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African Women's Statement on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology
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.
AGAPE background document
AGAPE Consultation: Budapest Call for Climate Justice
A consultation on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology in Europe organized by the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) in cooperation with churches in Hungary ended on Friday 12 November 2010 by adopting a "Budapest Call for Climate Justice".
AGAPE Consultation: Chiang Mai Declaration
Declaration from the consultation "Linking poverty, wealth and ecology: Asian-Pacific perspectives" in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 02-06 November 2009.
AGAPE Consultation: Guatemala Declaration
AGAPE Consultation: Guatemala indigenous peoples' statement
AGAPE Consultation: Guatemala womens' statement
AGAPE Consultation: Guatemala youth statement
AGAPE Consultation: There's a new world in the making
This document arises from the North American consultation on poverty, wealth and ecology sponsored by the World Council of Churches and held in Calgary, Alberta from 6 to 11 November 2011. This consultation that included representatives from Christian confessions in Canada and the United States of America along with representatives from other ecumenical organizations and local and global ecumenical partners took place at a time of deep global financial crisis and people’s resistance around the world. It is directed to the World Council of Churches, its member churches and partner organizations and all who share in the ideals and goals of this conference.
AGAPE follow-up
Another world is possible. A spirituality of resistance
Asia-Pacific Indigenous Peoples' Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology
Statement from the Asia-Pacific Indigenous Peoples' Hearing at the AGAPE Consultation in Thailand, November 2009.
Asia-Pacific Women's Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology
Statement from the Asia-Pacific Women's Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 02-03 November 2009.
Asia-Pacific Youth Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology
Statement from the Asia-Pacific Youth Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 02-03 November 2009.
Dar es Salaam Statement on Linking Poverty, Wealth and Ecology
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
Debt issue: a jubilee call
Dossier: Economic Globalization - A critical view and an alternative vision
Ecumenical presence at the World Social Forum 2005
European Youth Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology
In response to the call to raise the voice of young people on climate justice, the young delegates of a WCC-CEC consultation on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology, representing young Christians in Europe through the Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe, World Student Christian Federation Europe Region and SYNDESMOS, the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, presented the following contribution to be taken into account in the process of the global ecumenical AGAPE consultation.
For an "Ubuntu" experience in global economy
Report by Marcelo Schneider from the AGAPE (Alternative Globalization Addressing People and Earth) consultation held in Dar Es Salaam, 5-9 November 2007.
Forgotten farmers at the WSSD
"Geneva 2000" statements
Globalization in Central and Eastern Europe
Island of hope
Justice the heart of sustainability
"Justice, the heart of the matter"
Latin American consultation on faith, economics and society
Lead us not into temptation: Churches' response to the policies of International Financial Institutions
Edited by Rogate R. Mshana in 2001
Lead us not into temptation
Looking ahead
Meeting of the Reference Group on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology
Meeting of the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Alternative Globalisation Addressing People and Earth (AGAPE) Reference Group on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology (PWE): Impact of Economic Globalization (P306) 25-26 June 2007 Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, Switzerland Synthesis of Discussions
Mensaje a las Iglesias Evang?licas de Am?rica Latina y del Caribe de la consulta continental "Globalizar la Vida Plena"
Millennium development goals in Africa
NGOs call on the UN to withdraw endorsement of "A Better World for All" document
Poverty, Wealth and Ecology viewed from African Feminist Christian Political and Economic Ethics
This essay engages in socio-ethical analyses of the interconnectedness and relatedness of poverty, wealth, ecology, economy and injustices in Africa, particularly South Africa. Poverty and wealth cannot be understood in isolation from the socio-political, ecological, economic, historical and geo-spatial contexts in which they exist and are encountered. They require urgent attention in the articulation of the Christian faith and praxis in our contemporary society as it poses a lot of challenges for many, particularly women. This implies that theological and ethical reflections must be located in the actual lives of African communities and the earth, in order to understand how they deny or enhance the lives of humanity and that of the earth.
Report on the African Ecumenical Consultation on Linking Poverty, Wealth and Ecology
Report on the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
Seeking clarity of vision and a change of heart
"Serve God, not Mammon"
Staying engaged and looking ahead
Staying engaged for justice
The economy of communion and justice: a suggestion
Presentation at the Focolare convention, Castelgandolfo, Rome, Italy 9-12 September, 2004.
The ecumenical presence at the 4th World Social Forum
The effects of globalization on culture in Africa in the eyes of an African woman
Economic growth without social and cultural justice cannot be our idea of development. It is imperative that development is measured in terms of the quality of human life, which can be reflected in, for example, better education, health and life expectancy for every single member of society. This is only possible if men and women are equally empowered, in theory and in practice. And the North has a crucial role to play in this process. Anything that falls short of restoring peoples' dignity, sense of identity, continuity and security should never be accepted. Africa needs to learn to respect the dissenting voice of its own people.
The study process on poverty, wealth and ecological debt
The purpose of this paper is to spell out a framework for the proposed study and its envisaged outcomes for use of staff, researchers and the World Council of Churches (WCC) Reference Group on poverty, wealth and ecology. At the 9th General Assembly of the WCC held in Porto Alegre in 2006, it was proposed during the Ecumenical Conversation that had focused on "the scandal of poverty" that churches and partners in the ecumenical movement embark on such a study process to address the dearth of reflections and analysis on wealth and how wealth creation is related to poverty and ecology.
The time to act is now!
There are alternatives to globalization
Voices from Dar Es Salaam
Report by Marcelo Schneider from the AGAPE (Alternative Globalization Addressing People and Earth) consultation held in Dar Es Salaam, 5-9 November 2007.
Water for life - streams of justice
WCC Report on the 11th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-11)
WCC statement on the "Monterrey Consensus Document"
Workshop on Spirituality of Resistance, Liberation and Transformation
WSSD wrap-up report
AGAPE Call for Action 2012