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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.

Christians and churches are entrusted with the ministry of peace and reconciliation. This ministry calls for ecumenical engagement by the churches in light of inter-personal, economic, environmental, military and other forms of violence in society, in families and even in the church. During the 2001-2010 Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV), awareness grew, churches got involved, creative actions were taken and resources were shared.

An International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) in 2011 served to share the harvest of the DOV and to seek collaboration and common action going forward on the basis of an Ecumenical Call to Just Peace.

Peace-related networks convened by the WCC carry the work forward with emphases that include economic justice, climate justice, and peace-building and security policies.

The concept of just peace, developed at the IEPC, continues to be a major theological focus and is reflected in the invitation, issued by the WCC’s 10th Assembly in 2013, for Christians and people of good will everywhere to join in a pilgrimage of justice and peace.

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