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Introduction to The Ecumenical Patriarch, His All Holiness Bartholomew I, 24 April 2017
Introduction by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, at the occasion of the visit of The Ecumenical Patriarch, His All Holiness Bartholomew I, 24 April 2017
Response to the address of HAH the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I
Response to the address of HAH the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
Greeting at Chambésy by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, 22 April 2017
Greeting at Chambésy by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, 22 April 2017
Statement on Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
The World Council of Churches (WCC) joins the National Council of Churches in [South] Korea (NCCK) in expressing grave concern at the re-deployment of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to the seas surrounding the Korean peninsula. In a context of already heightened tensions - especially in the midst of the ongoing joint US and South Korean Foal Eagle-Key Resolve military exercises and the steps being taken to deploy the US missile defence system THAAD in South Korea, and North Korean threats of a nuclear response - this constitutes a further escalation of military confrontation in the region.
Letter to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, 11 April 2017
Letter to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II from WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 11 April 2017, following events in Egypt on 9 April.
Speech to the Christian Council of Norway, 25 years
Speech to the Christian Council of Norway, 25 years, by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
WCC Financial Report 2016
WCC Financial Report 2016
Congratulations to Prof. Dr Jürgen Moltmann on the awarding of an honorary doctorate by University of Pretoria
WCC general secretary congratulates Prof. Dr Jürgen Moltmann on the special occasion of the awarding of an honorary doctorate by University of Pretoria, as proposed by the Theological Faculty.
Statement on attack in the Idlib Governance of Syria
Statemtent by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on attack in the Idlib Governance of Syria, April 2017.
Pastoral message to the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) and the people of South Sudan from the Ecumenical Network of South Sudan (ENSS)- European Hub
A letter on behalf of the European Hub of the Ecumenical Network of South Sudan, as the people of South Sudan are facing an unprecedented crisis of violent conflicts, starvation, death and displacement that is tearing the nation apart.
Condolence letter in wake of St Petersburg attack, 4 April 2017
The WCC general secretary offers condolences to the Russian people after the tragic and senseless deaths of eleven people and injury to dozens more in subway bombing in St. Petersburg on 3 April.
2017 Easter Joint North-South Prayer
The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and the Korean Christian Federation (KCF) have worked together to prepare the “2017 Easter Joint North-South Prayer.”
Ending domestic abuse: A Pack for Churches
Resources for churches by Restored international Christian alliance, "Ending domestic abuse: A Pack for Churches"
Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018
Today Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of the saving action of God which brings freedom. For this reason the choice of the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21), as the motif of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 was considered a most appropriate one. It is a song of triumph over oppression. This theme has been taken up in a hymn, The Right Hand of God, written in a workshop of the Caribbean Conference of Churches in August 1981, which has become an “anthem” of the ecumenical movement in the region, translated into a number of different languages.
Condolence letter in wake of Great Britain attack, 23 March 2017
As Great Britain continued to cope with grief and trauma in the wake of the country’s deadliest terror attack in 12 years, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered sympathy for those who lost loved ones from both Great Britain and other countries.
Sermon by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Chapel of Ecumenical Centre during "Seven weeks for water" Lenten campaign 2017
Sermon by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary, World Council of Churches, at the Chapel of Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, during Ecumenical Water Network's Lenten campaign "Seven weeks for water", 20 March 2017
Keynote address at the consultative meeting towards developing the Ecumenical Health Strategy
Keynote address by Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC deputy general secretary, at the Consultative meeting towards developing the Ecumenical Health Strategy, 27 February 2017, Maseru, Lesotho.
Speech at “Islam and Christianity, the Great Convergence: Working jointly towards equal citizenship rights”, 15 March 2017
At the Geneva Centre on 15 March, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit joined a panel speaking on the theme “Islam and Christianity, the Great Convergence: Working jointly towards equal citizenship rights.”
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.
Healing memories – 11 March 2017, Hildesheim
The Reconciliation Service in Hildesheim, 11 March 2017, jointly held by the Chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, and the Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Landesbischof Dr. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm.