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Ecumenical documents related to an Economy of life for all
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Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice (PDF for professional printing) 11 March 2019 WCC Programmes Background document An invitation to congregations, communities and churches to discuss a 5-step programme to change the way we deal with the economy and our ecological surroundings.
Global Day of Prayer to End Famine: Reflection on Famine & Displacement 06 June 2018 WCC Programmes Study document Global Day of Prayer to End Famine - 10 June 2018 - Famine & Displacement
Global Day of Prayer to End Famine: Reflection on Famine & Hunger 04 June 2018 WCC Programmes Study document Reflection on Famine & Hunger for the Global Day of Prayer in End Famine 2018
Holy Week statement of lament and solidarity 29 March 2018 WCC Programmes Message In this “Holy Week Statement of Lament and Solidarity” for Maundy Thursday, the Pan African Women’s Ecumenical Empowerment Network (PAWEEN) demands an end to gun violence in America.
Response to keynote speech: Upolu Lumā Vaai, Fiji Islands 08 March 2018 Commission on World Mission and Evangelism Message Response to Mutale Mulenga-Kaunda's keynote speech at the CWME 2018.
On the occasion of Finn Church Aid marking 70 years 27 September 2017 General Secretary Sermon Sermon given by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 27 September 2017, as Finn Church Aid celebrate 70 years.
PAWEEN seminar July 2017 21 July 2017 WCC Programmes Message The PAWEEN seminar 2017 gathered high-profile scholars from leading theological institutions, church leaders, as well as executives of faith-based institutions and ecumenical bodies from and based in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and Europe, representing the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and several historic Black Churches, mainline Protestant and Pentecostal church traditions.
Address of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 24 April 2017 Member church Lecture - Speech Address of H.A.H. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, at the World Council of Churches
A moment of truth in Davos: Address inequality now 20 January 2017 General Secretary Message The 2017 World Economic Forum has to some extent had a moment of truth: Economic globalization has created many problems and even conflicts that are now worrying for “the state of the world”.
Churches Recommit to Accelerate HIV Response 28 June 2016 Central Committee Pastoral letter With this letter issued at its Central Committee meeting in Trondheim, the WCC reaffirmed its commitment to eliminating AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Statement on the Forced Displacement Crisis 28 June 2016 Central Committee Statement: public statement The WCC Central Committee calls for more concerted and coordinated international action to resolve the root causes of forcible displacement of people.
A Call for Solidarity and Action for Puerto Rico 27 June 2016 Central Committee Statement: public statement The WCC expresses its solidarity with Puerto Rico as it faces a serious financial and economic crisis and currently has a debt of more than US$70 billion that it cannot afford to repay.
Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the Context of the Jubilee of Mercy 04 May 2016 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Speech delivered by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit in a global seminar in Rome organized by the International Labour Organization, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Caritas Internationalis.
Solidarity with workers in Iceland 14 April 2016 General Secretary Statement: letter In a letter to the Bishop of Iceland, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed the solidarity of the ecumenical fellowship with Iceland protests against taxation that serves the already affluent.
Manifesto on an ecological reformation of all Christian traditions 07 April 2016 Other ecumenical bodies Statement: public statement Gathering at the Academy of Volos, in March 2016, participants stressed the concern that an ecological reformation of Christianity is possible, but can remain authentic only if it stays in the Spirit and is expressed in the form of a humble prayer...
The role of religion in sustainable development and peace 17 February 2016 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Speech given by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at Partners for Change: Religions and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 17 February 2016.
Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis 20 January 2016 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Statement from the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe.
COP21 High Level Dialogue 08 December 2015 General Secretary Lecture - Speech An address by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on behalf of Faith-Based Organizations at the United Nations climate summit in Paris.
An Interfaith Call for Justice and Compassion in Finance 29 November 2015 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Statement by participants of a Workshop on Faith and Finance reflecting upon the role of money and finance in the current economic and social order from their perspectives as Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims.
Prayers for each of the Sustainable Development Goals 25 September 2015 WCC Programmes Liturgical text As part of the Prayer for Everyone campaign, the WCC published this collection of prayers that connect thematically with each of the United Nations post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
Prayer of confession and intercession, related to SDG14, Life Below Water 23 September 2015 WCC Programmes Liturgical text (©2012 Rev. James Bhagwan, Fiji)
Where is our earth going? 23 September 2015 WCC Programmes Liturgical text (From: A collection of Prayer for Peace – 2006 Decade to Overcome Violence, WCC)
Prayer related to SDG11 Safe Cities 23 September 2015 WCC Programmes Liturgical text (From the 2011 WCC Central Committee meeting. © WCC.)
Prayers related to SDG6 Water and Sanitation 23 September 2015 WCC Programmes Liturgical text These materials were prepared by the Student Christian Movement India (SCMI) and first published by the WCC's Ecumenical Water Network (EWN).
Prayer for Everyone, Ecumenical Centre, September 2015 23 September 2015 WCC Programmes Liturgical text A special service organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the Ecumenical Centre chapel in Geneva, Switzerland, dedicated prayers to the United Nations post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sermon in Brasilia - The Day for Creation 01 September 2015 General Secretary Sermon Sermon by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, delivered on 1 September 2015 – The Day for Creation, at the Metropolitan Cathedral, Brasilia, Brazil.
Statement on Indigenous Ecological Spiritualties and Christian Faith 24 August 2015 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Statement on Indigenous Ecological Spiritualties and Christian Faith issued from seminar in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 17-20 August 2015.
Service on gender-based violence in the DRC 28 May 2015 WCC Programmes Liturgical text Order of service for morning prayers held at the Ecumenical Centre during an International Conference on Peace and Security in the Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC).
Ending extreme poverty: A moral and spiritual imperative 09 April 2015 General Secretary Statement: public statement Over 30 leaders from major world religions and heads of global faith-based organizations today launched a clarion call to action to end extreme poverty by 2030, a goal shared by the World Bank Group.
Call to prayer related to SDG1 End Poverty 26 February 2015 WCC Programmes Liturgical text (from the 2015 WCC Ecumenical Education and Formation Commission meeting)
Why Sustainable Energy Matters to Children 01 January 2015 WCC Programmes Background document Access to energy is strongly associated with human and economic development and plays a key role in poverty reduction.
Economy of Life, An Invitation to Theological Reflection and Action 28 November 2014 WCC Programmes Message This document addresses churches, church communities, ecumenical organizations, theological faculties, seminaries and partners around the globe with an invitation to more intensive theological reflection and action on the Economy of Life.
Theological Reflection on Economy of Life 28 November 2014 WCC Programmes Sermon Rev. Dr Hyunju Bae (Busan Presbyterian University and WCC Central Committee member) offers a Theological Reflection on Economy of Life during the Plenary on Economic Justice at the WCC central committee meetings in Geneva in 2014.
A Bible Study Guide for the Report of the Greed Line Study Group of the WCC 28 November 2014 WCC Programmes Study document To accompany the Report of the Greed Line Study Group of the WCC, the bible study guide uses Old and New Testament texts, from Genesis 41 to Luke 8, to shed light on the greed line and to reflect on the questions: What is greed? Why is greed pervasive?
The Report of the Greed Line Study Group of the WCC 28 November 2014 WCC Programmes Report Responding to the enduring spiritual, structural and cultural problem of greed, the document summarizes the discussions of the WCC's Greed Line Study Group.
Economy of Life for All Now: An Ecumenical Action Plan for a New International Financial and Economic Architecture 28 November 2014 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Policy document The document outlines action areas for churches in tackling public finance and debt, regulation of the financial sector and global economic governance with the aim of realizing ethical, democratic, just and sustainable financial and economic systems.
Interfaith statement on climate change 21 September 2014 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement The statement produced at the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change 2014, presented to the deputy-secretary general of the UN, Jan Eliasson. The Interfaith Summit on Climate Change was hosted by the WCC and Religions for Peace in New York.
Report of the Finance Policy Committee 08 July 2014 Central Committee Report In recommending financial policies, the committee has aimed to ensure that the principles bear witness to our values of stewardship, accountability and economy of life, so that the policies may help us live out the pilgrimage of justice and peace.
Water crisis in Palestine 18 June 2014 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Statement of the Ecumenical Water Network, World Council of Churches, Jerusalem, June, 2014.
The Message from Mainz – German Ecumenical Assembly 2014 05 May 2014 Other ecumenical bodies Message ”The Future We Want – Life, not Destruction”
Greetings to the Ecumenical Assembly 2014 in Mainz 05 May 2014 General Secretary Message WCC general secretary's greetings to the Ecumenical Assembly 2014 in Mainz, Germany, held from 30 April to 4 May, addressing the theme “The future we desire – Life not destruction”.
Ecumenical Conversations Report 10 February 2014 Assembly Report Reports, Affirmations and Challenges from the Ecumenical Conversations at the WCC 10th Assembly
Statement on the Way of Just Peace 08 November 2013 Assembly Statement: public statement The Statement on the Way of Just Peace was adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Prayer of renewal and blessing, related to SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production 01 October 2013 WCC Programmes Liturgical text From Hallelujah! (AWPC © 2013 WCC)
EWN statement from Berlin consultation 18 July 2013 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement The statement "God, lead us to abundant life and peace through water justice" reflecting outcomes of discussions among participants at the strategic consultation of the Ecumenical Water Network held in Berlin, Germany from 10 to12 June 2013
Struggles for Justice in an Ambiguous World 15 July 2013 Assembly S Bible study on 1 Kings 21:1-22 by Sarojini Nadar for the WCC Assembly, 6 November 2013: The story of Naboth’s vineyard challenges the concept of justice in our society. It introduces God’s justice for the affirmation of life, a measure beyond the economic logic of King Ahab in the name of efficiency and productivity. The text can also guide us in dealing with current issues of injustice in the global market and in discerning how to live out God’s justice to safeguard life.
The Role of Religion in our Work for Peace and Justice 03 June 2013 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Speech by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, at the United Nations conference on opportunities and challenges for the 21st century
Global Ecumenical Network on Migration report 2012 01 January 2013 WCC Programmes R
Order of prayer on water and baptism 31 December 2012 WCC Programmes Liturgical text Also published in "Hallelujah!" (AWPC © 2012 WCC)
Intercessions related to SDG1 End Poverty 31 December 2012 WCC Programmes Liturgical text (AWPC © 2012 WCC)
Statement to COP18 / UN Climate Change Conference Doha 07 December 2012 WCC Programmes S On 7 December at the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), while no agreement has been reached, the World Council of Churches (WCC) delivered a statement to the High-Level Ministerial Segment of COP 18 in Doha, Qatar. The WCC statement delivered to the plenary stressed that “Climate change is happening! It is imperative to act now without more delays in view of the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of climate change.” The statement was read by Metropolitan Seraphim of Zimbabwe, from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa.
CEC-WCC open letter to the European Union 21 November 2012 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S Joint letter by the general secretaries of the WCC and the Conference of European Churches to the European Union about the situation in Greece.
São Paulo Statement: International Financial Transformation for the Economy of Life 05 October 2012 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S The WCC, WCRC and Council for World Mission (CWM) convened the Global Ecumenical Conference on a New Financial and Economic Architecture to engage diverse proponents, set criteria and framework and develop a plan of action and milestones towards constructing just, caring and sustainable global financial and economic structures.
Greetings to the CPCE General Assembly 22 September 2012 General Secretary Message WCC General Secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit Greetings to the CPCE General Assembly, 21 September 2012, Florence, Italy
VIII. Statement on the financial crisis 04 September 2012 Central Committee S Statement on the current financial and economic crisis, with a focus on Greece, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
IV. Statement on the Marikana-Lonmin Massacre in South Africa 04 September 2012 Central Committee S Statement on the Marikana-Lonmin Massacre in South Africa, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
Prayers related to SDG7 Sustainable Energy 01 September 2012 WCC Programmes Liturgical text 1 September to 4 October is Time for Creation. As 2012 was the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, the WCC collected some thematic prayers on this theme.
Background paper on a New International Financial Architecture 29 August 2012 WCC Programmes B FINANCIAL SERVICES, ECONOMIC NEEDS AND GLOBAL FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE A background paper by Barry Herman
Economy of Life, Justice, and Peace for All: A Call to Action 19 July 2012 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement As a follow-up to the Alternative Globalization Addressing People and Earth (AGAPE) process, which concluded with the AGAPE Call presented at the WCC 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre in 2006, the WCC initiated a programme focused on eradicating poverty, challenging wealth accumulation and safeguarding ecological integrity based on the understanding that Poverty, Wealth and Ecology are integrally related. The AGAPE Call to Action is the result of a six-year process of consultations and regional studies.
Tribute to H.H. Pope Shenouda III 18 March 2012 General Secretary Tribute Condolence letter to the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Speech at St Andrews, Presbyterian Church, Toronto 14 March 2012 General Secretary Lecture - Speech In a series of visits to the Toronto offices of WCC member churches in Canada, and in a lecture and panel discussion on the evening of Wednesday 14 March, the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, explored contemporary hopes and challenges in the pursuit of Christian unity.
Dalit and Indigenous theologies in Asia 28 February 2012 WCC Programmes An International Theological Symposium was jointly organized by WCC-Just and Inclusive Communities, SCEPTRE, NCCI, Bishop's and Gossner Theological College from 13-16th December, 2011 at SCEPTRE, Shrachi Centre, 74B, A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata-16.
Message from conference in Hofgeismar, Germany 27 February 2012 WCC Programmes Message Message from the conference on "Violence in the Name of God? Joshua in changing contexts" in Hofgeismar, Germany, 23 to 27 February, 2012
Statement to COP17 / UN Climate Change Conference Durban 09 December 2011 WCC Programmes S Since COP1, year after year, the World Council of Churches have spoken on behalf of hundreds of churches, church based organisations, ecumenical movements, and faith based movements throughout the world, that work daily with communities whose lives and livelihoods are severely affected by climate change.
Statement ahead of COP17 in Durban 2011 23 November 2011 General Secretary Statement: public statement Ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa, 28 November - 10 December 2011 (UNFCCC COP17), the WCC general secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse-Tveit, reiterates the WCC call for climate justice.
AGAPE Consultation: There's a new world in the making 11 November 2011 WCC Programmes M This document arises from the North American consultation on poverty, wealth and ecology sponsored by the World Council of Churches and held in Calgary, Alberta from 6 to 11 November 2011. This consultation that included representatives from Christian confessions in Canada and the United States of America along with representatives from other ecumenical organizations and local and global ecumenical partners took place at a time of deep global financial crisis and people’s resistance around the world. It is directed to the World Council of Churches, its member churches and partner organizations and all who share in the ideals and goals of this conference.
Wangari Maathai 07 October 2011 General Secretary Tribute This tribute by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the late Professor Dr Wangari Muta Maathai of Kenya was presented at a memorial service in the Ecumenical Centre chapel in Geneva. Maathai, who died on 25 September 2011, had participated in a number of conferences and committees of the WCC related to ecological justice and peace.
IEPC common prayers for justice in the marketplace 21 May 2011 WCC Programmes Liturgical text From the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, held in Kingston, Jamaica 17 to 25 May 2011.
Climate Justice and Human Rights 17 May 2011 WCC Programmes L Presentation on Climate Justice and Human Rights by Theodor Rathgeber at the meeting of the WCC Working Group on Climate Change held immediately before the IEPC in Kingston.
NGO letter to Human Rights Council members 01 March 2011 WCC Programmes Statement: letter Letter by non-governmental organizations concerned with the HRC's Action on Climate Change
Statement to COP16 / UN Climate Conference Cancun 10 December 2010 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Statement from the World Council of Churches to the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the 16th Session of the Conference of the Parties - COP16 to the UNFCCC 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties - CMP6 to the Kyoto Protocol Cancun - Mexico Friday, 10 December 2010
European Youth Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology 12 November 2010 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S In response to the call to raise the voice of young people on climate justice, the young delegates of a WCC-CEC consultation on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology, representing young Christians in Europe through the Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe, World Student Christian Federation Europe Region and SYNDESMOS, the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, presented the following contribution to be taken into account in the process of the global ecumenical AGAPE consultation.
AGAPE Consultation: Budapest Call for Climate Justice 12 November 2010 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S A consultation on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology in Europe organized by the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) in cooperation with churches in Hungary ended on Friday 12 November 2010 by adopting a "Budapest Call for Climate Justice".
NGO Declaration on Climate Change & Human Rights 01 October 2010 WCC Programmes Recommendations to the 3rd United Nations Human Rights Council's Social Forum by an international alliance of nongovernmental organizations
Letter to the UN secretary-general on Millenium Devolpment Goals 22 September 2010 General Secretary S
Statement on the Millenium Development Goals 15 June 2010 WCC Programmes S
Launch of the ACT Alliance 24 March 2010 General Secretary Sermon WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit held the sermon at the prayer service at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
Launch of the ACT Alliance 24 March 2010 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Speech of WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit at the formal launch celebrations of the ACT Alliance in Geneva.
The Ecumenical Movement of the Cross 24 February 2010 General Secretary S Sermon for the service of installation of Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit as general secretary of the World Council of Churches. Chapel of the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, Tuesday 23 February 2010
Olav Fykse Tveit's 1st sermon as WCC general secretary 11 January 2010 General Secretary S This is the dream we carry through the world that something fantastic will happen that it has to happen that time will open by itself
Child Disciplinary Practices at Home 01 January 2010 WCC Programmes Background document This report analyses findings on child discipline from 35 MICS and DHS surveys conducted in low- and middle-income countries in 2005 and 2006.
Statement to COP15 / UN Climate Conference Copenhagen 18 December 2009 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Statement from the World Council of Churches (WCC) to the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the 15th Session of the Conference of the Parties - COP15 - to the UNFCCC and the 5th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol - CMP5 Delivered on behalf of the World Council of Churches and its Ecumenical Partners
Valedictory sermon: "Signs of the Times" 07 December 2009 General Secretary S Valedictory sermon by World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia at the Ecumenical Centre chapel on Monday, 7 December 2009.
AGAPE Consultation: Chiang Mai Declaration 06 November 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S Declaration from the consultation "Linking poverty, wealth and ecology: Asian-Pacific perspectives" in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 02-06 November 2009.
Asia-Pacific Youth Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology 05 November 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S Statement from the Asia-Pacific Youth Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 02-03 November 2009.
Asia-Pacific Indigenous Peoples' Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology 05 November 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement from the Asia-Pacific Indigenous Peoples' Hearing at the AGAPE Consultation in Thailand, November 2009.
Asia-Pacific Women's Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology 03 November 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement Statement from the Asia-Pacific Women's Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 02-03 November 2009.
Statement on just finance and the economy of life 02 September 2009 Central Committee S
Statement on eco-justice and ecological debt 02 September 2009 Central Committee Statement: public statement The Central Committee of the WCC recognizes the need for a drastic transformation at all levels in life and society in order to end the ecological indebtedness and restoring right relationships between peoples and between people and the earth.
Report of the General Secretary 26 August 2009 General Secretary R Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia's report "The Courage to Hope and the Future of the Ecumenical Movement".
The Current Economic Crisis, its causes, its impact and possible alternatives 24 August 2009 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech A lecture in honour of the late Rev. Joseph Wing given during the 33rd Assembly of The United Congregational Church of Southern Africa - UCCSA-24th August,2009, Molepolole, Botswana
Ecclesial and Social Visions of Indigenous Peoples Consultation Report 24 June 2009 WCC Programmes R Around 35 theologians and leaders representing communities, churches and organizations of indigenous peoples in 16 countries in many parts of the world attended a consultation from 21-26 October, 2008 in Baguio City, Philippines. This consultation was called in response to a proposal by the Ninth General Assembly of the WCC to facilitate the theological contributions of indigenous peoples to enrich the life and work of the WCC. In solidarity with the struggles of the largest indigenous peoples' population in Asia, Baguio City in the Philippines was chosen as the context for this theological conversation.
Report of the March 2009 CCIA meeting 19 June 2009 Commission on International Affairs R The second meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), following the 2006 Porto Alegre Assembly took place in Cuba from 15-20 March 2009.
Letter to G20 countries on the current crisis 27 March 2009 General Secretary Letter from the WCC general secretary to Gordon Brown and other G20 representatives and the United Nations.
For a new economic and social model 02 February 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC)
Report on the 2nd meeting of the Continuation Committee 17 January 2009 Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century R
Statement to COP14 / UN Climate Conference Poznań 12 December 2008 WCC Programmes Statement from the World Council of Churches (WCC) to the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the 14th Session of the Conference of the Parties - COP14 to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Statement on the Doha Outcome Document 29 November 2008 WCC Programmes S Radical changes and tangible commitments from world leaders are needed if an equitable and sustainable global economic system is to be built, says an ecumenical delegation attending a UN conference on financing for development 29 November-02 December 2008.
Statement on the global financial crisis 14 November 2008 General Secretary S
Statement from the International Consultation on the Ecclesial and Social Visions of the Indigenous Peoples 26 October 2008 WCC Programmes S Statement of solidarity with the indigenous peoples and condemnation of the enforced disappearance of James Balao
AGAPE Consultation: Guatemala Declaration 10 October 2008 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
AGAPE Consultation: Guatemala indigenous peoples' statement 07 October 2008 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
AGAPE Consultation: Guatemala womens' statement 07 October 2008 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
AGAPE Consultation: Guatemala youth statement 07 October 2008 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Revitalizing the Ecumenical Movement in Asia 03 September 2008 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S Joint Communique the CCA General Committee, the members of the WCC Central Committee from Asia, the NCC General Secretaries and the Asia Regional Group at a Joint Consultation in the Hope Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh, from the 31st of August to the 3rd of September 2008.
Peace in the Market Place 26 June 2008 WCC Programmes Paper presented at the AGAPE Reference Group meeting, 26 June 2008
Food and faith 05 June 2008 General Secretary S
Minute on global warming and climate change 20 February 2008 Central Committee S
Homily by the Ecumenical Patriarch H.A.H. Bartholomew 20 February 2008
Statement to COP13 / UN Climate Conference Bali 14 December 2007 WCC Programmes S Statement from the World Council of Churches (WCC) to the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the 13th Session of the Conference of the Parties - COP13 to the UNFCCC 3rd Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol - CMP3
Letter to EU trade commissioner Mandelson on interim agreements with ACP countries 06 December 2007 General Secretary Statement: letter The letter expresses concern about undue pressure exerted by the European Union on African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to sign interim Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) by the end of the year.
From Reconfiguration to Ecumenism in the 21st Century 20 November 2007 Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century Lecture - Speech Rev. Dr Robina Marie Winbush, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Six central questions for the future work of the committee 20 November 2007 Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century L
Report on the first meeting of the Continuation Committee 20 November 2007 Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century R
Ecumenism in the 21st century: Theses for discussion 20 November 2007 Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century L
Papers for and a report on the first meeting of the committee held 18-20 November 20 November 2007 Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century R
Dar es Salaam Statement on Linking Poverty, Wealth and Ecology 09 November 2007 WCC Programmes S Statement by the Alternative Globalisation Addressing People and Earth (AGAPE) Consultation on Linking Poverty, Wealth and Ecology: Africa Ecumenical Perspectives 07-09 November 2007, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Report on the African Ecumenical Consultation on Linking Poverty, Wealth and Ecology 09 November 2007 WCC Programmes R
Voices from Dar Es Salaam 06 November 2007 WCC Programmes A Report by Marcelo Schneider from the AGAPE (Alternative Globalization Addressing People and Earth) consultation held in Dar Es Salaam, 5-9 November 2007.
African Women's Statement on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology 06 November 2007 WCC Programmes S We, African women of faith, church leaders, theologians and activists, enriched by contributions from our sisters from Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America, have gathered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 05-06 November 2007 to analyse the links between poverty, wealth and ecology in Africa, in deepening study and theological reflection on neoliberal economic globalisation, as part of the Alternative Globalisation addressing People and Earth (AGAPE) process.
For an "Ubuntu" experience in global economy 05 November 2007 WCC Programmes A Report by Marcelo Schneider from the AGAPE (Alternative Globalization Addressing People and Earth) consultation held in Dar Es Salaam, 5-9 November 2007.
The study process on poverty, wealth and ecological debt 01 October 2007 WCC Programmes B The purpose of this paper is to spell out a framework for the proposed study and its envisaged outcomes for use of staff, researchers and the World Council of Churches (WCC) Reference Group on poverty, wealth and ecology. At the 9th General Assembly of the WCC held in Porto Alegre in 2006, it was proposed during the Ecumenical Conversation that had focused on "the scandal of poverty" that churches and partners in the ecumenical movement embark on such a study process to address the dearth of reflections and analysis on wealth and how wealth creation is related to poverty and ecology.
Letter to the Pacific Conference of Churches' Assembly 30 August 2007 General Secretary P
Poverty, Wealth and Ecology viewed from African Feminist Christian Political and Economic Ethics 27 June 2007 WCC Programmes S This essay engages in socio-ethical analyses of the interconnectedness and relatedness of poverty, wealth, ecology, economy and injustices in Africa, particularly South Africa. Poverty and wealth cannot be understood in isolation from the socio-political, ecological, economic, historical and geo-spatial contexts in which they exist and are encountered. They require urgent attention in the articulation of the Christian faith and praxis in our contemporary society as it poses a lot of challenges for many, particularly women. This implies that theological and ethical reflections must be located in the actual lives of African communities and the earth, in order to understand how they deny or enhance the lives of humanity and that of the earth.
Meeting of the Reference Group on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology 27 June 2007 WCC Programmes B Meeting of the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Alternative Globalisation Addressing People and Earth (AGAPE) Reference Group on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology (PWE): Impact of Economic Globalization (P306) 25-26 June 2007 Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, Switzerland Synthesis of Discussions
Church role in secularized societies 01 June 2007 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Address by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary, at Meeting with representatives of the Estonian Council of Churches, in Tallinn, Estonia, 1 June 2007.
Statement of the Conference "Churches for Water in Africa" 25 May 2007 WCC Programmes
C. F. von Weizsäcker 07 May 2007 General Secretary Tribute Tribute to Prof. Dr Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, who gave decisive impetus to the Conciliar Process for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation.
Called to be one 02 May 2007 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Address by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches Birmingham, 2 May 2007
Epiphany letter 15 January 2007 General Secretary Message
Prayer of a man without work 31 December 2006 WCC Programmes Liturgical text (From: A collection of Prayers for Peace – 2006, Decade to Overcome Violence, WCC)
Remembering women 31 December 2006 WCC Programmes Liturgical text (From: A collection of Prayer for Peace – 2006 Decade to Overcome Violence, WCC)
Lukas Vischer 80th birthday 23 November 2006 General Secretary P
Ecumenism in the 21st century 17 November 2006 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Lecture at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, on 17 November 2006, by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches.
Climate justice for all 17 November 2006 WCC Programmes S
Moderator's report 06 September 2006 Moderator of Central Committee R
Joint Report of the Programme and Policy Reference Committees (adopted) 06 September 2006 Central Committee R
Just Trade 06 September 2006 Central Committee S
Encyclical of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 01 September 2006 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) P
Address to the 19th World Methodist Council 22 July 2006 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Claiming A Common Future
Appeal against the Second Report of the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba 10 July 2006 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter to President George W. Bush
Statement on Sudan 19 May 2006 Executive committee A
The Right to Education in Pakistan 21 April 2006 Central Committee S
The situation of human rights in Papua, Indonesia 09 March 2006 Central Committee R
Philippines 07 March 2006 General Secretary S
The human rights situation in Papua, Indonesia 03 March 2006 Central Committee S
Statement on UN Reform 24 February 2006 Central Committee R
5. Statement on water for life 23 February 2006 Assembly
Statement on Latin America 23 February 2006 Central Committee A
Message of support in the search for peace 20 February 2006 General Secretary M
Changing ecclesial and ecumenical context (Ecumenical conversations) 16 February 2006 Assembly B "Changing ecclesial and ecumenical context" : The WCC's Common Understanding and Vision process offers a coherent and challenging vision: a broad fellowship of churches, committed and accountable to one another, seeking visible unity in their life and witness today.
Yashpal Tandon presentation 16 February 2006 Assembly L
Wolfgang Huber presentation 16 February 2006 Assembly L
Vsevolod Chaplin presentation 16 February 2006 Assembly L
Veronica Araújo presentation 16 February 2006 Assembly Lecture - Speech Plenary on economic justice. Prof. Veronica Araújo coordinates the work of the Focolare Movement's Centre for Dialogue with Culture.
Teruango Beneteri presentation 16 February 2006 Assembly L
Nancy Cardoso presentation 16 February 2006 Assembly L
Report of the moderator 15 February 2006 Assembly R
International Labour Organization 14 February 2006 Assembly Message Intervention by Juan Somavia, director-general of the Internationa Labour Organization (ILO), during the Assembly Plenary on economic justice
Alternative globalization addressing people and earth - AGAPE 14 February 2006 Assembly R "Alternative globalization addressing people and earth - A call to love and action" : Prepared by the WCC commission for Justice, Peace and Creation, this call "to love and action" invites the churches to act together for transformation of economic injustice and to continue analyzing and reflecting on challenges of economic globalization and the link between wealth and poverty.
Message of condolence on the death of Dr Han Wenzao 08 February 2006 General Secretary S
Message to the National Christian Council in Japan's 36th General Assembly 31 January 2006 General Secretary S
Message of condolences on the death of Dr Johannes Rau 27 January 2006 General Secretary Tribute To WCC member churches in Germany
World Trade Game 01 January 2006 WCC Programmes B The World Trade Game was initially developed in the 1990s by Action Aid, the global anti-poverty development organization. Its strength is its simplicity. Six groups of players represent two rich, two middle-income and two poor countries and each group has different resources and technological potential. National resources are represented as paper whilst technology becomes scissors, pens, rulers, etc. They manufacture shapes from paper, trade the shapes for money through a commodity trader and may also trade amongst themselves in raw materials (paper), technology (scissors, ruler, etc), skills and labour.
Blessing related to SRG2 Zero Hunger 31 December 2005 WCC Programmes Liturgical text (based on Psalm 144:12-15, NRSV. Theo Gill © 2005 WCC)
Prayer related to SDG2 Zero Hunger 31 December 2005 WCC Programmes Liturgical text (© 2005 WCC)
Statement to COP 11 and COP/MOP 1 09 December 2005 WCC Programmes S
Montreal UN Climate Change Conference 09 December 2005 WCC Programmes R
On the coming into force of the Kyoto Protocol 09 December 2005
Letter of condolence to Theresa C. Cariño 22 November 2005 General Secretary Tribute Letter of condolence to Theresa C. Cariño, Amity Foundation in Hong Kong, on the passing away of her husband Dr Feliciano Cariño.
Towards the renewal of ecumenism in the 21st century 18 November 2005 Joint Working Group L
The ecumenical movement in the 21st century 18 November 2005 Joint Working Group L
A meditation by Bishop Jonas Jonson 17 November 2005 Joint Working Group S
Ecumenical Water Network - Africa 11 November 2005 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Water for Life
Condolences on the death of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks 27 October 2005 General Secretary T
Challenges Facing the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st Century 22 October 2005 General Secretary L
The Future of Ecumenism in the 21st Century 21 October 2005 Other ecumenical bodies L
Theological Consultation on the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme 28 September 2005 Commission on International Affairs L
Respect for people and nature 27 September 2005 General Secretary M
Statement on Haiti 16 September 2005 Executive committee S
Global challenges to North American Christians 26 July 2005 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Lecture by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches. 23rd Peter Ainslie Lecture, Disciples General, Assembly, Portland, Oregon, July 26, 2005.
Religion in global society 24 July 2005 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Address by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary, at the international conference of the International Council of Christians and Jews, Chicago, 24-27 July 2005
Pónganse todos de acuerdo 03 June 2005 Other ecumenical bodies Statement: letter Open letter by Latin American church leaders
Poem related to SDG5 Gender Equality 31 May 2005 WCC Programmes Liturgical text By Rev. Ruth Bottoms. (In.: Come Holy Spirit, heal and reconcile! Report of the WCC Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, Athens, Greece, May 2005, p. 234-235.)
Pastoral Letter to the G8 20 May 2005 General Secretary S
Water as a human right and a public good 22 April 2005 Other ecumenical bodies Statement: public statement Declaration by the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches of Brazil and Switzerland
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Indonesia-West Papua 22 April 2005 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) A
Memorandum to the UN secrtary-general 21 April 2005 General Secretary S
"In Larger Freedom" High-Level Panel Report on Threats, Challenges and 21 April 2005 General Secretary S
Christian leaders demand change in international trade rules 13 April 2005 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Ecumenical Mission to Togo 03 April 2005 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
AGAPE background document 01 March 2005 WCC Programmes B
GEN 11 Final Statement from the Consultation<br />Ecumenism in the 21st century 22 February 2005 Central Committee R
Prayer related to SDG13 Climate Action 16 February 2005 WCC Programmes Liturgical text On February 16, 2005, the Kyoto Protocol came into effect as international law. On that occasion, Pacific Church leaders led worship at the WCC Central Committee meeting including use of the following prayer (excerpts).
Water: preservation, responsible management, equitable distribution 01 January 2005 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech Dr Rogate R. Mshana, WCC programme executive for JPC/Economic Justice, presents an ecumenical perspective
Final statement from the consultation "Ecumenism in the 21st century" 03 December 2004 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S Statement by 106 representatives from churches, agencies/specialised ministries, regional and national councils of churches, Christian World Communions and international ecumenical organisations to a consultation on "Ecumenism in the 21st Century," held at Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland from 30 November to 3 December 2004.
Moving beyond Kyoto 10 November 2004 WCC Programmes P
NEPAD 05 November 2004 WCC Programmes
Letter to the US member churches 03 November 2004 General Secretary S
Statement by the WCC, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund 22 October 2004 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Letter to Nobel peace prize-winner Wangari Maathai 08 October 2004 General Secretary P
The economy of communion and justice: a suggestion 12 September 2004 WCC Programmes L Presentation at the Focolare convention, Castelgandolfo, Rome, Italy 9-12 September, 2004.
Ecumenical Message to the Leaders of the Church in Sudan 04 September 2004 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Monitoring and implementation of the peace process in Sudan 31 August 2004 General Secretary T
Keynote address, Korea 23 August 2004 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Keynote address by Rev. Dr Samuel at NCC Korea 80th anniversary celebration, in Kobia, Seoul, 23 August 2004.
UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD12) 30 April 2004 WCC Programmes R
Water as a Gift and Right 30 April 2004 Central Committee S
Otin Tai declaration 11 March 2004 WCC Programmes S
Churches' presence in the Sudan peace process 01 March 2004 General Secretary S
Statement on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 20 February 2004 Executive committee S
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) 20 February 2004 Executive committee A
Joint ecumenical approach to the conflict in Zimbabwe 16 December 2003 General Secretary S
From Antelias with love 20 November 2003 WCC Programmes Report
Solidarity with the churches of Sri Lanka 07 November 2003 General Secretary P
World Climate Change Conference 03 October 2003 WCC Programmes L
Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol 04 September 2003 General Secretary S
Activities Report 03 September 2003 Central Committee R The activities report presented before the WCC Central Committee, 2003
Re-configuration of the Ecumenical Movement 02 September 2003 Central Committee B Background Document on Re-configuration of the Ecumenical Movement presented at the WCC central Committee, 2003
Statement on Europe 02 September 2003 Central Committee B
Waters of life - enough for all! 01 June 2003 Other ecumenical bodies S
Latin American consultation on faith, economics and society 30 April 2003 WCC Programmes M
Youth and globalization seminar 27 April 2003 WCC Programmes M
Message to the 35th General Assembly of the National Christian Council 14 January 2003 General Secretary S
8th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP8) 01 November 2002 WCC Programmes S
A call to action in solidarity with those most affected by climate change 01 October 2002 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 August - 4 September 2002 04 September 2002 Other ecumenical bodies S
Water for life - streams of justice 01 September 2002 WCC Programmes B
Minute on the renegotiation of the Compacts of Free Association between the U.S.A. and the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands 26 August 2002 Central Committee Statement: minute Adopted by the Central Committee, Geneva, 26 August - 3 September 2002.
Message of peace with justice 21 March 2002 WCC Programmes Message from the women gathered at the consultation on Peace with Justice: Women Speak Out!, jointly organized by the WCC, the Lutheran World Federation, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and the Conference of European Churches.
International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), Monterrey, Mexico, 18-22 March 2002 18 March 2002 General Secretary S
Councils of churches 12 January 2002 WCC Programmes Article - News item The following article is the entry on Councils of Churches: Local, National, Regional from the revised edition of the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement published jointly by the World Council of Churches and the Wm. Eerdmans in 2002.
Staying engaged for justice 01 January 2002 WCC Programmes M
Globalization and climate change 01 January 2002 WCC Programmes B
Beyond 11 September: Assessing Global Implications 29 November 2001 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) B
Dossier: Economic Globalization - A critical view and an alternative vision 01 August 2001 WCC Programmes B
The atmosphere as global commons responsible caring and equitable sharing 01 November 2000 S A Justice Statement regarding Climate Change from The World Council of Churches (WCC) Prepared in anticipation of the 6th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, November 2000
Statement from Pacific Indigenous People's workshop 14 September 2000 WCC Programmes M
Search for better tomorrow 15 July 2000 WCC Programmes R
NGOs call on the UN to withdraw endorsement of "A Better World for All" document 28 June 2000 WCC Programmes M
There are alternatives to globalization 01 June 2000 WCC Programmes B
The time to act is now! 01 June 2000 WCC Programmes S
Iraq - Appeal to the UN Security Council to lift sanctions with direct and indiscriminate effect on the civilian population 18 February 2000 General Secretary S
"Justice, the heart of the matter" 31 January 2000 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Yaoundé declaration 12 January 2000 WCC Programmes A sub-regional seminar on "Debt in Central Africa" was held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 10 to 12 January 2000. The seminar falls within the framework of the Accra, Lomé, Johannesburg and Lusaka meetings. It was jointly organised by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), the Federation of Protestant Churches and Missions of Cameroon (FEMEC) and the Ecumenical Service for Peace (SeP), Cameroon. Apart from nationals of Central African countries and Mauritius, the seminar equally saw the participation of resource persons from various organisations of the North and the South that advocate debt cancellation (Eurodad, Uganda Debt Network, Jubilee 2000 South Africa, Jubilee 2000 London Africa Initiative). There was a consensus on the following leading ideas: 1. The debt of poor countries should be completely cancelled! This is a main prerequisite for poverty and misery alleviation and for regaining their dignity; 2. The struggle for debt cancellation is a struggle for social justice. It aims to free the human person from the yoke of everlasting economic domination and slavery. The fight concerns all of us. All the components of civil society, without exclusion, should contribute to the fight; 3. Debt is not only an economic problem. It is a fundamentally moral and ethical problem which requires various solutions -political, legal and social.
Statement on the debt crisis 09 June 1999 S
WCC dossier on globalization and debt 01 June 1999 WCC Programmes B
Lusaka declaration 29 May 1999 WCC Programmes A
Message on the occasion of Earth Day 22 April 1999 General Secretary M
Tegucigalpa declaration 27 January 1999 WCC Programmes S Declaration from a meeting with Latin American and Caribbean Jubilee 2000 coalitions (Honduras, January 1999).
Dossier: Understanding racism today 31 December 1998 WCC Programmes Background document A revised and expanded version of a dossier produced for the WCC Harare Assembly, 1998
Debt issue: a jubilee call 01 December 1998 Assembly P
Together on the Way: 5.2. The Debt Issue: A jubilee call to end the stranglehold of debt on impoverished peoples 30 November 1998 Assembly S
The effects of globalization on culture in Africa in the eyes of an African woman 01 January 1998 WCC Programmes A Economic growth without social and cultural justice cannot be our idea of development. It is imperative that development is measured in terms of the quality of human life, which can be reflected in, for example, better education, health and life expectancy for every single member of society. This is only possible if men and women are equally empowered, in theory and in practice. And the North has a crucial role to play in this process. Anything that falls short of restoring peoples' dignity, sense of identity, continuity and security should never be accepted. Africa needs to learn to respect the dissenting voice of its own people.
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession, related to SDG5 Gender Equality 31 December 1997 WCC Programmes Liturgical text Prayers from the Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (as published in “Celebrating the Decade” © 1997 WCC, and “I will pour out my Spirit” © 1992 WCC)
Guidelines for Sharing 30 October 1987 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) P "Guidelines for sharing", in Sharing for Life, the report of the El Escorial consultation. 1987
AIDS and the Churches 19 August 1986 Executive committee Statement: public statement Adopted by the WCC Executive Committee’s at its meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland 15-19 September 1986
Missionary learning and ecumenical formation in regional churches in the German context - Dietrich Werner 01 January 1970 WCC Programmes L