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Documents related to the World Council of Churches programme Just Community of Women and Men.
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Order of service: 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence Order of service used at the WCC’s Ecumenical Centre for marking 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence 2019. WCC Programmes Liturgical text 04 December 2019
Report from the Global Consultation for the Commemoration of the Culmination of the Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women Delivered at the World Council of Churches Executive Committee, Uppsala, Sweden, 2-8 November 2018 Executive committee Report 07 December 2018
Welcome by Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC Central Committee Commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women Moderator of Central Committee Lecture - Speech 02 October 2018
Address to the Global Consultation on the Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's address on "Gender Justice: The Vital Element in the Churches’ Journey toward Justice and Peace" General Secretary Lecture - Speech 02 October 2018
Tribute to Marie Bassili Assaad Marie Bassili Assaad, an ecumenical leader who was WCC deputy general secretary1980-86, passed away on 30 August 2018. General Secretary Tribute 12 September 2018
An Overview on the Imperative of Diakonia for the Church Plenary presentation delivered by Prof. Isabel Apawo Phiri at the 11th All Africa Conference of Churches Assembly Kigali, Rwanda WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech 05 July 2018
A Tribute to Chō Takeda Kiyoko, former WCC president for the Asia-Pacific Chō Takeda Kiyoko passed away on 12 April 2018 at the age of 100. She was known to describe her own accomplishments with the modest phrase “lifelong homework.” General Secretary Tribute 27 April 2018
Holy Week statement of lament and solidarity In this “Holy Week Statement of Lament and Solidarity” for Maundy Thursday, the Pan African Women’s Ecumenical Empowerment Network (PAWEEN) demands an end to gun violence in America. WCC Programmes Message 29 March 2018
Keynote speech by Mutale Mulenga-Kaunda Keynote speech "Transforming Disciples, Transforming the Future: Young African Women and the Search for a Liberated Future", at CWME in Arusha, Tanzania. Commission on World Mission and Evangelism Message 08 March 2018
PAWEEN seminar July 2017 The PAWEEN seminar 2017 gathered high-profile scholars from leading theological institutions, church leaders, as well as executives of faith-based institutions and ecumenical bodies from and based in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and Europe, representing the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and several historic Black Churches, mainline Protestant and Pentecostal church traditions. WCC Programmes Message 21 July 2017
Presentation on Gender Justice at WCRC General Council World Communion of Reformed Churches General Council theme presentation by Isabel Apawo Phiri, deputy general secretary of the WCC Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Lecture - Speech 01 July 2017
Churches Recommit to Accelerate HIV Response With this letter issued at its Central Committee meeting in Trondheim, the WCC reaffirmed its commitment to eliminating AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Central Committee Pastoral letter 28 June 2016
Prayer for Everyone, Ecumenical Centre, September 2015 A special service organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the Ecumenical Centre chapel in Geneva, Switzerland, dedicated prayers to the United Nations post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WCC Programmes Liturgical text 23 September 2015
Service on gender-based violence in the DRC Order of service for morning prayers held at the Ecumenical Centre during an International Conference on Peace and Security in the Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC). WCC Programmes Liturgical text 28 May 2015
Prayer service: NoXcuses for Violence Against Women and Girls Order of service for Monday morning prayers at the Ecumenical Centre focusing on the theme of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2014: NoXcuses for Violence Against Women and Girls! Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Liturgical text 24 November 2014
International Memorial Day for the “Comfort Women” Message from Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC associate general secretary to the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan - War & Women's Human Rights Museum on International Memorial Day for the “Comfort Women”. WCC Programmes Message 14 August 2014
Statement on the Re-interpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution Statement on the Re-interpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee. Central Committee Statement: public statement 07 July 2014
International Consultation on Justice, Peace and Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula Surrounded and embraced by representatives of the wider international ecumenical community within this consultation of 54 participants representing 34 churches and related organizations from 15 countries, delegations led by the leadership of both the Korean Christian Federation (KCF) from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) from the Republic of Korea (ROK), met at the Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland, on 17-19 June 2014. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 19 June 2014
Concern over Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag's death sentence in Sudan WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's letter to President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir about Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag's death sentence. General Secretary Letter 23 May 2014
Ecumenical Conversations Report Reports, Affirmations and Challenges from the Ecumenical Conversations at the WCC 10th Assembly Assembly Report 10 February 2014
Statement from the men gathered for the WCC Women’s and Men’s Pre-assembly A statement by the men of the first WCC Women’s and Men’s Pre-assembly to express their gratitude to women who enabled them to better understand the pain and injustice of patriarchy and gender inequality and commitment to stand in solidarity with movements for gender justice. Assembly Statement: public statement 29 October 2013
Struggles for Justice in an Ambiguous World Bible study on 1 Kings 21:1-22 by Sarojini Nadar for the WCC Assembly, 6 November 2013: The story of Naboth’s vineyard challenges the concept of justice in our society. It introduces God’s justice for the affirmation of life, a measure beyond the economic logic of King Ahab in the name of efficiency and productivity. The text can also guide us in dealing with current issues of injustice in the global market and in discerning how to live out God’s justice to safeguard life. Assembly S 15 July 2013
Do Just This – Protect Life! Bible study on Genesis 2:4b-17 by Jione Havea for the WCC Assembly, 31 October 2013: The God of life created human beings from the earth with God’s breath of life. The very nature of human life is in connection with God and creation. God entrusted us with the mission to look after the garden of life and forbad us to eat the fruits that tempt us to be like the Almighty God. The opening Bible study is a reflection on the nature of life and how to celebrate, sustain and affirm it in relation to the theme of the assembly. Diverse contextual readings of the text are possible. Assembly S 15 July 2013
Statement on status of women Oral statement delivered by the WCC's Commission of the Churches on International Affairs at the United Nations 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 25 March 2013
EDAN women's conference in Johannesburg An EDAN conference on "violence against women and children with disabilities" was held from 27 February to 2 March 2013 in Johannesburg. WCC Programmes Statement: public statement 08 March 2013
Reflections on female genital mutilation Charity Concert with Global Alliance against Female Genital Mutilation General Secretary Lecture - Speech 06 December 2012
Let us live! This paper on violence against women and children in armed conflict is based on the traumatic situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It presents the results of an ecumenical encounter that took place at Bukavu, DRC, in July 2012. English translation by Fr Eugene Lewis M.Afr. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) B 26 November 2012
Bangalore Appeal Participants of the WCC Workshop on “Transformative Masculinities”, coming from six Asian countries and four others, representing 23 denominations, met at United Theological College, Bangalore, on 17-21 March 2012, to discuss, deliberate and share experiences on men’s and women’s struggles in relation with masculinity constructed by the notions of hegemonic power. WCC Programmes S 21 March 2012
Meditation by Rev. Dr Ofelia Ortega Suarez Meditation by Rev. Dr Ofelia Ortega Suárez, WCC president from the Caribbean/Latin America, at the opening prayer service of the Central Committee meeting February 2011. WCC Presidents S 16 February 2011
Report of the General Secretary Report by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the WCC Central Committee at its February 2011 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. General Secretary Report 16 February 2011
Women Respond to the Kairos Palestine Document Thirty women gathered in Bethlehem on 13-18 December 2010 to celebrate the first anniversary of the «Kairos Palestine» document on the quest for peace and human rights in Palestine and Israel. The gathering also reflected theologically on the content of the text. Participants came from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Latin America and Australia. WCC Programmes Message 18 December 2010
Created in God’s Image From Hierarchy to Partnership: a church manual on gender awareness and leadership development Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Background document 12 November 2010
Theological conversations with Orthodox women Orthodox Women Facing the Challenges & Ambivalences of the Post-Modern Societies: Looking for a Theology of Healing Tirana, Albania, 8-12 July 2010 WCC Programmes M 12 July 2010
Sheena Duncan Condolence message by WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary Tribute 06 May 2010
United Methodist Women Assembly Greetings from general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit to the United Methodist Women assembly on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the organization. General Secretary Message 29 April 2010
Greetings to D.R. Congo human rights workshop "The work of the churches in the DRC to alleviate the humanitarian crisis, promote a peaceful resolution to the conflict and advocate for an end to the violations of human rights, is admirable," WCC Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit wrote in a message delivered to church leaders and government representatives at a workshop on human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 13 April 2010. General Secretary M 13 April 2010
Asia-Pacific Women's Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology Statement from the Asia-Pacific Women's Hearing on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 02-03 November 2009. Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 03 November 2009
Called to be the One Church - Presentation by Sister Maria Ko Ha Fong Sister Maria Ko Ha Fong addresses the main theme of the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting, Called to be the One Church, from an intercultural perspective. Commission on Faith and Order L 09 October 2009
Statement on sexual violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo Central Committee S 02 September 2009
Statement on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo Executive committee S 23 February 2009
Statement on the International Women's Day Executive committee S 20 February 2009
AGAPE Consultation: Guatemala womens' statement Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S 07 October 2008
Participation of Orthodox Women in the Ecumenical Movement Report of the Inter-Orthodox Consultation in Volos, Greece, 8-12 June 2008 WCC Programmes Report 12 June 2008
Major challenges for African Women Theologians Keynote adress by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri WCC Programmes L 06 June 2008
Report on the first meeting of the Continuation Committee Continuation Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century R 20 November 2007
Rev. Dr Letty Russell Writing to Dr Shannon Clarkson, the partner of Rev. Dr Letty Russell, who died on 12 July 2007, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia expresses the Council's sadness over the loss of "one of the most renowned woman theologians in the world," who "has left her mark on the World Council of Churches." General Secretary Tribute 18 July 2007
Remembering women (From: A collection of Prayer for Peace – 2006 Decade to Overcome Violence, WCC) WCC Programmes Liturgical text 31 December 2006
Statement on Sudan Executive committee A 19 May 2006
Human Rights Council Executive committee R 19 May 2006
Introduction Assembly P 23 February 2006
Changing social and economic context (Ecumenical conversations) "Changing social and economic context" : Poverty threatens life and human dignity. It is not a destiny, but the very result of the methods and structures of wealth creation and distribution of wealth in individual societies and worldwide. Inequality increases not by accident, but by the way economic and political processes are structured and function. Poverty undermines the very basis of life of billions of children, women and men who are denied not only the benefits of growing wealth, but even of access to basic necessities of life. Assembly Background document 16 February 2006
Poem related to SDG5 Gender Equality By Rev. Ruth Bottoms. (In.: Come Holy Spirit, heal and reconcile! Report of the WCC Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, Athens, Greece, May 2005, p. 234-235.) WCC Programmes Liturgical text 31 May 2005
GEN 14 Aide memoire World Council of Churches and human sexuality This paper is a development of a draft prepared by Alan Falconer and Martin Robra to describe the ethos of the Padares at the Eighth General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Harare (1998). It continues to be the underlying understanding for the deliberative sessions of the WCC Central Committee. Central Committee Background document 22 February 2005
Streams of grace WCC Programmes A 01 January 2005
Latin American churches and organizations Other ecumenical bodies S 01 December 2004
Letter to Nobel peace prize-winner Wangari Maathai General Secretary P 08 October 2004
Bible study: One body with many members Bible study on 1 Corinthians 12,12-14, at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting 2004 by Prof. Kyung Sook LEE (Methodist Church), Korea Commission on Faith and Order Sermon 31 July 2004
Ecumenical Women's Solidarity Fund in former Yugoslavia WCC Programmes A 27 February 2004
Message of peace with justice from the women gathered at the consultation on Peace with Justice: Women Speak Out!, jointly organized by the WCC, the Lutheran World Federation, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and the Conference of European Churches. WCC Programmes Message 21 March 2002
Statement presented to the media by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on behalf of the Ecumenical Caucus World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement 05 September 2001
List of major meetings: 1969-2001 WCC programme on Interreligious dialogue and cooperation WCC Programmes Background document 01 February 2001
Teaching Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions Consultation report of a 19-23 October 2000 consultation in Geneva on "Concepts of teaching and learning in religions: teaching Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions", held in cooperation with the German Comenius Institute "At this point in history, two main trends - globalization and pluralism - are the focus of the ecumenical movement, and are decisive elements influencing societies and all areas of education all over the world. Both trends present challenges and opportunites for intercultural and interreligious exchange and learning." WCC Programmes Report 23 October 2000
Workshop on women and racism in Asia WCC Programmes R 19 September 2000
Dossier: Understanding racism today A revised and expanded version of a dossier produced for the WCC Harare Assembly, 1998 WCC Programmes Background document 31 December 1998
Being Together Under the Cross in Africa The Message of the WCC 8th Assembly Assembly Message 14 December 1998
From solidarity to accountability Letter to the WCC 8th Assembly from the women and men of the Decade Festival of the Churches in Solidarity with Women Assembly Statement: letter 30 November 1998
The effects of globalization on culture in Africa in the eyes of an African woman Economic growth without social and cultural justice cannot be our idea of development. It is imperative that development is measured in terms of the quality of human life, which can be reflected in, for example, better education, health and life expectancy for every single member of society. This is only possible if men and women are equally empowered, in theory and in practice. And the North has a crucial role to play in this process. Anything that falls short of restoring peoples' dignity, sense of identity, continuity and security should never be accepted. Africa needs to learn to respect the dissenting voice of its own people. WCC Programmes A 01 January 1998
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession, related to SDG5 Gender Equality Prayers from the Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (as published in “Celebrating the Decade” © 1997 WCC, and “I will pour out my Spirit” © 1992 WCC) WCC Programmes Liturgical text 31 December 1997
Love in a time of AIDS This book vividly recounts the stories of women in many countries. It shows how the AIDS crisis makes improving the status women not only a matter of theology and ethics but of health and survival. WCC Programmes Background document 01 January 1995
Guidelines for Sharing "Guidelines for sharing", in Sharing for Life, the report of the El Escorial consultation. 1987 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) P 30 October 1987