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WCC partners announce plans for a new global alliance against poverty and injustice

Ecumenical agencies and churches working in the field of relief and development have called for the creation of a new international alliance of church-related organizations to address issues of poverty and injustice, provisionally named "ACT Global".

TV documentary on debt and global campaign on trade launched at WSF

The launch of an ecumenically-sponsored TV documentary on illegitimate debt and a call to take part in a Global Week of Action on Trade next April were among the highlights of a seminar on "Moving further on illegitimate debt" held during the fifth World Social Forum in Porto Alegre on 30 January 2005.

February 2005

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Seeking a theology for another possible world

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Ecumenical presence at the World Social Forum: speaking with an authentic alternative voice

"Affirming life in dignity: enhancing justice and rights in a globalized world" is the overall theme for the World Council of Churches' (WCC) participation in the 5th World Social Forum taking place 26-31 January in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

WCC salutes Sudan's peace agreement and proposes steps for reconstruction

Calling it a "significant event in contemporary Africa," World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia hailed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed on 9 January 2005 by the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SLPA/SPLM).

Inter-Orthodox Pre-Assembly Meeting takes place

An Inter-Orthodox Meeting in preparation for the ninth assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) is taking place 11-16 January in Rhodes, Greece.

January 2005

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WCC and CEC declare support for Orthodox Patriarchate

Jointly issued by the World Council of Churches and the Conference of European Churches

New group of ecumenical accompaniers joins the EAPPI

A new group of 15 ecumenical accompaniers arrived in Israel and Palestine last week. They join six staying on from the previous group, bringing the total number on the ground in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) to 21.

A call to go beyond institutions: Consultation on Ecumenism in the 21st century

"The table is big enough for all of us" said the World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia at a 30 November-3 December unprecedented meeting near Geneva, affirming the World Council of Churches' (WCC) role of "facilitating the further and deeper participation of all those involved in the ecumenical movement, including those that are not members of the WCC."

Church-related organizations support Code of Good Practice for HIV/AIDS response

At least 19 faith-based organizations are among the 160 initial signers of a new Code of Good Practice for NGOs Responding to HIV/AIDS.