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"It is a scandal for Christians to remain isolated" Interview with WCC president Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania

By Stephen Webb and Yannick Provost (*) [Corrected version of the interview distributed on 11 September]

Trade for people - not people for trade, is WCC call

Trade should be for the benefit of people and people should not be sacrificed for the sake of trade. That was a key affirmation in the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee statement on just trade, which calls on the churches "to encourage their governments to continue working for a new multilateral trade mechanism, with a new set of multilateral trade rules which are just and democratic".

"There is one ecumenical movement, with many voices" Interview with Msgr. John Radano

As an official observer from the Roman Catholic Church, Monsignor John Radano is a well-known presence at meetings of the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee. Head of the Western Section of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and the principal liaison person between the Vatican and the WCC's Faith and Order Commission, Radano comments in this interview on the first meeting of the new WCC central committee.

New programme strategy "equips WCC for dynamic engagement"

The main governing body of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has adopted a streamlined programme strategy that provides a new framework for the next seven years of ecumenical action and advocacy.

Laos and Brazil churches enter process for WCC membership

Towards the end of its meeting, two applications for admission into the WCC fellowship were received by the central committee according to new rules adopted at the WCC's 9 th Assembly in Brazil. The two churches are the Lao Evangelical Church, and the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil.

HIV and AIDS - WCC asks for universal access to treatment, welcome for positive people

Every person living with HIV and AIDS should have access to the treatments made available by medical science and churches must advocate for this to happen, said the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee in a statement adopted at a meeting that ends today. The statement also challenges churches to a greater commitment in fighting the pandemic and welcoming positive people into their communities.

Being a steward is a life-changing experience

The coordinator of the stewards programme at central committee says he is in that position because he himself was inspired by being part of a similar programme seven years ago.

The evil of violence can be overcome - every day

The main points of focus for the 2007 Decade to Overcome Violence focus on Europe will be migration and working on a theology of a just peace.

Reflections on a new ecumenical epoch

A stimulating and accessible discussion of contemporary ecumenical challenges was offered to central committee members on Monday 4 September. A new book, "Called to the One Hope", authored by WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, offers reflections on the ecumenical movement based on his personal experiences and travel to each of the Council's eight geographical regions over the last three years.

Peaceful co-existence basis of future Kosovo, warns central committee

The World Council of Churches' (WCC) central committee has urged religious and political leaders to promote the return of displaced persons, co-existence and reconciliation in the divided region of Kosovo as the basis of any long-term settlement.

Northern Uganda : WCC central committee urges for sustainable peace process

The central committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has appealed to the United Nations and the African Union to endorse a plan for a sustainable peace process between the government of Uganda and the "Lord's Resistance Army" (LRA).

New Middle East forum to unite church efforts for peace

In a major new initiative, the central committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has endorsed proposals to establish a comprehensive ecumenical advocacy initiative for peace in the Middle East, and has reiterated its alarm at the dramatic humanitarian consequences and alleged violations of international law during the recent war in Lebanon and northern Israel. Â

Joint Church/Islamic delegation considered for Sudan peace

The World Council of Churches (WCC) today expressed its continued concern and distress at the ongoing atrocities taking place in the Darfur region of the Sudan.

Geneva 1966 - ethical challenges still relevant today

The World Council of Churches' (WCC) participation in debates on social and economic issues remains as relevant and necessary in the 21st century as it was when canvassed at the World Conference on Church and Society, Geneva 1966, according to speakers at a 40th anniversary colloquium in Geneva today.

Youth body to strengthen new ecumenical leadership

Young people will strengthen their profile in the World Council of Churches (WCC), following the establishment by its central committee of a new body to promote the participation of youth in the organization's life and work.

World churches' plea for Sri Lanka: "resume peace negotiations"

The central committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) today called on the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam to respect the terms and conditions of the 2002 cease-fire agreement, put an immediate end to all hostilities and resume peace negotiations without future delay.

WCC seeks end to extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

The World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee today condemnedextrajudicial killings in the Philippinesand called onthe government of the Philippines to disband "death squads", private militias and paramilitary forces operating with impunity in the country.