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Communiqué by the Joint Working Group, September 2017 19 September 2017 Message Joint Working Group Communiqué by the Joint Working Group between the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church
Bible study: "Pilgrimage as Solidarity" (Ruth 1:1–22) 23 May 2017 WCC Programmes "Pilgrimage as Solidarity" (Ruth 1:1-22) - a Bible Study on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace by Yolanda Pantou
Communiqué of the Executive of the Joint Working Group, 27 April 2017 27 April 2017 Message WCC Commisions Communiqué issued on 27 April, where the group stresses that migration and peace-building in situations of violence are the two burning issues that the JWG wants to address more specifically during its present mandate.
Bible Study: “Pilgrimage onto already-settled land” (Genesis 12:1–9) 13 March 2017 Background document WCC Programmes 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.
Is religion discriminatory? 14 February 2017 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's panel contribution during a conference at a cultural center in Trondheim, Norway.
Sermon for 70th anniversary of Bossey 02 October 2016 Sermon Member church Sermon by Prof. Dr Elisabeth Gangloff-Parmentier, Faculty of Theology, University of Geneva
Communiqué of the JWG Plenary Meeting 2016 17 September 2016 Statement: public statement Joint Working Group With its 2016 plenary meeting, the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church (JWG) returned to the Ecumenical Institute at the Château de Bossey near Geneva, where the first meeting of the group was held in 1965.
Words of greetings at the Sunday morning worship 06 September 2016 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Words of greetings by the WCC general Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Sunday morning worship, Riverside Church, Sunday, 4 September 2016.
The Gift of Being 28 June 2016 Report Central Committee Called to Be a Church of All and for All
Minute on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling 27 June 2016 Statement: minute Central Committee 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.
Resolution on outcome of the Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Reconciliation Processes and Indigenous Peoples 25 June 2016 Statement: public statement Central Committee Truth, Healing and Transformation, 20-21 June 2016
Black Lives Matter! 23 June 2016 Lecture - Speech Central Committee As part of the WCC Central Committee’s plenary session on the pilgrimage of justice and peace, Rev. Waltrina Middleton offered these remarks.
Have no Fear 20 June 2016 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 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)
Knowing risks curbs fear 14 June 2016 Lecture - Speech WCC Presidents Opening address at the conference "Have no fear", Lunteren, by: Anders Wejryd, WCC president for Europe
40 years after the Student Uprising in Soweto, 16 June 1976 11 June 2016 Lecture - Speech General Secretary 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.
Europe needs repentance - a European value from the Reformation? 06 May 2016 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Presentation by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Wider Outlook Works Festival in Halle, Germany.
Congratulations to newly-elected Church of Norway leaders 12 April 2016 Statement: letter General Secretary 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.
Advocacy for refugee resettlement to Europe 23 March 2016 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 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.
Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria 16 March 2016 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria, urged the World Council of Churches and Pax Christi International in a joint statement issued 15 March.
Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis 20 January 2016 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Statement from the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe.
Speech by Pauliina Parhiala, ACT Alliance 18 January 2016 Lecture - Speech WCC Programmes WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Keynote by Dr Thomas de Maizière, German Federal Minister of the Interior 18 January 2016 Lecture - Speech WCC Programmes WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Comforting and making 18 January 2016 Sermon Member church Sermon at morning prayers for the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe, by Paolo Naso, Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy.
Presentation by Xavier Creach, UNHCR 18 January 2016 Lecture - Speech WCC Programmes WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Opening of WCC/UN Conference on Refugee Crisis 18 January 2016 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Opening remarks from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
Presentation by Nick Grisewood, International Labour Organization 18 January 2016 Lecture - Speech WCC Programmes WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Presentation by Doina Bologa, UNFPA 18 January 2016 Lecture - Speech WCC Programmes At the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Indigenous Peoples’ Programme Reference Group meeting December 2015 11 December 2015 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Communiqué: What is the medicine we are carrying with us as the Ecumenical movement embarks on a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace?
3rd International Conference on Minority Issues and Mission 21 November 2015 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Joint Statement by participants of the conference held at the Korean YMCA in Japan.
Letter on European refugee situation 09 September 2015 Statement: letter Commission on International Affairs 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.
Statement on Indigenous Ecological Spiritualties and Christian Faith 24 August 2015 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Statement on Indigenous Ecological Spiritualties and Christian Faith issued from seminar in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 17-20 August 2015.
Statement on responses to migrant crises 12 June 2015 Statement: public statement Executive committee 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.
Statement from Inclusive Development Planning Forum 12 February 2015 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes 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.
Minute on racial tensions in the United States of America 26 November 2014 Statement: minute Executive committee Reaction to the decision of the Grand Jury not to indict in the case of the killing of Michael Brown
Communique from EDAN Peru meeting 09 September 2014 Report WCC Programmes 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.
Message to the 103rd International Labour Conference 05 June 2014 Message General Secretary Message from the general secretary on the occasion of the 103 International Labour Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2014.
Minute on Indigenous Peoples 08 November 2013 Statement: minute Assembly Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Message from the pre-assembly gathering of Indigenous Peoples 29 October 2013 Message Assembly A message from the pre-assembly gathering of Indigenous Peoples at the WCC 10th Assembly
Death of migrants in Italy shipwreck 04 October 2013 Statement: public statement General Secretary 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.
Prayer of renewal and blessing, related to SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production 01 October 2013 Liturgical text WCC Programmes From Hallelujah! (AWPC © 2013 WCC)
Report of the Conference Belonging(s)? Migration in theological perspective 11 September 2013 Report WCC Programmes Report of the conference Belonging(s)? Migration in theological perspective held on 31 August in Berne, Switzerland.
Quakers statement on Doctrine of Discovery 22 August 2013 Member church By the Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) approved by the Canadian Yearly Meeting in session on 22 August 2013.
Do Just This – Protect Life! 15 July 2013 S Assembly 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.
Advocacy strategies on Indigenous Peoples issues 27 June 2013 Report WCC Programmes Report of the Consultation on Developing Advocacy Strategies for WCC work on Indigenous Peoples Issues, Church Centre, New York, 21-23 May 2013.
EDAN women's conference in Johannesburg 08 March 2013 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes An EDAN conference on "violence against women and children with disabilities" was held from 27 February to 2 March 2013 in Johannesburg.
Letter on Indigenous people’s concerns to Canadian government 11 January 2013 S General Secretary 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.
Global Ecumenical Network on Migration report 2012 01 January 2013 R WCC Programmes
Reflections on WCC 10th Assembly theme 06 December 2012 M WCC Programmes 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.
Indigenous theologians' reflections on the WCC 10th Assembly theme 29 September 2012 Study document WCC Programmes 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.
V. Minute of support for the Indigenous Peoples of Australia 04 September 2012 S Central Committee 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.
I. Statement on re-inscription of French Polynesia (Maohi Nui) on UN List of Countries to be Decolonized 04 September 2012 S Central Committee Statement on the re-inscription of French Polynesia (Maohi Nui) on the United Nations List of Countries to be Decolonized, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
Maria Chavez Quispe 26 July 2012 Tribute General Secretary Tribute to Maria Phaxsi Chavez Quispe, 1975-2012, renowned biblical scholar and consultant for the WCC Indigenous Peoples programme
2013 Worship and background material 24 April 2012 Liturgical text Commission on Faith and Order 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.
Tribute to H.H. Pope Shenouda III 18 March 2012 Tribute General Secretary Condolence letter to the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Speech at St Andrews, Presbyterian Church, Toronto 14 March 2012 Lecture - Speech General Secretary 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 Message WCC Programmes 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 the Situation in Tanah Papua (Indonesia) 17 February 2012 Statement: public statement Executive committee The WCC Executive Committee expresses its deep concern for the deteriorating situation regarding human rights violations in Tanah Papua.
Statement on the doctrine of discovery and its enduring impact on Indigenous Peoples 17 February 2012 Statement: public statement Executive committee 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.
Christian self-understanding in the context of indigenous religions 09 February 2012 S WCC Programmes 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.
AGAPE Consultation: There's a new world in the making 11 November 2011 M WCC Programmes 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.
Minute on Peace and Security in South Asia 16 September 2011 S Executive committee Public statement by the WCC Executive Committee at its meeting held 12-16 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Migration and Migrant Workers: Discerning Responses as Churches 20 July 2011 S WCC Programmes 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
Racism against Afro-descendent minorities in Latin America and the Caribbean 25 June 2011 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes 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.
GPTR 2010 Aide memoire 08 June 2011 Report WCC Programmes Aide memoire of the Global Platform for Theological Reflection meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 4-10 October 2010.
Minute on the Rights of Migrants and Migrant Workers 22 February 2011 Statement: minute Central Committee approved by the WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011
Statement on the Situation of Indigenous Peoples of Australia 22 February 2011 Statement: public statement Central Committee The WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011, approved this Statement on Indigenous Peoples in Australia.
Statement on the Situation in Colombia 22 February 2011 S Central Committee The WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011, approved this Statement on Colombia.
Indigenous Theologians Network in Dialogue with the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism 27 January 2011 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes 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.
Indigenous Theologians Network in conversation with Faith and Order 27 January 2011 S WCC Programmes 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.
Affirming a spirituality that gives life to all 27 January 2011 S WCC Programmes 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 Consultation on Mission and Ecclesiology of the Migrant Churches 01 January 2011 Report WCC Programmes Report of the consultation held 16-21 November 2010 in Utrecht, the Netherlands
Affirmation of faith on Justice for Dalits 24 October 2010 D WCC Programmes 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
Statement from the WCC conference on Racism Today 18 October 2010 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Statement from the WCC conference on Racism Today and the Rationale for continued ecumenical engagement, Cleveland, Ohio, 26-29 August 2010
Global Platform for Theological Reflection 2010 15 October 2010 Report WCC Programmes Report of the Global Platform for Theological Reflection meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 4-10 October 2010.
Sources and Resources of Indigenous Theologies 13 October 2010 Report WCC Programmes Report of the Indigenous Theologians meeting in Geneva, October 2009
Living Letters visit to Australia 17 September 2010 Report WCC Programmes At the invitation of the National Council of Churches of Australia and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission to the WCC a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Christians have come as a Living Letter to the Aboriginal Peoples of the Northern Territory in Australia.
UNAW Report 2009 Annex II: Speaker Presentations, Section B 14 May 2010 Report Commission on International Affairs Climate Displaced Peoples Session, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Session, Colombia Session, Closing Keynote: theologian and activist
UNAW Report 2009 Annex III: Prayer Resources 14 May 2010 Liturgical text Commission on International Affairs 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
UNAW Report 2009 Annex II: Speaker Presentations, Section A 14 May 2010 Report Commission on International Affairs Keynote II: Charge and Challenge to the Churches the Churches; Thematic Priority I: Climate Displaced Peoples.
Report: Churches Together to Transform the World 14 May 2010 Report Commission on International Affairs The CCIA convened its 5th United Nations Advocacy Week (UNAW) on 15-20 November 2009 in New York City.
Sheena Duncan 06 May 2010 Tribute General Secretary Condolence message by WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit
Ecumenical declaration at World People's Conference on Climate Change 22 April 2010 M Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 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.
Thematic Address: Called to prophesy, reconcile and heal 15 April 2010 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Thematic Address presented at the 13th Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 15 April 2010.
Dr Kunchala Rajaratnam 09 April 2010 Tribute General Secretary Condolence letter to the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India
Theological reflection in response to old and new forms of discrimination 07 April 2010 R WCC Programmes 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
Minute on violence on Colombia 26 February 2010 S Executive committee This minute on violence in Colombia has been adopted by the executive committee, meeting in Geneva, 23-26 February 2010.
Rio report - Re-visioning justice from the margins 11 November 2009 Report WCC Programmes 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.
Asia-Pacific Indigenous Peoples' Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology 05 November 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement from the Asia-Pacific Indigenous Peoples' Hearing at the AGAPE Consultation in Thailand, November 2009.
Communiqué of the Joint Working Group Plenary Meeting - 12-19 October 2009, Cordova, Spain 19 October 2009 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.
The Nature and Mission of the Church - Presentation by Metropolitan Geevarghese Coorilos 13 October 2009 Commission on Faith and Order 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.
Statement on caste-based discrimination 02 September 2009 S Central Committee
Ecclesial and Social Visions of Indigenous Peoples Consultation Report 24 June 2009 R WCC Programmes 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.
Attacks on Roma families in Belfast 19 June 2009 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Report of the March 2009 CCIA meeting 19 June 2009 R Commission on International Affairs The second meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), following the 2006 Porto Alegre Assembly took place in Cuba from 15-20 March 2009.
Message from the Doorn conference 17 June 2009 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Sermon at closing worship service, Doorn 17 June 2009 S WCC Programmes 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"
"...and who is my neighbour?" 14 June 2009 S General Secretary Opening Sermon at Thanksgiving Worship, Doorn, Utrecht, Holland, 14 June.
Letter to Peruvian President García 09 June 2009 S General Secretary
Joint Declaration of Indigenous Churches at UN Forum 21 May 2009 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Speaking on behalf of the World Council of Churches as well as indigenous church representatives from the Americas, Asia and Australia, William Chela presented a declaration at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues calling for recognition of the right to life, not only for people, but for Mother Earth, too.
Pacific church leaders' statement 24 April 2009 S Other ecumenical bodies 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".
Oral intervention at UN Durban Review Conference 24 April 2009 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 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
The Bangkok Declaration and Call 02 April 2009 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement from the Global Ecumenical Conference on Justice for Dalits, March 21-24, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand
UNAW Report 2008 Annex IV: Prayer resources 23 January 2009 Liturgical text Commission on International Affairs Climate change Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) Human rights Migration Public witness: addressing power, affirming peace United Nations
UNAW 2008 Report 23 January 2009 Report Commission on International Affairs The United Nations Advocacy Week 2008 Report is a reminder of what was discussed and experienced at the UNAW and one of the key instruments to be used in local and global advocacy work.
UNAW Report 2008 Annex III 23 January 2009 Report Commission on Faith and Order United Nations Advocacy Week 2008 speaker presentations: Migration, WCC UN reception address: Nicaraguan ambassador H.E. Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, UNAW closing high-level address: Assistant Secretary-General Dr Robert Or
Racism today: Rationale for ecumenical commitment 06 December 2008 S WCC Programmes The World Council of Churches convened a meeting at the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva on December 4 & 5, 2008 with some of those who have been involved in the work of the Programme to Combat Racism to consider appropriate ways in which its 40th anniversary might be commemorated in 2009.
WCC United Nations Advocacy week 17 November 2008 Lecture - Speech Member church Opening address by Rev. Dr Michael Kinnamon
Statement from the International Consultation on the Ecclesial and Social Visions of the Indigenous Peoples 26 October 2008 S WCC Programmes Statement of solidarity with the indigenous peoples and condemnation of the enforced disappearance of James Balao
Voices of Youth: Stronger and Better Heard 09 October 2008 M Echos - Commission on youth in the ecumenical movement Members of ECHOS, the World Council of Churches (WCC) commission on Youth, met in Bangalore, India 1-10 October 2008. The 25 members of ECHOS represent a variety of WCC consultative commissions, Central and Executive Committee, the Catholic and Pentecostal Youth and Students Networks as well as regional and global youth organizations, like the World Students Christian Federation (WSCF). Their goal is to facilitate more coherent youth participation within the WCC.
AGAPE Consultation: Guatemala indigenous peoples' statement 07 October 2008 S Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Solidarity message to churches in India 03 September 2008 P General Secretary
On xenophobic violence in South Africa 05 June 2008 S General Secretary
"The journey is home" - Sermon at Holy Trinity Church Dubai 18 April 2008 S General Secretary
The Changing Ecclesial Context: Impact of Migration on Living Together 16 April 2008 S WCC Programmes
Statement on the human rights situation in the province of Papua, Indonesia 14 March 2008 S WCC Programmes
Minute on our religious imperative to foster sensitivity and reconciliation in shifting society 20 February 2008 S Central Committee
Major Learnings from the 2007 Global Platform Process 10 January 2008 Report WCC Programmes The Global Platform for theological reflection and analysis is an experiment so it is important that we learn from what we do.
WCC and new and emerging technologies 01 January 2008 S WCC Programmes The author of this e-book, Dr Gregor Wolbring is a member of CAC/ISO - Canadian Advisory Committees for the International Organization for Standardization, section TC229 Nanotechnologies; a former member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO; a Disabled People's International Bioethics Taskforce Chair; a biochemist, health researcher, and a researcher on ethics, sociology and governance of emerging technology researcher, and disability/ability studies. This e-book is not an official WCC publication but a discussion paper.
Abolished but Not Destroyed: Slavery in the 21st Century 14 December 2007 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 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
Christian comments to the Global Forum on Migration and Development 09 July 2007 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Comments of the delegates of the All Africa Conference of Churches, Caritas Europa's Migration Commission, the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe, the Middle East Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches to the Global Forum on Migration and Development.
La Paz report - Just and inclusive communities 03 May 2007 R WCC Programmes 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.
Global migration and new ecclesial realities 25 April 2007 Lecture - Speech General Secretary Address by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary, in Cardiff, 25 April 2007.
Sermon at Chaoyang Church, Beijing 19 November 2006 S General Secretary
Ecumenical encounter on violence and disability 25 October 2006 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Statement by the participants of an ecumenical encounter on violence and disability in Argentina (available only in Spanish)
IVth Latin American consultation on disability 25 October 2006 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Message to the churches of Latin America
Archbishop Desmond Tutu 06 October 2006 P General Secretary
Punishing the victims of persecution: Churches speak out on detention 05 October 2006 S Central Committee
Report of the general secretary 06 September 2006 R Central Committee
Statement from EDAN Middle East consultation 25 June 2006 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes 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.
Global Christian Forum Europe consultation 22 June 2006 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Some fifty representatives from a wide range of Christian churches, denominations and organisations in Europe [Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Friends (Quakers), Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Old-Catholic, Orthodox (Eastern and Oriental), Pentecostal, Reformed, Salvation Army] gathered for a consultation from 19 to 22 June 2006, at the invitation of the Continuation Committee of the Global Christian Forum. The meeting was hosted by the Syrian Orthodox Church and took place at their monastery St. Jacob of Sarug in Warburg, Germany.
CCA workshop, Seoul, Korea 13 June 2006 Report WCC Programmes EDAN-CCA workshop on Asian ecumenical process on life and peace for people with disability
Bangkok workshop statement 29 May 2006 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes By participants (representing 8 national councils and ecumenical partners) of a workshop on the "Ecumenical Agenda of Churches in Solidarity with Differently-Abled Persons" under the auspices of the Christian Conference of Asia and EDAN.
Workshop on disability discourse for theological colleges, Bangalore, India 28 May 2006 Report WCC Programmes Organized by ETE-WCC/CCA, EDAN & SATHRI
Statement and recommendations from EDAN Bangalore workshop 28 May 2006 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes By the participants of an International Workshop on Disability Discourse for Theological Colleges held in India.
Statement on Latin America 23 February 2006 A Central Committee
Changing social and economic context (Ecumenical conversations) 16 February 2006 Background document Assembly "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.
Changing religious and cultural context (Ecumenical conversations) 16 February 2006 B Assembly "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.
General secretary's report 15 February 2006 Report Assembly Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia: Celebrating Life - a festa da vida
Indigenous statement 14 February 2006 Statement: public statement Assembly 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.
EDAN pre-Assembly event, Porto Alegre, Brazil 13 February 2006 Report WCC Programmes
EDAN Pre-Assembly statement 13 February 2006 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes The Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN) in its first ever pre-assembly convocation issued this statement.
Congratulations to Evo Morales on election as President of Bolivia 31 January 2006 Statement: letter General Secretary Letter to H.E. Mr Evo Morales, President of the Republic of Bolivia, 31 January 2006
Punishing the victims of persecution: Churches speak out on detention 01 October 2005 A WCC Programmes
Expression of concern for state of crisis in Bolivia 03 June 2005 S General Secretary
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
Practising hospitality in an era of new forms of migration 22 February 2005 A Central Committee
Human rights and languages of indigenous peoples 21 February 2005 S Central Committee
EDAN reference group meeting 2005 01 January 2005 Report WCC Programmes Lidingo Conference Center, Stockholm, Sweden
Globalization and disability 06 November 2004 WCC Programmes
Persons with disabilites and globalization - the case of youth 06 November 2004 WCC Programmes
Disability and economic globalization 06 November 2004 WCC Programmes
Motswedi Rehabilitation Centre 06 November 2004 WCC Programmes
Disability and globalization, Johannesburg, South Africa 06 November 2004 WCC Programmes
NEPAD 05 November 2004 WCC Programmes
EDAN memorandum of understanding 01 September 2004 Policy document WCC Programmes Memorandum of understanding between the WCC and the AACC on the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network
Minute on Zimbabwe 27 August 2004 M Executive committee
Workshop on disability discourse for theological colleges, Kenya 21 August 2004 Report WCC Programmes
Presentation on ethnicity nationalism & unity study 02 August 2004 Lecture - Speech Commission on Faith and Order At the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting 2004, by Dr Catrin Williams, Presbyterian Church in Wales
Sub-theme III: Ethnic identity, national identity & the search for the unity of the church 02 August 2004 Lecture - Speech Commission on Faith and Order Presented at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting 2004, by Archbishop Dr Makarios of Kenya and Irinoupolis, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria
Peace and reconciliation in the Great Lakes Region 24 June 2004 Statement: letter General Secretary Letter to H.E. President Joseph Kabila, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mental health 01 April 2004 B WCC Programmes
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) 20 February 2004 A Executive committee
Interdisciplinary course on disability for B.D/M.Div degree programme 01 January 2004 WCC Programmes
Special course on disability for B.D./M.Div. degree programme 01 January 2004 WCC Programmes
Summary report 01 December 2003 Report WCC Programmes By Samuel Kabue
Appeal for peace based on justice 19 October 2003 S General Secretary
European consultation, Netherlands 13 October 2003 Report WCC Programmes EDAN European consultation of people with a disability
EDAN global meeting, Netherlands 10 October 2003 Report WCC Programmes
A Church of All and for All - An interim statement 02 September 2003 S Central Committee There has been a growing awareness that persons with disabilities invite the Church to explore anew the understanding of the Gospel and the nature of the Church. This interim statement, drafted with participation from the Faith and Order Commission, offers pointers and insights on major theological themes. It is hoped that it will also help the churches address inclusion, active participation and full involvement in the spiritual and social life of the church in particular and society in general.
Second report of the public issues committee 02 September 2003 Report Central Committee Second report of the public issues committee presented to the Central Committee, 2003
Statement on Europe 02 September 2003 B Central Committee
Report of the Officers 02 September 2003 R Central Committee Report of the Officers to the WCC Central Committee
A Church of All and for All 02 September 2003 Central Committee A Church of All and for All - An interim statement
On developments in Indonesia-West Papua 27 April 2003
Reference group meeting, Thailand 16 March 2003 Report WCC Programmes
Walking together towards tomorrow 01 January 2003 B WCC Programmes
Appeal from Indigenous Peoples 01 January 2003 M WCC Programmes
Report of the Officers 03 September 2002 R Central Committee The report of the Officers to the Central Committee,2002
Padare offerings 02 September 2002 Central Committee
Being church and overcoming racism: It's time for transformative justice 27 June 2002 Report Central Committee Presented at the Plenary on Being Church and Overcoming Racism of the WCC Central Committee meeting in 2002.
Reference group and regional coordinators meeting, Cartigny, Geneva 05 October 2001 Report WCC Programmes
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001 07 September 2001 Statement: public statement WCC Programmes Concluding statement issued by the World Council of Churches delegation
Report on WCC participation in WCAR 07 September 2001 Report WCC Programmes
Oral statement of the ecumenical caucus at the WCAR 05 September 2001 M WCC Programmes
Statement of the ecumenical caucus to the WCAR 05 September 2001 M WCC Programmes
Statement presented to the media by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on behalf of the Ecumenical Caucus 05 September 2001 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 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 Statement: public statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001
Australia - Expression of concern about treatment of asylum seekers 29 August 2001 S General Secretary
Submission to UNHCHR re WCAR draft declaration 15 August 2001 M WCC Programmes
Background paper submitted to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 15 August 2001 Background document Commission on International Affairs 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.
Review of Developments pertaining to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous Peoples 27 July 2001 S Joint Working Group
Intervention to the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations 27 July 2001 M WCC Programmes
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21 March 2001 M WCC Programmes
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2001 08 March 2001 Statement: public statement General Secretary Statement issued by Konrad Raiser
Resolution on uprooted people 06 February 2001 Statement: public statement Central Committee Document No. PI 4
List of major meetings: 1969-2001 01 February 2001 Background document WCC Programmes WCC programme on Interreligious dialogue and cooperation
Statement on the situation in the Sudan 29 January 2001 S Central Committee
Call for investigation into abuses of human rights of migrants in the countries of the Persian Gulf 24 November 2000 S Commission on International Affairs
Workshop on women and racism in Asia 19 September 2000 R WCC Programmes
Statement from Pacific Indigenous People's workshop 14 September 2000 M WCC Programmes
Zimbabwe - Pastoral letter to the churches 25 April 2000 P General Secretary
Report of the XLIII Meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs 22 January 2000 R Commission on International Affairs
First global meeting, Kenya 08 December 1999 Report WCC Programmes
Congo: Appeals for international efforts for peace 02 February 1999 S General Secretary
Dossier: Understanding racism today 31 December 1998 Background document WCC Programmes A revised and expanded version of a dossier produced for the WCC Harare Assembly, 1998
Being Together Under the Cross in Africa 14 December 1998 Message Assembly The Message of the WCC 8th Assembly
From solidarity to accountability 30 November 1998 Statement: letter Assembly Letter to the WCC 8th Assembly from the women and men of the Decade Festival of the Churches in Solidarity with Women
Dalit Solidarity Peoples (DSP): the vision 01 September 1998 B WCC Programmes
Joint statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 19 March 1997 Statement: public statement General Secretary 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.
Report of the Unit IV Committee to Central Committee 20 September 1996 Report 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.
Ruling on Migrants' Right of Non-Refoulement 01 January 1970 S General Secretary 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.
EDAN constitution 01 January 1970 Policy document WCC Programmes Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network