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Ecumenical team to observe Zimbabwe elections

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) are coordinating an international team to observe the Zimbabwean presidential elections taking place 9-10 March 2002. Some members of the 86-person team are already in place to observe election preparations.

Dr Marga Bührig (1915 - 2002)

The World Council of Churches (WCC) mourns the passing of Dr Marga Bührig, who died in Binningen, Switzerland, during the night of 12 February, aged 86.

WCC executive committee meets in Denmark Opportunity to strengthen and increase ecumenical cooperation

The forthcoming meeting of the executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) will be held in Nyborg, Denmark, 19-22 February at the invitation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark and of the Church of Denmark's Council on International Relations. It is the first time since the WCC's eighth assembly, in Harare, Zimbabwe, 1998, that the WCC executive committee is meeting outside Geneva.

Ecumenical solidarity and action promised in Palestinian-Israeli conflict

cf. WCC Press Release, PR-01-40, of 29 October 2001

Jan H. Kok (1942-2002)

It is with great sorrow that the World Council of Churches (WCC) shares the news that its publisher, Jan H. Kok, died on 7 February 2002 at the age of 59, after a long and courageous struggle with cancer.

"Defending the earth is not a project. Defending the earth is a way of life" Ecumenical Team at second Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development

An ecumenical team of more than 20 people from all continents, representing churches, regional ecumenical organizations and Indigenous Peoples' communities is attending the second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).

World Council of Churches concerned about unrest in the wake of presidential elections in Madagascar

As demonstrations continue against the preliminary results of the presidential elections in Madagascar, the deputy general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Georges Lemopoulos, has urged the country's political authorities to ensure that the democratic process is fully respected.

Decade to Overcome Violence group starts work on a study document for church

A World Council of Churches (WCC) Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) working group meeting will bring 30 participants from different parts of the world to Geneva from 25-27 January 2002. The meeting will draft user guidelines for a study document for the churches on overcoming violence.

WCC general secretary applauds churches' role in Argentina crisis

As Argentina struggles with a serious economic, political and social crisis, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, has praised Argentina's churches, ecumenical organizations and civil society. In a 10 January 2002 letter to the country's churches, Raiser said he had been deeply moved by the way they had responded to what, for him, was also to some extent an "ethical and spiritual" crisis.

Earlier press releases

2001 Press releases