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  • 5. April 13

    Panel at Volos Academy discusses Christian presence in Middle East

    Describing dramatic consequences of the Syrian civil war, Bishop Elia Toumeh of Marmarita said that when the difficulties pass, Christians must play a constructive role in the reconciliation of opposing factions for a new Syrian society.

  • 4. April 13

    Online resource to promote cooperation in theological education

    A unique global online directory of more than 7000 theological education institutions has been launched to promote mutual sharing and dialogue between establishments in different parts of the world.

     

    The Global Directory of Theological Education Institutions is one of the results of the Global Survey on Theological Education, launched in October 2011. This was the first such survey on the trends, needs and challenges in theological education...

  • 3. April 13

    World's first Arms Trade Treaty is a milestone

    The world's first Arms Trade Treaty is “a milestone in efforts to bring commerce in deadly weapons under much-needed controls,” according to the WCC general secretary.

     

    “This long-overdue act of international governance means that people in many parts of the world who live in fear for their lives will eventually be safer,” the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said, commenting on the Arms Trade Treaty adopted on 2 April, voted by 155 countries at the...

  • 28. March 13

    Magali Cunha joins Brazil’s National Truth Commission

    Dr Magali do Nascimento Cunha, a Central Committee member of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and professor at the Methodist University of São Paulo, has joined Brazil’s National Truth Commission as a researcher. The commission will investigate human rights violations in Brazil that occurred between 1948 and 1988, including the years of military dictatorship in that country.

  • 27. March 13

    Arms trade needs stronger controls than in current UN treaty draft

    Campaigners for the civil society coalition Control Arms say radical changes are still needed in the latest draft of the Arms Trade Treaty under negotiation at the United Nations if the treaty is to save lives. Christian voices joined the criticism of the latest developments at the Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty currently underway in New York, United States.

  • 25. March 13

    WCC urges protection of women’s rights and freedom at UN

    At the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the WCC supported women’s initiatives against violence on the basis of a Christian conviction that “women as well as men are created in the image of God and deserve to be respected, protected, and cared for.”

  • 22. March 13

    Ecumenical network observes World Water Day

    The EWN joined hands with faith groups and civil society on World Water Day to stress viable access to clean water and sanitation facilities, still a luxury to millions around the world.

  • 22. March 13

    WCC general secretary at enthronement of Archbishop of Canterbury

    The WCC general secretary attended the enthronement of Archbishop Justin Welby in England, expressing “heart-felt congratulations” and “profound prayers for his new ministry”.

  • 21. March 13

    Religious leaders support dialogue in Cyprus

    The WCC general secretary has expressed support of the religious track of the Cyprus peace process.

  • 21. March 13

    WCC Assembly theme sparks a poem from Asian bishop

    For Asian churches, the theme of the upcoming WCC assembly is more than a prayer, a reminder to the church or harbinger of the future. The WCC 10th Assembly will be held from 30 October to 8 November, in Busan, Republic of Korea. Its theme is "God of life, lead us to justice and peace."