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Document 40 years after the Student Uprising in Soweto, 16 June 1976
WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was one of the keynote speakers along with government representatives and church leaders at the commemoration of the Soweto Uprising.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Speeches
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 Called to be the One Church - Presentation by Prof. Maake Masango
Prof. Maake J. Masango addresses the main theme of the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting, Called to be the One Church, as a witness of the union of Presbyterian Churches in the context of apartheid.
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting in Crete 2009
Document Condolences on the passing away of Christiaan Frederick Beyers Naudé
Located in Resources / / Regional concerns / Africa
Document IV. Statement on the Marikana-Lonmin Massacre in South Africa
Statement on the Marikana-Lonmin Massacre in South Africa, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
Located in Resources / / Kolympari, 2012 / Report on Public Issues
Document On xenophobic violence in South Africa
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Messages and letters
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 Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Consultation
Welcome message by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC associate general secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia, at the consultation organized by the WCC and the South African Council of Churches.
Located in Resources / / WCC programmes / Public Witness
Document Responses of the churches to HIV and AIDS in South Africa
The purpose of this study initiated by WCC/EHAIA is to review the responses of the churches to HIV and AIDS in South Africa within the context of the country and its peoples.
Located in Resources / / EHAIA / Other documents
Document Sheena Duncan
Condolence message by WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Tributes