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WCC general secretary sermon in Trefoldighetskirken, Oslo, 09/12/2017 09 December 2017 Sermon General Secretary Sermon by Rev. Dr Olav Fyke Tveit at the ecumenical peace worship, that took place at the Trinity Church in Oslo, Norway. The celebration was organised by the Church of Norway together with representatives of ICAN in connection with the award ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize.
One God, one humanity 07 November 2017 Lecture - Speech General Secretary 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.”
Communique of Burundian religious leaders on sustainable peace in Burundi 20 October 2017 Statement: public statement Other ecumenical bodies The communique following the meeting of Burundian religious leaders on sustaining peace in Burundi, held in Arusha, Tanzania, from 18 to 19 October 20, 2017, under the sponsorship of of the World Council of Churches and the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect
2017 prayer for peaceful reunification by KCF and NCCK and additional liturgical material 20 July 2017 Liturgical text Other ecumenical bodies Each year, Christians are invited to join in a prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula. Prepared by the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and the Korean Christian Federation (KCF), the prayer is traditionally used on the Sunday before 15 August every year.
Order of service for the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel 2017 20 July 2017 Liturgical text WCC Programmes (Resources adapted from the Pentecost Prayer in Jerusalem): "Come, Spirit of Peace: A Global Day of Prayer for Just Peace in the Holy Land". (Music included here reflects the original service in Jerusalem – other choices appropriate to the context could be made. The Pentecost theme need not be lost – we can call on the Spirit to come to our aid at any time, just as we call on the Spirit to bring peace and unity.)
Invitation to World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel 2017 19 July 2017 Pastoral letter General Secretary 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.
Presentation on Gender Justice at WCRC General Council 01 July 2017 Lecture - Speech Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) World Communion of Reformed Churches General Council theme presentation by Isabel Apawo Phiri, deputy general secretary of the WCC
Pentecost prayer for unity and just peace 05 June 2017 Sermon General Secretary Pentecost prayer for unity and just peace, by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, Jerusalem, 5 June 2017.
Pentecost Prayer for Unity and Just Peace 18 May 2017 Message General Secretary
Communiqué of the Executive of the Joint Working Group, 27 April 2017 27 April 2017 Message WCC Commisions Communiqué issued on 27 April, where the group stresses that migration and peace-building in situations of violence are the two burning issues that the JWG wants to address more specifically during its present mandate.
A moment of truth in Davos: Address inequality now 20 January 2017 Message General Secretary 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”.
Sermon by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, Ås Church, Ås, 1 January 2017 05 January 2017 Sermon General Secretary World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit preached on New Year’s Day in the Church of Ås in Norway, 1 January 2017
WCC policy on Palestine and Israel 1948-2016 (summary) 01 January 2017 Background document WCC Programmes This document is a summary and synthesis of policy positions on key issues pertaining to the situation in Palestine and Israel adopted by governing bodies of the World Council of Churches (WCC) from 1948 to 2016. It addresses major themes in these policy positions, but does not pretend to full comprehensiveness. The document has no official standing itself; for the official authoritative positions, the original policy documents referred to should be consulted directly.
The pilgrimage of healing, justice and peace 09 October 2016 Sermon General Secretary Sermon by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, at Knox Church, Christchurch, New Zealand on 9 October 2016.
International Peace Consultations, Berlin 2016 01 October 2016 Lecture - Speech Central Committee How to become a Just Peace Church – Social Change and the Renewal of the Churches through the Spirit of a Just Peace. By Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC Central Committee.
Joint Communique issued by the delegations representing the World Council of Churches and the Muslim Council of Elders 01 October 2016 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 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.
Communiqué of the JWG Plenary Meeting 2016 17 September 2016 Statement: public statement Joint Working Group With its 2016 plenary meeting, the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church (JWG) returned to the Ecumenical Institute at the Château de Bossey near Geneva, where the first meeting of the group was held in 1965.
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 General Secretary Letter from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on the occasion of the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 2016.
Dismantling barriers - A liturgy resource toolbox 16 September 2016 Liturgical text WCC Programmes A liturgy resource toolbox prepared for the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 18-24 September 2016.
Statement by general secretaries Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (WCC) and Jim Winkler (NCCCUSA) 15 September 2016 Statement: public statement General Secretary Statement by general secretaries Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (World Council of Churches) and Jim Winkler (National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA) on NCC/WCC Consultation on the Holy Land, 14 September, 2016
Churches Recommit to Accelerate HIV Response 28 June 2016 Pastoral letter Central Committee With this letter issued at its Central Committee meeting in Trondheim, the WCC reaffirmed its commitment to eliminating AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Identity Politics is not a Fatality 25 June 2016 Lecture - Speech Central Committee Middle East Plenary Speech by Dr Tarek Mitri
Statement on Colombian Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement 25 June 2016 Statement: public statement Central Committee The WCC Central Committee welcomes the news of the historic bilateral ceasefire agreement concluded by the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
Statement from the Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Consultation 10 June 2016 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement by the participants of the consultation organized by the WCC and the South African Council of Churches.
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Consultation 08 June 2016 Message WCC Programmes Welcome message by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC associate general secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia, at the consultation organized by the WCC and the South African Council of Churches.
An invitation to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace 07 June 2016 Background document WCC Programmes Brochure with impulses for reflection on pilgrimage, justice and peace, and pilgrim spirituality.
Air strike on Syrian refugee camp 06 May 2016 Statement: public statement General Secretary The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemns the air strike targetting the Kammouneh Syrian refugee camp, which is reported to have killed at least 28 people.
Pursuing peace and strengthening presence: The Atlanta Summit of Churches in the USA and the Holy Land 25 April 2016 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 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.
WCC and the UN: Common heritage and shared challenges 07 April 2016 Lecture - Speech General Secretary 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.
Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria 16 March 2016 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 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.
The role of religion in sustainable development and peace 17 February 2016 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Speech given by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at Partners for Change: Religions and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 17 February 2016.
An Interfaith Call for Justice and Compassion in Finance 29 November 2015 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes 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.
CID-WCC Joint Communique 17 November 2015 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes 8th Meeting for Dialogue between the Centre for Interreligious Dialogue (CID) from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the WCC
Pyongyang Appeal 28 October 2015 Statement: public statement Other ecumenical bodies By the Steering Group of the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula.
Letter to WCC member churches in Israel and Palestine 19 October 2015 Statement: letter General Secretary 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.
Statement calling for an end to foreign military interventions in Syria 12 October 2015 Statement: public statement General Secretary WCC statement calling for an end to foreign military interventions in Syria
Channels of Hope - impact case study 06 October 2015 Study document WCC Programmes Learning from the implementation of Channels of Hope for Child Protection in Malawi.
Statement on agreement between Colombian government and FARC 24 September 2015 Statement: public statement General Secretary Statement by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on the announcement of an agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC revolutionary force .
Where is our earth going? 23 September 2015 Liturgical text WCC Programmes (From: A collection of Prayer for Peace – 2006 Decade to Overcome Violence, WCC)
Prayer for Everyone, Ecumenical Centre, September 2015 23 September 2015 Liturgical text WCC Programmes A special service organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the Ecumenical Centre chapel in Geneva, Switzerland, dedicated prayers to the United Nations post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Walk of Peace – the right to hope 20 September 2015 Lecture - Speech Member church Speech delivered by Rev. Dr Hielke Wolters, associate general secretary of the WCC at the “Walk of Peace” on 20 September, organized by the Council of Churches in the Netherlands, among others.
Communiqué of the International Conference on Peace and Security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 01 June 2015 Message Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) On 27-29 May 2015, 75 participants gathered in Geneva for an international conference on peace and security in the Democratic Republic of Congo, at the invitation of the World Council of Churches.
Preparing for pilgrimage, Participant guide 04 May 2015 Study document WCC Programmes As local members of a global fellowship, we are encouraged to explore the meaning of pilgrimage in our context and in light of our faith. This three-part study series is designed as a guide to that initial process of exploration.
Climate Change - The policy of the national investing bodies of the Church of England 30 April 2015 Policy document WCC Programmes The central conclusions of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC, published in 2013-2014, are that climate change is occurring and that human activity, particularly through the emission of carbon dioxide, is very likely to be the dominant cause.
Letter to Indonesian president 28 April 2015 Statement: letter General Secretary 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.
Killings of Ethiopian Christians 21 April 2015 Statement: letter General Secretary 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.
South Sudan church leaders' message on conflict in South Sudan 17 April 2015 Message Member church Message from South Sudanese church leaders, following a meeting organized by the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) in Juba, from 18 to 26 March 2015 to reflect on situation of conflict in the country and the collapse of the IGAD peace talks.
Statement from WCC-CCC-CLAI on US-Cuba relations 09 April 2015 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Statement from Cuban Council of Churches, the Latin American Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches USA, and the WCC urging normalization of Cuba-USA relations.
Guide: Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in social media 30 March 2015 Background document WCC Programmes A short summary of the questions we are invited to reflect on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, and the hashtags that are used on Twitter and in other social media for this purpose.
Communiqué by WCC delegation to Ukraine 20 March 2015 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes A WCC delegation led by the general secretary visited Ukraine from 17 to 20 March 2015.
Prayer for peace in Syria and beyond 20 March 2015 Liturgical text WCC Programmes During Lent 2015, the WCC is inviting its member churches, and Christians worldwide to offer special prayers for all innocent people affected by war, especially in the countries of Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt.
Ninan Koshy 06 March 2015 Tribute General Secretary WCC tribute to Dr Ninan Koshy, former executive secretary and director of the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
Leopoldo J. Niilus 10 February 2015 Tribute General Secretary A tribute to Leopoldo J. Niilus (1930 – 2015), WCC former director for Commission of the Churches on International Affairs by the WCC acting general secretary Rev. Dr Hielke Wolters.
Statement of concern over recent protests (against an electoral law) in the Democratic Republic of Congo 22 January 2015 Statement: public statement Commission on International Affairs Statement of concern over recent protests (against an electoral law) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Statement on Nigeria attacks 12 January 2015 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes 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.
The Voice that Tells Us the Way to Justice and Peace 10 December 2014 Sermon General Secretary Sermon from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, at the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Ecumenical Advent Prayer for Peace Kyoto Catholic Cathedral, Kyoto, Japan.
Statement on Nigeria mosque attack 03 December 2014 Statement: public statement General Secretary Statement from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit following the attack on the Great Mosque of Kano in Nigeria on 28 November.
Message for World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2014 18 September 2014 Message General Secretary 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.
Oral intervention Special Session on Iraq 01 September 2014 Lecture - Speech Commission on International Affairs Oral intervention - Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Human Rights Situation in Iraq Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the WCC on 1 September 2014.
Statement for UNHRC special session on Iraq 01 September 2014 Statement: public statement Commission on International Affairs Statement by the WCC's Commission of Churches on International Affairs for the UN Human Rights Council's special session on the human rights situation in Iraq, held on 1 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Letter to the WCC member churches in Northern Iraq 07 August 2014 Statement: letter WCC Programmes An open letter to the WCC member churches in Northern Iraq by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate general secretary of the WCC, soliciting prayers for the Christians, the church communities and all the suffering people on the Plain of Nineveh in northern Iraq, as well as the surrounding region. Reports in recent days have confirmed the forced displacement and indiscriminate killing of Christians, Yazidis, and members of other vulnerable religious and ethnic communities in Iraq as the result of military attacks by the “Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham” (ISIS).
Letter to the UN Secretary General on Iraq 07 August 2014 Statement: letter WCC Programmes Open letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate general secretary of the WCC, expressing concern over the fate of hundreds of thousands of Christians, Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic groups being killed and forced to flee from their ancestral land in Iraq by radical combatants from the so-called “Islamic State”.
Statement on Gaza 22 July 2014 Statement: public statement General Secretary Expressing grave concern over the escalation of military operations in Gaza, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza.
Concern over violence in Gaza 11 July 2014 Statement: public statement General Secretary WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemns attacks by the Israeli military on the civilian population in Gaza, as well as firing of rockets by militants from Gaza to Israel.
Pastoral letter on the death of three Israeli teenagers 01 July 2014 General Secretary WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's pastoral letter on the death of the three Israeli teenagers.
Address to meeting of European Council of Religious Leaders 13 May 2014 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Address to 11th annual meeting of European Council of Religious Leaders by the WCC general secretary at the Round Table on Societies in Transition: The Role of Inter-Religious Dialogue and Cooperation, held in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Message from Mainz – German Ecumenical Assembly 2014 05 May 2014 Message Other ecumenical bodies ”The Future We Want – Life, not Destruction”
Greetings to the Ecumenical Assembly 2014 in Mainz 05 May 2014 Message General Secretary 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”.
Palestinian Prisoners Day: A call to churches worldwide to pray and act for justice 17 April 2014 Statement: public statement General Secretary Issued by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, on 17 April 2014.
Easter letter 2014 15 April 2014 Letter General Secretary WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's Easter letter to the member churches.
Concern over Israeli law on the status of Arab Christian citizens 19 March 2014 Statement from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the WCC general secretary, expressing concern about the law passed by the Israeli Knesset on 24 February 2014.
Bible study: Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace 25 February 2014 Study document WCC Programmes Prepared by Dr Marina Ngursangzeli Behera, professor of Ecumenical Missiology at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, for the WCC Staff Planning Days 2014.
Minute on South Sudan 12 February 2014 Statement: minute Executive committee Minute on South Sudan adopted by the WCC Executive Committee during its meeting from 7 to 12 February 2014 in Bossey and Geneva, Switzerland.
Statement on use of drones and denial of the right to life 12 February 2014 Statement: public statement Executive committee Statement on the use of drones and denial of the right to life adopted by the WCC Executive Committee during its meeting from 7 to 12 February 2014 in Bossey and Geneva, Switzerland.
Ecumenical Conversations Report 10 February 2014 Report Assembly Reports, Affirmations and Challenges from the Ecumenical Conversations at the WCC 10th Assembly
General secretary's report 07 February 2014 Report General Secretary Report from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, presented on 7 February 2014 at the WCC Executive Committee meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland, interpreting and following up mandate from the WCC 10th Assembly, including his reflections on what it means to be together on a “pilgrimage for justice and peace”.
Hidden In Plain Sight: Executive Summary 01 January 2014 Background document WCC Programmes A statistical analysis of violence against children, published by UNICEF.
The rule of tyranny and the Reign of God 26 December 2013 Message Commission on International Affairs A Christmas reflection by Bishop Duleep de Chickera, a member of the WCC's Commission of the Churches on International Affairs.
Dr Kang Moon-Kyu 18 December 2013 Tribute General Secretary Condolence letter to the widow of Dr Kang Moon-Kyu, an outstanding ecumenical leader and a former president of the World Council of Churches
Christmas Message 2013 04 December 2013 Message General Secretary Christmas Message 2013 from the World Council of Churches general secretary.
Comment on Iran nuclear agreement 27 November 2013 Statement: public statement General Secretary WCC general secretary's public comment on Iran nuclear agreement
Statement affirming the Christian presence and witness in the Middle East 08 November 2013 Statement: public statement Assembly Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Minute on 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide 08 November 2013 Statement: minute Assembly The Minute on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Statement on the Current Critical Situation of Abyei in South Sudan 08 November 2013 Statement: public statement Assembly Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Statement on Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula 08 November 2013 Statement: public statement Assembly Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Minute on the Situation in Democratic Republic of Congo 08 November 2013 Statement: minute Assembly Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Statement on the Way of Just Peace 08 November 2013 Statement: public statement Assembly The Statement on the Way of Just Peace was adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Statement on the Politicization of Religion and Rights of Religious Minorities 08 November 2013 Statement: public statement Assembly Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Statement on the Human Rights of Stateless People 08 November 2013 Statement: public statement Assembly Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
OPCW Nobel Peace Prize 14 October 2013 Statement: public statement General Secretary Congratulations to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2013, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Report of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation 06 August 2013 Report WCC Programmes At the IEPC, held in May 2011 in Kingston, Jamaica, more than 1000 participants were nourished and enriched by a renewed theological, moral and spiritual incitement to unite in the call to build a culture of justice and peace.
68th anniversary of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 05 August 2013 Statement: public statement General Secretary Public comment by the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
Go in Peace 15 July 2013 S Assembly Bible study on John 14:27-31 by Néstor O. Míguez for the WCC Assembly, 7 November 2013: At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “peace.” When Jesus tells us about peace, the night before his betrayal and death, he is not speaking from a peaceful place in his own life. Where and what kind of peace are the church and the ecumenical movement talking about? God's peace is not temporary, and it does not have to do with happy events. Peace is a matter of life for those people who are yearning for it. At the end of the assembly, “go in peace” will be a biblical and missiological empowerment and mandate for us to bear witness to the vision of abundant life in the new heaven and earth.
Greetings to the DIAKONIA 21st World Assembly in Berlin 02 July 2013 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Speech of the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the DIAKONIA 21st World Assembly in Berlin, Germany on 1 July addressing the theme “Diaconia – Healing and Wholeness for the World”.
Communiqué on Asia’s human security challenges 12 June 2013 Statement: public statement Commission on International Affairs Communiqué titled "Seeds of hope for building peace with justice for fullness of life in Asia" produced by the participants of an international consultation on "Asia’s Human Security Challenges: Towards Sustainable Peace with Justice in North East Asia" organized by the CCIA and the Christian Conference of Asia.
Peace and security in Latin America 15 March 2013 S Executive committee The proposal by the Officers, in its meeting in December 2012, for a statement by the executive committee on Peace and Human Security in Latin America was discussed by the Public Issues Sub-Committee (PIC) and the PIC decided to propose the statement below for action by the executive committee.
Communiqué on peace and human security in Latin America 06 December 2012 S Commission on International Affairs Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) of the World Council of Churches ( WCC) ‘Peace and Human Security in Latin America: Ecumenical Responses’ Communiqué from Antigua, Guatemala, 2nd December 2012
Christmas Message 2012 29 November 2012 Message General Secretary Christmas Message 2012 from the World Council of Churches general secretary.
Report on Public Issues 04 September 2012 Report Central Committee WCC Central Committee Kolympari, Crete, 28 August - 5 September
VII. Minute on reconciliation and peace building in Myanmar 04 September 2012 Central Committee Minute on churches’ participation in reconciliation and peace building amidst ethnic conflicts in Myanmar adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
I. Statement on re-inscription of French Polynesia (Maohi Nui) on UN List of Countries to be Decolonized 04 September 2012 S Central Committee Statement on the re-inscription of French Polynesia (Maohi Nui) on the United Nations List of Countries to be Decolonized, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
Reflection by Jørgen Thomsen, DanChurchAid, at WCC Round Table Meeting 2012 10 May 2012 L Other ecumenical bodies "God of life – lead us to Justice and Peace" Reflection for Prayer at WCC Round Table Meeting , 10 May 2012
Easter letter to member churches 13 April 2012 S General Secretary The pure gift of peace, meant to be shared freely as a blessing from God, is the theme of an Easter 2012 reflection by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Good Practices Series: Massa-Massar, the Journey 31 December 2011 Background document WCC Programmes Programmes on interfaith learning are important in Israel because they fill a gap in the educational system. Published in part by Arigatou Foundation.
Christmas Message 2011 25 November 2011 Message General Secretary Christmas Message 2011 from the World Council of Churches general secretary.
Interfaith peace meeting in Assisi 27 October 2011 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Olav Fykse Tveit's address on the Day of Reflection, Dialogue and Prayer for Peace and Justice in the World
Wangari Maathai 07 October 2011 Tribute General Secretary This tribute by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the late Professor Dr Wangari Muta Maathai of Kenya was presented at a memorial service in the Ecumenical Centre chapel in Geneva. Maathai, who died on 25 September 2011, had participated in a number of conferences and committees of the WCC related to ecological justice and peace.
2011 Nobel Peace Prize 07 October 2011 General Secretary In a statement published on Friday 7 October, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, formally acknowledged the commitment and achievements of the three women who are to be awarded this year's Nobel prize for peace. It was announced on Friday morning that the prize will be shared by Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Roberta Gwobee of Liberia and Yemeni woman's rights activist Tawakkul Karman.
UN membership application of Palestine 28 September 2011 S General Secretary In a statement published on Wednesday 28 September 2011 in Geneva, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said that the WCC and its member churches were watching to see if peace and justice would be served in how the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly process the application of Palestine to become a full member state of the UN.
Minute on Peace and Security in South Asia 16 September 2011 S Executive committee Public statement by the WCC Executive Committee at its meeting held 12-16 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Statement on a call to promote peace and human security in Somalia 16 September 2011 S Executive committee Public statement by the WCC Executive Committee at its meeting held 12-16 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
A prayer of the people: 11 September 2011 07 September 2011 Liturgical text WCC Programmes A prayer written for the 10th anniversary of 11 September 2001
Ten years after 9/11 07 September 2011 Statement: public statement General Secretary Ten years after the 9 September 2001, when thousands of people from more than 90 countries were killed in a coordinated assault on targets in the United States, the WCC general secretary reflects on the legacy of pain, grief, disorder and enmity, and on the power and meaning to be found in supportive prayers and other expressions of compassion.
A reflection on the Christian peace comitment 03 September 2011 L WCC Presidents "Construyendo puentes. Reflexiones sobre el compromiso cristiano a favor de la paz" is a reflection by the Rev. Dr Ofelia Ortega, from the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba and the WCC president from the Latin American and Caribbean region, for the International Day of Prayer for Peace 2011. Available only in Spanish.
Pacific Conference of Churches 50th anniversary 31 August 2011 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Address by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, at the conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Pacific Conference of Churches.
Communiqué on peace and security in Asia 05 August 2011 S WCC Programmes Church and ecumenical leaders from Asia gathered at the Bangkok Christian Guest House in Thailand from 2 to 5 August 2011, on the invitation of the WCC and CCA, to address emerging concerns in Asia, with a thematic focus on Peace and Security in Asia: Ecumenical Responses.
Danube Wave of Peace 02 July 2011 General Secretary Sermon by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general scretary, at the closing celebration of the Danube Wave of Peace in Ulm, Germany.
Climate Justice and Human Rights 17 May 2011 L WCC Programmes Presentation on Climate Justice and Human Rights by Theodor Rathgeber at the meeting of the WCC Working Group on Climate Change held immediately before the IEPC in Kingston.
Expression of hope for Palestinian Unity 10 May 2011 S General Secretary WCC general secretary welcomes the May 2011 agreement ending political division and seeking the achievement of national unity Egypt between the two Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas.
Ending Corporal Punishment of Children- a handbook for working with and within religious communities 01 May 2011 Background document WCC Programmes The handbook refers to examples of religious texts which have been used to justify corporal punishment, but a detailed, scholarly commentary on the different scriptures and religious texts relating to corporal punishment is beyond its scope.
Resolution on the escalation of violence in Libya 22 February 2011 S Central Committee On the final morning of its proceedings the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee adopted a resolution concerning the escalating violence in Libya condemning the use of force on all sides and calling for the respect for human rights of all people in Libya.
Meditation by Rev. Dr Ofelia Ortega Suarez 16 February 2011 S WCC Presidents Meditation by Rev. Dr Ofelia Ortega Suárez, WCC president from the Caribbean/Latin America, at the opening prayer service of the Central Committee meeting February 2011.
Address of the Moderator 16 February 2011 Moderator of Central Committee Address by moderator Rev. Dr Walter Altmann to the WCC Central Committee at its February 2011 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mediation by Archbishop Prof. Dr Anastasios 16 February 2011 S WCC Presidents Meditation by Archbishop Prof. Dr Anastasios of Tirana and Durres, Primate of Albania, at the opening prayer service of the Central Committee meeting February 2011
Women Respond to the Kairos Palestine Document 18 December 2010 Message WCC Programmes Thirty women gathered in Bethlehem on 13-18 December 2010 to celebrate the first anniversary of the «Kairos Palestine» document on the quest for peace and human rights in Palestine and Israel. The gathering also reflected theologically on the content of the text. Participants came from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Latin America and Australia.
Christmas Message 2010 13 December 2010 Message General Secretary Christmas Message 2010 from the World Council of Churches general secretary.
International Congress on the Human Right to Peace 09 December 2010 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Address at the opening of the International Congress on the Human Right to Peace in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 09 December 2010, by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches
Living Letters visit to the Philippines 04 December 2010 S WCC Programmes A team of church representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America made this statement at the end of a solidarity visit to churches, ecumenical organizations and civil society organizations in the Philippines.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula 25 November 2010 S General Secretary "It is with great concern that we received the news about the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula," said WCC general secretary Tveit on 24 November 2010 in an expression of concern over tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The crisis erupted on Tuesday, 23 November 2010, when the North launched an artillery barrage on the South Korean-controlled Yeonpyeong Island as a South Korean naval drill was taking place in nearby waters.
Inter-faith Initiative to End Violence Against Children in Swaziland 19 November 2010 Background document WCC Programmes Members of 8 faith organisations met to discuss the role of religious organisations in the national response to violence against children.
Centennial Gathering and General Assembly of NCCCUSA and Church World Service 11 November 2010 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Address to the Centennial Ecumenical Gathering and General Assembly of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and Church World Service by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches.
Opening address at Muslim-Christian consultation 01 November 2010 Lecture - Speech General Secretary 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
To Be One Voice of Advocacy for Peace and Justice 04 October 2010 Lecture - Speech General Secretary The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, delivered a speech to the CCIA meeting in Tirana, Albania, 2-8 October 2010, in which he called on the churches to speak with "one voice of advocacy for peace and justice".
United Nations Advocacy Week 2010 Prayers 01 October 2010 Liturgical text WCC Programmes The Sixth United Nations Advocacy Week focused on the Palestine - Israel conflict and the situation in Nigeria. The meetings started every day with prayer in the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre, focusing on the Beatitudes (Mathews 5: 1-11) in connection with the themes of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC).
At the closing of the WCC United Nations Advocacy Week 2010 01 October 2010 S General Secretary Sermon by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, World Council of Churches general secretary, at the closing day of the United Nations Advocacy Week, 27 September - 1 October 2010, Geneva, Switzerland.
The Peace of Freedom 24 September 2010 S General Secretary
Living Letters visit to Australia 17 September 2010 Report WCC Programmes At the invitation of the National Council of Churches of Australia and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission to the WCC a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Christians have come as a Living Letter to the Aboriginal Peoples of the Northern Territory in Australia.
To Middle East negotiators in Washington, D.C. 02 September 2010 Message General Secretary 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.
Prayers for Peace and Justice on Hiroshima Day 06 August 2010 Liturgical text WCC Programmes Liturgy for the Midday Prayers for Peace and Justice on Hiroshima Day, Feast of the Transfiguration, 6 August 2010, at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.
65th anniversary of 1st atomic bombings 05 August 2010 Statement: public statement General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on the anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Extrajudicial killings of two lay ministers in the Philippines 29 June 2010 S General Secretary In this 29 June 2010 letter to President-elect Benigno Aquino III, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit denounced the extrajudicial killings of Benjamin Bayles and Jovelito Agustin, both lay ministers of the Philippine Independent Church.
Statement on the Millenium Development Goals 15 June 2010 S WCC Programmes
Dr David Stevens 27 May 2010 Tribute General Secretary Condolence message to the Corrymeela Community
Sheena Duncan 06 May 2010 Tribute General Secretary Condolence message by WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit
"When the peace came" 26 April 2010 S General Secretary Sermon by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary Morning prayers at the Ecumenical Centre 26 April 2010, first day of the WCC Staff Planning Week
Recommendations after DRC human rights workshop 17 April 2010 S Member church
Declaration of Commitment to human rights 17 April 2010 S WCC Programmes
Thematic Address: Called to prophesy, reconcile and heal 15 April 2010 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Thematic Address presented at the 13th Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 15 April 2010.
Greetings to D.R. Congo human rights workshop 13 April 2010 M General Secretary "The work of the churches in the DRC to alleviate the humanitarian crisis, promote a peaceful resolution to the conflict and advocate for an end to the violations of human rights, is admirable," WCC Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit wrote in a message delivered to church leaders and government representatives at a workshop on human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 13 April 2010.
South African response to Kairos Palestine Document 31 March 2010 M Other ecumenical bodies A South African Christian response to the Palestinian Kairos Document: An Easter 2010 message from South Africa to Palestine
Message from WCC Executive Committee to Member Churches in Egypt 27 February 2010 M Executive committee This message from the WCC's Executive committee to Member Churches in Egypt has been adopted by the Executive committee during its meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, 23-26 February 2010.
Minute on violence on Colombia 26 February 2010 S Executive committee This minute on violence in Colombia has been adopted by the executive committee, meeting in Geneva, 23-26 February 2010.
From Commitment to Action 01 February 2010 Background document WCC Programmes "Religions for Peace", UNICEF, religious leaders and child protection specialists developed this guide as a tool to support religious' communities work to promote child rights and prevent violence against children.
Message from the ECHOS meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 24-29 January 2010 29 January 2010 M Echos - Commission on youth in the ecumenical movement Message from the 24-29 January meeting of ECHOS - the Commission on youth in the ecumenical movement, which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Haiti's foreign debt 25 January 2010 Statement: public statement General Secretary In this statement, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit calls for the immediate and unconditional cancellation of Haiti's foreign debt.
Kairos Palestine Document 11 December 2009 Statement: public statement Other ecumenical bodies A group of Palestinian Christians representing a variety of churches and church-related organizations have issued this animated and prayerful call for an end to occupation of Palestine by Israel on 11 December 2009.
Consultation on the "Peace of the World Free of Nuclear Weapons" 04 December 2009 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Speech given by Samuel Kobia at the Consultation on the "Peace of the World Free of Nuclear Weapons", organized by the Asia Pacific Graduate School, Korea; the National YMCA of Korea; and the DMZ Society, Hwacheon, Korea.
Christmas Message 2009 16 November 2009 Message General Secretary From the World Council of Churches general secretary
Sudan Ecumenical Forum General Assembly 2009 12 November 2009 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Communiqué by the Sudan Ecumenical Forum General Assembly, Juba 9 – 11 November 2009
Letter to the US President Barack Obama 10 October 2009 P General Secretary Letter to the US President Barack Obama at the occasion of his nonimation for the peace Nobel prize
Statement on sexual violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo 02 September 2009 S Central Committee
Statement on just finance and the economy of life 02 September 2009 S Central Committee
Statement on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 02 September 2009 Statement: public statement Central Committee The WCC Central Committee called on the Israeli government to freeze and begin to dismantle settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. It also encouraged a commitment to non-violence and peace negotiations, and reiterated the need for an international boycott of products and services from settlements.
Statement on eco-justice and ecological debt 02 September 2009 Statement: public statement Central Committee The Central Committee of the WCC recognizes the need for a drastic transformation at all levels in life and society in order to end the ecological indebtedness and restoring right relationships between peoples and between people and the earth.
Statement on caste-based discrimination 02 September 2009 S Central Committee
Minute on the situation facing the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma 02 September 2009 S Central Committee
Minute on the responsibility of churches for communities enduring anti-Christian violence 02 September 2009 Central Committee
Diakonia & Development and Justice, Peace & Creation 02 September 2009 R Central Committee Membership of Commissions-Diakonia & Development and Justice, Peace & Creation
Statement on the misuse of the Blasphemy Law and the security of religious minorities in Pakistan 01 September 2009 S Central Committee
Statement on the Darfur crisis in the context of Sudan 01 September 2009 R Central Committee
Statement of hope in a year of opportunity: seeking a nuclear-weapon-free world 01 September 2009 S Central Committee
Progress report of the study on genocide in the context of the "Darfur Crisis" 01 September 2009 R Central Committee APPENDIX to the WCC Central Committee statement on the Darfur crisis in the context of Sudan
Minute on the right of conscientious objection to military service 01 September 2009 S Central Committee
Message to the Churches of Honduras, Latin America-Caribbean, and the world 07 August 2009 M International Ecumenical Peace Convocation
Report of the March 2009 CCIA meeting 19 June 2009 R Commission on International Affairs The second meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), following the 2006 Porto Alegre Assembly took place in Cuba from 15-20 March 2009.
Message from the Doorn conference 17 June 2009 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
"...and who is my neighbour?" 14 June 2009 S General Secretary Opening Sermon at Thanksgiving Worship, Doorn, Utrecht, Holland, 14 June.
Joint Declaration of Indigenous Churches at UN Forum 21 May 2009 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Speaking on behalf of the World Council of Churches as well as indigenous church representatives from the Americas, Asia and Australia, William Chela presented a declaration at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues calling for recognition of the right to life, not only for people, but for Mother Earth, too.
Statement on Sudan 19 May 2009 S Executive committee
62nd World Health Assembly 16 May 2009 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Civil society organizations and social movements from across the globe met in Geneva, on 15-16 May, 2009, at a Forum on Equity, Justice and Health, organized by Peoples Health Movement, Third World Network, and the World Council of Churches to share concerns and recommend actions that civil society views as being of critical importance for advances in global Health and health equity. Based on the discussions they presented to the WHO and member countries participating in the 62nd World Health Assembly some overarching concerns as well as specific recommendations on the two resolutions on Primary Health Care and Social Determinants of Health.
Letter to the President of Sri Lanka 21 April 2009 S General Secretary
Statement on peace, security and development in South Asia 02 April 2009 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Concerned by the alarming situation affecting the South Asian countries and its manifolding impacts on nurturing peace, security and development, and despite initiatives from different quarters of society and different national, diplomatic and ecumenical interventions, the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), and the South Asian Councils of Churches (SACC) organised an international consultation on "Peace, Security and Development in South Asia", which was held at Whitefield, Bangalore from 30 March to 2 April 2009 .
Letter to G20 countries on the current crisis 27 March 2009 General Secretary Letter from the WCC general secretary to Gordon Brown and other G20 representatives and the United Nations.
Statement on the Gaza war 20 February 2009 S Executive committee
UNAW Report 2008 Annex IV: Prayer resources 23 January 2009 Liturgical text Commission on International Affairs Climate change Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) Human rights Migration Public witness: addressing power, affirming peace United Nations
UNAW Report 2008 Annex II 23 January 2009 Report Commission on International Affairs United Nations Advocacy Week 2008 speaker presentations: Our Common Strategic Global Ecumenical Advocacy, Public Witness Advocacy, Human Rights, Climate Change
UNAW Report 2008 Annex I 23 January 2009 Report Commission on International Affairs United Nations Advocacy Week 2008 planning team, additions to UNAW 2008, agenda, speaker biographies, participant analysis, participant list, participants evaluation.
UNAW 2008 Report 23 January 2009 Report Commission on International Affairs The United Nations Advocacy Week 2008 Report is a reminder of what was discussed and experienced at the UNAW and one of the key instruments to be used in local and global advocacy work.
UNAW Report 2008 Annex III 23 January 2009 Report Commission on Faith and Order United Nations Advocacy Week 2008 speaker presentations: Migration, WCC UN reception address: Nicaraguan ambassador H.E. Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, UNAW closing high-level address: Assistant Secretary-General Dr Robert Or
Living Letters team, Haiti 07 January 2009 Incoming letter Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) In November 2008 a WCC ecumenical team visited Haiti as part of the Living Letters' initiative of the Decade to Overcome Violence. In a letter to the WCC general secretary, the team echoes his appeal for constructive and effective dialogue.
Christmas Message 2008 15 December 2008 Message General Secretary From the World Council of Churches general secretary
Racism today: Rationale for ecumenical commitment 06 December 2008 S WCC Programmes The World Council of Churches convened a meeting at the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva on December 4 & 5, 2008 with some of those who have been involved in the work of the Programme to Combat Racism to consider appropriate ways in which its 40th anniversary might be commemorated in 2009.
Comment on signing of Cluster Munitions Convention 03 December 2008 S General Secretary Commenting on the signing of the convention in Oslo, Norway, Kobia congratulates the more than 100 signatory countries and reiterateds the need for those states that have not yet done so - the United States, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and Zimbabwe - to "sign and support this timely arms control and humanitarian initiative".
Statement on the Doha Outcome Document 29 November 2008 S WCC Programmes Radical changes and tangible commitments from world leaders are needed if an equitable and sustainable global economic system is to be built, says an ecumenical delegation attending a UN conference on financing for development 29 November-02 December 2008.
Letter requesting input to the Ecumenical Declaration on Just Peace 15 November 2008 R General Secretary To: WCC Member Churches Members of Central Committee Associate Councils Christian World Communions Regional Ecumenical Organizations Specialized Ministries International Ecumenical Organizations
World Food Day 2008 16 October 2008 S General Secretary WCC General Secretary's Statement on the Global Food Crisis on the occasion of World Food Day - 16 October 2008
Voices of Youth: Stronger and Better Heard 09 October 2008 M Echos - Commission on youth in the ecumenical movement Members of ECHOS, the World Council of Churches (WCC) commission on Youth, met in Bangalore, India 1-10 October 2008. The 25 members of ECHOS represent a variety of WCC consultative commissions, Central and Executive Committee, the Catholic and Pentecostal Youth and Students Networks as well as regional and global youth organizations, like the World Students Christian Federation (WSCF). Their goal is to facilitate more coherent youth participation within the WCC.
Statement on Universal Declaration of Human Rights 26 September 2008 S Executive committee This statement recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved by consensus by the WCC executive committee in Luebeck, September 2008.
The Commitment of the Church to the Quest of a Just Peace - A Catholic Approach, "Promised Land" conference 13 September 2008 Lecture - Speech Other ecumenical bodies Presentations by the Rev. Dr Fadi Daou, Université Saint Joseph, Lebanon, as part of a panel on "The Commitment of the Church to the Quest of a Just Peace"
Peace and Peacemaking as an Interfaith and Ecumenical Vocation - An Orthodox View 13 September 2008 Lecture - Speech WCC Programmes By Rev. Dr Emmanuel Clapsis, Holy Cross – Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Boston, USA
The Commitment of the Church to the Quest of a Just Peace - A European Perspective 13 September 2008 Lecture - Speech WCC Programmes By the Rev. Andreas Maurer, Association of Churches and Missions in South Western Germany (EMS)
The Commitment of the Church to the Quest of a Just Peace - An African Perspective 13 September 2008 Lecture - Speech WCC Programmes Rev. Dr Elieshi Mungure, Makumira University College, Tanzania
The Commitment of the Church to the Quest of a Just Peace - An Asian Perspective 13 September 2008 Lecture - Speech WCC Programmes By Rev. Dr Sungkook Park, Christian Conference of Asia, Thailand
Welcome Remarks 10 September 2008 Lecture - Speech General Secretary By the Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary
Public comment on the situation in Georgia 12 August 2008 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) The World Council of Churches and the Conference of European Churches express alarm and distress at the use of force in the dispute over South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Peace in the Market Place 26 June 2008 WCC Programmes Paper presented at the AGAPE Reference Group meeting, 26 June 2008
Ethical reflection and action for responsible leadership 06 June 2008 WCC Programmes by Dr Christoph Stückelberger, Globethics.Net
Clement John 03 June 2008 Tribute General Secretary Tribute to a respected WCC colleague and an outstanding advocate in the international struggle for human rights.
Israel and Palestine - 60 years 09 May 2008 S General Secretary Israel and Palestine - 60 years, comment by the World Council of Churches general secretary
At the Sudan Church Leaders Conference 02 April 2008 Lecture - Speech General Secretary by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
SCC statement on the current situation in Sudan 26 March 2008 S Other ecumenical bodies Statement presented by the Sudanese Council of Churches to the international ecumenical delegation led by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, visiting Sudan from 26 March to 2 April 2008.
Statement on the crisis in Pakistan 20 February 2008 S Central Committee
Statement on the crisis in Kenya and the churches' response 20 February 2008 S Central Committee
Statement on democratic electoral processes 20 February 2008 S Central Committee
Statement on cluster munitions 20 February 2008 S Central Committee
Minute on our religious imperative to foster sensitivity and reconciliation in shifting society 20 February 2008 S Central Committee
Minute on global warming and climate change 20 February 2008 S Central Committee
Minute on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip 20 February 2008 S Central Committee
UNAW 2007 Report 01 January 2008 Report Commission on International Affairs For the United Nations Advocacy Week 2007, the WCC chose to emphasize four themes, a primary focus on the Greater Horn of Africa; water, nuclear disarmament and the Middle East, with an emphasis on Palestine and Israel.
ABC for Action and Advocacy - A note on universal birth registration 01 January 2008 Advocacy report WCC Programmes This informational Note for Action and Advocacy was written to support religious communities that wish to work with other sectors of society in promoting Universal Birth Registration.
Learning To Live Together 01 January 2008 Background document WCC Programmes An Intercultural and Interfaith Programme for Ethics Information. Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children, Global Networks of Religions for Children, Arigatou Foundation.
Christmas Message 2007 21 December 2007 Message General Secretary From the World Council of Churches general secretary
Letter to EU trade commissioner Mandelson on interim agreements with ACP countries 06 December 2007 Statement: letter General Secretary 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.
Message on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29 November 2007 Message WCC Programmes Statement by Rev. Chris Ferguson, WCC representative to the UN, "on behalf of the international community of civil society"
Annapolis Meeting: Letter to US, Israeli and Palestinian authorities 26 November 2007 S General Secretary
Dar es Salaam Statement on Linking Poverty, Wealth and Ecology 09 November 2007 S WCC Programmes Statement by the Alternative Globalisation Addressing People and Earth (AGAPE) Consultation on Linking Poverty, Wealth and Ecology: Africa Ecumenical Perspectives 07-09 November 2007, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Voices from Dar Es Salaam 06 November 2007 A WCC Programmes Report by Marcelo Schneider from the AGAPE (Alternative Globalization Addressing People and Earth) consultation held in Dar Es Salaam, 5-9 November 2007.
African Women's Statement on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology 06 November 2007 S WCC Programmes We, African women of faith, church leaders, theologians and activists, enriched by contributions from our sisters from Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America, have gathered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 05-06 November 2007 to analyse the links between poverty, wealth and ecology in Africa, in deepening study and theological reflection on neoliberal economic globalisation, as part of the Alternative Globalisation addressing People and Earth (AGAPE) process.
For an "Ubuntu" experience in global economy 05 November 2007 A WCC Programmes Report by Marcelo Schneider from the AGAPE (Alternative Globalization Addressing People and Earth) consultation held in Dar Es Salaam, 5-9 November 2007.
Korean Common Prayer for Peace and Unification 15 August 2007 L Other ecumenical bodies The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and the Korean Christian Federation (KCF) in the North have, since 1989, jointly written an annual "common prayer for peace and reunification".
Great Korean Revival 100th Anniversary Conference 09 August 2007 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Speech given by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia at the 100th Anniversary Conference of the Great Korean Revival 2007, sponsored by the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Christian Council of Korea.
The Amman Call 20 June 2007 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Issued at WCC International Peace Conference "Churches together for Peace and Justice in the Middle East"
Peace conference, Amman 18 June 2007 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Speech by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC secretary general, at the International Peace Conference, Amman, Jordan, 17-21 June 2007.
Kirchentag 07 June 2007 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Keynote lecture by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
Statement of the Conference "Churches for Water in Africa" 25 May 2007 WCC Programmes
C. F. von Weizsäcker 07 May 2007 Tribute General Secretary Tribute to Prof. Dr Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, who gave decisive impetus to the Conciliar Process for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation.
Sri Lanka expression of concern 20 April 2007 M General Secretary
Statement on Iraq 16 March 2007 Statement: public statement General Secretary
Let the stones cry out 05 March 2007 A Other ecumenical bodies
Statement on the situation in the Horn of Africa 01 March 2007 S Executive committee
Statement on UN Peacebuilding Commission 01 March 2007 S Executive committee
Prayer of a man without work 31 December 2006 Liturgical text WCC Programmes (From: A collection of Prayers for Peace – 2006, Decade to Overcome Violence, WCC)
Remembering women 31 December 2006 Liturgical text WCC Programmes (From: A collection of Prayer for Peace – 2006 Decade to Overcome Violence, WCC)
Ecumenism in the 21st century 17 November 2006 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Lecture at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, on 17 November 2006, by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches.
Congratulations to Muhammad Yunus 16 October 2006 P General Secretary
Congratulatory message to Mr Muhammad Yunus, on receiving the award 16 October 2006
Stabbing of Philippines bishop 10 October 2006 P General Secretary
North Korean government's test of a nuclear device 09 October 2006 S General Secretary
Draft resolution on conventional arms control before the United Nations 06 October 2006
Punishing the victims of persecution: Churches speak out on detention 05 October 2006 S Central Committee
Report of the Nominations Committee (adopted) 06 September 2006 R Central Committee
Joint Report of the Programme and Policy Reference Committees (adopted) 06 September 2006 R Central Committee
Final Report of the Public Issues Committee (adopted) 06 September 2006 Report Central Committee
Actions on public issues (additional) 06 September 2006 R Central Committee
Report on Public Issues 06 September 2006 Report Central Committee Statement on plight of children in conflicts with focus on Northern Uganda; Statement on Just Trade; Statement on churches' compassionate response to HIV and AIDS;
Statement on the War in Lebanon and Northern Israel, and Ecumenical 06 September 2006 A Central Committee
Minute on Kosovo 06 September 2006 Statement: minute Central Committee WCC Central Committee, Geneva, 30 August-6 September 2006
Statement on the conflict in Sri Lanka 06 September 2006 S Executive committee
Statement on extra-judicial killings in the Philippines 06 September 2006 S Central Committee
Minute on Sudan 06 September 2006 Statement: minute Central Committee WCC Central Committee, Geneva, 30 August-6 September 2006
Just Trade 06 September 2006 S Central Committee
Tribute to Rev. Dr Kang Won Yong 18 August 2006 Tribute General Secretary Condolence message by WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia
WCC/LWF/WARC appeal for end to violence 08 August 2006 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Joint appeal for an end to violence in the Middle East by the World Council of Churches, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Lutheran World Federation.
World church leaders call for end to violence in the Middle East 08 August 2006 M Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
WCC Appeal to the International Community 03 August 2006 S General Secretary
Recognition of new Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem 22 July 2006 S General Secretary
Message of solidarity with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem 22 July 2006 S General Secretary
Pastoral letter on the violence in the Middle East 21 July 2006 M General Secretary
Letter to members of UN Security Council 21 July 2006 S General Secretary
Letter of the Lebanese Prime Minister 18 July 2006 Incoming letter General Secretary Extracts of a letter of Prime Minister Fouad As-Sanioura to the WCC general secretary
Conflict between Israel and Lebanon 13 July 2006 S General Secretary
Children and armed conflict 13 July 2006 Message General Secretary Message by WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia
On the escalation of conflict between Israel and Lebanon 13 July 2006 M General Secretary
Letter on the Middle East conflict 21 June 2006 S General Secretary
Presentation of the WMDC's Final Report 15 June 2006 S General Secretary
CCA workshop, Seoul, Korea 13 June 2006 Report WCC Programmes EDAN-CCA workshop on Asian ecumenical process on life and peace for people with disability
The Mandate and Work of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion 01 June 2006 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Executive Committee May 2006 Statement on the Conflict in Israel/Palestine: The Time Is Ripe To Do What 19 May 2006 S Executive committee
Iran and Nuclear Non-Proliferation 19 May 2006 R Executive committee
Human Rights Council 19 May 2006 R Executive committee
Statement on the conflict in Israel-Palestine 19 May 2006 S Executive committee
Message to the International Consultation on Peace in the East Asia Region, 25 April 2006 S General Secretary
The Right to Education in Pakistan 21 April 2006 S Central Committee
Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in 21 April 2006 S Central Committee
Civil and Political Rights, including questions of torture and detention; 21 April 2006 S Central Committee
Copy of Appeal following Palestinian election 11 April 2006 M General Secretary
Human Rights Council 20 March 2006 S General Secretary
"Spiritual reflections on trade", Atle Sommerfeldt 14 March 2006 B WCC Programmes
The situation of human rights in Papua, Indonesia 09 March 2006 R Central Committee
Expression of concern on violation of the democratic rights of the Filipino 07 March 2006 S General Secretary
The human rights situation in Papua, Indonesia 03 March 2006 S Central Committee
Statement on UN Reform 24 February 2006 R Central Committee
Message from the World Council of Churches to the Churches in Uganda 23 February 2006 M General Secretary
Statement on Latin America 23 February 2006 A Central Committee
Minute on Mutual Respect, Responsibility and Dialogue with People of other Faiths 23 February 2006 S Central Committee
2. Vulnerable populations at risk. Statement on the responsibility to protect 23 February 2006 S Assembly
7. Minute on mutual respect, responsibility and dialogue with people of other faiths 23 February 2006 S Assembly
Introduction 23 February 2006 P Assembly
Second report (draft - for action) 22 February 2006 R Assembly
Saving God's children from the scourge of war 18 February 2006 Lecture - Speech Assembly Plenary on youth overcoming violence: Presentation by Olara A. Otunnu, president of the LBL Foundation for Children and former UN under-secretary-general and special representative for children and armed conflict.
Changing international and political context (Ecumenical conversations) 16 February 2006 B Assembly "Changing international and political context" : From the prophet Isaiah to the pastor Bonhoeffer, from Esther in ancient Israel to the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina of our day, prophets are real and inspiring. They are raised up in honour at regular intervals in the Bible. God's promise of a new heaven and a new earth owes something to their labors. Yet most believers—no matter how committed to God's justice—would not call themselves prophets or think of themselves as prophetic people.
Yashpal Tandon presentation 16 February 2006 L Assembly
Wolfgang Huber presentation 16 February 2006 L Assembly
Vsevolod Chaplin presentation 16 February 2006 L Assembly
Veronica Araújo presentation 16 February 2006 L Assembly
Teruango Beneteri presentation 16 February 2006 L Assembly
Anantanand Rambachan 14 February 2006 L Assembly
International Labour Organization 14 February 2006 Message Assembly Intervention by Juan Somavia, director-general of the Internationa Labour Organization (ILO), during the Assembly Plenary on economic justice
Recommitment to the Decade to Overcome Violence 14 February 2006 R Assembly "Call to recommitment at the midterm of the ecumenical Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010 - Churches seeking reconciliation and peace" : Five years have passed since the WCC launched the Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010. The Assembly will celebrate the achievements to date, make an interim assessment, and refocus the course to be followed during the second half of the Decade. A call to recommitment is part of this process.
First report (draft - for action) 14 February 2006 R Assembly
Appeal following Palestinian election 08 February 2006 S General Secretary
Initiative for a resolution to move forward on nuclear disarmament 08 February 2006 Statement: letter Commission on International Affairs Letter to Ambassador Rosemary Banks, Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations
Church leaders in Jerusalem urge World Churches and all Christians to advocate for peace 06 February 2006 Message Other ecumenical bodies Message from Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem
Escalation of violence in Sri Lanka (January 2006) 20 January 2006 S General Secretary
World Trade Game 01 January 2006 B WCC Programmes The World Trade Game was initially developed in the 1990s by Action Aid, the global anti-poverty development organization. Its strength is its simplicity. Six groups of players represent two rich, two middle-income and two poor countries and each group has different resources and technological potential. National resources are represented as paper whilst technology becomes scissors, pens, rulers, etc. They manufacture shapes from paper, trade the shapes for money through a commodity trader and may also trade amongst themselves in raw materials (paper), technology (scissors, ruler, etc), skills and labour.
Participating in God's Mission of Reconciliation - A Resource for Churches in Situations of Conflict 31 December 2005 Commission on Faith and Order This text (Faith and Order Paper no. 201) results from the study on Ethnic Identity, National Identity, and the Search for the Unity of the Church done by Faith and Order with the collaboration of the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. It offers resources for churches in situations of tension or conflict, especially where ethnic and national tensions are major factors, and suggests how Christian unity can further the churches' witness for reconciliation and justice.
Call for Solidarity and Action: If one member suffers, all suffer together 10 November 2005 Statement: letter Commission on International Affairs Open letter by the CCIA director on political upheaval following the contested Ethiopian election of 15 May 2005
Message to member churches in Sudan, the New Sudan Council of Churches 18 October 2005 S General Secretary
Award of 2005 Nobel Peace Prize 07 October 2005 S Commission on International Affairs
Lasting peace and security in Ethiopia 05 October 2005 S General Secretary
Theological Consultation on the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme 28 September 2005 L Commission on International Affairs
Respect for people and nature 27 September 2005 M General Secretary
Statement on Haiti 16 September 2005 S Executive committee
Statement on Haiti 16 September 2005 S Executive committee
Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons 16 September 2005 A Executive committee
United Nations World Summit 07 September 2005 S General Secretary
Background Information to Evaluate the Gaza Pullout 22 August 2005 B Commission on International Affairs
Congratulatory letter to H.E. General Salva Kiir Mayardit, Chairman and 04 August 2005 T General Secretary
Message on the 60th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 03 August 2005 M Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Message of condolences on the death of Dr John Garang 01 August 2005 T General Secretary
Religion in global society 24 July 2005 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Address by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary, at the international conference of the International Council of Christians and Jews, Chicago, 24-27 July 2005
Ogoni peace process 07 June 2005 S General Secretary
Expression of concern for state of crisis in Bolivia 03 June 2005 S General Secretary
Letter to UK prime minister Tony Blair 27 May 2005 P General Secretary
Pastoral Letter to the G8 20 May 2005 S General Secretary
Violence in Togo 29 April 2005 S General Secretary
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Indonesia-West Papua 22 April 2005 A Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Memorandum to the UN secrtary-general 21 April 2005 S General Secretary
"In Larger Freedom" High-Level Panel Report on Threats, Challenges and 21 April 2005 S General Secretary
Role of the African Union in Togo 21 April 2005 Statement: letter General Secretary Letter to the chairman of the African Union
Contribution to Sudan's humanitarian and reconstruction needs 15 April 2005 S General Secretary
Christian leaders demand change in international trade rules 13 April 2005 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Ecumenical Mission to Togo 03 April 2005 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Open Letter on the Status of Jerusalem 31 March 2005 S Commission on International Affairs Expressing alarm about new political developments which adversely affect the status of Jerusalem, the director of the WCC's Commission of the Churches on International Affairs issued an open letter reiterating the position of its member churches and calling for "an open and inclusive Jerusalem, a city of shared sovereignty and citizenship, a city of two peoples and three faiths, of Christians, Muslims and Jews".
The WCC concern for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation 12 March 2005 Lecture - Speech Commission on International Affairs Presentation by Peter Weiderud, Director, CCIA, at the Advocacy Days of the churches in the United States, Washington D.C.
INF 3 Sub-committees of Central Committee 22 February 2005 R Central Committee
Statement on Detainees at Guantanamo Bay 22 February 2005 M Central Committee
Statement on the Iraq Crisis: Enhancing Peace, Accountability and the Rule 22 February 2005 A Central Committee
Minute on Certain Economic Measures for Peace in Israel/Palestine 22 February 2005 S Executive committee
The International Criminal Court 22 February 2005 R Central Committee
Practising hospitality in an era of new forms of migration 22 February 2005 A Central Committee
Peace process in Sudan 24 January 2005 S General Secretary
The signing of the historic peace agreement between the Government of 17 January 2005 M Central Committee
Christmas Message 2004 09 December 2004 Message General Secretary From the World Council of Churches general secretary
Joint Statement on Development and Related Economic Policy Issues 22 October 2004 S General Secretary
WCC-IMF-WB high-level encounter 22 October 2004 R WCC Programmes
Common ground and differences of view between the Bretton Woods Institutions (IMF and World Bank) and the WCC 22 October 2004 P WCC Programmes
Congratulations on award of the Nobel Peace Prize 08 October 2004 S General Secretary
Letter from REOs to Kofi Annan 04 September 2004 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Support for the work of the United Nations 04 September 2004 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Ecumenical Message to the Leaders of the Church in Sudan 04 September 2004 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Monitoring and implementation of the peace process in Sudan 31 August 2004 T General Secretary
Statement on Sudan 27 August 2004 S Executive committee
Minute on Somalia 27 August 2004 M Executive committee
Statement on Korea 27 August 2004 S Executive committee
Minute on Zimbabwe 27 August 2004 S Executive committee
Expression of concern on infringements of freedom of expression 06 August 2004 S Commission on International Affairs
A just and lasting peace in the Great Lakes Region 24 June 2004 S General Secretary
Signing of the Protocols on Peace for Sudan 02 June 2004 T General Secretary
Expression of satisfaction on peace protocols in Sudan 27 May 2004 S General Secretary
Interrogating and Redefining Power - A theological consultation 01 May 2004 Commission on Faith and Order If violence is an exercise of power over the powerless or a retaliation to such, what makes power prone to abuse? Why do people not only fear but also aspire for sources of violent power? Why do some religious traditions view violence as a divine attribute? How is power understood and exercised within our churches? What biblical and theological resources do we have to offer in the search for responsible new ways of understanding and exercising power? Interrogating and redefining power is crucial to our attempts to overcome violence.
Water as a Gift and Right 30 April 2004 S Central Committee
Question of Religious Intolerance: Pakistan, Indonesia 23 April 2004 S Commission on International Affairs
Presentation by Bishop emeritus Aldo M. Etchegoyen* 23 April 2004 Lecture - Speech WCC Programmes Panel discussion on "Process of reform and change of the governance of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank".
Religion and Ethnicity: Gift from God or Source of Conflict? 16 April 2004 L Commission on International Affairs
Comments on the killing of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin 25 March 2004 S Commission on International Affairs
Letter to Madam Justice Louise Arbour on the occasion of her appointment 03 March 2004 M Commission on International Affairs
Statement on Palestine/Israel 20 February 2004 S Executive committee
Minute on Sudan 20 February 2004 M Executive committee
Minute on India Pakistan 20 February 2004 M Executive committee
Executive Committee February 2004 Statement on the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel's 20 February 2004 A Executive committee
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) 20 February 2004 A Executive committee
Interrogating and Redefining Power - Consultation of Younger Theologians from the South 01 February 2004 Commission on Faith and Order Taking place in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in February 2004, its purpose was to explore these theologians' distinct perspectives on power as people whose theology is shaped in contexts of intense struggles for life, justice and liberation.
Just trade declaration 01 January 2004 S WCC Programmes
Religious Freedom and Liberty in the Emerging Context 18 December 2003 S Commission on International Affairs
Joint ecumenical approach to the conflict in Zimbabwe 16 December 2003 S General Secretary
The collaboration of the WCC with International Governmental Institutions 22 November 2003 A Commission on International Affairs
2nd WCC-IMF-WB encounter 29 October 2003 R WCC Programmes
Deteriorating law and order situation in Zimbabwe 27 October 2003 S Commission on International Affairs
Appeal for peace based on justice 19 October 2003 S General Secretary
Fraternal greetings 07 October 2003 S General Secretary
Ecumenical statement to WTO, Cancun 14 September 2003 S WCC Programmes
WB and IMF policies