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In Geneva, faith communities urge new commitment to tolerance

Whether in European suburbs or Middle Eastern capitals, religious identity can often seem to be a source or fuel of conflict. And as many Western societies struggle to adapt to an emerging multicultural and multireligious reality, issues of tolerance and "living together" become ever more acute.

Catholicos Aram I and Cardinal Kasper to meet Geneva press

40 years of WCC-Roman Catholic Church collaboration

40 years of WCC-Roman Catholic Church collaboration: Aram I and Kasper to address the renewal of ecumenism in 21st century

Forty years after they set out on an ecumenical journey together, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) are celebrating their joint anniversary with a public event at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 17 November, and reflecting on the renewal of ecumenism in the 21st century.

Geneva: prominent inter-faith representatives to debate role of religious identity

Larbi Kechat , an Algerian sociologist who is the rector of the Adda'wa mosque in Paris, French rap singer Abd Al Malik , and former vice chair of the Federal Council, and former president of the Swiss Confederation, Ruth Dreifuss , are among well-known personalities expected at an

WCC asks for halt to military action against the people in Ethiopia

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Samuel Kobia has called on the Ethiopian government "to exercise utmost restraint and bring to an immediate halt the military action against the people and release the political prisoners as soon as possible".

The ways of God's grace

(*) By Naamah Kelman

Geneva inter-religious weekend "Religious identities: for better or for worse?"

Does the quest for religious identity, evident in many places around the world today, lead inevitably to opposition to other religious traditions? And how, in contexts of religious and cultural plurality, can we move beyond tolerance to positive respect between religions?

November 2005

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International conference to explore Christian contributions to a culture of peace

The root causes and complex nature of violence, and aspects of Christian spiritual life that can contribute towards the building of a culture of peace in today’s world, will be the focus of an international conference taking place in Boston, USA from 27-29 October 2005.