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Colombian human rights advocates engage in strategic talks in the US

In a recent visit to the United States, a group of four laureates of the National Human Rights Award in Colombia” engaged in meetings in Washington and New York City with government officials, diplomats, and United Nations (UN) representatives. They spoke of the deterioration of the peace process in the country and the importance of international solidarity.

Perkins names Dr Evelyn Parker as 2021 Distinguished Alumna

The Perkins School of Theology Alumni/ae Council selected Dr Evelyn L. Parker as the 2021 recipient of the Perkins Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. The award recognizes Perkins graduates who have demonstrated effectiveness and integrity in service to the church, continuing support for the goals of Perkins and Southern Methodist University, outstanding service to the community, and exemplary character.

WCC urges United States government to recognize Armenian Genocide

“Recognition of the Armenian Genocide is a matter of fundamental principle, an essential step towards healing, reconciliation and reparation, and – most importantly – a vital measure for the prevention of genocide today and in the future,” wrote Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, acting general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a letter to United States President Joe Biden on 21 April.

US House panel advances historic effort to pay reparations to descendants of slaves

A House panel in the United States Congress advanced a decades-long effort to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves by approving legislation, commonly referred to as H.R. 40, on 15 April that would create a commission to study the issue. The “40” refers to the failed government effort to provide 40 acres (16 hectares) of land to newly freed slaves as the Civil War drew to a close.

It's the first time the House Judiciary Committee has acted on the legislation.

US-Veteranen arbeiten für Frieden auf der geteilten Halbinsel

Über das gesamte Jahr 2020 engagiert sich der Ökumenische Rat der Kirchen (ÖRK) gemeinsam mit dem Nationalen Kirchenrat von Korea in einer globalen Gebetskampagne unter dem Motto „Wir beten für Frieden jetzt, beendet den Krieg“. Im Rahmen dieser Gebetskampagne veröffentlicht der ÖRK persönliche Geschichten und Gespräche, die andere Menschen bei ihrer Friedensarbeit inspirieren. Bei der nachfolgenden Geschichte geht es um die Perspektiven von US-Veteranen, die ebenfalls alle in Video-Interviews zu Wort kommen.

U.S. veterans work for peace on divided Korean peninsula

Throughout 2020, the World Council of Churches (WCC), together with the National Council of Churches in Korea, has been observing a Global Prayer Campaign,“We Pray, Peace Now, End the War.” As part of the campaign, the WCC is sharing personal stories and interviews that inspire others to work for peace. The story below features the perspective of U.S. war veterans, all of whom are also featured in video interviews.

Gemeinsame Botschaft ruft zu Heilung von Wunden und einer gemeinsamen Zukunft auf koreanischer Halbinsel auf

Anlässlich des 70. Jahrestags des Beginns des Koreakrieges wurde im Rahmen einer Online-Veranstaltung am 22. Juni, die live im Internet übertragen wurde, eine ökumenische Friedensbotschaft verlesen. Absender der Botschaft waren verschiedene Kirchen und Kirchenräte aus aller Welt, insbesondere aus Ländern, die an dem Krieg beteiligt gewesen sind. Sie bezeichnen den Koreakrieg in der Botschaft als einen „entsetzlich destruktiven Konflikt“, den kein Friedensvertrag je beendet habe.