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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.

How far can churches go online?

By Sheila Jacobs (*)

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

Plug in to the WCC's 9th Assembly via Internet

Hook up now to a major ecumenical happening, due to start in just three months!

In Geneva, faith communities urge new commitment to tolerance

Whether in European suburbs or Middle Eastern capitals, religious identity can often seem to be a source or fuel of conflict. And as many Western societies struggle to adapt to an emerging multicultural and multireligious reality, issues of tolerance and "living together" become ever more acute.

Catholicos Aram I and Cardinal Kasper to meet Geneva press

40 years of WCC-Roman Catholic Church collaboration

40 years of WCC-Roman Catholic Church collaboration: Aram I and Kasper to address the renewal of ecumenism in 21st century

Forty years after they set out on an ecumenical journey together, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) are celebrating their joint anniversary with a public event at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 17 November, and reflecting on the renewal of ecumenism in the 21st century.

Geneva: prominent inter-faith representatives to debate role of religious identity

Larbi Kechat , an Algerian sociologist who is the rector of the Adda'wa mosque in Paris, French rap singer Abd Al Malik , and former vice chair of the Federal Council, and former president of the Swiss Confederation, Ruth Dreifuss , are among well-known personalities expected at an

WCC asks for halt to military action against the people in Ethiopia

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Samuel Kobia has called on the Ethiopian government "to exercise utmost restraint and bring to an immediate halt the military action against the people and release the political prisoners as soon as possible".

The ways of God's grace

(*) By Naamah Kelman