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WCC Central Committee calls for self-critical introspection on religion and violence

28 June 2016

In a public statement adopted on 28 June, the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has designated “peace-building in the context of religion and violence” as the special thematic focus for 2017.

The focus is part of the continuing WCC programmatic emphasis on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, inviting churches and their ecumenical partners to “the study and adoption of the principles and practices of active nonviolence.”

Stressing the importance of the healing of memories resulting from religiously motivated violence, the Central Committee called upon the WCC and its member churches “to encourage and engage in forms of dialogue which address difficult questions in inter-religious relationships, including the possible link between religious ideologies and violence, and the undervaluing of the contribution of women in some religious traditions.”

More information:

Statement on Religion and Violence

WCC Central Committee Meeting