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Churches world-wide to participate in major mobilization for peace

Concrete plans to mobilize churches around the world for peace were approved by the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee in early March. What is expected to become a major worldwide mobilization of churches for peace will culminate with an International Ecumenical Peace Convocation to be held in early May 2011 and an Ecumenical Declaration on Just Peace.

WCC congratulates LWF on 60th anniversary

The "strong relationship" between the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) has been characterized "not only by mutual accountability and reciprocity on the journey towards unity, but by the common witness of the member churches in the service of all humanity" says a message addressed to the LWF on its 60th anniversary by the WCC.

Slave trade still demands an unambiguous apology, Kobia says

"People of African descent in the diaspora and in Africa await an unambiguous apology and clear sign from European nations that acknowledges their participation in this terrible part of colonial history" that was the slave trade, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has told UK prime minister Tony Blair.

Human Rights Council: church representatives to report on Philippines human rights violations

An ecumenical report and a call to action documenting human rights violations in the Philippines will be launched today in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Room XXVII, 14:00), within the framework of the current session of the UN Human Rights Council.

"Disastrous" Iraq war must end; victims require church advocacy and assistance, WCC general secretary says

In a statement for the fourth anniversary on 19 March of the invasion of Iraq, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia warns of "further carnage and destruction" because "the sponsors of this tragic war insist on carrying on military pursuits".

WCC supports UK churches' opposition to government's nuclear plan

Ahead of an upcoming vote in the UK parliament on the government's plan to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has written to WCC member churches in the country praising and expressing support for their efforts to stop this.

Children the focus of this year's Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington

Nearly 1,300 religious advocates are expected for this year's Ecumenical Advocacy Days taking place 9-12 March in Washington, DC on the theme, "… and how are the children?"

Visit by Turkish authorities to Syrian monastery

A recent sign of the presence and witness of Syrian Orthodox faithful in Turkey was a formal visit on 28 February by a delegation from the city of Urfa (historically, Edessa), led by the wali (governor) of the Turkish city, to the monastery of St Mary at Tel-Wardiat, Hassake, Syria.

WCC to launch new effort for peace as Palestinians and Israelis mark 40 years of occupation

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is launching an international, inter-church advocacy initiative for peace in Israel and Palestine - the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum - at a conference June 17-21, 2007, in Jordan.

CCA golden jubilee

"It was the first time the WCC would play a significant role in the formation of a regional ecumenical organization," says WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, in a 5 March letter congratulating the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) on the 50th anniversary of its founding.

Horn of Africa in crisis, requires international attention says WCC executive committee

The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee has expressed worries about the "deteriorating human rights situation in Ethiopia and Eritrea", while encouraging the establishment of a "joint Christian and Muslim Peace Committee for Somalia".

Churches urged to support UN Peacebuilding Commission

The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee has expressed appreciation for the establishment of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, and urged WCC member churches to encourage and support its efforts.

Churches need to be "vigilant" about nuclear proliferation WCC governing body says

The need for churches to be vigilant about nuclear proliferation has been stressed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee in a statement adopted at its 27 February - 2 March meeting in Bossey, near Geneva.

Bossey Institute strengthens teaching faculty

The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey has announced plans for a strengthened teaching faculty that will reinforce its position as a leading world centre for ecumenical formation and research.

Kobia lays brick for multi-purpose shelter

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary, was received by villagers and Metropolitan Dr Joseph Mar Irenaeus, CASA chairman, for a brick-laying ceremony of a multi-purpose disaster shelter.

WCC supports groundbreaking global framework to fight climate change

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has endorsed a groundbreaking climate change statement, fruit of an unprecedented consensus among high-level representatives of the corporate world as well as civil, religious and educational institutions.

European church representatives committed to overcome violence

"Make me a channel of your peace" was the theme for a celebration of common commitment to overcome violence at a gathering of Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican and Protestant church representatives on 17 February in Wittenberg, Germany.

WCC general secretary welcomes North Korea nuclear deal

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has welcomed as "a major breakthrough" the 13 February agreement at the Six Party Talks in Beijing, under which the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) committed itself to take initial steps towards denuclearisation in return for energy and economic aid.