 S
Message on the Episcopal Silver Jubilee year of Dr Alexander John Malik 27 October 2005 S
Right to religious freedom 31 August 2005 S
Background Information to Evaluate the Gaza Pullout 22 August 2005 B
INF 4 Hearings 22 February 2005 R
Statement on the Iraq Crisis: Enhancing Peace, Accountability and the Rule 22 February 2005 A
Partnerships between churches and people living with HIV/AIDS organizations 01 January 2005 Policy document Guidelines (working document) 2005
Partnerships between churches and people living with HIV/AIDS organizations 01 January 2005 Policy document Guidelines (working document) 2005
Cairo declaration 13 December 2004 S
Inter-religious dialogue 05 August 2004 Lecture - Speech Presentation at the Faith and Order Plenary 2004, by the Rev. Dr Jacob Kurien, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
Inter-religious dialogue 05 August 2004 Lecture - Speech Presentation at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting 2004, by Rev. Prof. S. Mark Heim, American Baptist Churches in the USA
Muslim Workshop on HIV/AIDS 09 July 2004 S
Question of Religious Intolerance: Pakistan, Indonesia 23 April 2004 S
Religious Plurality and Christian Self-Understanding 01 January 2004 S This unofficial text is the result of a unique collaboration among WCC Interreligious Relations, Mission and Evangelism, and Faith and Order staff, and their respective commissions or advisory bodies. It seeks a new approach to the difficult and controversial issues related to Christian self-understanding in a religiously plural world. The text, which is provisional as it has not been submitted to or adopted by any official WCC body, is shared here as a document for discussion and debate.
Ecumenical considerations for dialogue and relations with people of other religions 01 January 2004 Report Ecumenical Considerations for Dialogue and Relations with People of Other Religions, Geneva, WCC, 2003. Paper received by the Central Committee and sent to churches for study.
Religious Freedom and Liberty in the Emerging Context 18 December 2003 S
Statement on Iraq 02 September 2003 A
Statement on Europe 02 September 2003 B
Hearings 02 September 2003
Statement on the War in Iraq 20 March 2003 S
Pakistan - Condemnation of the assassination of human rights defenders 01 October 2002 S
Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement article on Interfaith Dialogue 01 September 2002 B The following article is the entry on Interfaith Dialogue (Dialogue, Interfaith) from the revised edition of the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement published jointly by the World Council of Churches and the Wm. Eerdmans in 2002.
India - Condemnation of inter-communal violence in Gujarat 05 March 2002 S
Indonesia - Appeal on sectarian violence in Central Sulawesi 10 December 2001 S
Expression of deep concern about the safety and security of the Christian minority in Pakistan 29 October 2001 S
Minute on Indonesia 06 February 2001 M
List of major meetings: 1969-2001 01 February 2001 Background document WCC programme on Interreligious dialogue and cooperation
Striving Together in Dialogue 01 November 2000 S This document has been published by the World Council of Churches and other partners, including Islamic organisations and specialised journals. It is the fruit of a Muslim-Christian meeting held in Amersfoort, Netherlands in November 2000. Convened by the World Council of Churches, it took stock of the various Christian-Muslim dialogue initiatives of this organisation since 1991. During the last nine years, Christian and Muslim religious leaders, educators and activists have discussed the thorny and sometimes divisive issues of religion, law and society, human rights, religious freedom, community rights, mission and da'wa and communal tensions. This document draws largely on their questions, reflections and conclusions.
Teaching Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions 23 October 2000 Report Consultation report of a 19-23 October 2000 consultation in Geneva on "Concepts of teaching and learning in religions: teaching Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions", held in cooperation with the German Comenius Institute "At this point in history, two main trends - globalization and pluralism - are the focus of the ecumenical movement, and are decisive elements influencing societies and all areas of education all over the world. Both trends present challenges and opportunites for intercultural and interreligious exchange and learning."
indonesia - Appeal on the situation in the Malukus 13 July 2000 S
Appeal to Indonesian Government to end impunity 12 January 2000 S
Yugoslavia [Former] - Condemnation of the destruction of churches 03 December 1999 S
Yugoslavia [Former] - Ecumenical delegation visit to Kosovo 29 June 1999 S
Yugoslavia [Former] - Pastoral letter to the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church 24 June 1999 P
Indonesia - Appeal for decided action to stop inter-communal violence 01 March 1999 S
Indonesia - Ecumenical delegation visit on request of the WCC eighth assembly 03 February 1999 A
Response by Krister Stendahl 10 May 1997 L "Formation of Christian Folks in a Plural World" - a response by Krister Stendahl to the paper "Formation of the Laos".
Baar Statement: Theological Perspectives on Plurality 15 January 1990 S The Dialogue sub-unit of the WCC undertook a four-year study programme on 'My Neighbour's Faith and Mine - Theological Discoveries through Interfaith Dialogue'. As the apex of this study, delegates from the Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions were brought together to reflect on some of these issues. A week of intense discussions centred on questions such as the significance of religious plurality, christology, and the issues in understanding the activity of the Spirit in the world. The document which follows is a statement made by the members of this consultation, which was held in Baar, near Zurich, Switzerland in January 1990. It is hoped that the statement will help to animate and facilitate the discussion of these important issues as we face the Seventh Assembly in Canberra in February 1991.
Study I: Living in a Religiously Plural World 01 January 1986 S
Study VII: Spirituality 01 January 1986 Study document The study guide My Neighbour's Faith and Mine: Theological discoveries through interfaith dialogue, was published by the WCC in 1986. Since then it has been translated into numerous languages and used widely.
Study VI: Witness in a Religiously Plural World 01 January 1986 Study document The study guide My Neighbour's Faith and Mine: Theological discoveries through interfaith dialogue, was published by the WCC in 1986. Since then it has been translated into numerous languages and used widely.
Study V: The Experience of Salvation 01 January 1986 Study document The study guide My Neighbour's Faith and Mine: Theological discoveries through interfaith dialogue, was published by the WCC in 1986. Since then it has been translated into numerous languages and used widely.
Study IV: Jesus Christ 01 January 1986 Study document The study guide My Neighbour's Faith and Mine: Theological discoveries through interfaith dialogue, was published by the WCC in 1986. Since then it has been translated into numerous languages and used widely.
Study III: Scriptures 01 January 1986 Study document The study guide My Neighbour's Faith and Mine: Theological discoveries through interfaith dialogue, was published by the WCC in 1986. Since then it has been translated into numerous languages and used widely.
Study II: Creation 01 January 1986 Study document The study guide My Neighbour's Faith and Mine: Theological discoveries through interfaith dialogue, was published by the WCC in 1986. Since then it has been translated into numerous languages and used widely.
Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian Dialogue 16 July 1982 P In 1975 the Consultation on the Church and the Jewish People (CCJP) voted to begin the process that has borne fruit in these Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian dialogue. The first step was to request preparatory papers from the various regions with experience in Jewish-Christian dialogue. When the Central Committee adopted "Guidelines on Dialogue" in 1979, work on developing specific suggestions for Jewish-Christian dialogue began and, after a period of drafting and revisions, a draft was presented for comments to the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), the CCJP's primary Jewish dialogue partner. After discussion in the DFI Working Group in 1980, a revised draft was circulated among interested persons in the churches and comments solicited. Many and substantial comments and suggestions were received. When it met in London Colney, England, in June 1981, the CCJP adopted its final revisions and submitted them to the DFI Working Group, which adopted them at its meeting in Bali, Indonesia, 2 January 1982, having made its own revisions at a few points. On the advice of the February 1982 WCC Executive Committee, various concerned member churches and various members of the CCJP were further consulted in order to revise and re-order the text. The result, "Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian Dialogue", was "received and commended to the churches for study and action" by the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches at Geneva on 16 July 1982.
Concerns of the churches - The Christian approach to the Jews 01 August 1948 Report Amsterdam Assembly 1948 Extracts from Report of Committee IV CONCERNS OF THE CHURCHES: 3.· THE CHRISTIAN APPROACH TO THE JEWS