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Christian Witness and Action for Human Dignity and Human Rights (statement)

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives

and recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.

(Luke 4:18-19)

The current global context is marked by escalating conflicts, divisions, inequalities, resurgent racism, xenophobic attacks on migrants, antisemitism, violations of the rights of women and other forms of discrimination, threats against human rights defenders, as well as authoritarianism, populist nationalism, and religious and other forms of extremism, that threaten grave peril for the physical security and human dignity and rights of diverse communities and individuals around the world.

Executive committee

WCC reflects on women’s transformative leadership at international conference on innovation in Africa

Prof. Ezra Chitando, World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy regional coordinator for Southern Africa, presented on behalf of WCC deputy general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, a paper on Womens Transformative Leadership and Africas Holistic Development: The Role of the Churches” during an international conference on leadership transformation and innovation in Africa.

Let flowers bloom a new

Gathered at a time when wars and conflicts have emerged one after the other, socioeconomic situations in various countries have deteriorated, and greed for power and wealth has manifested, putting people's and the planet's welfare in danger. Hate, discrimination, injustice, exclusion, and various forms of dehumanization have plagued society and put lives at risk. Faced with difficult situations, the assembly appears as a new garden plot where seeds and plants of all kinds are cultivated, seeds of hope, dreams, and visions for a better world.

WCC 11th Assembly: safe and welcoming environment for all

Whether in the plenary hall, restaurant, prayer tent, or in different meeting places, delegates and participants of the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly held from 31August to 8September in Karlsruhe, Germany would be greeted with a warm smile and the words “are you doing good?” by men and women in orange vests who formed the pastoral care and solidarity team. This was one of the ways that the assembly ensured a safe and welcoming environment.

Pentecostals at the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany 2022

As a Pentecostal, I have dreamed dreams” and had visions aplenty, but often it has been the WCC that brought those dreams and visions to life. What is found in this report fulfills a vision that I took with me to Geneva in 1989 in a meeting with then-general secretary Emilio Castro. During that visit, I called on the WCC to bring together 120 Pentecostal scholars from around the world to the WCC 7th Assembly known as Canberra 91.

Elijamos el poder del amor: las preasambleas formulan enérgicos llamados

Karlsruhe, una ciudad que fue construida sin muros hace más de trescientos años, abierta a amigos e invitados —en un tiempo en que otras ciudades aún se escondían detrás de fortificaciones—, acogió a visitantes de todo el mundo para la celebración de cuatro preasambleas que han presentado enérgicos llamados a la 11ª Asamblea del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI). 

Wähle die Kraft der Liebe: Vorbereitungstagungen zur Vollversammlung liefern starke Aufrufe

Karlsruhe, eine Stadt, die vor über 300 Jahren ohne Mauern gebaut wurden war, offen für Freunde und Gäste — in einer Zeit, als andere Städte sich noch hinter ihren Befestigungsanlagen versteckten — hieß Menschen aus der ganzen Welt zu Tagungen zur Vorbereitung auf die 11. Vollversammlung des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK) willkommen. Diese Vorbereitungstagungen bringen starke Aufrufe zur Vollversammlung.

Choisissez le pouvoir de l’amour: les pré-assemblées lancent des appels puissants

Karlsruhe, une ville bâtie il y a plus de 300 ans, sans murs d’enceinte, ouverte aux ami-e-s et aux invité-e-s, à une époque où d’autres villes se cachaient encore derrière leurs fortifications, a accueilli des personnes venues du monde entier pour prendre part à quatre pré-assemblées qui ont envoyé des messages forts à la 11e Assemblée du Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE).

Choose the power of love: Pre-Assemblies deliver powerful calls

Karlsruhe, a city built over 300 hundred years ago without walls, open to friends and guests —at a time where other cities still hid behind their fortifications —welcomed people from all over the world to four pre-assemblies that are bringing forward powerful calls to the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Gerechte Gemeinschaften für Frauen und Männer: Tagung zur Vorbereitung auf Vollversammlung erörtert Ungerechtigkeit und soziale Megatrends

Bei einer Plenarsitzung im Rahmen einer Tagung zur Vorbereitung auf die anstehende Vollversammlung des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK) wurde am Montagmorgen, dem 29. August, eine christliche Vision für gerechte Gemeinschaften für Frauen und Männer aus vielen verschiedenen geographischen und kirchlichen Perspektiven betrachtet. Die Veranstaltung zur Vorbereitung auf die Vollversammlung fand vom 29. bis 30. August direkt vor der 11. ÖRK-Vollversammlung in Karlsruhe, Deutschland, statt.