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Day of prayer for peace in Iraq: liturgical resources

The WCC Executive Committee on 20 February invited churches around the world to unite in prayers for peace in Iraq on the first day of Lent (see their statement at ). Liturgical resources in various languages contributed by members of the international ecumenical community are available on our website at:

WCC general secretary to visit Asian countries Christian minorities not alone

Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), will be visiting four Asian countries from 26 February to 9 March. Laos, Thailand, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and Pakistan will be receiving their first official visit from a WCC general secretary. The visit will assure Christian communities living in a minority situation that they have the support of the worldwide ecumenical family.

WCC Executive Committee states "Stop threats of war on Iraq!" Supports peace processes in Cyprus and Sri Lanka

The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, 18-21 February, "strongly deplores the fact that the most powerful nations of this world again regard war as an acceptable instrument of foreign policy" in a statement against military action in Iraq. Expressing deep concern for the humanitarian situation in Iraq, and the need for all political leaders to pursue paths for sustainable peace in the region, the Executive Committee calls on churches to join in a day of prayer for peace in Iraq at the beginning of Lent.

WCC event to highlight Ecumenical Campaign and Accompaniment Programme

In conjunction with the meeting of the World Council of Churches' Executive Committee, the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) of the World Council of Churches will organise

Farmers, Food and Trade

During the week preceding the forthcoming Special Session of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the Draft Review of the Agreement on Agriculture, a

WCC Executive Committee meets in Geneva: Iraq crisis on the agenda

The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) will discuss the situation in Iraq, Cyprus and Sri Lanka at its forthcoming regular meeting from 18 to 21 February. Also on its agenda will be the search for candidates for the post of general secretary, preparations for the WCC's next assembly, and the follow-up to the work of the Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the WCC.  The Committee will also have to decide on this year's focus for the Decade to Overcome Violence.

HIV/AIDS: WCC sends solidarity message

The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser has sent a message of solidarity to the people and churches of South Africa who today (14 February) are taking part in a march demanding access to affordable treatment for HIV/AIDS.

The WCC, IMF and World Bank organize a joint seminar on development

A two-day seminar organized jointly by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank will deal with the topic of their respective concepts of development and evolving institutional mandates. The seminar will also address issues such as wealth creation, social justice and the privatization of public goods, with special emphasis on the subject of drinking water.

Behind the News

The latest edition of Behind the News: Visions for peace - Voices of faith, which focuses on threatened military action against Iraq, is now online.

WCC: Letter to Shevardnadze

The World Council of Churches (WCC) on 6 February wrote to Eduard Shevardnadze, appealing to the Georgian president to bring to justice those responsible for "violent attacks against those peacefully gathering to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the Central Baptist Church in Tbilisi on 24 January".

Church leaders tell Schroeder: war not a legitimate way to resolve conflict

Cf. WCC Press Update, UP-03-02 of 5 February 2003

Church leaders united against war in Iraq

Cf. WCC Press Release, PR-03-08 of 3 February 2003

Porto Alegre: Of course we can change the world!

"Fifty percent of the children born in my country are born into poor homes," said Mariana Berger. "We don't want to be part of the causes that make the lives of other people in the world miserable," said Arnhild Helgesen. Mariana is from Uruguay and Arnhild is from Norway. The two young people were taking part in a discussion at the workshop on youth and globalization organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the third World Social Forum.

World Social Forum: How globalization is challenging the churches

"Thanks to the World Social Forum, we're better prepared for the meeting we'll be having this year with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank," says Rogate Mshana, who heads the World Council of Churches' (WCC) programme on economic justice.Â

Iraq crisis: churches to discuss common response

Forging a common and consistent response by churches to the threat of military action in Iraq is the goal of an urgent one-day meeting by European church leaders scheduled for Wednesday, 5 February, in Berlin. The meeting is convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC), following an initiative by the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD), and in consultation with the Conference of European Churches (CEC).

"The church's place is at the World Social Forum"

"The way the ecumenical community joined forces at the third World Social Forum showed that local, regional and international levels can work together. This was a qualitative leap forward in terms of strategic vision," said World Council of Churches (WCC) director of Programmes Geneviève Jacques. "We heard many calls for the WCC to increase its participation in the Forum in the future, possibly as part of the international council that organizes the event."

Porto Alegre: "Lula is preaching the gospel" says Federico Pagura

"President Lula is preaching the gospel when he says that his aim is that, by the end of his term, not a single child will go to bed hungry," Bishop Federico Pagura of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina told the third World Social Forum in Porto Alegre.

WCC in Porto Alegre: "Struggling against intolerance is a form of resistance"

Struggling against intolerance is a vital way of resisting the free market model of globalization, according to Geneviève Jacques, director of Programmes for the World Council of Churches (WCC). Speaking at the third World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Jacques suggested that the struggle against intolerance is directed against dogmatic claims that the free market model is the only option; it responds to a situation of existential crisis produced by the culture of violence and its deadly fruits.