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WCC and international financial institutions: Discussing reforms while looking forward to a fundamental shift

Without giving up the claim that "nothing less than a fundamental shift in political-economic paradigms is necessary", the World Council of Churches (WCC) reaffirmed its willingness to discuss possible reforms of the present economic structures and policies with the international financial institutions.

EAPPI begins second year in Palestine/Israel

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) has begun its second year of operations with 19 ecumenical accompaniers, the largest group of volunteers since the programme began one year ago. The accompaniers began their service during the recent escalation of violence in the conflict. Â

WCC churches and partners to meet on IFI policies

About 30 representatives of World Council of Churches (WCC) member churches and partner agencies will meet 11-12 September in Geneva to determine how to respond most effectively to the policies of the international finance institutions (IFIs).

Ecumenical community conveys "spiritual, moral and ethical" concerns to Cancun

Participants in a half-day public seminar in Geneva today sent a statement to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and to ministers of trade attending the 10-14 September WTO conference in Cancun, Mexico. The seminar was jointly organized by the World Council of Churches, Lutheran World Federation, World Alliance of Reformed Churches and Conference of European Churches.

Public seminar focuses on Christian perspective on WTO ministerial conference

The World Council of Churches (WCC), Lutheran World Federation, World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and Conference of European Churches are jointly sponsoring a public seminar:

Scars of memory: an artist responds to the Rwandan genocide

A major exhibition by the Ghanaian painter and sculptor Kofi Setordji is on display in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, headquarters of the World Council of Churches.

WCC approves new system for calculating membership contributions

The World Council of Churches' (WCC) Central Committee yesterday approved a new system for calculating membership contributions.

Central Committee actions set future course for WCC

A memorable Central Committee meeting saw the election of the World Council of Churches' (WCC) first African general secretary, a commitment to explore new ways of configuring the whole ecumenical movement, and an in-depth examination of the place of disabled people in the life of the churches.

WCC speaks on Africa

In a statement on Liberia, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee meeting in Geneva 26 August-2 September 2003 expressed its appreciation for the work of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), its armed monitoring group ECOMOG, and the country's religious leaders in promoting a peace agreement and a transitional government.

WCC calls for UN lead role in Iraq

The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches has issued a comprehensive statement in the aftermath of the Iraq war, calling for the United Nations to be allowed to work with Iraqis to form a representative, participatory government free of external control.

Ninth WCC Assembly to focus on theme of transforming grace

"God, in your grace, transform the world" will be the theme of the Ninth General Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), planned for February 2006 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Disabled people call for a church of all and for all

Disabilities advocates have challenged churches to accept that "We are not a full community without one another."

WCC hopes to "clarify not glorify" EU

In a statement on Europe, the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has called for "the central role of Christianity and the contribution of other religions to European history and civilization" to be reflected in the preamble to the European constitution.

WCC again has 342 member churches

The WCC Central Committee has accepted an application for membership of the WCC from the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church, formerly a WCC member through the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church. Â

General secretary-elect brings African touch to WCC

In his first press conference as World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary-elect, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia spoke of the contribution that he, as an African, intends to bring to his task. Â

US focus next year for WCC's Decade to Overcome Violence

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee has designated the United States as its 2004 focus during the Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) (2001-2010).

WCC brings difficult financial situation under control

By focusing on its core programmes and carefully controlling its expenditure, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is overcoming the difficulties it has faced over the past two years, and is now in a healthier financial position.

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia elected as new WCC general secretary

The Rev. Dr Sam Kobia, currently WCC special representative for Africa, has been elected as the new general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Kobia will succeed Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, and will take office in January 2004.

Acceptance speech of newly-elected WCC General Secretary now available

The full text of the acceptance speech of Rev. Dr Sam Kobia, newly elected general secretary of the World Council of Churches, is now available (only in English) at:

Two candidates for WCC general secretary position

Following a closed session in which two candidates for the position of WCC general secretary were presented to the Central Committee, the body's moderator, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia, released the names of the candidates.

Raiser outlines need for new configuration of ecumenical movement

Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser re-affirmed the need for a new configuration of the ecumenical movement in his last report to the Central Committee as World Council of Churches' (WCC) general secretary. Â

Young people ask WCC: "Help us overcome injustice!"

Young people have challenged the World Council of Churches (WCC) to support and encourage today's youth in their efforts to change the world.

WCC welcomes new members

The World Council of Churches' (WCC) Central Committee received into the fellowship one joint church membership and six ecumenical organisations in actions on Tuesday, 26 September.

CC moderator: interreligious dialogue an ecumenical priority

The moderator of the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Central Committee, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia, has called for "dialogue, relations and collaboration with other religions" to have a "high priority" in the Council's ecumenical witness.