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Cameroon conference on peace empowers religious leaders

A two-day conference in Buea, Cameroon, has empowered religious leaders to offer vital input into a peace plan in the divided nation. Rev. Samuel Fonki Forba, president of the Council of Protestant Churches in Cameroon, said that the conference helped religious leaders build their capacity in the area of peace.

Les enfants étant plus vulnérables que jamais à la violence, la modératrice du COE réfléchit au rôle vital des Églises

Dans le cadre d’un appel continu aux Églises du monde entier à travailler ensemble pour prévenir la violence de genre, en particulier à l’égard des femmes, des enfants, et des jeunes, la modératrice du Comité Central du Conseil œcuménique des Églises, Dr Agnes Abuom, réfléchit ici à certaines des raisons pour lesquelles cette violence a augmenté, et au rôle vital que les Églises peuvent jouer dans la création d'espaces sûrs pour les personnes les plus exposées.

Fr Jamal Khader: “We need to keep hope alive” in Palestine

It is easy to feel despair of the unjust situation for the Palestinians, who are experiencing daily humiliation, annexation of land, growing settlements, land grabbing and poverty. This year Palestine has been illegally occupied for 53 years. But there are also many people in Palestine cultivating hope, faith and love for transforming the situation.

Rev. Jamil Khadir: “Without faith, there is no real hope” in Palestine

Illegal occupation of Palestinian lands has been ongoing for 53 years, imposing deep injustices on the daily life of local communities. In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, many Palestinians know what it can be like to live with settlements close by, not least in the villages around the city, where Palestinian landowners regularly face settler abuse. Yet there are many in the area who persist, in working hard on a daily basis to foster peace and justice. Below, Rev. Jamil Khadir reflects on what this means for him as a local pastor in Nablus.

L’évêque Heinrich Bedford-Strohm et le cardinal Reinhard Marx réfléchissent à leur travail commun pour l’unité, la justice et la paix

L’évêque Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, président du Conseil de l’Église évangélique d’Allemagne, et le cardinal Reinhard Marx, archevêque de Munich et ancien président de la Conférence des évêques allemands, ont reçu le prix de la paix d’Augsbourg 2020 pour leur «volonté inconditionnelle de vivre ensemble en paix».

As repeat hurricanes threaten, churches offer vital services in Nicaragua, Honduras

Two weeks after Hurricane Eta struck, Nicaragua and Honduras are now bracing for another massive storm, Hurricane Iota. Eta killed at least 120 people in flash floods and mudslides. By 15 November, ahead of Iota’s landfall, some 63,500 people had been evacuated in northern Honduras, and 1,500 people in Nicaragua had been moved from low-lying areas of the country's northeast. Carlos Rauda, a regional officer with ACT Alliance, offers a glimpse of this unfolding situation, and the important role of churches.

À l’école Effata, au Togo, les élèves transforment les attitudes à l’égard de la violence sexiste

Grâce à quatre années de collaboration avec le Complexe scolaire laïque Effata au Togo, le Programme d’initiatives et de plaidoyer œcuméniques sur le VIH et le sida du Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE) a initié les élèves et les enseignants aux Jeudis en noir, vers un monde sans viol ni violence, les a aidés à mieux répondre au VIH et leur a offert un espace sûr pour discuter d’une santé sexuelle et reproductive responsable.

At Effata school in Togo, students transform attitudes about gender-based violence

Through four years of collaboration with the Effata Secular School in Togo, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme has introduced students and teachers to Thursdays in Black, towards a world without rape and violence, helped them better respond to HIV, and offered a safe space to discuss responsible sexual and reproductive health.

In Palestine, “God honored this olive tree”

“Just as you cannot live without water, olive oil is the same for us—and the olive tree is our life,” explains a smiling Abu-Issa under an awe-inspiring 13-meter olive tree. Its umbrella of branches extends over the al-Walaja hills, just north of Bethlehem.

Driven by God’s grace and a sense of duty

When Rev. Dr Antje Jackelén became its first female archbishop in 2014, a major milestone was reached in the history of the Church of Sweden. It took 850 years and 69 male predecessors to get there. Jackelén also happens to be the first immigrant, at least in modern times, to occupy the highest chair of her church. That, however, she regards as a coincidence of lesser significance. For her, as a devoted Christian, the baptism matters more than the passport.   

For International Orthodox Christian Charities, global partners build “information sharing, collaboration, and funding”

The World Council of Churches is publishing a series of interviews that portray insights and reflections from the leaders of faith-based global and regional humanitarian and development organizations. Constantine Triantafilou is executive director and CEO of International Orthodox Christian Charities, which offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond.