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Document Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019 has been prepared by Christians from Indonesia. With a population of 265 million, 86% of whom are reckoned to be Muslim, Indonesia is well known as having the largest Muslim population of any country. However, about 10% of Indonesians are Christian from various traditions. In terms of both population and the vast extension of the country Indonesia is the biggest nation in South East Asia. The nation is founded on five principles called Pancasila, with the motto Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity). Across the diversity of ethnicity, language and religion, Indonesians have lived by the principle of gotong royong which is to live in solidarity and by collaboration. This always fragile harmony is today threatened in new ways. Much of the economic growth that Indonesia has experienced in recent decades has been built on a system that has competition at its heart. This is in stark contrast to the collaboration of gotong royong. Corruption is experienced in many forms. It infects politics and business, often with devastating consequences for the environment. In particular, corruption undermines justice and the implementation of law. Moved by these concerns, the Christians of Indonesia found that the words of Deuteronomy, “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue ...” (see Deut. 16:18-20) spoke powerfully to their situation and needs. Before the people of God enter the land God has promised them they renew their commitment to the Covenant God established with them.
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Document Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the Context of the Jubilee of Mercy
Speech delivered by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit in a global seminar in Rome organized by the International Labour Organization, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Caritas Internationalis.
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Document Statement ahead of COP17 in Durban 2011
Ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa, 28 November - 10 December 2011 (UNFCCC COP17), the WCC general secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse-Tveit, reiterates the WCC call for climate justice.
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Document Statement on Iraq
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Document Statement on Gaza
Expressing grave concern over the escalation of military operations in Gaza, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza.
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Document Statement on agreement between Colombian government and FARC
Statement by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on the announcement of an agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC revolutionary force .
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Document Statement calling for an end to foreign military interventions in Syria
WCC statement calling for an end to foreign military interventions in Syria
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Document Statement on events at Ben Gurion International Airport, 29 April-2 May 2016
After traveling to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for a climate justice meeting, WCC staff and partners were detained or deported in a manner that WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit terms both unprecedented and intolerable.
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Document Sheena Duncan
Condolence message by WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit
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Document Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria
Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria, urged the World Council of Churches and Pax Christi International in a joint statement issued 15 March.
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