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Promoting Just Peace

Christians and churches are entrusted with the ministry of peace and reconciliation. The WCC response to violence and violent conflict today is based on decades of ecumenical deliberation, understanding, practice and advocacy. The project is participatory and action-oriented and assists churches and related groups to make progress toward greater unity for peace.

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“Solidarity more powerful than darkness”

“Solidarity more powerful than darkness”

Amid continuing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Christians in Seoul are hoping the fragile light of candles will illumine a path to peace. Along with Christian groups around the world, they are holding candlelight vigils for peace during the season of Advent.

As ICAN accepts Nobel Prize, peacemakers celebrate - and vow to work even harder

As ICAN accepts Nobel Prize, peacemakers celebrate - and vow to work even harder

In an official ceremony on 10 December that reflected a lifetime of work for many peacemakers, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) executive director Beatrice Fihn joined the world in celebration but also sent a clear message: there is still a lot of work to do.

Global peacemakers join torchlight march in Oslo

Global peacemakers join torchlight march in Oslo

More than 3,000 peacemakers from all over the world were gathered in Oslo on 10 December to commemorate the work of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapon’s (ICAN) work with banners with slogans such as: "The world must sign UN nuclear ban."

Nobel winners plan next steps for banning nuclear weapons

Nobel winners plan next steps for banning nuclear weapons

ICAN campaigners in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize award were busy the day before planning for what comes next. ”Tomorrow we will have to be silent so let’s make a lot of noise today,” a facilitator told some 150 activists and supporters of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Prayer resources for peace in Korean Peninsula available

Prayer resources for peace in Korean Peninsula available

In a global campaign “A Light of Peace”, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites people across the globe to unite in the prayers for the Korean Peninsula and for a world free from nuclear weapons.

In Korea, candlelight vigil spreads “Light of Peace”

In Korea, candlelight vigil spreads “Light of Peace”

Amid continuing tension and conflict on the Korean Peninsula that threatens peace and the security of the Korean people, the World Council of Churches (WCC) called its member churches to participate in “A Light of Peace” campaign during Advent.

Norway to host prayers for peace on Nobel Prize weekend

Norway to host prayers for peace on Nobel Prize weekend

Trinity Church in Oslo, Norway, will host a prayers for peace ecumenical service on 9 December, the same weekend the city will host the awards ceremony for the Nobel Prize.

Ecumenical groups join in UN forum on business and human rights in Geneva

Ecumenical groups join in UN forum on business and human rights in Geneva

The huge impacts of businesses on the communities in which they operate often bring benefits, but companies can disregard and even harm people’s rights in pursuit of economic gain. The WCC, ACT Alliance and the Lutheran World Federation hosted a side event at the 6th United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva on 28 November, in this context.

WCC Executive Committee releases statement on Jerusalem and Status Quo

WCC Executive Committee releases statement on Jerusalem and Status Quo

The WCC Executive Committee has issued a statement expressing concern over the ways in which church institutions and properties in Jerusalem are threatened as a result of contracts of disputed legality, the efforts of radical settler groups, and policies of the government of Israel.

WCC urges all parties in Korean Peninsula confrontation to be instruments of peace

WCC urges all parties in Korean Peninsula confrontation to be instruments of peace

While celebrating new steps taken towards global elimination of nuclear weapons, the WCC Executive Committee also fears the cycle of confrontation on the Korean peninsula might slide into nuclear warfare.