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The effects of globalization on culture in Africa in the eyes of an African woman
Economic growth without social and cultural justice cannot be our idea of development. It is imperative that development is measured in terms of the quality of human life, which can be reflected in, for example, better education, health and life expectancy for every single member of society. This is only possible if men and women are equally empowered, in theory and in practice. And the North has a crucial role to play in this process. Anything that falls short of restoring peoples' dignity, sense of identity, continuity and security should never be accepted. Africa needs to learn to respect the dissenting voice of its own people.
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession, related to SDG5 Gender Equality
Prayers from the Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (as published in “Celebrating the Decade” © 1997 WCC, and “I will pour out my Spirit” © 1992 WCC)
Towards common witness
Received by the Central Committee and commended to churches for study and action, it is a summary of the most recent debates on common witness and proselytism. Contains the references to the earlier studies on common witness
Statement on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Adopted by the Central Committee, Geneva, 11-19 September 1997.
Response by Barbara Schwahn
The Vocation of the Laity in Church and World: Towards an Inclusive Community on Different Levels" - a response by Barbara Schwahn to the paper "On Being Christian in the World"
Response by Robyn Brown
The Vocation of the Laity in Church and World: Towards an Inclusive Community on Different Levels" - a response by by Robyn Brown to the paper "Formation of the Laos".
Response by Krister Stendahl
"Formation of Christian Folks in a Plural World" - a response by Krister Stendahl to the paper "Formation of the Laos".
Response by Elizabeth Tapia
The Vocation of the Laity in Church and World: Towards an Inclusive Community on Different Levels" - a response by by Elizabeth Tapia to the paper "Formation of the Laos".
Response by Peter C. Bouteneff
The Vocation of the Laity in Church and World: Towards an Inclusive Community on Different Levels" - a response by by Peter C. Bouteneff to the paper "Baptism, Ecclesiology and Vocation"
Response by Joan Back
The Vocation of the Laity in Church and World: Towards an Inclusive Community on Different Levels" - a response by by Joan Patricia Back to the paper "Baptism, Ecclesiology and Vocation"
Response by Arne Fritzson
The Vocation of the Laity in Church and World: Towards an Inclusive Community on Different Levels" - a response by by Arne Fritzson to the paper "Baptism, Ecclesiology and Vocation"
Towards a Common Understanding of Laity/Laos: Consultation Statement
From 7-10 May 1997, twenty-seven men and women in cooperation with the World Council of Churches met in Geneva to consider together the possibility of a common understanding of the theological concepts of laity/laos/the people of God. We talked about the present situation and future challenges to the Christian churches. The meeting was chaired by Fr Nicholas Apostola (Romanian Orthodox Church) and Dr Anne Tveter (Lutheran). It was organized by Evelyn Appiah, Executive Secretary of the Stream of Lay Participation towards Inclusive Community.
Response by Maha Milki Wehbe
Response by Maha Milki Wehbe to the paper "On Being Christian in the World" by Hans-Ruedi Weber at the May 1997 international consultation on the theme: "Towards a Common Understanding of the Theological Concepts of Laity/Laos: The People of God."
Response by Guzman Carriquiry
Response by Guzman Carriquiry to the paper "On Being Christian in the World" by Hans-Ruedi Weber at the May 1997 international consultation on the theme: "Towards a Common Understanding of the Theological Concepts of Laity/Laos: The People of God."
Bible study on Exodus 5:1
Bible study on Exodus 5:1 led by John Fotopoulos at the May 1997 consultation on the theme: "Towards a Common Understanding of the Theological Concepts of Laity/Laos: The People of God."
Bible study on 1 Peter 3
Bible study on 1 Peter 3:14-15 led by John Fotopoulos at the May 1997 consultation on the theme: "Towards a Common Understanding of the Theological Concepts of Laity/Laos: The People of God."
Bible study on 1 Peter 2:9
Bible study on 1 Peter 2:9 led by John Fotopoulos at the May 1997 consultation on the theme: "Towards a Common Understanding of the Theological Concepts of Laity/Laos: The People of God."
Baptism, Ecclesiology and Vocation
Presentation: Baptism, Ecclesiology and Vocation by Werner Schwartz at the May 1997 international consultation on the theme: "Towards a Common Understanding of the Theological Concepts of Laity/Laos: The People of God."
Towards a Common Understanding of Laity/Laos: Opening remarks
In May of 1997 the team held an international consultation on the theme: "Towards a Common Understanding of the Theological Concepts of Laity/Laos: The People of God." The aim of the consultation was to begin to clarify the theological understanding and terminology of laity, laos, people of God (Laos tou Theou), and the whole people of God.
On Being Christian in the World
Presentation: On Being Christian in the World by Hans-Ruedi Weber at the May 1997 international consultation on the theme: "Towards a Common Understanding of the Theological Concepts of Laity/Laos: The People of God."