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Document C. F. von Weizsäcker
Tribute to Prof. Dr Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, who gave decisive impetus to the Conciliar Process for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Tributes
Document Churches' Compassionate Response to HIV and AIDS
Located in Resources / / Commission of the Churches on International Affairs / Human rights and Impunity
Document Aide Memoire from the Global Consultation on Genetics, New Biotechnologies and the Ministry of the Church
Aide Memoire summarizing the discussions at a 2-5 December Global Consultation on Genetics and New Biotechnologies held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants stated that "the creativity of science needs to serve the common good" and alerted about the risk of biotechnology leading to "increased dependency and threat to biodiversity". "Communities can be devastated by the intrusion of genetically modified seeds and bio-piracy", participants said. They recognized the "need for dialogue with scientists", so as to move "beyond a reactive mode", and called for the "restoration of the churches' prophetic voices and public witness in the growing debate regarding the ethical use of genetics and biotechnologies".
Located in Resources / / Justice, diakonia and responsibility for creation / Science, technology, ethics
Document Biotechnology
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Document Executive summary: Ethical and theological reflection on stem cell research
The World Council of Churches gathering to discuss "Stem cell research in the service of human life?" was held at the Orthodox Volos Academy of Theological Studies in Greece.
Located in Resources / / Justice, diakonia and responsibility for creation / Science, technology, ethics
Document Food is life
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Document Gene technology
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Document No patenting of life!
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Document Respect for life
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Document Transforming Life, Volume 1
This publication presents the challenges posed by newly emerging technologies to people of faith. It is a discussion starter and wants to encourage urgently needed study and reflection by churches, theological faculties and ecumenical bodies in close cooperation with each other. The new technologies represent a new stage of development, which requires a fresh approach and change of perspective.
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