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Document A theological reflection on cruelty - the ugly face of violence
Exploring responses in faith to institutionally and structurally embedded cruelty was the purpose of the theological consultation on cruelty that took place in Puidoux, Switzerland during December 5-8, 2006. Organized by the WCC and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), this gathering focused on cultures, traditions as well as social, economical and political structures that are themselves cruel, as well as creating an ethos that "enables" people to become cruel. Twelve case studies from different contexts and perspectives provided the basis for the debate. Some of these are about racism, casteism, patriarchy, xenophobia, terrorism and counter-terrorism, torture of prisoners, genocide, rape and sex trafficking, and occupation. Papers from this consultation will be published in 2008.
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Theological reflection on peace
Document Realizing mutuality and interdependence in a world of diverse identities
A group of 20 theologians and peace activists from regions which have come to be known for violent conflict arising from the aggressive assertion of identities - Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, DR Congo, Nigeria, Middle East, Eastern Europe - participated in this consultation in June 2005. They attempted to identify the problems in, and prospects for, realizing mutuality and interdependence in contexts of diverse identities in an effort to challenge the churches to consider this as a contribution to the wider movement for peace during the Decade Overcome Violence.
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Theological reflection on peace
Document Memorandum and Recommendations on Response to Armed Conflict and International Law
Recommendations adopted by the Central Committee and memorandum received and commended to the churches, Geneva, 26 August - 3 September 1999.
Located in Resources / / Commission of the Churches on International Affairs / Commission on International Affairs - Policy
Document Report of the XLV meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs
Located in Resources / / Commission of the Churches on International Affairs / Commission on International Affairs - Policy
Document The protection of endangered populations in situations of armed violence: toward an ecumenical ethical approach
Located in Resources / / Commission of the Churches on International Affairs / Commission on International Affairs - Policy
Document Pastoral letter to the churches and Christians in the United States following the terrorist attacks of 11 September
Located in Resources / / Peace and disarmament / Peace concerns
Document A just and lasting peace in the Great Lakes Region
Located in Resources / / Regional concerns / Africa
Document Contribution to Sudan's humanitarian and reconstruction needs
Located in Resources / / Regional concerns / Africa
Document Ecumenical Message to the Leaders of the Church in Sudan
Located in Resources / / Regional concerns / Africa
Document Sierra Leone - Support for UN peace efforts
Located in Resources / / Regional concerns / Africa