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Documents related to WCC activities in solidarity with churches in the Middle East

Documents related to the World Council of Churches' efforts to broaden and deepen churches' work for just peace in the Middle East.
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Order of service for the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel 2017 20 July 2017 WCC Programmes Liturgical text (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 General Secretary Pastoral letter 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.
Greetings on the occasion of the National Celebration of 500 years Reformation, Bern 18 June 2017 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Greetings of the WCC general secretary on the occasion of the National Celebration of 500 years Reformation, 18 June 2017, Bern, Switzerland
Pentecost prayer for unity and just peace 05 June 2017 General Secretary Sermon Pentecost prayer for unity and just peace, by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, Jerusalem, 5 June 2017.
Pentecost Prayers for Unity and Just Peace in the Holy Land from Church Leaders Worldwide 02 June 2017 Member church Liturgical text
Pentecost Prayer for Unity and Just Peace 18 May 2017 General Secretary Message
Pentecost Ecumenical Prayer for Unity and Just Peace 18 May 2017 WCC Programmes Liturgical text
Statement on attack in the Idlib Governance of Syria 06 April 2017 General Secretary Statement: public statement Statemtent by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on attack in the Idlib Governance of Syria, April 2017.
Is religion discriminatory? 14 February 2017 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's panel contribution during a conference at a cultural center in Trondheim, Norway.
Statement on US Presidential Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and its Impact on Refugees 31 January 2017 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement Joint Statement of World Council of Churches (WCC), ACT Alliance (ACT) and The Lutheran World Federation on US Presidential Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and its Impact on Refugees
Sermon by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, Ås Church, Ås, 1 January 2017 05 January 2017 General Secretary Sermon 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 WCC Programmes Background document 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.
Final report from the "Walking Together" meeting 2016 19 December 2016 Inter-Religious Relations and Dialogue Report As part of an ongoing, multiyear project called “Walking Together,” an international and interreligious group met in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 6-8 December to explore different facets of the theme “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace,” which undergirds the World Council of Churches' programmatic focus.
Statement on the current situation in Aleppo, Syria 05 December 2016 General Secretary Statement: public statement Statement on the current situation in Aleppo, Syria, by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, 4 December, 2016.
The protection needs of minorities from Syria and Iraq 28 November 2016 Commission on International Affairs Report The protection needs of minorities from Syria and Iraq
Letter from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on the occasion of the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 2016 16 September 2016 General Secretary Message 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 WCC Programmes Liturgical text 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 General Secretary Statement: public statement 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
Message to Middle East Council of Churches, 8 September 2016 08 September 2016 General Secretary Message Message to the Middle East Council of Churches on 8 September 2016, delivered by WCC associate general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, representing the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
Bring peace, love and respect - beyond the barriers 29 August 2016 WCC Programmes Sermon Reflection during the Ecumenical Centre morning prayer by Marianne Ejdersten, director of communication for the WCC.
Statement on the Forced Displacement Crisis 28 June 2016 Central Committee Statement: public statement The WCC Central Committee calls for more concerted and coordinated international action to resolve the root causes of forcible displacement of people.
Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Peace Process 28 June 2016 Central Committee Statement: public statement He has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. (Ephesians 2.14)
Identity Politics is not a Fatality 25 June 2016 Central Committee Lecture - Speech Middle East Plenary Speech by Dr Tarek Mitri
Exhibition: Israel and Palestine 17 June 2016 WCC Programmes Background document Exhibition panels on the WCC activities for peace in Palestine and Israel.
40 years after the Student Uprising in Soweto, 16 June 1976 11 June 2016 General Secretary Lecture - Speech WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was one of the keynote speakers along with government representatives and church leaders at the commemoration of the Soweto Uprising.
Statement from the Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Consultation 10 June 2016 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 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 WCC Programmes Message 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.
Letter to Ambassador Eviatar Manor 09 May 2016 General Secretary Statement: letter Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations and other agencies in Geneva
Statement on events at Ben Gurion International Airport, 29 April-2 May 2016 09 May 2016 General Secretary Statement: public statement After traveling to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for a climate justice meeting, WCC staff and partners were detained or deported in a manner that WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit terms both unprecedented and intolerable.
Air strike on Syrian refugee camp 06 May 2016 General Secretary Statement: public statement 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 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement At a first-ever summit of churches in the USA and the Holy Land, in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) on 19-20 April 2016, participants issued a peace statement on the theological and ethical urgency for a just peace in the Holy Land.
Three years since abduction of Syrian Bishops 22 April 2016 General Secretary Pastoral letter WCC GS expresses sadness and hope by the continued absence of the two beloved Metropolitans of Aleppo, Paul Yazigi and Youhanna Ibrahim for the third consecutive year.
Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria 16 March 2016 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 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.
Launch of Seven Weeks for Water 2016 10 February 2016 General Secretary Sermon Sermon by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem
The Relationship between Religion and the Public Square 01 February 2016 WCC Programmes 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.
Speech by Pauliina Parhiala, ACT Alliance 18 January 2016 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Opening of WCC/UN Conference on Refugee Crisis 18 January 2016 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Opening remarks from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
Statement on situation in Israel and Palestine 18 November 2015 Executive committee Statement: public statement In a statement issued by the WCC Executive Committee on 18 November 2015, the WCC expresses its grave concern at recent developments in Israel and Palestine.
CID-WCC Joint Communique 17 November 2015 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 8th Meeting for Dialogue between the Centre for Interreligious Dialogue (CID) from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the WCC
Solidarity letter to member churches in the Middle East 14 November 2015 General Secretary Message A letter of solidarity following terrorist attacks in Beirut.
Church Leaders' Consultation on the European Refugee Crisis: Communique 29 October 2015 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement The WCC, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria and the Evangelical Church in Germany jointly hosted a Church Leaders' Consultation on the European Refugee Crisis, on 29 October 2015.
Religious and cultural pluralism and peaceful coexistence in Middle East 19 October 2015 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Speech by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, delivered at the international conference on “Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East” held in Athens, Greece.
Letter to WCC member churches in Israel and Palestine 19 October 2015 General Secretary Statement: letter 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 General Secretary Statement: public statement WCC statement calling for an end to foreign military interventions in Syria
Patriarch Khanania Dinkha 27 March 2015 General Secretary Tribute Letter from Georges Lemopoulos, WCC deputy general secretary, to Mar Aprim Mooken on death of Patriarch Mar Khanania Dinkha IV, head of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East.
Letter inviting special prayers for Syria and beyond 24 March 2015 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter to the WCC member churches and Central Committee members inviting special prayers for Syria and beyond by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
Common Declaration from Eleventh Meeting of Heads of Oriental Orthodox Churches 23 March 2015 Member church Statement: public statement A common declaration made at the Eleventh Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East, held at St. Mark Cathedral, Abbassia in Cairo, Egypt from 19-20 March, 2015.
Prayer for peace in Syria and beyond 20 March 2015 WCC Programmes Liturgical text 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.
Statement condemning attacks on Christians in Syria 25 February 2015 General Secretary Statement: public statement Statement condemning attacks and atrocities by the so-called “Islamic State” perpetrated against Assyrian Christians in Syria.
Congratulations to president of the Protestant churches in Egypt 23 February 2015 General Secretary Statement: letter Congratulations letter to the new president of the Protestant churches in Egypt, Rev. Dr Andrea Zaki Stephanous, by the WCC acting general secretary Georges Lemopoulos.
Letter to Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt 17 February 2015 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter to Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on killings of 21 Egyptians at the hands of militants.
Forced Displacement, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Middle East 26 November 2014 Executive committee Statement: public statement Statement by the WCC Executive Committee, meeting in Paralimni, Cyprus, 21-26 November 2014
Statement on Jerusalem synagogue attack 18 November 2014 General Secretary Statement: public statement Statement from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressing concer over attack on Israeli worshippers at Jerusalem synagogue.
Condemning attacks on Holy Martyrs Church of Deir Zor 14 October 2014 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter from WCC general secretary to Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Catholicos Aram I of Cilicia and Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, condemning attacks on the sacred sanctuary of the Holy Martyrs Church of Deir Zor, Syria.
Message for World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2014 18 September 2014 General Secretary Message 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 Commission on International Affairs Lecture - Speech 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 Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement 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 WCC Programmes Statement: letter 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 WCC Programmes Statement: letter 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 General Secretary Statement: public statement 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.
A tragic exodus of the Christian community from Mosul 21 July 2014 General Secretary Statement: public statement A tragic exodus of the Christian community from Mosul: Statement and call for solidarity from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary.
Concern over violence in Gaza 11 July 2014 General Secretary Statement: public statement 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.
Statement on Economic Measures and Christian Responsibility toward Israel and Palestine 07 July 2014 Central Committee Statement: public statement Statement on Economic Measures and Christian Responsibility toward Israel and Palestine, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
Statement on the current situation in Mosul, Iraq 07 July 2014 Central Committee Statement: public statement Statement on the current situation in Mosul, Iraq, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
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.
Water crisis in Palestine 18 June 2014 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Statement of the Ecumenical Water Network, World Council of Churches, Jerusalem, June, 2014.
Communique from church leaders on situation in Syria 13 June 2014 Other ecumenical bodies Statement: public statement Church leaders and representatives from Syria, the Middle East Council of Churches, the WCC, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Holy See gathered in Etchmiadzin for a consultation to address the challenges for faith communities in the ongoing crisis in Syria.
Palestinian Prisoners Day: A call to churches worldwide to pray and act for justice 17 April 2014 General Secretary Statement: public statement Issued by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, on 17 April 2014.
Congratulations to Syrian patriarch-elect 01 April 2014 WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit’s congratulatory message to His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II on his election as Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church.
Concern over Egypt court decision of death sentence for 529 people 28 March 2014 General Secretary Statement: public statement WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressing concern over court decision in Egypt, where around 529 people have been sentenced to death.
APRODEV statement on reconnecting Gaza to West Bank 26 March 2014 Other ecumenical bodies Statement: public statement Statement from APRODEV, an association of European development agencies related to the World Council of Churches, urging the European Union to develop a long-term strategy to reconnect Gaza to the West Bank, issued in Brussels on 12 March 2014.
Condolences on death of Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka Iwas 21 March 2014 General Secretary Letter WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's letter of condolences sent to members of the Holy Synod of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East; and Syrian Orthodox Church worldwide on the death of Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka Iwas.
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.
Letter on release of kidnapped Syrian nuns 10 March 2014 General Secretary Letter WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's letter to John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and president of the World Council of Churches expressing joy on release of kidnapped Syrian nuns.
Communiqué from WCC and CID inter-religious dialogue meeting 2014 17 February 2014 Joint Communique from the 7th round of dialogue between the Center for Interreligious Dialogue (CID) from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the World Council of Churches (WCC), 15 to 16 February in Tehran, Iran.
Ecumenical Conversations Report 10 February 2014 Assembly Report Reports, Affirmations and Challenges from the Ecumenical Conversations at the WCC 10th Assembly
Statement for Geneva 2 talks on Syria 17 January 2014 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement "An urgent call to action for a just peace in Syria" - statement from the WCC Ecumenical Consultation on Syria, held 15-17 January 2014, at the Ecumenical Centre to be presented at the Geneva 2 talks on Syria.
Statement affirming the Christian presence and witness in the Middle East 08 November 2013 Assembly Statement: public statement Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Greetings from the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations 04 November 2013 Other ecumenical bodies Message Delivered by Rabbi David Fox Sandmel to the WCC 10th Assembly Mission Plenary.
Theme plenary presentation by Dr Wedad Abbas Tawfik 31 October 2013 Other ecumenical bodies Lecture - Speech A contextual reflection from the perspective of a church in the Middle East, by Dr Wedad Abbas Tawfik , presented at the WCC 10th Assembly during the theme plenary. God of Life, lead us to Justice and Peace
Message from Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas 31 October 2013 Assembly Message Message from the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, delivered by Metropolitan Mor Eustathius Matta Roham to the WCC 10th Assembly Theme Plenary.
OPCW Nobel Peace Prize 14 October 2013 General Secretary Statement: public statement Congratulations to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2013, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Uhibbuka Rabbi Yasu' 01 October 2013 WCC Programmes Liturgical song - music Devotional song from Palestine; English: Andrew Donaldson.
Communiqué from WCC consultation on the crisis in Syria 18 September 2013 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Communiqué from the WCC Consultation on the Crisis in Syria held on 18 September, Bossey, Switzerland
Open letter to UN Security Council on Syria 04 September 2013 General Secretary Statement: letter Open letter from the WCC General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit invoking prayers for peace and condemning chemical weapons and possible military intervention in Syria.
Concern and prayers for Egypt 15 August 2013 General Secretary Pastoral letter WCC general secretary's letter to the WCC member churches in Egypt calling for prayers for peace and expressing concern over the burning of churches and violence following protests on 14 August.
Letter of support to member churches in Egypt 10 July 2013 General Secretary S WCC general secretary’s message of solidarity to the WCC member churches in Egypt on country's political crisis, sent on 10 July 2013.
Manipulation of religion in the Syrian crisis 28 June 2013 General Secretary S Statement condemning violence against religious leaders and religious communities in Syria
Statement on Christian presence and witness in the Middle East 29 May 2013 WCC Programmes S A statement issued by the World Council of Churches and the Middle East Council of Churches at the international and ecumenical conference on "Christian Presence and Witness in the Middle East" from 21 – 25 May 2013 at the Notre-Dame du Mont Monastery, Lebanon.
Statement of solidarity with the two kidnapped metropolitans of Aleppo 29 May 2013 WCC Programmes S Statement on the kidnapping of the Greek Orthodox and the Syriac Orthodox metropolitans of Aleppo. This statement was issued at the international and ecumenical conference on "Christian presence and witness in the Middle East" organized by the World Council of Churches and the Middle East Council of Churches, from 21 to 25 May 2013 at the Notre-Dame du Mont Monastery, Lebanon.
Speech of Bishop Munib Younan 24 May 2013 Other ecumenical bodies Speech of Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) at the WCC conference on Christians in the Middle East
Pastoral letter from Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East 27 April 2013 Member church Pastoral letter Pastoral letter prior to Palm Sunday, 28 April 2013, concerning abducted church leaders in Syria
Kidnapping of two archbishops in Syria 23 April 2013 General Secretary Statement from the WCC General Secretary about the kidnapping of two archbishops in Syria
Statement on escalating violence in Egypt 09 April 2013 General Scretray s Statement condemning the attacks against St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, and the killing of Christians in the village of Al-Khosous.
Letter to the Church of Cyprus 21 March 2013 General Secretary M Letter to H.B. Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II Church of Cyprus
Congratulations to Armenian Patriarch elect of Jerusalem 31 January 2013 General Secretary M Congratulatory message for Armenian Patriarch elect of Jerusalem, Archbishop Nourhan Manougian
Concern on escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel 16 November 2012 General Secretary S WCC GS deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel
Congratulations to Barack Obama 07 November 2012 General Secretary Congratulatory letter from the WCC general secretary to US president Barack Obama upon his re-election
Communiqué from WCC and CID inter-religious dialogue meeting 18 September 2012 Inter-Religious Relations and Dialogue Background document Joint Communique of the 6thMeeting for Dialogue between the Centre for Interreligious Dialogue (CID) from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the World Council of Churches (WCC) Geneva, 17-18 September 2012
III. Statement on crisis in Syria 04 September 2012 Central Committee S Statement on the crisis in Syria adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
Congratulations to Egypt's president-elect 26 June 2012 General Secretary S Letter of congratulations to Dr Mohamed Morsi upon his election as the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Letter on Syria to UN secretary-general 25 June 2012 General Secretary S Letter concerning the situation in Syria sent by the WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit to the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon
Statement on violence in Syria 29 May 2012 General Secretary S The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's statement to condemne the violence occurring in Syria, expressing solidarity with the victims, and invoking prayers for peace in the country.
Tribute to H.H. Pope Shenouda III 18 March 2012 General Secretary Tribute Condolence letter to the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Speech at St Andrews, Presbyterian Church, Toronto 14 March 2012 General Secretary Lecture - Speech In a series of visits to the Toronto offices of WCC member churches in Canada, and in a lecture and panel discussion on the evening of Wednesday 14 March, the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, explored contemporary hopes and challenges in the pursuit of Christian unity.
Dalit and Indigenous theologies in Asia 28 February 2012 WCC Programmes An International Theological Symposium was jointly organized by WCC-Just and Inclusive Communities, SCEPTRE, NCCI, Bishop's and Gossner Theological College from 13-16th December, 2011 at SCEPTRE, Shrachi Centre, 74B, A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata-16.
Message from conference in Hofgeismar, Germany 27 February 2012 WCC Programmes Message Message from the conference on "Violence in the Name of God? Joshua in changing contexts" in Hofgeismar, Germany, 23 to 27 February, 2012
Statement on asylum seekers and human trafficking in the Sinai Desert 17 February 2012 Executive committee Statement: public statement 1. During the past years thousands of asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa and Northern Africa have disappeared in the Sinai desert region while crossing the border between Egypt and Israel. The Sinai desert is a traditional transit route for people from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Northern African countries escaping political turmoil, hunger and poverty and hoping to end up in Europe. The people of Eritrea have been facing deep political and human rights crises, due to which around 2,000 people are attempting to flee from Eritrea every month. They end up in the hands of human trafficking rackets or fall victim to organ theft. It is out of sheer desperation, in order to escape conflict, political turmoil and deteriorating human rights situations that people take such risky journeys. However, instead of safe passage to Israel, the refugees find themselves in desert detention centres in Sinai, where they are abused in the most dehumanizing manner.
Message to the Syrian churches 17 February 2012 Executive committee Members of the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches send a message to the Syrian churches expressing solidarity and concern over the violence and political turmoil in Syria from their meeting in Bossey, Switzerland from 14 to 17 February 2012
Welcome Speech at Antelias Consultation 27 January 2012 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Welcome Speech at Antelias Consultation, by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary
Final Communiqué of the Christian Muslim Consultation on Christian Presence and Witness in the Arab World 27 January 2012 WCC Programmes A Christian-Muslim Consultation on Christian Presence and Witness in the Arab World, in the light of what has come to be currently known as the "Arab Spring" was held between the 24- 27 January 2012. The meeting was organized by the World Council of Churches, in collaboration with the Middle East Council of Churches and hosted by the Armenian Catholicosate in Antelias, Lebanon.
Good Practices Series: Massa-Massar, the Journey 31 December 2011 WCC Programmes 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.
Tenth General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches 29 November 2011 General Secretary M WCC general secretary addressses the Tenth General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches
UN membership application of Palestine 28 September 2011 General Secretary S 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.
200th anniversary of the University of Oslo 20 September 2011 General Secretary Lecture - Speech The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, spoke at the University of Oslo in the context of a series of presentations on justice, peace and the role of religion in global perspective marking the university's 200th anniversary.
Ten years after 9/11 07 September 2011 General Secretary Statement: public statement 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.
Statement on Syria 09 August 2011 General Secretary Statement: public statement Voicing an appeal for the renunciation of violence by all sides in ongoing political conflict in Syria, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches has stated, "it is particularly urgent that the army and government security agencies cease the indiscriminate use of force" against demonstrators, moving instead to protect all Syrian citizens' lives, dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Migration and Migrant Workers: Discerning Responses as Churches 20 July 2011 WCC Programmes S Summary of major learnings from the meeting of the Working Group representing the South East Asian, South Asian, Middle East and Gulf regions at Bangkok Christian Guest House, Bangkok, 17-20 July 2011
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.
Expression of hope for Palestinian Unity 10 May 2011 General Secretary S 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.
Prayers for the Peoples: Remembering Japan, Libya, Bahrain and the world 16 March 2011 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Liturgical text This order of service was prepared by the worship committee of the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva for a prayer service held at the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre, 16 March 2011. It may be reproduced and adapted for parish use freely.
Resolution on the United States of America's Veto against the UN Security Council Resolution condemning Israeli Settlements in the Palestinian Territories 22 February 2011 Central Committee Adopted by the WCC Central Committee at its meeting in February 2011.
Minute on the Presence and Witness of Christians in the Middle East 22 February 2011 Central Committee S The WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011, approved this Minute on Christians in the Middle East.
Concern for the people of Egypt 31 January 2011 General Secretary S "Our hopes and prayers are for the safety of citizens, for wisdom and compassion on the part of the authorities and for a non-violent and just resolution of conflicts and grievances", the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said 31 January 2011, commenting on the current situation in Egypt.
Religious freedom in Cyprus 28 January 2011 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, concerning freedom of religion and belief in the northern, occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus.
Letter to UN commissioner and special rapporteur 28 January 2011 General Secretary S Letter by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navanethem Pillay and to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Mr Heiner Bielefeldt, concerning freedom of religion and belief in the northern, occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus.
Condolence letter to the Coptic Orthodox Church 01 January 2011 General Secretary Pastoral letter Condolence letter by WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit following the vicious attack on innocent worshippers in the Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt when a bomb was detonated at the conclusion of the celebration of a New Year's midnight mass. At least 21 people have been killed and more than 80 injured by the attack.
Women Respond to the Kairos Palestine Document 18 December 2010 WCC Programmes Message 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.
United Nations Advocacy Week 2010 Prayers 01 October 2010 WCC Programmes Liturgical text 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 General Secretary S 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.
To Middle East negotiators in Washington, D.C. 02 September 2010 General Secretary Message 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.
Statement on the storming of a Gaza-bound vessel 01 June 2010 General Secretary S
Statement by the Council of the Heads of the Christian Churches of Iraq 06 May 2010 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Thematic Address: Called to prophesy, reconcile and heal 15 April 2010 General Secretary Lecture - Speech 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.
Easter message of the Heads of Churches of Jerusalem 01 April 2010 Other ecumenical bodies M
South African response to Kairos Palestine Document 31 March 2010 Other ecumenical bodies M 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 Executive committee M 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.
Council of Christian Leaders in Iraq founded 18 February 2010 General Secretary S
Kairos Palestine Document 11 December 2009 Other ecumenical bodies Statement: public statement 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.
Gilo settlement expansion 19 November 2009 General Secretary Message
Letter to the UN Secretary-General on the Goldstone report 18 November 2009 General Secretary S
Joint WCC-CEC letter concerning Camp Ashraf, Iraq 18 September 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Statement on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 02 September 2009 Central Committee Statement: public statement 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.
Letter to the United Church of Canada 10 August 2009 General Secretary S "Ecumenical and international support for the United Church of Canada (UCC) in its on-going work for peace with justice in Israel-Palestine" was expressed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia in this letter, dated 10 August 2009.
Statement on the Gaza war 20 February 2009 Executive committee S
Iraqi church representatives statement 11 February 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S In a meeting organized by the World Council of Churches in Dar Sayedat Al Jabal, Fatka, Lebanon, between 10 and 11 February 2009, twelve church leaders from all over Iraq discussed the current situation of its Christians community. Representatives from different Iraqi churches participated in the meeting together with bishops from the Syrian and Armenian Orthodox Churches and the Chaldean Church in Lebanon, and the General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches.
Jerusalem churches statement on Gaza 30 December 2008 Other ecumenical bodies S Statement by the Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem on the current devastating situation in Gaza
Statement on the Gaza crisis 29 December 2008 General Secretary S
Letter to the churches in Iraq 14 October 2008 General Secretary S
The Commitment of the Church to the Quest of a Just Peace - A Catholic Approach, "Promised Land" conference 13 September 2008 Other ecumenical bodies Lecture - Speech 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"
Bern Perspective 13 September 2008 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Final document of the International theological conference "Promised Land" hosted by the Swiss Protestant Federation and the Reformed Churches in Bern-Jura-Solothurn. The encounter took place as part of the WCC Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum, an inter-church advocacy initiative. The 85 participants came from Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa and Asia.
The Commitment of the Church to the Quest of a Just Peace - A North American Experience 13 September 2008 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech By the Rev. Robert O. Smith, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Global Mission, USA
Peace and Peacemaking as an Interfaith and Ecumenical Vocation - An Orthodox View 13 September 2008 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech 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 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech 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 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech 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 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech By Rev. Dr Sungkook Park, Christian Conference of Asia, Thailand
International Theological Conference "Promised Land" 10 September 2008 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Welcome Remarks by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC General Secretary, at International Theological Conference, "Promised Land", at Church Center Bürenpark, Bern, Switzerland. 10 - 14 September 2008.
Welcome Remarks 10 September 2008 General Secretary Lecture - Speech By the Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary
Israel and Palestine - 60 years 09 May 2008 General Secretary S Israel and Palestine - 60 years, comment by the World Council of Churches general secretary
"The journey is home" - Sermon at Holy Trinity Church Dubai 18 April 2008 General Secretary S
The Changing Ecclesial Context: Impact of Migration on Living Together 16 April 2008 WCC Programmes S
Statement on the death of Mosul's Chaldean Archbishop 13 March 2008 WCC Programmes
Killings in Gaza and Israel 04 March 2008 General Secretary S
Minute on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip 20 February 2008 Central Committee S
Alarming humanitarian situation in Gaza 23 January 2008 General Secretary S
Call by Heads of Churches in Jerusalem and the Holy Land for an end to the siege on Gaza 22 January 2008 Other ecumenical bodies S In the Name of God, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem and the Holy Land urge the International Community, President Bush and the leaders of Israel, to put an end to suffering in Gaza and call upon Israel to activate Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's initiative for Palestinian responsibility control of the boarders thus ensuring sufficient normal flow of medicine, food, fuel and goods to Gaza.
UNAW 2007 Report 01 January 2008 Commission on International Affairs Report 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.
Christmas Message 2007 21 December 2007 General Secretary Message From the World Council of Churches general secretary
Letter to the Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine 18 December 2007 General Secretary P It is with great joy that we have received the news yesterday of Your Beatitude's official recognition by the Israeli government. Although fully aware that this civil decision has no influence at all on Your Beatitude's canonical and ecclesial status, we nevertheless consider that it makes it easier to ensure the good governance of the institutions related to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, to fulfill Your Beatitude's pastoral duties and mission among the Orthodox faithful of the Holy Church of Jerusalem, and to make visible the Christian presence and common witness in the Holy Land.
Message on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29 November 2007 WCC Programmes Message Statement by Rev. Chris Ferguson, WCC representative to the UN, "on behalf of the international community of civil society"
Address to the MECC General Assembly in Cyprus 28 November 2007 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Message from the WCC on the occasion of the Ninth General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches
Annapolis Meeting: Letter to US, Israeli and Palestinian authorities 26 November 2007 General Secretary S
Statement on Iraq and its Christian communities 28 September 2007 Executive committee S The executive committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Etchmiadzin, Armenia, 25-28 September, 2007, is deeply troubled by their suffering and calls urgently for solutions to the suffering of the Iraqi people.
Minute on Iran and the Middle East regional crisis 28 September 2007 Executive committee Statement: minute The executive committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Etchmiadzin, Armenia, 25-28 September, 2007, stated: In repeated statements over many years, the World Council of Churches has called for governments to exercise their responsibilities for bringing peace with justice to the peoples of the Middle East. Yet today - from Iraq to Lebanon to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories - unresolved conflicts are scarring the region. The lives of countless women, children and men are shattered, families are torn apart, and whole communities are held hostage to injustice and violence.
Reconciliation among Oriental Orthodox Churches 19 July 2007 General Secretary P WCC general secretary rejoices with the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church over their reconciliation, leaving behind more than two decades of tensions.
The Amman Call 20 June 2007 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement Issued at WCC International Peace Conference "Churches together for Peace and Justice in the Middle East"
Peace conference, Amman 18 June 2007 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Speech by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC secretary general, at the International Peace Conference, Amman, Jordan, 17-21 June 2007.
Letter to Prime Minister Suleiman al-Bakhit 18 May 2007 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter to the Prime Minister of Jordan Dr Marouf Suleiman al-Bakhit, expressing concern over the news that the Jordanian government decided to withdraw its recognition from the legally elected Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine.
Statement on Iraq 16 March 2007 General Secretary Statement: public statement
Jerusalem patriarchs and heads of churches 12 January 2007 Other ecumenical bodies S
On the execution of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein 30 December 2006 General Secretary S
WCC statement on the execution of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein 30 December 2006 General Secretary S
"Week of Impunity" in the Middle East 14 December 2006 Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement WCC calls international attention to situation in the Middle East
Fr Boulos Iskander 17 October 2006 Commission on International Affairs P
Condolences on death of Fr Boulos Iskander 17 October 2006 Commission on International Affairs T
Recognition by Israel of His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus III 29 September 2006 General Secretary S
Report of the general secretary 06 September 2006 Central Committee R
Final Report of the Public Issues Committee (adopted) 06 September 2006 Central Committee Report
Statement on the War in Lebanon and Northern Israel, and Ecumenical 06 September 2006 Central Committee A
WCC/LWF/WARC appeal for end to violence 08 August 2006 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 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 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) M
Appeal to the international community 03 August 2006
WCC Appeal to the International Community 03 August 2006 General Secretary S
Recognition of new Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem 22 July 2006 General Secretary S
Message of solidarity with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem 22 July 2006 General Secretary S
Pastoral letter on the violence in the Middle East 21 July 2006 General Secretary M
Letter to members of UN Security Council 21 July 2006 General Secretary S
Pastoral Letter on the Violence in the Middle East 21 July 2006 General Secretary P
Letter of the Lebanese Prime Minister 18 July 2006 General Secretary Incoming letter Extracts of a letter of Prime Minister Fouad As-Sanioura to the WCC general secretary
Conflict between Israel and Lebanon 13 July 2006 General Secretary S
On the escalation of conflict between Israel and Lebanon 13 July 2006 General Secretary M
The escalation of the Israel/Palestine conflict 30 June 2006 General Secretary S
Congratulations on appointment as Secretary of State 30 June 2006
Statement from EDAN Middle East consultation 25 June 2006 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Representatives of persons with different disabilities and church disability workers came together from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine representing different church traditions among them Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical.
Letter on the Middle East conflict 21 June 2006 General Secretary S
Morally responsible investment in Israel-Palestine 08 June 2006 General Secretary P
Executive Committee May 2006 Statement on the Conflict in Israel/Palestine: The Time Is Ripe To Do What 19 May 2006 Executive committee S
Iran and Nuclear Non-Proliferation 19 May 2006 Executive committee R
Statement on the conflict in Israel-Palestine 19 May 2006 Executive committee S
Statement on Iran and nuclear non-proliferation 19 May 2006 Executive committee S
Copy of Appeal following Palestinian election 11 April 2006 General Secretary M
Release of hostages in Iraq 23 March 2006 General Secretary S
Expression of concern after attack on Christian community of Maghar 24 February 2006 General Secretary S
Minute on Mutual Respect, Responsibility and Dialogue with People of other Faiths 23 February 2006 Central Committee S
Israeli-Palestinian conflict 08 February 2006 General Secretary S
Appeal following Palestinian election 08 February 2006 General Secretary S
Church leaders in Jerusalem urge World Churches and all Christians to advocate for peace 06 February 2006 Other ecumenical bodies Message Message from Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem
Reiteration of concern at declarations by Iranian President 22 December 2005 Commission on International Affairs S
Call for the Release of Peace Workers in Iraq 05 December 2005 Commission on International Affairs S
Expression of concern at recent statements by Iranian President 03 November 2005 General Secretary S
Punishing the victims of persecution: Churches speak out on detention 01 October 2005 WCC Programmes A
Theological Consultation on the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme 28 September 2005 Commission on International Affairs L
Expression of sympathy following deaths at Baghdad's Kadhimiya Mosque 01 September 2005 General Secretary S
Background Information to Evaluate the Gaza Pullout 22 August 2005 Commission on International Affairs B
Understanding the Minute on Economic Measures for Peace in Israel/Palestine 22 July 2005 WCC Programmes Background document These questions and answers explain the background of the Minute on Economic Measures for Peace in Israel/Palestine adopted by the WCC Central Committee in February 2005.
Open Letter on the Status of Jerusalem 31 March 2005 Commission on International Affairs S 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".
INF 4 Hearings 22 February 2005 Central Committee R
GEN/PUB 5 Second report of the Public Issues committee 22 February 2005 Central Committee Table of contents: Introduction Minute on economic measures for peace in Israel/Palestine Human rights and languages of indigenous peoples Countries affected by the tsunami International Criminal Court Detainees held at Guantanamo Bay Iraq crisis: enhancing peace, accountability and the rule of law Practising hospitality in an era of new forms of migration
Statement on the Iraq Crisis: Enhancing Peace, Accountability and the Rule 22 February 2005 Central Committee A
Minute on Certain Economic Measures for Peace in Israel/Palestine 22 February 2005 Executive committee S
Reflections on the international use of power by the United States government 01 January 2005 Commission on Faith and Order This paper was prepared in response to the US DOV Committee's invitation to members of US churches to select one of the four themes of the Decade and to reflect on it.
Cairo declaration 13 December 2004 Other ecumenical bodies S
Condolences on the death of President Yasser Arafat 11 November 2004 Commission on International Affairs T
Patriarche Petros d'Alexandrie 13 September 2004 General Secretary Tribute Text only exists in French.
Letter from REOs to Kofi Annan 04 September 2004 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Message to the Churches in Iraq 02 August 2004 General Secretary P
Comments on the killing of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin 25 March 2004 Commission on International Affairs S
Statement on Palestine/Israel 20 February 2004 Executive committee S
Executive Committee February 2004 Statement on the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel's 20 February 2004 Executive committee A
Message of solidarity after earthquake in Iran 05 January 2004 General Secretary S
2004 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity material 01 January 2004 Joint Working Group
From Antelias with love 20 November 2003 WCC Programmes Report
New configuration of the ecumenical movement 16 November 2003 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement
Second report of the public issues committee 02 September 2003 Central Committee Report Second report of the public issues committee presented to the Central Committee, 2003
Statement on Iraq 02 September 2003 Central Committee A
Minute on the Occupied Palestinian Territories 02 September 2003 Central Committee S
Terrorist attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad 20 August 2003 General Secretary S
Reflection by the WCC general secretary 21 March 2003 General Secretary S Reflection in a service of prayer for peace at the Ecumenical Centre Geneva March 2003
Reflection by the papal nuncio in Geneva 21 March 2003 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S Reflection in a service of prayer for peace at the Ecumenical Centre Geneva March 2003
Ecumenical prayer service for peace in Iraq 21 March 2003 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) On 20 February 2003, the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches called for churches around the world to join in prayer for peace in Iraq on the first day of Lent. An ecumenical prayer service for peace was held 20 March 2003 at the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva.
Statement on the War in Iraq 20 March 2003 General Secretary S
Statement Against Military Action in Iraq 21 February 2003 Executive committee S
Statement on Cyprus 21 February 2003 Executive committee R
Church leaders united against war in Iraq 20 February 2003 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Message from Church Leaders United Against the War in Iraq 05 February 2003 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) M
Iraq - Appeal to church leaders in member states of the UN Security Council 24 October 2002 Commission on International Affairs S
Report on an international consultation on "Christians and Muslims in dialogue and beyond" 18 October 2002 Inter-Religious Relations and Dialogue R An international consultation on "Christians and Muslims in Dialogue and Beyond" took place in Geneva, 16-18 October 2002, hosted by the World Council of Churches. It brought together representatives of major international Muslim and Christian organisations, scholars and people active in the work of local Christian and Muslim communities.
Group III: Striving together in seeking justice and overcoming violence 17 October 2002 Inter-Religious Relations and Dialogue R An international consultation on "Christians and Muslims in Dialogue and Beyond" took place in Geneva, 16-18 October 2002, hosted by the World Council of Churches. It brought together representatives of major international Muslim and Christian organisations, scholars and people active in the work of local Christian and Muslim communities.
Appeal against military action in Iraq 15 October 2002 General Secretary S
Statement on the threats of military action against Iraq 26 September 2002 Central Committee S
Iraq - Appeal to the US Government 19 September 2002 Commission on International Affairs Statement: letter Letter to Ambassador Kevin Edward Moley, Permanent Mission of the USA to the UN in Geneva
Iraq - Appeal to the governments of China, France, Russia and the UK 19 September 2002 Commission on International Affairs S
Appeal to Iraq to respect the resolutions of the UN Security Council 19 September 2002 Commission on International Affairs S
Report on Public Issues 02 September 2002 Central Committee R Preliminary Report on Public Issues at the WCC Central Commitee, Sep. 2002
Statement on the ecumenical response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Holy Land 26 August 2002 Central Committee S
Guide For Reflection: Beyond 11 September: Implications for US Churches and the World 05 August 2002 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Beyond 11 September: Implications for US Churches and the World 05 August 2002 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Appeal to the European Union to take a leading role in seeking a just and sustainable peace in the Middle East 12 June 2002 General Secretary S
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Appeal for urgent action 15 March 2002 Commission on International Affairs S
Statement on Israel's obligations as occupying power 05 December 2001 Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement Issued by the CCIA on the occasion of the Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Pastoral letter to the churches and Christians in the United States following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 16 November 2001 Member church P
Resolution on Ecumenical Response to the Palestine-Israeli conflict 14 September 2001 Executive committee S The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Geneva, 11-14 September 2001, alarmed and dismayed by the escalation of violence in the Holy Land since the Central Committee adopted its last "Minute on the Situation in the Holy Land After the Outbreak of the Second Palestinian Uprising" in Potsdam, February 2001;
Resolution on ecumenical response to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict 11 September 2001 Executive committee R
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001 07 September 2001 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Concluding statement issued by the World Council of Churches delegation
Statement presented to the media by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on behalf of the Ecumenical Caucus 05 September 2001 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001
Oral statement of the Ecumenical Caucus to the plenary session 05 September 2001 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001
International Ecumenical Consultation on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 07 August 2001 WCC Programmes Report convened by the WCC August 6-7, 2001 - Geneva, Switzerland
Report of delegation to Israel/Palestine 06 August 2001 WCC Programmes Report The WCC general secretary sent an ecumenical delegation to Jerusalem and the West Bank from 27 June to 1 July 2001 to meet with the Patriarchs and Heads of Christian Communities in Jerusalem as well as key local clergy and laity, church-related and ecumenical organisations including Israeli and Palestinian human rights and peace activists. This was an exploratory and consultative mission as part of a preparatory process for an international ecumenical meeting to be convened in Geneva.
Palestine - Message of condolences on the death of Faissal Husseini 06 June 2001 Commission on International Affairs S
Israel - Expression of condolences to victims of suicide bombing 06 June 2001 Commission on International Affairs S
Oral intervention on human rights violations in the occupied Arab territories 28 March 2001 Commission on International Affairs S The following is the full text of the intervention made on Wednesday, 28 March, to the 57th Session of the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, meeting in Geneva, 19 March - 27 April 2001
Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples 20 February 2001 Commission on International Affairs S
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Minute on the situation in the Holy Land after the outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising 29 January 2001 Central Committee M
Minute on Cyprus 29 January 2001 Central Committee M
Advent message to the churches and Christian communities of Jerusalem 12 December 2000 General Secretary P
Call for investigation into abuses of human rights of migrants in the countries of the Persian Gulf 24 November 2000 Commission on International Affairs S
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Sharing the land, the truth and the peace 17 October 2000 Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement Written submission by the CCIA to the Fifth Special Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights devoted to grave and massive violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - In Pursuit of Lasting Peace with Justice 17 October 2000 Commission on International Affairs R
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Letter of encouragement to the UN Secretary-General for his initiative for a resumption of negotiations 10 October 2000 General Secretary S
Resolution on Jerusalem Final Status Negotiations 01 September 2000 Executive committee M
Background paper on the Status of Jerusalem 01 September 2000 Executive committee B Background paper on the status of Jerusalem presented to the Executive Committee.
Statement on the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon 26 May 2000 General Secretary S
Iraq - Appeal to the UN Security Council to lift sanctions with direct and indiscriminate effect on the civilian population 18 February 2000 General Secretary S
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Background Document on the Situation in the Middle East 29 January 2000 Central Committee S
Minute on Jerusalem 03 September 1999 Central Committee M
Letter from Jerusalem 12 August 1999 Other ecumenical bodies I
Palestine - Statement of support at the Bethlehem 2000 International Conference 19 February 1999 Commission on International Affairs Lecture - Speech Presentation by the Director of the CCIA to the conference convened at FAO headquarters by the UN Special Committee on Palestine, Rome, 18-19 February 1999.
Together on the Way: 5.6. Statement on the Status of Jerusalem 30 November 1998 Assembly S The statement was adopted with 15 opposing votes and 17 abstentions. During the discussion by assembly delegates, several comments and concerns were voiced: the statement did not draw sufficient attention to the Jewish roots of the Christian faith and to concern for the security of the state of Israel; this issue is of great concern to churches around the world and of particular concern to churches in the Middle East; rather than calling for Jerusalem to be "a shared city", the sovereignty of Jerusalem should be protected for Israelis and Palestinians; Palestinians should be given the right of repatriation.
Towards a Common Date for Easter 10 March 1997 Commission on Faith and Order Study document In most years Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians celebrate Easter on one date, and Orthodox Christians on another (the year 2007, and again in 2011, will be an exception). This text, prepared by Faith and Order in collaboration with the Middle East Council of Churches, examines the reasons for this and offers a proposal for reckoning a common date of Easter.
Statement on the Status of Jerusalem 22 September 1995 Central Committee S WCC Central Committee Geneva, Switzerland, 14-22 September 1995 STATEMENT ON THE STATUS OF JERUSALEM
Statements on the Middle East 01 September 1993 Executive committee S The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Sigtuna, Sweden, 14-20 September 1993, warmly welcomes the exchange of letters of mutual recognition between the leaders of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the subsequent signing in Washington, D.C. of an agreement to establish a transitional Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority in the occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Statement on the Gulf War, the Middle East, and the Threat to World Peace 20 February 1991 Assembly S
1991 Urgent Appeal to the Leaders of the World by the Heads of the Christian Communities of the Holy Land 13 January 1991 Other ecumenical bodies Message From Jerusalem, the City of Peace, we, the Heads of the Christian Communities of the Holy Land, address this urgent appeal to you.
Prayer for Peace by Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy 01 January 1991 WCC Programmes L The following prayer authored by Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy was used in many places in inter-religious worships around the time of the Gulf War in 1991.
Statement on Jerusalem killings 12 October 1990 General Secretary S The World Council of Churches condemns the use of deadly force by the Israeli security forces, resulting in the killing of more than twenty and the wounding of hundreds of Palestinians in Jerusalem. The manner in which the Israeli authorities have acted reflects total disregard of their obligations under international law and makes them fully responsible for this tragedy. The Council extends to the families of the victims its sincere condolence and upholds them in its prayers.
Pentecost Prayer from Jerusalem 03 June 1990 Other ecumenical bodies Liturgical text By the Middle East Council of Churches
Call to prayer of peace in the Holy Land 30 March 1990 Central Committee The Central Committee of the WCC meeting in Geneva (March 1990) warmly welcomes the initiative of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), "Christians for Peace in the Holy Land", calling the churches around the world to join the churches in Jerusalem for prayers for peace in the Holy Land during the period from Palm Sunday to Pentecost, dates this year shared by all churches.
1989 Christmas Statement by the Heads of the Christian Communities in Jerusalem 25 December 1989 Other ecumenical bodies Statement: public statement Further statements from the Heads of Churches and Christian Communities in Jerusalem are available in Jerusalem Testament: Palestinian Christians Speak, 1988-2008 by Melanie May (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2010)
1989 Statement by the Heads of the Christian Communities in Jerusalem 26 April 1989 Other ecumenical bodies Statement: public statement This statement is signed by: - His Beatitude Diodoros I Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem - His Beafitude Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch - His Beatitude Yeghishe Derderian, Armenian Orthodox Patriarch - Very Rev. Father Carlo Cecchitelli, of m, Custos of the Holy Land - His Exc. Amba Basilios, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop - His Exc. Mar Dionysios Behnam Jijawi, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop - His Exc. Msgr Lutfi Laham, Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarcal Vicar - Right Rev. Samir Kafity, Bishop of the Episcopalian Church - Right Rev. Naim Nasr, Bishop ot the Evangelical Lutheran Church
Appeal to the UN secretary general on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 20 August 1988 Central Committee S
1988 Statement by the Heads of Christian Communities in Jerusalem 22 January 1988 Other ecumenical bodies Statement: public statement Further statements from the Heads of Churches and Christian Communities in Jerusalem are available in Jerusalem Testament: Palestinian Christians Speak, 1988-2008 by Melanie May (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2010)
Statement on the Middle East 10 August 1983 Assembly S
Statement on Jerusalem 31 August 1980 Central Committee Statement: public statement On the basis of previous WCC statements the Central Committee opposes the Israeli unilateral action of annexing East Jerusalem and uniting the city as its "eternal capital" under its exclusive sovereignty.
Statement on Jerusalem 10 December 1975 Assembly S
Statement on Jerusalem 18 August 1974 Central Committee Statement: public statement The Central Committee affirms that, in order to reach a satisfactory position regarding Jerusalem, the following facts should be taken into account:
Resolution regarding Christian holy places in and around Jerusalem 01 January 1970 Executive committee S
Statement on the Middle East 01 January 1970 Assembly S
Missionary learning and ecumenical formation in regional churches in the German context - Dietrich Werner 01 January 1970 WCC Programmes L
Statement on the Middle East 22 August 1969 Central Committee
Statement on the Middle East 01 August 1967 Central Committee Statement: public statement WCC Central Committee Heraklion, Crete, Greece, 15-26 August 1967 STATEMENT ON THE MIDDLE EAST The Central Committee upon the recommendation of Reference Committee II ADOPTED the following statement
Concerns of the churches - The Christian approach to the Jews 01 August 1948 Assembly Report Amsterdam Assembly 1948 Extracts from Report of Committee IV CONCERNS OF THE CHURCHES: 3.· THE CHRISTIAN APPROACH TO THE JEWS
Concerns of the churches - The emergence of Israel as a state 01 August 1948 Assembly Report Amsterdam Assembly 1948 Extracts from Report of Committee IV CONCERNS OF THE CHURCHES - THE EMERGENCE OF ISRAEL AS A STATE