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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.”
Witnessing Together in Solidarity and Respect for the Human Dignity
This year, WCC addresses racism as the thematic focus of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP)- this is expressed in the design of pilgrim team visits, the WCC commitment to human rights; work on migration, racial discrimination and statelessness; work with Indigenous Peoples; and cooperation with the United Nations.
Greeting to the Middle East Council of Churches Annual Partners Meeting
Greeting to the Middle East Council of Churches Annual Partners Meeting by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, 7 May 2019
JWG Executive, 6-8 May 2019, Warsaw, Poland; Communique
The Executive Committee of the Joint Working Group (JWG) between the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church met in Warsaw, Poland, from 6 to 8 May 2019 under the leadership of His Eminence Archbishop and Metropolitan Nifon of Târgoviște (Romanian Orthodox Church) and His Excellency Diarmuid Martin, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland. Meeting at the Retreat Center of the Disciples of the Divine Master, the group had an excellent opportunity to learn about the ecclesial and ecumenical situation in Poland. Time was given to sharing about recent activities and ongoing cooperation between the Catholic Church and the WCC.
WCC, ACT Alliance and MECC statement on Gaza
WCC, ACT Alliance and MECC statement on Gaza With deep concern over the latest hostilities in the Gaza Strip, the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and ACT Alliance express their belief that the present situation in the Gaza Strip is morally and ethically untenable. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to all the victims, killed and injured and their families, of the recent intense spate of violence.
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit’s address to the Seminar on Food and Water for Life (Hong Kong, 4 May 2019)
Food is central to life and our faith. It is a blessing and a gift of God, in the form of the abundant creation which we depend on for our sustenance. Food is also a reflection of the quality of our relationships with each other- our caring for the other and the sharing of resources and the hospitality we show each other. Food is central to our worship life, our liturgy and the Eucharist, which helps us to be one with God and with each other.
“A gap to be bridged, An Investment to be made.”
The World Council of Churches (WCC) was represented at a panel discussion at the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan on 2-3 May.Rev Dr Peniel Rufus Rajkumar, WCC programme coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation, was part of a panel entitled “A gap to be bridged, An Investment to be made.”
Anglican contributions to unity, particularly to the work of the World Council of Churches
Message of Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary at the Anglican Consultative Council in Hong Kong on the theme: “Anglican contributions to unity, particularly to the work of the World Council of Churches”