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Solidarity with Dalits for justice and dignity

Supporting the Dalit struggle in India by assisting its internal organization and development.

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WCC in solidarity with communities facing discrimination based on work and descent

WCC in solidarity with communities facing discrimination based on work and descent

The first-ever International Congress on Discrimination Based on Work and Descent was held in New York on 21-23 September alongside the UN Climate Summit. Over 100 participants including 10 parliamentarians from different parts of the world gathered, strategizing on forming a global network.

Japanese churches discuss minority issues

Japanese churches discuss minority issues

Some 200 people from Japanese churches and minority right networks as well as overseas partners, gathered for an international conference on minority issues and mission at the Korean YMCA in Tokyo.

Inspirations for an “economy of life” in The Ecumenical Review

The possibility of a new economic framework is the chief focus of the newly published issue of The Ecumenical Review. Informed by years of ecumenical work on the relationship of poverty, wealth and ecology (including the proposal for a “greed line”), the 14 contributors offer an array of insights from specific contexts and religious standpoints – Dalits, South Africans, Latin Americans, Indigenous spirituality, feminist theology and non-Christian religions – into the values and structures that can create an “economy of life” for all.

Indian churches speak against discrimination faced by Dalits

Indian churches speak against discrimination faced by Dalits

Member churches of the WCC in India have expressed deep concern over discrimination faced by Christian and Muslim Dalit communities there, demanding protection of the right to freedom of religion in a meeting with Prof. Dr Heiner Bielefeldt, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

“No one can serve Christ and caste!”

“No one can serve Christ and caste!”

The National Council of Churches in India has taken a firm stand against casteism and caste discrimination in India. The NCCI Commission on Dalits is exhibiting materials about its campaign “Solidarity with Dalits for Justice and Dignity” in the Madang Hall at the WCC 10th Assembly. The NCCI Commission on Dalits has also created a unique way of raising awareness about casteism.

New congregational resource invites "pilgrimage to Busan"

Available now in four languages, a new online publication from the WCC invites parishes and congregations to explore the themes of Christian unity, justice and peace in advance of the upcoming WCC 10th Assembly.

Churches celebrate Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Churches celebrate Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Drawing on the Indian churches' experience, churches around the world are celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with a particular focus on justice as integral to the unity they seek.

Religious leaders in Geneva advocate for peace

Religious leaders in Geneva advocate for peace

In an inter-religious service organized by the Vatican, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit stressed the importance of "€œexpressions for peace and the mutual respect for the dignity of the other"€.

New issue of The Ecumenical Review offers insights of marginalized communities

New issue of The Ecumenical Review offers insights of marginalized communities

The December 2012 issue of The Ecumenical Review , guest-edited by Deenabandhu Manchala, features reflections from marginalized communities on the theme of the upcoming World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly.

Theologians and activists reflect on WCC assembly theme

"Churches cannot challenge injustice if they cannot recognize its entrenched presence within the church itself,"€ reads a document by a working group of the World Council of Churches (WCC) programme on Just and Inclusive Communities.