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Ethiopian Patriarch urges new efforts for lasting African peace

The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Patriarch Abune Paulos, one of the presidents of the WCC, has spoken out forcefully in favour of peace and reconciliation in a region beset by conflicts.

International community must act boldly to stop vicious cycle of violence in Israel/Palestine, WCC says

"Deeply distressed" by the current escalation of the Israel/Palestine conflict, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia called on the international community "to take bold and novel actions to uphold international law and break the vicious cycle of violence" in the region. Both parties should engage in "equitable negotiations," he said.

Kobia shares ecumenical outlook on economic justice and trade with WTO director

A brief visit by World Trade Organization (WTO) director-general Pascal Lamy to the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on Thursday 29 June gave World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Samuel Kobia an opportunity to share ecumenical concerns on economic justice and international trade, and for Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) board member Richard Fee to present a religious leaders' petition for justice in trade negotiations, with/to the organization.

New Faith and Order Standing Commission elects officers, plans work for next period

At its first meeting, the WCC's newly-appointed Standing Commission on Faith and Order named six officers to oversee its work until the next WCC Assembly in 2013. Following an address by WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia, the Standing Commission also outlined major areas of study for the period.

Israeli settler attacks ecumenical accompanier in Hebron

A member of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) was attacked by a woman settler in the Tel Rumeida district of Hebron on Friday, 23 June.

WCC active at UN Conference to review control of small arms trade

A multi-religious prayer service and a debate on ethical dilemmas in micro-disarmament are being organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) within the framework of the UN Review Conference on the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons taking place in New York from 26 June - 7 July 2006.

International Christian bodies look at new UN Human Rights Council with cautious optimism

Five international Christian bodies this week expressed expectation that the newly elected UN Human Rights Council will grant a "truly open space" for NGO participation on behalf of victims of human rights violations, as well as address the shortcomings of its predecessor and bring to completion pending issues, particularly in the field of standard-setting initiatives.

Bossey: mission specialists propose ecumenical decade on common evangelism

"Ecumenical cooperation in evangelism should regain a high and visible priority" in the World Council of Churches (WCC), said a group of mission specialists  participating in a seminar held at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey from 6-12 June.

Hans Blix to present report on weapons of mass destruction to WCC

Recent years have seen a slowdown and stalemate in the fields of non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament of weapons of mass destruction and in 2003, former top United Nations weapons inspector Dr Hans Blix was invited to set up and chair The Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC).Â

Hans Blix to present report on weapons of mass destruction at WCC

Former top United Nations weapons inspector Dr Hans Blix, now the chair of The Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), is scheduled to present the WMDC's report at the World Council of Churches (WCC) during a ceremony at the Ecumenical Centre on Thursday evening 15 June 2006.

WCC Annual Review 2005

Now available in electronic and printed format, the WCC Annual Review 2005 is an illustrated account of WCC programmes and activities over the year. The Annual Review also contains key information on WCC member churches, governing bodies, finances, publications and other resources.

WCC conveys "sympathy and solidarity" to Indonesian churches, president

Receiving news of the earthquake in Indonesia on 27 May, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia assured both WCC member churches there and the country's president of the WCC's sympathy and solidarity.Â

New scholarship announced for Bossey Institute

As part of his three-day-visit to the World Council of Churches (WCC), the primate of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens, visited the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey on 29 May 2006, and announced the establishment of a new scholarship fund to support studies in ecumenism at the Institute.

In Geneva, Church of Greece head evokes migrants, Europe, bioethics, interreligious relations, ecumenism

Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and all Greece, primate of the 10-million-strong (Orthodox) Church of Greece, will speak at a

Dr Eric R. Ram (1935-2006)

A pioneer in public health, promoting the role of churches in health, healing and wholeness, Dr Eric Ram, who died on 23 May in the USA, was active in promoting the human, social and cultural rights of marginalized peoples, and of low- and middle-income countries within the international community.

WCC executive committee endorses new programmatic directions

At its first meeting since its appointment in February 2006, the WCC's executive committee has approved new programmatic directions for the Council and has endorsed a framework for activities in the coming years.

Church of Greece's head to visit the World Council of Churches

Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and all Greece, primate of the 10-million-strong (Orthodox) Church of Greece, will visit the World Council of Churches (WCC) from 28 May - 1 June. During his stay, Christodoulos will also meet the UN high commissioner for refugees, members of the Swiss Federal Council and of the Geneva Council of State, and the mayor of Geneva. (A press conference is scheduled - see below.)Â

Risk of renewed conflict in Sudan, WCC executive committee warns

Leaders of the World Council of Churches (WCC) issued an appeal today for the churches and international community to urgently refocus efforts to safeguard the fragile peace process in Sudan, and warned of the risks of an "ominous humanitarian crisis of gigantic proportion" if those responsible for crimes against humanity in the Darfur province are not brought to justice.

Ending double standards and unilateral gains necessary for peace in Israel/Palestine

For peace to be achieved, both parties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be held to identical standards on ending violence, respecting agreements, and recognizing the other says the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee.