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Opening remarks of the WCC General Secretary at the Nathan Söderblom Seminar
Opening remarks of Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches at the Nathan Söderblom Seminar, 3 June, 2019 at the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva
World Council of Churches General Secretary Greeting to Muslims at Eid al-Fitr, 2019
I am glad to have this opportunity to greet the many Muslim friends and colleagues of the World Council of Churches, and indeed all Muslims, as you celebrate the festival of Eid al-Fitr. And as we greet you warmly at this festive time and give thanks for all the good things that God gives us in our relationships with you, we are also aware of the many difficult challenges in the world that we are surely called to face together on the basis of our shared commitment to justice and peace for all people.
The WCC Executive Committee Statement: Attacks and Persecution of Christian Communities in Asia
Throughout history, religious communities living in contexts in which other religions predominate have been among the most vulnerable groups in society. In many parts of the world today, Christians in such contexts are among the most persecuted communities. With the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP) focus on Asia this year, we observe the challenges faced by Christian communities in several countries and territories in this region.
Bringing Justice to Victory: Sermon by bishop Mary Ann Swenson
Sermon by bishop Mary Ann Swenson, Vice-moderator of the WCC Central Committee
The WCC Executive Committee Statement: The Global Biodiversity Crisis and the Urgent Need For Structural Change
The report points out that underlying these disturbing trends are “production and consumption patterns, human population dynamics and trends, trade, technological innovations and local through global governance.” In every single area of recommended action, churches are well-placed to make significant contributions. We have the capacity and the responsibility to act.
The WCC Executive Committee Statement: Commemorating The 2019 Quad-Centennial of the Forced Transatlantic Voyage of Enslaved African Peoples from Angola to Jamestown, Virginia (USA)
The WCC has acknowledged that racism is a church-dividing issue and has underlined the importance of continuing the discussion on restorative justice to people of African descent and Indigenous Peoples. Racism and racial justice is the global theme for the year of 2019 in the common journey of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP).
The WCC Executive Committee Statement: Ecumenical Accompaniment For a Just Peace in Palestine And Israel
The World Council of Churches is faithfully and fully committed to the promotion of a just peace in Israel and Palestine, for both peoples of the region. That commitment is part of the fabric of our faith, and of the heritage of the ecumenical movement. We seek to express it by accompanying the churches, inter-faith partners and communities of these lands in their witness and work for justice and for peace.
The WCC Executive Committee Statement: Call For De-Escalation Of Tensions Between The United States of America And Iran
The executive committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, on 22-28 May 2019, expresses its concern and alarm at the recent escalation of tensions between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran, following the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the “Iran Nuclear Deal”.
The WCC Executive Committee Statement: Concern and Solidarity for West Papua
The executive committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, on 22-28 May 2019, recalls the many initiatives and expressions of concern about the situation in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and Papua Barat (together referred to herein as “West Papua” or “Tanah Papua”) by national, regional and international ecumenical and church-related organizations over many years.
The WCC Executive Committee Statement: Keeping The Faith For An End To AIDS
The executive committee, meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, on 22-28 May 2019, calls on WCC member churches to keep the faith for an end to AIDS.
Tribute by Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith
A service of remembrance and celebration for the life, witness and ministry of Rev. Robina Winbush and Rev. Norman Tendis
A tribute to remember and celebrate the lives of Rev. Norman Tendis (15 August 1967 – 11 March 2019) and Rev. Robina Winbush (16 July 1957 – 12 March 2019) . The executive committee members participated in this service along with the staff community.
Pentecost message from the WCC presidents
Greetings from the World Council of Churches regional presidents to the fellowship of churches around the world celebrating the birthday of the church on Pentecost.
Report of the WCC General Secretary to the Executive Committee Meeting
Report of the WCC General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the WCC Executive Committee Meeting in Bossey, May 22-28, 2019.
Dr Agnes Abuom’s Welcome Remarks WCC Executive Committee, Geneva, 22-28 May 2019
Brothers and sisters, welcome to the Executive Committee meeting. It is a joy to see each one of you. A lot has happened both positive and not so good, since we last met at the stop in our pilgrimage together in Uppsala, Sweden; this stop for was a moment to learn and be exposed to the Swedish ecclesial landscape and we are grateful to the Church of Sweden for their support and solidarity.
WCC Financial Report 2018, Appendix
WCC Financial Report 2018, Appendix
Welcome to new Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Letter to His Eminence Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa, from World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
Address of Dr Fernard de Varennes-UN special rapporteur on Minority Issues to the Ecumenical Strategic Forum on Racism
At an Ecumenical Strategic Forum, convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 9-10 May, religious leaders examined the painful history of racism and also asked difficult questions about how churches may be accountable for racism today. Dr Fernard de Varennes, United Nations special rapporteur on Minority Issues, reflected that, just in the last few weeks, horrific massacres have occurred in a mosque in New Zealand, in churches and other targets in Sri Lanka, and in a synagogue in the United States. “There are many, too many more examples in recent years,” said de Varennes. “It saddens and disturbs me to say that intolerance of the other has almost become a new normal in some societies, often linked perhaps to insecurity, unease, the zeitgeist of our times being one perhaps of fear for the future – and as history unfortunately has shown much too often religious and other minorities are often used as scapegoats.”
"Remembering the legacy" - Baldwin Sjollema
At an Ecumenical Strategic Forum, convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 9-10 May, religious leaders examined the painful history of racism and also asked difficult questions about how churches may be accountable for racism today. Baldwin Sjollema, first director of the WCC Programme to Combat Racism, said that, today, many do not know or have forgotten about the past. “We seek to forget rather than to remember,” said Sjollema. “There is no doubt that the issue of refugees and asylum, of hospitality to and solidarity with people of different races, religions, cultures and sexual identities are part and parcel of the racism and discrimination today.”
Ecumenical Strategic Forum on Racism - Welcoming Remarks from the General Secretary
At an Ecumenical Strategic Forum, convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 9-10 May, religious leaders examined the painful history of racism and also asked difficult questions about how churches may be accountable for racism today. In welcoming remarks, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said that racism is an ongoing concern of the ecumenical movement. “So often racist behaviour stems from inherited hatred reinforced by self-interest and group identification,” he said. “Invariably it results in diminished prospects for its victims and even in generations of discrimination, gender violence, and poverty; and so race is a constant factor in all the other work you do.”