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Horn of Africa visit: WCC general secretary to address conflict and Christian-Muslim relations

Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), will lead a delegation to the Horn of Africa, 1-16 July. The main purpose of the visit is to learn more about the ongoing conflicts in the region and the peace-building role churches can play. Raiser notes that a major need is "to reflect with the churches on the challenge of Christians and Muslims living together without their differences turning into sources of conflict". The delegation will visit northern and southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Tanzania and Kenya.

On visit to WCC, Jackson emphasizes need to encourage hope for peace in the Middle East

The Rev. Dr Jesse Jackson, on a visit today to the Geneva offices of the World Council of Churches (WCC), met with WCC general secretary Konrad Raiser for an exchange of views about an interreligious initiative on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Jackson's proposed initiative hopes to mobilize religious leaders in advocating active non-violent approaches to peace, justice, and reconciliation in the region. To this effect, a visit of a delegation of Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders to Palestine and Israel is being considered.

The Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the WCC is preparing its final report

The Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the World Council of Churches (WCC) will shortly hold its final plenary meeting. The Commission will meet 27 May - 2 June in Järvenpää, Finland, not far from Helsinki. The results of three years of work will be presented by the Special Commission in a final report to the WCC Central Committee, which meets this year 26 August - 3 September in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tras la matanza en Colombia, el CMI envía un mensaje de solidaridad a las iglesias

El siguiente mensaje fue enviado por el pastor Dwain C. Epps, Director de la Comisión de las Iglesias para Asuntos Internacionales del CMI a las iglesias hermanas de Colombia ante la matanza en la Iglesia de Bellavista :

Faith and Order marks 75th anniversary Celebrations to be held in Switzerland on 25 August 2002

The first meeting of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC), held in Lausanne on 3 August 1927, had very high hopes. Participants believed that the goal of visible unity of the churches was really attainable.

Haitian churches pray for peace

cf. WCC Press Release, PR-01-49, of 21 December 2001

Message of the presidents of the WCC at Pentecost 2002

"Suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind...." (Acts 2:2; NRSV)