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August 15th Joint South-North (North-South) Prayer for Peace & Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula 2022

The World Council of Churches invites the global fellowship and all people of good will to join, on 15 August 2022, a prayer for peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.

Composed by the National Council of Churches in Korea, the prayer will be held on 14 August—the Sunday before Liberation Day, observed in both North and South Korea to mark the date in 1945 when Korea won independence from Japanese colonial oppression. The date was also when the peninsula was divided into two countries.

WCC shares invitation to join the “100 Languages in 100 Days Challenge”

Do you love languages? Do you believe that everyone should be able to use their own language to share and access knowledge and information, and share their concerns — online and offline? And are you willing to share your translation skills to help bridge the internet's linguistic divide? 

If you do, we invite you to join and volunteer your translation skills to the "100 Languages in 100 Days Challenge."

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.

Easter Initiative to highlight sacredness of Jerusalem as well as obstacles to peace

While Christians around the globe prepare to celebrate Easter, high holidays for Muslims and Jews—Ramadan and Pessach—are also being celebrated at the same time period in 2022. At this confluence of sacred celebration, the very sacredness of Jerusalem is especially evident for locals and visitors alike. But the sacredness of the Holy City and its inhabitants is increasingly threatened by consequences of the ongoing occupation, such as discrimination and violence.

On UN International Day of Conscience, WCC officially releases volume “I Belong”

On the UN International Day of  Conscience, 5 April, the World Council of Churches (WCC) releases a new volume of I Belong – Biblical Reflections on Statelessness”. The day highlights the need for the creation of conditions of stability, peaceful coexistence, respect for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, language or religion.

Coexistence

Peace, Nature, Poverty, Terrorism, Values (Religious Perspectives)
Archbishop Dr Anastasios

First published as Συνύπαρξη, this collection of reflections suggests that coexistence has been an essential component of the life of humanity, however, it is frequently undermined and even poisoned. 

The book shows how violence has taken new uncontrollable forms which culminate in polymorphous terrorism. Human aggression expands to exploitation and even to the contempt of creation, with painful consequences for both the natural environment and for human life itself.

The author views, through a theological and religious point of view, peace in ecumenical dimensions as well as in a specific country; the human being and the environment; poverty; terrorism; and universal moral values.

Συνύπαρξη was awarded the 2016 Free Thought Essay Award in memory of Panagiotis Foteas in Greece. It has been published in Greek, Italian, and Albanian, is awaiting publication in French by Apostolia Publishing House, and the German translation will follow soon.

Initiative de Pâques pour souligner le caractère sacré de Jérusalem ainsi que les obstacles à la paix

Alors que les chrétiens du monde entier se préparent à célébrer Pâques, les grandes fêtes pour les musulmans et les juifs - Ramadan et Pessa’h - sont également célébrées à la même période en 2022. À cette confluence de célébrations sacrées, le caractère sacré de Jérusalem est particulièrement évident pour les habitants et les visiteurs. Mais le caractère sacré de la Ville Sainte et de ses habitants est de plus en plus menacé par les conséquences de l’occupation en cours, telles que la discrimination et la violence.