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Promoting Just Peace

Christians and churches are entrusted with the ministry of peace and reconciliation. The WCC response to violence and violent conflict today is based on decades of ecumenical deliberation, understanding, practice and advocacy. The project is participatory and action-oriented and assists churches and related groups to make progress toward greater unity for peace.

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WCC delegation meets with Korean prime minister

WCC delegation meets with Korean prime minister

On 18 November a delegation led by World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit met with the prime minister of the Republic of Korea, Lee Nak-yeon.

National Council of Churches in Korea honors WCC leaders

National Council of Churches in Korea honors WCC leaders

The National Council of Churches in Korea has presented plaques of appreciation to World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and to WCC director of international affairs Peter Prove.

Tveit, in Republic of Korea, asks “Are we moved by Christ’s love for the common good of all people and this world?”

Tveit, in Republic of Korea, asks “Are we moved by Christ’s love for the common good of all people and this world?”

Offering a keynote speech during the 68th General Assembly of the National Council of Churches in Korea in Seoul, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflected on the assembly theme, “Walk the Path of the New Commandment,” based on John’s account of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples.

Tveit: “Love is about the future: Where are we going from here?”

Tveit: “Love is about the future: Where are we going from here?”

In a sermon at the Seong Eun Methodist Church on 17 November, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflected on the theme of the upcoming WCC Assembly in 2021, “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”

South Sudan Council of Churches: peace “is a question of the heart”

South Sudan Council of Churches: peace “is a question of the heart”

A message released 9 November from the South Sudan Council of Churches reflected that the will for peace is not measured only by deadlines and technical arrangements. “Whether the government is formed on 12th November 2019 or a further extension is agreed, it is a question of the heart and of the political will,” the message reads. “The people of South Sudan have begged their political leaders to find a peaceful way forward, to look beyond political interest, emotional turmoil and historical grievances, and to hold their duty towards the people of the country as a sacred calling which is to be gravely cherished in holy servitude and with deep respect.”

Berlin Wall 30th anniversary commemorated as Germany tackles rising tensions

Berlin Wall 30th anniversary commemorated as Germany tackles rising tensions

Thirty years ago, on 9 November 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell, the Nicolaikirche in Leipzig had gained a reputation as a gathering point for events signalling the end of an era of communist rule in what was then East Germany.

WCC, ACT Alliance to Burkina Faso president: “Protect people who are in imminent fear for their lives”

WCC, ACT Alliance to Burkina Faso president: “Protect people who are in imminent fear for their lives”

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the ACT Alliance, in a joint letter to Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, expressed concern for developments affecting the secu-rity and human rights of many of the nation’s people.

WCC general secretary: Iraqi people’s voices must be heard

WCC general secretary: Iraqi people’s voices must be heard

The escalating protests, accompanying violence, and increasing polarisation in Iraq are of grave concern for all who care for this country and its people, said World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 5 November.

Born into ecumenism, Esther Mombo says African Christianity is ‘young and vibrant’

Born into ecumenism, Esther Mombo says African Christianity is ‘young and vibrant’

Kenyan theologian Esther Mombo was born into an ecumenical environment in East Africa. She has a transcontinental education and told students of ecumenism this week that African Christianity is “young and vibrant”, but that it needs to listen to the “women in the pews”.

WCC expresses hope for work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee

WCC expresses hope for work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed great hopes for the success of the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which has begun its work this week.