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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.

Christians and churches are entrusted with the ministry of peace and reconciliation. This ministry calls for ecumenical engagement by the churches in light of inter-personal, economic, environmental, military and other forms of violence in society, in families and even in the church. During the 2001-2010 Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV), awareness grew, churches got involved, creative actions were taken and resources were shared.

An International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) in 2011 served to share the harvest of the DOV and to seek collaboration and common action going forward on the basis of an Ecumenical Call to Just Peace.

Peace-related networks convened by the WCC carry the work forward with emphases that include economic justice, climate justice, and peace-building and security policies.

The concept of just peace, developed at the IEPC, continues to be a major theological focus and is reflected in the invitation, issued by the WCC’s 10th Assembly in 2013, for Christians and people of good will everywhere to join in a pilgrimage of justice and peace.

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World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

17 - 24 September 2017 Worldwide

During this week which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.

Hearing on Racism, Discrimination, Afrophobia and Xenophobia

Hearing on Racism, Discrimination, Afrophobia and Xenophobia

25 September 2017 Geneva, Switzerland / online

The "Hearing on Racism, Discrimination, Afrophobia and Xenophobia: The experience of people of African descent in the USA" is organized by the World Council of Churches, together with the National Council of The Churches of Christ in the USA. It will be an opportunity to learn about the racial discrimination, xenophobia and afrophobia that people of African descent are experiencing in the USA, and acknowledge and reaffirm the role of faith communities as agents of transformative justice in the face of racial injustice.

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Many ready to observe World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

Many ready to observe World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

From a photo “exhibition of hope,” to worship resources, to an opportunity for people and churches to share their personal expressions of hope, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is offering an invitation and accompanying resources to celebrate the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel on 17-24 September.

Churches in Togo call for peace, unity

Churches in Togo call for peace, unity

In Togo, leaders of the Evangelical Presbyterian and Methodist churches have issued a joint message calling for peace and unity after demonstrations on 19 August in Lomé and other cities.

Exhibition of hope for the Holy Land opens in Geneva

Exhibition of hope for the Holy Land opens in Geneva

On Monday, 18 September at 10:30, an exhibition of hope for justice and peace will open at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva amid a global ecumenical gathering of 45 representatives from all over the world.