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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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South Sudan Council of Churches: “peace will return to our country”

South Sudan Council of Churches: “peace will return to our country”

In a 19 July statement, the South Sudan Council of Churches reflected on recent developments in the country: “The winds of violence and conflict have continued to obscure our road to light and peace, while the international community remains discouraged and frustrated by the absence of peace. It is well known that the church has historically played a key moral and spiritual role in healing and mediation at various points in our history to stop bloodshed and make peace.”

WCC urges protection of Colombian peacemakers

WCC urges protection of Colombian peacemakers

As Colombia strives to pave the road to just peace, new death threats against social, union and religious leaders and institutions were issued by paramilitaries earlier this week. The World Council of Churches (WCC) is closely following the developments and reiterates its full support to those committed to working for peace in the country.

Korean churches continue to pursue peace

Korean churches continue to pursue peace

The Korean Christian Federation Central Committee (North Korea) and the National Council of Churches in Korea (South Korea) have composed their annual joint prayer for peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula for 2018. The World Council of Churches is inviting its fellowship and all people of goodwill to use the prayer during worship, especially on 12 August, the weekend before August 15th, the anniversary of Korea's liberation and division.

South Sudan peace-building needs to go beyond high-level talks, says Christian Aid report

South Sudan peace-building needs to go beyond high-level talks, says Christian Aid report

A new report by Christian Aid - the UK charity - has cautioned that securing long-term peace in South Sudan requires much more than agreements between political leaders.

Praying and voting goes together

Praying and voting goes together

When Zimbabwe holds general elections on 30 July, the turnout at the polls will most likely be – at least somewhat – affected by the IprayIvote-web and social media campaign, which was launched by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches on 30 January this year, exactly six months prior to the election.

On first anniversary of treaty adoption, WCC urges Marshall Islands to ratify nuclear ban treaty

On first anniversary of treaty adoption, WCC urges Marshall Islands to ratify nuclear ban treaty

In a letter to Sen. Maynard Alfred, chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the World Council of Churches (WCC) urged the nation to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

WCC general secretary encourages churches before Zimbabwe election

WCC general secretary encourages churches before Zimbabwe election

Speaking to a gathering of key church leaders in Harare, Zimbabwe on 1 July ahead of a 30 July election of parliament and a new president, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit brought greetings from the WCC and assured those gathered of the support and prayers of the ecumenical fellowship.

South Sudanese churches welcome top leader’s agreement, but warn conflict has expanded

South Sudanese churches welcome top leader’s agreement, but warn conflict has expanded

South Sudanese churches have welcomed the signing of a permanent ceasefire agreement by the main rivals, while cautioning that many other such pacts had also been dishonoured.

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.

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.