Ecumenical documents on migration

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Address of Pope Francis at the Conference on xenophobia, racism and populist nationalism 21 September 2018 Other ecumenical bodies Lecture - Speech Address of Pope Francis to the participants of the Conference on xenophobia, racism and populist nationalism in the context of global migration, 20 September 2018
Message from the conference “Xenophobia, Racism and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration” 19 September 2018 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Message Conference organized jointly by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the World Council of Churches in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome, 18 - 20 September 2018.
Talking Points for Felipe Camargo, UNHCR Regional Representative Southern Europe 18 September 2018 Other ecumenical bodies Message World Conference on Xenophobia, Racism, and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration, organized by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Greetings of Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit : World Conference on Xenophobia, Racism, and Populist Nationalism In the Context of Global Migration and Refugees 18 September 2018 General Secretary Message World Conference on Xenophobia, Racism, and Populist Nationalism In the Context of Global Migration and Refugees DPIHD and WCC with PCPCU 18-20 September 2018, Rome Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC General Secretary
Communiqué by the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the RCC, September 2018 07 September 2018 Joint Working Group Message Communiqué by the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the RCC, September 2018
Communiqué by the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the RCC, May 2018 07 June 2018 Joint Working Group Message Communiqué by the Joint Working Group between the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church
Interfaith Statement to the Plenary of the High Level Ministerial Segment of COP23 16 November 2017 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement Entitled “To Bonn and Beyond: Act Now with Justice and Peace”, the statement was read by Frances Namoumou, representing the WCC and the Pacific Conference of Churches, to the plenary of the High Level Ministerial Segment of the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23), in Bonn, Germany, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference took place under the presidency of Fiji.
Communiqué by the Joint Working Group, September 2017 19 September 2017 Joint Working Group Message Communiqué by the Joint Working Group between the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church
WCC expresses grave concern for Rohingya people in Myanmar 14 September 2017 General Secretary Statement: public statement The World Council of Churches (WCC) expresses its concern about the situation of the Rohingya people and the circumstances in Rakhine state that have forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and country. According to UN and reputable media reports, some 379,000 Rohingya people have sought refuge in Bangladesh since 25 August, fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
Ruth 1:1–22 "Pilgrimage as Solidarity", by Yolanda Pantou 23 May 2017 WCC Programmes Study document The migration of Ruth to Bethlehem can be understood as a kind of pilgrimage because she chose to immigrate as a form of solidarity with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Her journey of migration changes Ruth’s beliefs, values, and path of life. The text speaks about two stories of immigration—the first one is caused by scarcity of basic provisions, and the second one is propelled by solidarity. We can see similarities between pilgrimage and immigration. There are shared elements of journey, importance, unpredictability, encounters, conversion, solidarity, openness, closeness, and divine providence. The story of Ruth and Naomi provides a biblical understanding of pilgrimage of justice and peace in relation to immigration.
Communiqué of the Executive of the Joint Working Group, 27 April 2017 27 April 2017 Joint Working Group Message Communiqué issued on 27 April, where the group stresses that migration and peace-building in situations of violence are the two burning issues that the JWG wants to address more specifically during its present mandate.
Statement on US Presidential Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and its Impact on Refugees 31 January 2017 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement Joint Statement of World Council of Churches (WCC), ACT Alliance (ACT) and The Lutheran World Federation on US Presidential Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and its Impact on Refugees
WCC policy on Palestine and Israel 1948-2016 (summary) 01 January 2017 WCC Programmes Background document This document is a summary and synthesis of policy positions on key issues pertaining to the situation in Palestine and Israel adopted by governing bodies of the World Council of Churches (WCC) from 1948 to 2016. It addresses major themes in these policy positions, but does not pretend to full comprehensiveness. The document has no official standing itself; for the official authoritative positions, the original policy documents referred to should be consulted directly.
Christmas 2016 13 December 2016 General Secretary Message A greeting from the World Council of Churches
Sermon for 70th anniversary of Bossey 02 October 2016 Member church Sermon Sermon by Prof. Dr Elisabeth Gangloff-Parmentier, Faculty of Theology, University of Geneva
Communiqué of the JWG Plenary Meeting 2016 17 September 2016 Joint Working Group Statement: public statement With its 2016 plenary meeting, the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church (JWG) returned to the Ecumenical Institute at the Château de Bossey near Geneva, where the first meeting of the group was held in 1965.
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.
Minute on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling 27 June 2016 Central Committee Statement: minute The WCC Central Committee encourages its member churches to be attentive to peoples and organisations working to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling, particularly in their struggle against organised crime.
Have no Fear 20 June 2016 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement Statement from the Lunteren Ecumenical Conference by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN)
Knowing risks curbs fear 14 June 2016 WCC Presidents Lecture - Speech Opening address at the conference "Have no fear", Lunteren, by: Anders Wejryd, WCC president for Europe
Air strike on Syrian refugee camp 06 May 2016 General Secretary Statement: public statement The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemns the air strike targetting the Kammouneh Syrian refugee camp, which is reported to have killed at least 28 people.
Europe needs repentance - a European value from the Reformation? 06 May 2016 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Presentation by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the Wider Outlook Works Festival in Halle, Germany.
Letter to WCC general secretary from Hieronymos, Archbishop of Athens, addressing the refugee crisis 31 March 2016 Member church Incoming letter Greece’s people are exhausted from years of economic crisis and the Orthodox church head there is pleading with the European Union to reconsider its decision to limit the refugees it is accepting.Archbishop Hieronymos wrote his impassioned letter for help to the general secretary of the WCC, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, appealing to international churches and the global community.
Advocacy for refugee resettlement to Europe 23 March 2016 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement On 22 March 2016, the CCME, CEC and WCC sent a letter to member churches and partner organizations in Europe urging increased advocacy for more refugee resettlement with their national governments and parliaments.
Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria 16 March 2016 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria, urged the World Council of Churches and Pax Christi International in a joint statement issued 15 March.
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.
Speech by Pauliina Parhiala, ACT Alliance 18 January 2016 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Keynote by Dr Thomas de Maizière, German Federal Minister of the Interior 18 January 2016 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Comforting and making 18 January 2016 Member church Sermon Sermon at morning prayers for the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe, by Paolo Naso, Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy.
Presentation by Xavier Creach, UNHCR 18 January 2016 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Presentation by Nick Grisewood, International Labour Organization 18 January 2016 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Opening of WCC/UN Conference on Refugee Crisis 18 January 2016 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Opening remarks from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
Presentation by Doina Bologa, UNFPA 18 January 2016 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech At the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Christmas 2015 30 November 2015 General Secretary Message A greeting from the World Council of Churches
Church Leaders' Consultation on the European Refugee Crisis: Communique 29 October 2015 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement The WCC, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria and the Evangelical Church in Germany jointly hosted a Church Leaders' Consultation on the European Refugee Crisis, on 29 October 2015.
Statement on the current refugee situation 16 September 2015 Other ecumenical bodies Statement: public statement A statement on the current refugee situation by church leaders from the Protestant Regional Churches in Germany, signed by the bishops of the 20 Protestant churches constituting the Evangelical Church in Germany.
Letter on European refugee situation 09 September 2015 Commission on International Affairs Statement: letter Letter on European refugee situation, jointly issued by the World Council of Churches, the Conference of European Churches and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe.
Statement on refugees in Europe 04 September 2015 General Secretary Statement: public statement WCC statement on refugees in Europe, calling for responsibility for and support to the refugees in Europe.
Statement on responses to migrant crises 12 June 2015 Executive committee Statement: public statement The Executive Committee of the WCC expresses its deep concern for the lives of the increasing numbers of people globally who, fleeing from situations of violence, oppression, occupation or economic deprivation, are driven to undertake journeys of danger.
Petit Guide Solidaire 01 January 2015 WCC Programmes Background document This guide book was developed by Coordination Asile.Ge together with groups working on asylum issues in Geneva and the region. It lists ideas how individuals can help the refugees.
Forced Displacement, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Middle East 26 November 2014 Executive committee Statement: public statement Statement by the WCC Executive Committee, meeting in Paralimni, Cyprus, 21-26 November 2014
Statement on the current situation in Mosul, Iraq 07 July 2014 Central Committee Statement: public statement Statement on the current situation in Mosul, Iraq, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
Message to the 103rd International Labour Conference 05 June 2014 General Secretary Message Message from the general secretary on the occasion of the 103 International Labour Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2014.
Climate refugees 11 October 2013 WCC Programmes Report People Displaced by Climate Change and the Role of the Churches: A co-publication of Brot für die Welt, the Pacific Conference of Churches and the World Council of Churches.
Death of migrants in Italy shipwreck 04 October 2013 General Secretary Statement: public statement Statement from the World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit over the death of migrants in Italy shipwreck on 3 October.
Prayer of renewal and blessing, related to SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production 01 October 2013 WCC Programmes Liturgical text From Hallelujah! (AWPC © 2013 WCC)
Report of the Conference Belonging(s)? Migration in theological perspective 11 September 2013 WCC Programmes Report Report of the conference Belonging(s)? Migration in theological perspective held on 31 August in Berne, Switzerland.
Global Ecumenical Network on Migration report 2012 01 January 2013 WCC Programmes R
Reflections on WCC 10th Assembly theme 06 December 2012 WCC Programmes M Reflections of the theologians and activists representing the Just and Inclusive Communities Working Group – including the five areas Dalit Solidarity, Global Ecumenical Network on Migration (GEM), Ecumenical Disabilities Advocacy Network (EDAN), Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, and Churches Overcoming racism, who met in Toronto, Canada, between 24-29 November 2012 under the theme: On the Way to Busan: Contributions from the Just and Inclusive Communities programme to the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 2013.
Statement on asylum seekers and human trafficking in the Sinai Desert 17 February 2012 Executive committee Statement: public statement 1. During the past years thousands of asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa and Northern Africa have disappeared in the Sinai desert region while crossing the border between Egypt and Israel. The Sinai desert is a traditional transit route for people from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Northern African countries escaping political turmoil, hunger and poverty and hoping to end up in Europe. The people of Eritrea have been facing deep political and human rights crises, due to which around 2,000 people are attempting to flee from Eritrea every month. They end up in the hands of human trafficking rackets or fall victim to organ theft. It is out of sheer desperation, in order to escape conflict, political turmoil and deteriorating human rights situations that people take such risky journeys. However, instead of safe passage to Israel, the refugees find themselves in desert detention centres in Sinai, where they are abused in the most dehumanizing manner.
Migration and Migrant Workers: Discerning Responses as Churches 20 July 2011 WCC Programmes S Summary of major learnings from the meeting of the Working Group representing the South East Asian, South Asian, Middle East and Gulf regions at Bangkok Christian Guest House, Bangkok, 17-20 July 2011
GPTR 2010 Aide memoire 08 June 2011 WCC Programmes Report Aide memoire of the Global Platform for Theological Reflection meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 4-10 October 2010.
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.
Call for response to the humanitarian crisis in Libya 01 April 2011 General Secretary S The World Council of Churches, together with the Conference of European Churches and the Commission for Migrants in Europe, call for a response to the humanitarian crisis in and around Libya.
Minute on the Rights of Migrants and Migrant Workers 22 February 2011 Central Committee Statement: minute approved by the WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011
WCC Consultation on Mission and Ecclesiology of the Migrant Churches 01 January 2011 WCC Programmes Report Report of the consultation held 16-21 November 2010 in Utrecht, the Netherlands
Global Platform for Theological Reflection 2010 15 October 2010 WCC Programmes Report Report of the Global Platform for Theological Reflection meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 4-10 October 2010.
UNAW Report 2009 Annex III: Prayer Resources 14 May 2010 Commission on International Affairs Liturgical text United Nations Advocacy Week Opening Prayer, Monday Morning Prayer: Climate Displaced Peoples, Tuesday Morning Prayer: Indigenous Peoples Rights, Wednesday Morning Prayer: Colombia, Thursday Morning Prayer, Closing Prayer
UNAW Report 2009 Annex II: Speaker Presentations, Section B 14 May 2010 Commission on International Affairs Report Climate Displaced Peoples Session, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Session, Colombia Session, Closing Keynote: theologian and activist
UNAW Report 2009 Annex II: Speaker Presentations, Section A 14 May 2010 Commission on International Affairs Report Keynote II: Charge and Challenge to the Churches the Churches; Thematic Priority I: Climate Displaced Peoples.
Report: Churches Together to Transform the World 14 May 2010 Commission on International Affairs Report The CCIA convened its 5th United Nations Advocacy Week (UNAW) on 15-20 November 2009 in New York City.
Theological reflection in response to old and new forms of discrimination 07 April 2010 WCC Programmes R Report from the theological reflection in response to old and new forms of discrimination and exclusion - A continuing conversation among the members of the Core Group of and others related to the WCC programme on Just and Inclusive Communities, Nagpur, India,10-14 December 2009
Minute on violence on Colombia 26 February 2010 Executive committee S This minute on violence in Colombia has been adopted by the executive committee, meeting in Geneva, 23-26 February 2010.
Communiqué of the Joint Working Group Plenary Meeting - 12-19 October 2009, Cordova, Spain 19 October 2009 The Joint Working Group (JWG) is the instrument that monitors and promotes collaboration between the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The group, hosted by the Diocese of Cordova, Spain, met from 12 to 19 October 2009.
Joint WCC-CEC letter concerning Camp Ashraf, Iraq 18 September 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
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.
Message from the Doorn conference 17 June 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
"...and who is my neighbour?" 14 June 2009 General Secretary S Opening Sermon at Thanksgiving Worship, Doorn, Utrecht, Holland, 14 June.
Pacific church leaders' statement 24 April 2009 Other ecumenical bodies S The challenge of resettlement because of Climate Change was the focus of the Oikoumene Pasifika 2009, which took place in Nadi, Fiji in April 2009. Oikoumene Pasifika bring church leaders from the Pacific Conference of Churches to reflect together on crucial topics affecting the region. WCC staff contributed to this meeting with presentations on Ecumenism and climate change. Church leaders adopted the Moana declaration on "Our Oikos - a new consciousness on climate change and our call to action".
Statement on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo 23 February 2009 Executive committee S
UNAW Report 2008 Annex IV: Prayer resources 23 January 2009 Commission on International Affairs Liturgical text Climate change Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) Human rights Migration Public witness: addressing power, affirming peace United Nations
UNAW Report 2008 Annex III 23 January 2009 Commission on Faith and Order Report United Nations Advocacy Week 2008 speaker presentations: Migration, WCC UN reception address: Nicaraguan ambassador H.E. Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, UNAW closing high-level address: Assistant Secretary-General Dr Robert Or
UNAW 2008 Report 23 January 2009 Commission on International Affairs Report The United Nations Advocacy Week 2008 Report is a reminder of what was discussed and experienced at the UNAW and one of the key instruments to be used in local and global advocacy work.
WCC United Nations Advocacy week 17 November 2008 Member church Lecture - Speech Opening address by Rev. Dr Michael Kinnamon
On xenophobic violence in South Africa 05 June 2008 General Secretary S
"The journey is home" - Sermon at Holy Trinity Church Dubai 18 April 2008 General Secretary S
The Changing Ecclesial Context: Impact of Migration on Living Together 16 April 2008 WCC Programmes S
Minute on our religious imperative to foster sensitivity and reconciliation in shifting society 20 February 2008 Central Committee S
Major Learnings from the 2007 Global Platform Process 10 January 2008 WCC Programmes Report The Global Platform for theological reflection and analysis is an experiment so it is important that we learn from what we do.
Annapolis Meeting: Letter to US, Israeli and Palestinian authorities 26 November 2007 General Secretary S
Christian comments to the Global Forum on Migration and Development 09 July 2007 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement Comments of the delegates of the All Africa Conference of Churches, Caritas Europa's Migration Commission, the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe, the Middle East Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches to the Global Forum on Migration and Development.
Global migration and new ecclesial realities 25 April 2007 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Address by Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary, in Cardiff, 25 April 2007.
Punishing the victims of persecution: Churches speak out on detention 05 October 2006 Central Committee S
Report of the general secretary 06 September 2006 Central Committee R
Minute on Kosovo 06 September 2006 Central Committee Statement: minute WCC Central Committee, Geneva, 30 August-6 September 2006
Pastoral Letter on the Violence in the Middle East 21 July 2006 General Secretary P
Global Christian Forum Europe consultation 22 June 2006 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement Some fifty representatives from a wide range of Christian churches, denominations and organisations in Europe [Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Friends (Quakers), Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Old-Catholic, Orthodox (Eastern and Oriental), Pentecostal, Reformed, Salvation Army] gathered for a consultation from 19 to 22 June 2006, at the invitation of the Continuation Committee of the Global Christian Forum. The meeting was hosted by the Syrian Orthodox Church and took place at their monastery St. Jacob of Sarug in Warburg, Germany.
Statement on Sudan 19 May 2006 Executive committee A
Message from the World Council of Churches to the Churches in Uganda 23 February 2006 General Secretary M
Security for refugees and asylum seekers 28 October 2005 Commission on International Affairs S
Punishing the victims of persecution: Churches speak out on detention 01 October 2005 WCC Programmes A
GEN/PUB 5 Second report of the Public Issues committee 22 February 2005 Central Committee Table of contents: Introduction Minute on economic measures for peace in Israel/Palestine Human rights and languages of indigenous peoples Countries affected by the tsunami International Criminal Court Detainees held at Guantanamo Bay Iraq crisis: enhancing peace, accountability and the rule of law Practising hospitality in an era of new forms of migration
Practising hospitality in an era of new forms of migration 22 February 2005 Central Committee A
Peace and reconciliation in the Great Lakes Region 24 June 2004 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter to H.E. President Joseph Kabila, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Situation in Darfur 07 May 2004 General Secretary S
Second report of the public issues committee 02 September 2003 Central Committee Report Second report of the public issues committee presented to the Central Committee, 2003
Statement on Europe 02 September 2003 Central Committee B
Message of congratulation on the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) 07 October 2002 Commission on International Affairs S
Report of the XLV meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs 03 June 2002 Commission on International Affairs R
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001 07 September 2001 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Concluding statement issued by the World Council of Churches delegation
Statement presented to the media by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on behalf of the Ecumenical Caucus 05 September 2001 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001
Australia - Expression of concern about treatment of asylum seekers 29 August 2001 General Secretary S
Resolution on uprooted people 06 February 2001 Central Committee Statement: public statement Document No. PI 4
Statement on the situation in the Sudan 29 January 2001 Central Committee S
Call for investigation into abuses of human rights of migrants in the countries of the Persian Gulf 24 November 2000 Commission on International Affairs S
Ethiopia: Congratulations to H.H. Patriarch Abuna Paulos on the award of the Nansen Medal 15 November 2000 General Secretary S
Statement on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Creation of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 26 June 2000 Executive committee S
Reiterated appeal to stop indiscriminate Russian military actions in Chechnya 10 December 1999 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Yugoslavia's double tragedy 16 April 1999 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) A
Palestine - Statement of support at the Bethlehem 2000 International Conference 19 February 1999 Commission on International Affairs Lecture - Speech Presentation by the Director of the CCIA to the conference convened at FAO headquarters by the UN Special Committee on Palestine, Rome, 18-19 February 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
Joint statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 19 March 1997 General Secretary Statement: public statement Issued jointly by Mr Jean Fischer, general secretary of the Conference of European Churches, the Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, the Rev. Dr Milan Opocenski, general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser of the World Council of Churches.
Report of the Unit IV Committee to Central Committee 20 September 1996 Central Committee Report The Unit IV Committee recognizes that diakonia, martyria and koinonia are essential elements of the central mission of the church. Koinonia without diakonia is dead. Sharing and service as practical actions are at the heart of our fellowship and are a source of our unity.
Larnaca Declaration 26 November 1986 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S Poor and oppressed people, who are at the margins of the world's concern, should be at the centre of Christian service, insisted the 300 participants in the 1986 global ecumenical consultation on interchurch aid in Larnaca, Cyprus. Diakonia, they said, is "liberating and transforming, suffering and empowering". Christian service cannot be separated from the struggle for justice and peace; therefore, advocacy, solidarity and sharing of skills are as essential to diakonia as the giving of money.
Statement on the Middle East 01 January 1970 Assembly S
Ruling on Migrants' Right of Non-Refoulement 01 January 1970 General Secretary S The World Council of Churches welcomes the landmark ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on 23 February 2012, in which the EU Court ruled that Italy violated the rights of Eritrean and Somali migrants by sending them back to Libya.
Statement on the Middle East 22 August 1969 Central Committee
Concerns of the churches - The emergence of Israel as a state 01 August 1948 Assembly Report Amsterdam Assembly 1948 Extracts from Report of Committee IV CONCERNS OF THE CHURCHES - THE EMERGENCE OF ISRAEL AS A STATE