World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

You are here: Home / What we do / Strengthening inter-religious trust and respect

Strengthening inter-religious trust and respect

The WCC attempts to strengthen inter-religious trust and respect through bilateral and multilateral dialogues, regional and cross-cultural encounters on topics like religion and violence, perceptions of "the other", and the search for identity in pluralistic societies.

Related News

WCC condemns attack on renowned social activist in India

WCC condemns attack on renowned social activist in India

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit is condemning an attack on renowned social activist Swami Agnivesh in Jharkhand state in northeast India. A violent mob of alleged fringe fundamentalist groups in the Pakur district attacked Agnivesh on the same day as a Supreme Court judgment called mob lynching unacceptable and holding the local administration, the state and central governments responsible for preventing it.

Young peacemakers, Christian and Muslim, meet religious leaders during UK forum

Young peacemakers, Christian and Muslim, meet religious leaders during UK forum

Fifty young Christians and Muslims ages 20-25 are meeting 8-18 July for an Emerging Peacemakers Forum offering training in peacemaking and reconciliation at the Churchill College of Cambridge University in the UK. They will meet with international religious leaders, including the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and president of the Muslim Council of Elders Prof. Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb.

Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity starts in Hong Kong

Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity starts in Hong Kong

Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity (YATRA) began at the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre, Hong Kong on 7 July. Drawing young women and men from across the World Council of Churches (WCC) fellowship in Asia as well as theological institutions, the focus of this year’s YATRA is ‘Passionately Christian and Compassionately Interreligious’.

World conference on human rights and religion emphasizes equal citizenship to stem conflict

World conference on human rights and religion emphasizes equal citizenship to stem conflict

Speakers at a world conference on human rights and religion at the United Nations in Geneva, including the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, have stressed the need for equal citizenship rights to counter xenophobia and discrimination.

المؤتمر العالمي بشأن حقوق الإنسان والدين يؤكد على المساواة في حقوق المواطنة من أجل وقف الصراعات

المؤتمر العالمي بشأن حقوق الإنسان والدين يؤكد على المساواة في حقوق المواطنة من أجل وقف الصراعات

أكد المتحدثون في المؤتمر العالمي بشأن حقوق الإنسان والدين في الأمم المتحدة في جنيف، بمن فيهم الأمين العام لمجلس الكنائس العالمي، على الحاجة إلى المساواة في حقوق المواطنة من أجل مكافحة كره الأجانب والتمييز.

WCC sends greetings to Muslim community on Eid Al Fitr

WCC sends greetings to Muslim community on Eid Al Fitr

As the worldwide Muslim community celebrates the feast of Eid Al Fitr this week, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered written greetings of peace.

Geneva conference to lead to World Declaration on the Advancement of Equal Citizenship Rights announced at WCC

Geneva conference to lead to World Declaration on the Advancement of Equal Citizenship Rights announced at WCC

The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue in collaboration with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and other ecumenical organizations has announced the first World Conference “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” to take place on 25 June.

WCC extends greetings as Buddhists observe Vesakh

WCC extends greetings as Buddhists observe Vesakh

As many Buddhists prepare to observe Vesakh on 29 April - a day commemorating the life and legacy of Gautama Buddha - WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit extended his greetings to Buddhists across the world.

Church of the Lord in Nigeria called women to pastoral work from its founding

Church of the Lord in Nigeria called women to pastoral work from its founding

The primate of The Church of the Lord, Aladura, Worldwide, an African initiated church founded in 1925 talks with pride about how the founder had a calling from God to have women serving with men in pastoral work. Primate Rev. Dr Rufus Okikiolaolu Ositelu, metropolitan archbishop of the church visited Geneva and the WCC on 29-30 January.

Pontifical Council, WCC develop joint text on education for peace

Pontifical Council, WCC develop joint text on education for peace

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) of the Vatican and the Office of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the WCC met in Geneva from 16-18 April. Staff from the two offices united in prayer, fellowship and joint work on a document titled “Education for Peace in a Multi-Religious World”.