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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

Geneva inter-religious weekend "Religious identities: for better or for worse?"

Does the quest for religious identity, evident in many places around the world today, lead inevitably to opposition to other religious traditions? And how, in contexts of religious and cultural plurality, can we move beyond tolerance to positive respect between religions?

November 2005

<span style="font-weight: bold; "» African church leaders visit Israel & Palestine

International conference to explore Christian contributions to a culture of peace

The root causes and complex nature of violence, and aspects of Christian spiritual life that can contribute towards the building of a culture of peace in today’s world, will be the focus of an international conference taking place in Boston, USA from 27-29 October 2005.

2005 Nobel Peace Prize affirms multilateralism and international law

This year's Nobel Peace Prize affirms that "multilateral, legal and peaceable conduct of international affairs is not only possible but productive," said Peter Weiderud, director of the World Council of Churches Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (WCC/CCIA), commenting on the prize awarded to Mohamed El Baradei today. Weiderud also said that "control of nuclear arms and technology" is an "incontrovertible recognition of the God-given value of human life" and that, therefore, the award represents an "important investment in hope as well as peace".

WCC network on uprooted peoples speaks out on detention of asylum seekers and migrants

Deep concern about "the increasing use of detention to restrict and deter cross-border movement by asylum seekers and other migrants" prompted the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Global Ecumenical Network on Uprooted Peoples (GEN) to circulate a statement on this issue at a meeting in Geneva this week of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees' (UNHCR) Executive Committee.

Kobia highlights unique contribution of Ethiopia, offers WCC mediation

"As custodians of an ancient spiritual heritage, Ethiopian Christianity has a unique contribution which is of central importance in Africa and to the ecumenical family world-wide," stated the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, during his first official visit to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, 24-30 September 2005.

October 2005

<span style="font-weight: bold; "» Middle East, US, Caribbean and Latin American churches prepare for WCC Assembly

Tourism industry needs to assume its social and cultural responsibility, says Kobia

"Tourism, while being a potent force for good, has sadly turned into an activity that leaves in its trail massive numbers of victims", says World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Samuel Kobia in a message on World Tourism Day, 27 September.