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WCC US Conference to highlight US churches' peace-making efforts

To "expose and inspire" the US churches' witness to "the power and promise of peace" is the aim of events being organized in October in Atlanta, Georgia, by the US Conference for the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Palestine/Israel: largest-ever group, including bishop, joins ecumenical peace-making programme

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) enters its second year of operations by welcoming 25 new accompaniers, the largest group since the project started in August 2002. Three have also stayed on from the previous group, bringing the total number of accompaniers on the ground to 28.

Geneva ceremony to celebrate WCC Programme to Combat Racism and honour Baldwin Sjollema

A 27 September ceremony in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva will be an opportunity for the ecumenical community to celebrate the contributions of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Programme to Combat Racism (PCR), and to honour its first director, Baldwin Sjollema.

Messages of peace on video available at

"God weeps over God's world, aching because of conflict in Darfur, in Beslan, in Harare, in Colombia, in Jerusalem, in Belfast," says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu in his message for the International Day of Prayer for Peace, to be observed on 21 September. And he adds: "God - Emmanuel, God with us, with you - has no one but you to help God make this world hospitable to peace and justice."

Churches advocates speak about nonviolent presence in Palestine and Israel

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) will organize a hearing in New York City on "International nonviolent presence in Palestine and Israel: Churches and civil society promoting a just peace". The panel of speakers will include three EAPPI volunteers, from the USA, South Africa and Sweden.

21 September service at Ecumenical Centre to mark International Peace Day

In observance of the International Day of Prayer for Peace and the International Day of Peace , the World Council of Churches in collaboration with the World Peace Day Association is inviting the local and international community in Geneva to join a

Evanston after fifty years

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WCC tribute to Pope Petros VII, patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa

It was with "deep sadness" that the World Council of Churches (WCC) received news of the "tragic accident in which Pope Petros VII, Greek Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa and other members of the Patriarchate, including bishops, priests and lay staff, lost their lives".

UN remains indispensable, ecumenical leaders affirm

The general secretaries of eight regional ecumenical bodies and of the World Council of Churches (WCC) have sent a letter to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan "reaffirming the deep desire" of their organisations and member churches "to support the United Nations" and the person of its secretary-general "at this critical time on the world scene".

Churches world-wide to pray for peace on 21 September

Churches representing over 550 million Christians world-wide have been invited for the first time to mark 21 September as an International Day of Prayer for Peace .

Terror, fear and anxiety in Europe challenge theologians: Ecumenical perspectives

Some 200 Catholic scientists and theologians from 31 countries will discuss ecumenical perspectives with senior World Council of Churches (WCC) staff leadership during a full-day programme at the Ecumenical Centre , 150 route de Ferney, on Tuesday 31 August .

Bossey honoured by Romanian cultural award

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WCC leader recognizes "prophetic role" of churches in Korean unity and peace

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September 2004

+ Ecumenical leaders discuss future of ecumenism

Kobia salutes church growth in Korea and Asia, calls for renewal of ecumenical spirituality

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has recognized the dynamic growth of Christianity in Korea and Asia, and has appealed to Asian churches to take new responsibility in the global ecumenical movement. But he also warns against a "superficial Christianity" which does not respond to the spiritual yearning of people in the modern world.

Asian churches to tackle challenge of "Overcoming violence against children"

Concerned about the growing plight of children in many parts of Asia, church leaders will gather in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 28-31 August and from 1-4 September in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to evolve a strategy for mobilising churches to take a more active role in overcoming violence against children in both local and national contexts in Asia.