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Four sites vie for World Council 9th Assembly; now the Central Committee has to choose

All four sites being proposed for the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 2005 look good to most Central Committee members. So good that the proponent of one site suggests wryly that the Council choose all four of them.

WCC Central Committee challenged on globalization and ecumenical vision

Globalization has been cited by the World Council of Churches (WCC) as a prime cause of economic inequality, poverty and political injustice, and the moderator of the WCC Central Committee said Monday (26 August) that the churches must work together to redirect its impact.

WCC setting financial structure for the future

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has begun a review of programme plans for 2003 to 2005 in order to strengthen the organization and chart a course for the future. At its meeting in Geneva, 26 August to 3 September, the WCC Central Committee heard a call from its Finance Committee for a review of programme plans that would allow for a budgeted operating surplus in 2003.

Faith and Order marks 75 years and prepares for a 'century of surprises'

"In a century of surprises which we have already begun," the churches of Christ will have to move closer to unity to give the 75-year-old Faith and Order movement renewed meaning, a church leader told an anniversary celebration Sunday (25 August).

Justice: the heart of sustainability WCC sends delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development

"We must have the courage to admit that the market and globalization have failed more than two-thirds of the world population who live in poverty," says Dr Molefe Tsele, general secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC). "The evidence, which is impossible to hide any longer, is that we are now living with the legacy of unparalleled inequality between North and South, impoverishment, and deprivation of the barest necessities of life and dignity."

WCC and CEC concerned about violence against Serbian Orthodox in Kosovo

Issued jointly with the Conference of European Churches

Churches to consult on "War on Terrorism"

The US-declared war on terrorism, still widely popular in the United States but subject to increasing scepticism elsewhere in the world, will be the focus of an international ecumenical meeting in Washington, D.C., 5-6 August.

WCC general secretary congratulates next Archbishop of Canterbury

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, has today written to the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales, congratulating him on his appointment as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.

WCC mourns death of former colleague

The World Council of Churches (WCC) was deeply grieved to learn of the sudden death of a former member of staff, Father Ion Bria, on 2 July 2002, in Geneva. In 1973, Bria took up the post of executive secretary for mission and relations with Orthodox churches within the WCC, and in 1987 became the director of the WCC Sub-unit for Renewal and Congregational Life. Shortly before his retirement in 1994, Father Ion took up the post of director of the Faith and Witness Unit.

Ecumenical Institute Bossey: Religions address crisis of violence, and peace

The world’s religions aspire to peace. However it is a sad fact that they are often involved in conflict and violence. This paradox was the subject of intense discussion at a multi-faith consultation on violence, peace and religions held in June. Forty participants – Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North and South America – gathered for eight days at the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, near Geneva. The elimination of violence, they declared, is a challenge to all religions. The consultation was the first in a series on the topic of religions and violence to be organized by the Ecumenical Institute.

Horn of Africa visit: WCC general secretary to address conflict and Christian-Muslim relations

Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), will lead a delegation to the Horn of Africa, 1-16 July. The main purpose of the visit is to learn more about the ongoing conflicts in the region and the peace-building role churches can play. Raiser notes that a major need is "to reflect with the churches on the challenge of Christians and Muslims living together without their differences turning into sources of conflict". The delegation will visit northern and southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Tanzania and Kenya.

On visit to WCC, Jackson emphasizes need to encourage hope for peace in the Middle East

The Rev. Dr Jesse Jackson, on a visit today to the Geneva offices of the World Council of Churches (WCC), met with WCC general secretary Konrad Raiser for an exchange of views about an interreligious initiative on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Jackson's proposed initiative hopes to mobilize religious leaders in advocating active non-violent approaches to peace, justice, and reconciliation in the region. To this effect, a visit of a delegation of Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders to Palestine and Israel is being considered.