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Sri Lanka: WCC backs churches' call for return to peace talks

"Dismayed and concerned" about the "recent lethal escalation of armed violence" in the North and East of Sri Lanka, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia wrote on 20 January to the country's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity plays role in developing ecumenical spirituality, Kobia says

The marks of ecumenical spirituality are "readiness to rethink and to be converted" and willingness "to bear the otherness of the other, including refugees, people of another colour and other faiths, the old and the poor - all God's people," said Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia yesterday, the first day of the 2006 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

WCC general secretary to meet Swiss churches, government

On 18-19 January, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia will pay his first official visit to the churches of the country that is home to the headquarters of the WCC.

WCC's 9th Assembly to affirm alternative globalization

"A world without poverty is not only possible but is in keeping with the grace of God for the world" affirms a call that will play a central role at the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Porto Alegre, 14-23 February.

January 2006

:: Seminar on UN reform in New York

2006 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

"Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them" from Matt. 18:20 is the theme of the 2006 edition of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It was chosen by an ecumenical group in Ireland.

WCC invites churches in all places to celebrate Assembly Sunday

With two months remaining until the World Council of Churches' 9th Assembly in 2006, the organizers have launched an invitation to churches and Christians everywhere to accompany and support the event.

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Climate change a spiritual crisis says WCC

"We would like to light a candle" is how a World Council of Churches (WCC) statement to the UN climate change conference in Montreal, Canada, begins. The statement affirms that climate change is not only a technological, economic and ecological crisis but also a spiritual one.

WCC partners move closer to a new alliance for development

Marking a new stage in ecumenical efforts to overcome poverty and injustice, churches and related organizations have agreed to move ahead with the establishment of a new global alliance for development.

WCC calls for immediate release of peace workers in Iraq

The World Council of Churches (WCC) called today for the immediate release of four peace-workers kidnapped in Iraq. In a statement signed by Peter Weiderud, director of the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, the WCC asked the government of Iraq to undertake whatever steps are necessary to secure the safe release of the four members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams.

WCC general secretary asks for greater efforts to make HIV/AIDS medicines available for Africa

"I have learned to see everyone infected as a brother, a sister, a niece, a nephew - a close relative," said Samuel Kobia this afternoon in Bern. The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary was speaking at an ecumenical event for World AIDS Day held outside the Swiss parliament.

Food for all, a matter of justice

The issue of food must be addressed "from a justice perspective". This will "not only ensure that people have food, but that their livelihoods and dignity are protected" while also protecting the environment, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Samuel Kobia affirmed at the opening worship of the 47th Bread for the World (Brot fuer die Welt) campaign.

December 2005

:: World AIDS Day events in Geneva and Bern

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