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Interfaith Statement to the Plenary of the High Level Ministerial Segment of COP23 Entitled “To Bonn and Beyond: Act Now with Justice and Peace”, the statement was read by Frances Namoumou, representing the WCC and the Pacific Conference of Churches, to the plenary of the High Level Ministerial Segment of the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23), in Bonn, Germany, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference took place under the presidency of Fiji. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 16 November 2017
Communiqué by the Joint Working Group, September 2017 Communiqué by the Joint Working Group between the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church Joint Working Group Message 19 September 2017
WCC expresses grave concern for Rohingya people in Myanmar The World Council of Churches (WCC) expresses its concern about the situation of the Rohingya people and the circumstances in Rakhine state that have forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and country. According to UN and reputable media reports, some 379,000 Rohingya people have sought refuge in Bangladesh since 25 August, fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. General Secretary Statement: public statement 14 September 2017
Bible study: "Pilgrimage as Solidarity" (Ruth 1:1–22) "Pilgrimage as Solidarity" (Ruth 1:1-22) - a Bible Study on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace by Yolanda Pantou WCC Programmes 23 May 2017
Communiqué of the Executive of the Joint Working Group, 27 April 2017 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. WCC Commisions Message 27 April 2017
Bible Study: “Pilgrimage onto already-settled land” (Genesis 12:1–9) This is the first of a series of 12 Bible studies on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. It was written by Jione Havea, a native minister in the Methodist Church of Tonga, is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at United Theological College, Charles Sturt University, Australia, and is based on the text of Genesis 12:1–9. WCC Programmes Background document 13 March 2017
Is religion discriminatory? Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's panel contribution during a conference at a cultural center in Trondheim, Norway. General Secretary Lecture - Speech 14 February 2017
Statement on US Presidential Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and its Impact on Refugees 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 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 31 January 2017
WCC policy on Palestine and Israel 1948-2016 (summary) 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. WCC Programmes Background document 01 January 2017
Christmas 2016 A greeting from the World Council of Churches General Secretary Message 13 December 2016
Sermon for 70th anniversary of Bossey Sermon by Prof. Dr Elisabeth Gangloff-Parmentier, Faculty of Theology, University of Geneva Member church Sermon 02 October 2016
Communiqué of the JWG Plenary Meeting 2016 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. Joint Working Group Statement: public statement 17 September 2016
Words of greetings at the Sunday morning worship Words of greetings by the WCC general Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Sunday morning worship, Riverside Church, Sunday, 4 September 2016. General Secretary Lecture - Speech 06 September 2016
The Gift of Being Called to Be a Church of All and for All Central Committee Report 28 June 2016
Statement on the Forced Displacement Crisis The WCC Central Committee calls for more concerted and coordinated international action to resolve the root causes of forcible displacement of people. Central Committee Statement: public statement 28 June 2016
Minute on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling The WCC Central Committee encourages its member churches to be attentive to peoples and organisations working to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling, particularly in their struggle against organised crime. Central Committee Statement: minute 27 June 2016
Resolution on outcome of the Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Reconciliation Processes and Indigenous Peoples Truth, Healing and Transformation, 20-21 June 2016 Central Committee Statement: public statement 25 June 2016
Black Lives Matter! As part of the WCC Central Committee’s plenary session on the pilgrimage of justice and peace, Rev. Waltrina Middleton offered these remarks. Central Committee Lecture - Speech 23 June 2016
Have no Fear Statement from the Lunteren Ecumenical Conference by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 20 June 2016
Knowing risks curbs fear Opening address at the conference "Have no fear", Lunteren, by: Anders Wejryd, WCC president for Europe WCC Presidents Lecture - Speech 14 June 2016
40 years after the Student Uprising in Soweto, 16 June 1976 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. General Secretary Lecture - Speech 11 June 2016
Air strike on Syrian refugee camp 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. General Secretary Statement: public statement 06 May 2016
Europe needs repentance - a European value from the Reformation? Presentation by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Wider Outlook Works Festival in Halle, Germany. General Secretary Lecture - Speech 06 May 2016
Congratulations to newly-elected Church of Norway leaders Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent congratulations to the new leaders of the Church of Norway National Council, its Council on Ecumenical and International Relations and the Sami Church Council: Kristin Gunleiksrud Raaum, Rev. Kristine Sandmael, Sara Eira. General Secretary Statement: letter 12 April 2016
Letter to WCC general secretary from Hieronymos, Archbishop of Athens, addressing the refugee crisis Greece’s people are exhausted from years of economic crisis and the Orthodox church head there is pleading with the European Union to reconsider its decision to limit the refugees it is accepting.Archbishop Hieronymos wrote his impassioned letter for help to the general secretary of the WCC, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, appealing to international churches and the global community. Member church Incoming letter 31 March 2016
Advocacy for refugee resettlement to Europe On 22 March 2016, the CCME, CEC and WCC sent a letter to member churches and partner organizations in Europe urging increased advocacy for more refugee resettlement with their national governments and parliaments. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 23 March 2016
Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria 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. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 16 March 2016
Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis Statement from the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe. WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 20 January 2016
Speech by Pauliina Parhiala, ACT Alliance WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech 18 January 2016
Keynote by Dr Thomas de Maizière, German Federal Minister of the Interior WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech 18 January 2016
Comforting and making Sermon at morning prayers for the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe, by Paolo Naso, Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy. Member church Sermon 18 January 2016
Presentation by Xavier Creach, UNHCR WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech 18 January 2016
Opening of WCC/UN Conference on Refugee Crisis Opening remarks from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary Lecture - Speech 18 January 2016
Presentation by Nick Grisewood, International Labour Organization WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech 18 January 2016
Presentation by Doina Bologa, UNFPA At the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech 18 January 2016
Indigenous Peoples’ Programme Reference Group meeting December 2015 Communiqué: What is the medicine we are carrying with us as the Ecumenical movement embarks on a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace? WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 11 December 2015
Christmas 2015 A greeting from the World Council of Churches General Secretary Message 30 November 2015
3rd International Conference on Minority Issues and Mission Joint Statement by participants of the conference held at the Korean YMCA in Japan. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 21 November 2015
Church Leaders' Consultation on the European Refugee Crisis: Communique 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. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 29 October 2015
Statement on the current refugee situation A statement on the current refugee situation by church leaders from the Protestant Regional Churches in Germany, signed by the bishops of the 20 Protestant churches constituting the Evangelical Church in Germany. Other ecumenical bodies Statement: public statement 16 September 2015
Letter on European refugee situation Letter on European refugee situation, jointly issued by the World Council of Churches, the Conference of European Churches and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe. Commission on International Affairs Statement: letter 09 September 2015
Statement on refugees in Europe WCC statement on refugees in Europe, calling for responsibility for and support to the refugees in Europe. General Secretary Statement: public statement 04 September 2015
Statement on Indigenous Ecological Spiritualties and Christian Faith Statement on Indigenous Ecological Spiritualties and Christian Faith issued from seminar in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 17-20 August 2015. WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 24 August 2015
Statement on responses to migrant crises The Executive Committee of the WCC expresses its deep concern for the lives of the increasing numbers of people globally who, fleeing from situations of violence, oppression, occupation or economic deprivation, are driven to undertake journeys of danger. Executive committee Statement: public statement 12 June 2015
Statement from Inclusive Development Planning Forum Statement from Inclusive Development Planning Forum, sponsored by the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network representing Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) and churches implementing development programs, held in Nairobi Kenya. WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 12 February 2015
Petit Guide Solidaire This guide book was developed by Coordination Asile.Ge together with groups working on asylum issues in Geneva and the region. It lists ideas how individuals can help the refugees. WCC Programmes Background document 01 January 2015
Forced Displacement, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Middle East Statement by the WCC Executive Committee, meeting in Paralimni, Cyprus, 21-26 November 2014 Executive committee Statement: public statement 26 November 2014
Minute on racial tensions in the United States of America Reaction to the decision of the Grand Jury not to indict in the case of the killing of Michael Brown Executive committee Statement: minute 26 November 2014
Communique from EDAN Peru meeting Communique from seminars and workshops held between 6 to 9 September by Coalition EDAN-MUR, representing Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network in Latin America and Urban and Rural Mission (MUR) of Peru, in Lima and Chiclayo. WCC Programmes Report 09 September 2014
Statement on the current situation in Mosul, Iraq 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. Central Committee Statement: public statement 07 July 2014
Message to the 103rd International Labour Conference Message from the general secretary on the occasion of the 103 International Labour Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2014. General Secretary Message 05 June 2014
Minute on Indigenous Peoples Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee. Assembly Statement: minute 08 November 2013
Message from the pre-assembly gathering of Indigenous Peoples A message from the pre-assembly gathering of Indigenous Peoples at the WCC 10th Assembly Assembly Message 29 October 2013
Climate refugees People Displaced by Climate Change and the Role of the Churches: A co-publication of Brot für die Welt, the Pacific Conference of Churches and the World Council of Churches. WCC Programmes Report 11 October 2013
Death of migrants in Italy shipwreck Statement from the World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit over the death of migrants in Italy shipwreck on 3 October. General Secretary Statement: public statement 04 October 2013
Prayer of renewal and blessing, related to SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production From Hallelujah! (AWPC © 2013 WCC) WCC Programmes Liturgical text 01 October 2013
Report of the Conference Belonging(s)? Migration in theological perspective Report of the conference Belonging(s)? Migration in theological perspective held on 31 August in Berne, Switzerland. WCC Programmes Report 11 September 2013
Quakers statement on Doctrine of Discovery By the Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) approved by the Canadian Yearly Meeting in session on 22 August 2013. Member church 22 August 2013
Do Just This – Protect Life! Bible study on Genesis 2:4b-17 by Jione Havea for the WCC Assembly, 31 October 2013: The God of life created human beings from the earth with God’s breath of life. The very nature of human life is in connection with God and creation. God entrusted us with the mission to look after the garden of life and forbad us to eat the fruits that tempt us to be like the Almighty God. The opening Bible study is a reflection on the nature of life and how to celebrate, sustain and affirm it in relation to the theme of the assembly. Diverse contextual readings of the text are possible. Assembly S 15 July 2013
Advocacy strategies on Indigenous Peoples issues Report of the Consultation on Developing Advocacy Strategies for WCC work on Indigenous Peoples Issues, Church Centre, New York, 21-23 May 2013. WCC Programmes Report 27 June 2013
Letter on Indigenous people’s concerns to Canadian government A letter sent Friday from the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls on the Canadian government to “listen carefully” to the concerns of Canada’s Indigenous leaders. General Secretary S 11 January 2013
Global Ecumenical Network on Migration report 2012 WCC Programmes R 01 January 2013
Reflections on WCC 10th Assembly theme Reflections of the theologians and activists representing the Just and Inclusive Communities Working Group – including the five areas Dalit Solidarity, Global Ecumenical Network on Migration (GEM), Ecumenical Disabilities Advocacy Network (EDAN), Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, and Churches Overcoming racism, who met in Toronto, Canada, between 24-29 November 2012 under the theme: On the Way to Busan: Contributions from the Just and Inclusive Communities programme to the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 2013. WCC Programmes M 06 December 2012
Indigenous theologians' reflections on the WCC 10th Assembly theme Reflections of theologians representing the Ao and Chang Naga, Aymara, Igorot, Maori, Maya, Mizo, Quecha, Santal, and Turtle Island, who met at Yu-Shan Theological College and Seminary, Hualien, Taiwan from 17-29 September 2012. WCC Programmes Study document 29 September 2012
V. Minute of support for the Indigenous Peoples of Australia Minute of support for the Indigenous Peoples of Australia, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee. Central Committee S 04 September 2012
I. Statement on re-inscription of French Polynesia (Maohi Nui) on UN List of Countries to be Decolonized 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. Central Committee S 04 September 2012
Maria Chavez Quispe Tribute to Maria Phaxsi Chavez Quispe, 1975-2012, renowned biblical scholar and consultant for the WCC Indigenous Peoples programme General Secretary Tribute 26 July 2012
2013 Worship and background material Annual brochure for the Week of prayer for Christian unity jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. Commission on Faith and Order Liturgical text 24 April 2012
Tribute to H.H. Pope Shenouda III Condolence letter to the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church General Secretary Tribute 18 March 2012
Speech at St Andrews, Presbyterian Church, Toronto 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. General Secretary Lecture - Speech 14 March 2012
Dalit and Indigenous theologies in Asia 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. WCC Programmes 28 February 2012
Message from conference in Hofgeismar, Germany Message from the conference on "Violence in the Name of God? Joshua in changing contexts" in Hofgeismar, Germany, 23 to 27 February, 2012 WCC Programmes Message 27 February 2012
Statement on the Situation in Tanah Papua (Indonesia) The WCC Executive Committee expresses its deep concern for the deteriorating situation regarding human rights violations in Tanah Papua. Executive committee Statement: public statement 17 February 2012
Statement on the doctrine of discovery and its enduring impact on Indigenous Peoples Indigenous Peoples have the oldest living cultures in the world. Three hundred to five hundred million Indigenous Peoples today live in over 72 countries around the world, and they comprise at least 5,000 distinct peoples. The ways of life, identities, well-being and very existence of Indigenous People are threatened by the continuing effects of colonization and national policies, regulations and laws that attempt to force them to assimilate into the cultures of majoritarian societies. A fundamental historical basis and legal precedent for these policies and laws is the "Doctrine of Discovery", the idea that Christians enjoy a moral and legal right based solely on their religious identity to invade and seize indigenous lands and to dominate Indigenous Peoples. Executive committee Statement: public statement 17 February 2012
Statement on asylum seekers and human trafficking in the Sinai Desert 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. Executive committee Statement: public statement 17 February 2012
Christian self-understanding in the context of indigenous religions Between 6 -9 February 2012 a consultation exploring ‘Christian self understanding in the context of indigenous religions’ was convened at the Evangelical High School of Theological Studies (ISEDET), Buenos Aires, Argentina. The consultation was organised by the World Council of Churches’ Programme for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation, working in partnership with CLAI (the Latin American Council of Churches), and with valued assistance from FAIE (the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches in Argentina) and the Anglican Diocese of Argentina. The consultation was one of a series that the WCC has organised in recent years, exploring Christian self understanding in the context of a specific other religion or religious tradition. WCC Programmes S 09 February 2012
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. WCC Programmes M 11 November 2011
Minute on Peace and Security in South Asia Public statement by the WCC Executive Committee at its meeting held 12-16 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Executive committee S 16 September 2011
Migration and Migrant Workers: Discerning Responses as Churches 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 WCC Programmes S 20 July 2011
Racism against Afro-descendent minorities in Latin America and the Caribbean A call to churches worldwide to educate people about racism, this declaration was made by church leaders from across the Americas and Caribbean at the end of a conference held 22-24 June 2011 in Managua, Nicaragua. WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 25 June 2011
GPTR 2010 Aide memoire Aide memoire of the Global Platform for Theological Reflection meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 4-10 October 2010. WCC Programmes Report 08 June 2011
Climate Justice and Human Rights 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. WCC Programmes L 17 May 2011
Call for response to the humanitarian crisis in Libya The World Council of Churches, together with the Conference of European Churches and the Commission for Migrants in Europe, call for a response to the humanitarian crisis in and around Libya. General Secretary S 01 April 2011
Minute on the Rights of Migrants and Migrant Workers approved by the WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011 Central Committee Statement: minute 22 February 2011
Statement on the Situation of Indigenous Peoples of Australia The WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011, approved this Statement on Indigenous Peoples in Australia. Central Committee Statement: public statement 22 February 2011
Statement on the Situation in Colombia The WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011, approved this Statement on Colombia. Central Committee S 22 February 2011
Indigenous Theologians Network in Dialogue with the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism Statement of Indigenous theologians from different parts of the world, who met in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, on their dialogue with the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, the mission among indigenous people and the preservation of both traditional and Christian spiritualities. WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 27 January 2011
Indigenous Theologians Network in conversation with Faith and Order Statement of Indigenous theologians from different parts of the world, who met in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, on networking with the Commission on Faith and Order and its various working areas. WCC Programmes S 27 January 2011
Affirming a spirituality that gives life to all Statement of Indigenous theologians from different parts of the world, who met in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, for dialogue and exchange of knowledge on issues around spirituality. WCC Programmes S 27 January 2011
WCC Consultation on Mission and Ecclesiology of the Migrant Churches Report of the consultation held 16-21 November 2010 in Utrecht, the Netherlands WCC Programmes Report 01 January 2011
Affirmation of faith on Justice for Dalits An affirmation of faith from the National Ecumenical Conference on Justice for Dalits, Convened by NCCI in partnership with WCC, New Delhi, 22-24 October 2010 WCC Programmes D 24 October 2010
Statement from the WCC conference on Racism Today Statement from the WCC conference on Racism Today and the Rationale for continued ecumenical engagement, Cleveland, Ohio, 26-29 August 2010 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 18 October 2010
Global Platform for Theological Reflection 2010 Report of the Global Platform for Theological Reflection meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 4-10 October 2010. WCC Programmes Report 15 October 2010
Sources and Resources of Indigenous Theologies Report of the Indigenous Theologians meeting in Geneva, October 2009 WCC Programmes Report 13 October 2010
Living Letters visit to Australia 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. WCC Programmes Report 17 September 2010
UNAW Report 2009 Annex II: Speaker Presentations, Section B Climate Displaced Peoples Session, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Session, Colombia Session, Closing Keynote: theologian and activist Commission on International Affairs Report 14 May 2010
UNAW Report 2009 Annex III: Prayer Resources United Nations Advocacy Week Opening Prayer, Monday Morning Prayer: Climate Displaced Peoples, Tuesday Morning Prayer: Indigenous Peoples Rights, Wednesday Morning Prayer: Colombia, Thursday Morning Prayer, Closing Prayer Commission on International Affairs Liturgical text 14 May 2010
UNAW Report 2009 Annex II: Speaker Presentations, Section A Keynote II: Charge and Challenge to the Churches the Churches; Thematic Priority I: Climate Displaced Peoples. Commission on International Affairs Report 14 May 2010
Report: Churches Together to Transform the World The CCIA convened its 5th United Nations Advocacy Week (UNAW) on 15-20 November 2009 in New York City. Commission on International Affairs Report 14 May 2010
Sheena Duncan Condolence message by WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary Tribute 06 May 2010
Ecumenical declaration at World People's Conference on Climate Change This declaration, entitled "Listening to the cries of Mother Earth, was presented on Earth Day, 22 April 2010, at the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia, by a coalition of ecumenical organizations including the WCC. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) M 22 April 2010
Thematic Address: Called to prophesy, reconcile and heal 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. General Secretary Lecture - Speech 15 April 2010
Dr Kunchala Rajaratnam Condolence letter to the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India General Secretary Tribute 09 April 2010
Theological reflection in response to old and new forms of discrimination Report from the theological reflection in response to old and new forms of discrimination and exclusion - A continuing conversation among the members of the Core Group of and others related to the WCC programme on Just and Inclusive Communities, Nagpur, India,10-14 December 2009 WCC Programmes R 07 April 2010
Minute on violence on Colombia This minute on violence in Colombia has been adopted by the executive committee, meeting in Geneva, 23-26 February 2010. Executive committee S 26 February 2010
Rio report - Re-visioning justice from the margins Report of a continuing conversation among theologians representing the concerns of people living with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, Dalits and those struggling against racism, on churches becoming and effecting just and inclusive communities, August 2008. WCC Programmes Report 11 November 2009
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. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 05 November 2009
Communiqué of the Joint Working Group Plenary Meeting - 12-19 October 2009, Cordova, Spain The Joint Working Group (JWG) is the instrument that monitors and promotes collaboration between the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The group, hosted by the Diocese of Cordova, Spain, met from 12 to 19 October 2009. 19 October 2009
The Nature and Mission of the Church - Presentation by Metropolitan Geevarghese Coorilos The NMC document is appreciated for its philosophical imagination, but it needs to be complimented with sociological and poetic imaginations where the text (the Word) takes on flesh and enters the realm of the pain and pathos that the poor and their earth endure, argues Metropolitan Geevarghese Coorilos. Commission on Faith and Order 13 October 2009
Joint WCC-CEC letter concerning Camp Ashraf, Iraq Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S 18 September 2009
Statement on caste-based discrimination Central Committee S 02 September 2009
Ecclesial and Social Visions of Indigenous Peoples Consultation Report Around 35 theologians and leaders representing communities, churches and organizations of indigenous peoples in 16 countries in many parts of the world attended a consultation from 21-26 October, 2008 in Baguio City, Philippines. This consultation was called in response to a proposal by the Ninth General Assembly of the WCC to facilitate the theological contributions of indigenous peoples to enrich the life and work of the WCC. In solidarity with the struggles of the largest indigenous peoples' population in Asia, Baguio City in the Philippines was chosen as the context for this theological conversation. WCC Programmes R 24 June 2009
Attacks on Roma families in Belfast Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S 19 June 2009
Report of the March 2009 CCIA meeting 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. Commission on International Affairs R 19 June 2009
Message from the Doorn conference Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S 17 June 2009
Sermon at closing worship service, Doorn Sermon preached at the closing worship service of the 14-17 June 2009 conference "Churches responding to the challenges of racism and related forms of discrimination and exclusion" WCC Programmes S 17 June 2009
"...and who is my neighbour?" Opening Sermon at Thanksgiving Worship, Doorn, Utrecht, Holland, 14 June. General Secretary S 14 June 2009
Letter to Peruvian President García General Secretary S 09 June 2009
Joint Declaration of Indigenous Churches at UN Forum 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. WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 21 May 2009
Pacific church leaders' statement The challenge of resettlement because of Climate Change was the focus of the Oikoumene Pasifika 2009, which took place in Nadi, Fiji in April 2009. Oikoumene Pasifika bring church leaders from the Pacific Conference of Churches to reflect together on crucial topics affecting the region. WCC staff contributed to this meeting with presentations on Ecumenism and climate change. Church leaders adopted the Moana declaration on "Our Oikos - a new consciousness on climate change and our call to action". Other ecumenical bodies S 24 April 2009
Oral intervention at UN Durban Review Conference Joint oral intervertion at the United Nations Durban Review Conference in Geneva, 24 April 2009 by the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 24 April 2009
The Bangkok Declaration and Call Statement from the Global Ecumenical Conference on Justice for Dalits, March 21-24, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S 02 April 2009
Statement on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo Executive committee S 23 February 2009
UNAW Report 2008 Annex IV: Prayer resources Climate change Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) Human rights Migration Public witness: addressing power, affirming peace United Nations Commission on International Affairs Liturgical text 23 January 2009
UNAW 2008 Report 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. Commission on International Affairs Report 23 January 2009
UNAW Report 2008 Annex III 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 Commission on Faith and Order Report 23 January 2009
Racism today: Rationale for ecumenical commitment 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. WCC Programmes S 06 December 2008
WCC United Nations Advocacy week Opening address by Rev. Dr Michael Kinnamon Member church Lecture - Speech 17 November 2008
Statement from the International Consultation on the Ecclesial and Social Visions of the Indigenous Peoples Statement of solidarity with the indigenous peoples and condemnation of the enforced disappearance of James Balao WCC Programmes S 26 October 2008
Voices of Youth: Stronger and Better Heard 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. Echos - Commission on youth in the ecumenical movement M 09 October 2008
AGAPE Consultation: Guatemala indigenous peoples' statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S 07 October 2008
Solidarity message to churches in India General Secretary P 03 September 2008
On xenophobic violence in South Africa General Secretary S 05 June 2008
"The journey is home" - Sermon at Holy Trinity Church Dubai General Secretary S 18 April 2008
The Changing Ecclesial Context: Impact of Migration on Living Together WCC Programmes S 16 April 2008
Statement on the human rights situation in the province of Papua, Indonesia WCC Programmes S 14 March 2008
Minute on our religious imperative to foster sensitivity and reconciliation in shifting society Central Committee S 20 February 2008
Major Learnings from the 2007 Global Platform Process The Global Platform for theological reflection and analysis is an experiment so it is important that we learn from what we do. WCC Programmes Report 10 January 2008
Abolished but Not Destroyed: Slavery in the 21st Century A statement from the delegates of the ecumenical conference "Abolished, but Not Destroyed: Remembering the Slave Trade in the 21st Century" in Runaway Bay, Jamaica; December 2007 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 14 December 2007
Annapolis Meeting: Letter to US, Israeli and Palestinian authorities General Secretary S 26 November 2007
La Paz report - Just and inclusive communities Representing the experiences, perspectives and visions of different excluded groups, a select group of 25 theologians from many parts of the world gathered in La Paz, Bolivia during May 2007, perhaps for the first time, to articulate their visions of the world and the church. Their attempt was to identify the possible thematic directions for the new programme - Just and Inclusive Communities - that brings together WCC's ongoing work in the areas of Overcoming racism, Ecumenical Disabilities Advocates Network, Indigenous Peoples and Dalit Solidarity. WCC Programmes R 03 May 2007
Global migration and new ecclesial realities Address by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary, in Cardiff, 25 April 2007. General Secretary Lecture - Speech 25 April 2007
Archbishop Desmond Tutu General Secretary P 06 October 2006
Minute on Kosovo WCC Central Committee, Geneva, 30 August-6 September 2006 Central Committee Statement: minute 06 September 2006
Pastoral Letter on the Violence in the Middle East General Secretary P 21 July 2006
Statement on Sudan Executive committee A 19 May 2006
Message from the World Council of Churches to the Churches in Uganda General Secretary M 23 February 2006
Statement on Latin America Central Committee A 23 February 2006
Changing social and economic context (Ecumenical conversations) "Changing social and economic context" : Poverty threatens life and human dignity. It is not a destiny, but the very result of the methods and structures of wealth creation and distribution of wealth in individual societies and worldwide. Inequality increases not by accident, but by the way economic and political processes are structured and function. Poverty undermines the very basis of life of billions of children, women and men who are denied not only the benefits of growing wealth, but even of access to basic necessities of life. Assembly Background document 16 February 2006
Changing religious and cultural context (Ecumenical conversations) "Changing religious and cultural context" : In a time of globalization, violence, ideological polarization, fragmentation and exclusion, what is the importance of Christian mission? This Ecumenical Conversation will offer the opportunity to reflect on the message of the gospel and methods of mission in such a context. Assembly B 16 February 2006
General secretary's report Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia: Celebrating Life - a festa da vida Assembly Report 15 February 2006
Indigenous statement Indigenous Peoples, men and women, are the voice of the land, the voice of the water, the voice of the air. We are the hope of the future. Indeed our hope is renewed to be meeting in what is now called South America where Indigenous peoples are reasserting their identity and making their voices heard. Assembly Statement: public statement 14 February 2006
Congratulations to Evo Morales on election as President of Bolivia Letter to H.E. Mr Evo Morales, President of the Republic of Bolivia, 31 January 2006 General Secretary Statement: letter 31 January 2006
Security for refugees and asylum seekers Commission on International Affairs S 28 October 2005
Punishing the victims of persecution: Churches speak out on detention WCC Programmes A 01 October 2005
Expression of concern for state of crisis in Bolivia General Secretary S 03 June 2005
GEN/PUB 5 Second report of the Public Issues 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 Central Committee 22 February 2005
Practising hospitality in an era of new forms of migration Central Committee A 22 February 2005
Human rights and languages of indigenous peoples Central Committee S 21 February 2005
Minute on Zimbabwe Executive committee M 27 August 2004
Presentation on ethnicity nationalism & unity study At the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting 2004, by Dr Catrin Williams, Presbyterian Church in Wales Commission on Faith and Order Lecture - Speech 02 August 2004
Sub-theme III: Ethnic identity, national identity & the search for the unity of the church Presented at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting 2004, by Archbishop Dr Makarios of Kenya and Irinoupolis, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria Commission on Faith and Order Lecture - Speech 02 August 2004
Peace and reconciliation in the Great Lakes Region Letter to H.E. President Joseph Kabila, Democratic Republic of the Congo General Secretary Statement: letter 24 June 2004
Situation in Darfur General Secretary S 07 May 2004
Appeal for peace based on justice General Secretary S 19 October 2003
Second report of the public issues committee Second report of the public issues committee presented to the Central Committee, 2003 Central Committee Report 02 September 2003
Statement on Europe Central Committee B 02 September 2003
Report of the Officers Report of the Officers to the WCC Central Committee Central Committee R 02 September 2003
A Church of All and for All A Church of All and for All - An interim statement Central Committee 02 September 2003
On developments in Indonesia-West Papua 27 April 2003
Walking together towards tomorrow WCC Programmes B 01 January 2003
Appeal from Indigenous Peoples WCC Programmes M 01 January 2003
Message of congratulation on the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Commission on International Affairs S 07 October 2002
Report of the Officers The report of the Officers to the Central Committee,2002 Central Committee R 03 September 2002
Being church and overcoming racism: It's time for transformative justice Presented at the Plenary on Being Church and Overcoming Racism of the WCC Central Committee meeting in 2002. Central Committee Report 27 June 2002
Report of the XLV meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs Commission on International Affairs R 03 June 2002
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001 Concluding statement issued by the World Council of Churches delegation WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 07 September 2001
Report on WCC participation in WCAR WCC Programmes Report 07 September 2001
Oral statement of the ecumenical caucus at the WCAR WCC Programmes M 05 September 2001
Statement of the ecumenical caucus to the WCAR WCC Programmes M 05 September 2001
Statement presented to the media by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on behalf of the Ecumenical Caucus World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 05 September 2001
Oral statement of the Ecumenical Caucus to the plenary session World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 05 September 2001
Australia - Expression of concern about treatment of asylum seekers General Secretary S 29 August 2001
Submission to UNHCHR re WCAR draft declaration WCC Programmes M 15 August 2001
Background paper submitted to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights The CCIA, against the background of more than fifty years of work against racism and its effects, notably through the WCC Program to Combat Racism, has submitted comments for consideration in the drafting of the Draft Declaration and Programme of Action. Commission on International Affairs Background document 15 August 2001
Review of Developments pertaining to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous Peoples Joint Working Group S 27 July 2001
Intervention to the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations WCC Programmes M 27 July 2001
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination WCC Programmes M 21 March 2001
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2001 Statement issued by Konrad Raiser General Secretary Statement: public statement 08 March 2001
Resolution on uprooted people Document No. PI 4 Central Committee Statement: public statement 06 February 2001
List of major meetings: 1969-2001 WCC programme on Interreligious dialogue and cooperation WCC Programmes Background document 01 February 2001
Statement on the situation in the Sudan Central Committee S 29 January 2001
Ethiopia: Congratulations to H.H. Patriarch Abuna Paulos on the award of the Nansen Medal General Secretary S 15 November 2000
Workshop on women and racism in Asia WCC Programmes R 19 September 2000
Statement from Pacific Indigenous People's workshop WCC Programmes M 14 September 2000
Statement on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Creation of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Executive committee S 26 June 2000
Zimbabwe - Pastoral letter to the churches General Secretary P 25 April 2000
Report of the XLIII Meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs Commission on International Affairs R 22 January 2000
Reiterated appeal to stop indiscriminate Russian military actions in Chechnya Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S 10 December 1999
Yugoslavia's double tragedy Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) A 16 April 1999
Palestine - Statement of support at the Bethlehem 2000 International Conference 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. Commission on International Affairs Lecture - Speech 19 February 1999
Congo: Appeals for international efforts for peace General Secretary S 02 February 1999
Dossier: Understanding racism today A revised and expanded version of a dossier produced for the WCC Harare Assembly, 1998 WCC Programmes Background document 31 December 1998
Being Together Under the Cross in Africa The Message of the WCC 8th Assembly Assembly Message 14 December 1998
From solidarity to accountability Letter to the WCC 8th Assembly from the women and men of the Decade Festival of the Churches in Solidarity with Women Assembly Statement: letter 30 November 1998
Dalit Solidarity Peoples (DSP): the vision WCC Programmes B 01 September 1998
Joint statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Issued jointly by Mr Jean Fischer, general secretary of the Conference of European Churches, the Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, the Rev. Dr Milan Opocenski, general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser of the World Council of Churches. General Secretary Statement: public statement 19 March 1997
Report of the Unit IV Committee to Central Committee The Unit IV Committee recognizes that diakonia, martyria and koinonia are essential elements of the central mission of the church. Koinonia without diakonia is dead. Sharing and service as practical actions are at the heart of our fellowship and are a source of our unity. Central Committee Report 20 September 1996
Larnaca Declaration Poor and oppressed people, who are at the margins of the world's concern, should be at the centre of Christian service, insisted the 300 participants in the 1986 global ecumenical consultation on interchurch aid in Larnaca, Cyprus. Diakonia, they said, is "liberating and transforming, suffering and empowering". Christian service cannot be separated from the struggle for justice and peace; therefore, advocacy, solidarity and sharing of skills are as essential to diakonia as the giving of money. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S 26 November 1986
The World Council of Churches' Condemnation of Forced Evictions in Commission on International Affairs S 01 January 1970
Statement on the Middle East Assembly S 01 January 1970
Ruling on Migrants' Right of Non-Refoulement The World Council of Churches welcomes the landmark ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on 23 February 2012, in which the EU Court ruled that Italy violated the rights of Eritrean and Somali migrants by sending them back to Libya. General Secretary S 01 January 1970
Statement on the Middle East Central Committee 22 August 1969
Concerns of the churches - The emergence of Israel as a state Amsterdam Assembly 1948 Extracts from Report of Committee IV CONCERNS OF THE CHURCHES - THE EMERGENCE OF ISRAEL AS A STATE Assembly Report 01 August 1948