Bold Ecumenical Affirmation of the Centrality of the Cross

The cross of Christ, a reality check for the ecumenical movement

“To be one, the Church must go back to its common basis. Nothing except Jesus Christ, and him crucified”, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has said. The cross is not just a sign of religious identity, he added, but a “reality check” for both the churches and the ecumenical movement.

Tveit was preaching at a service in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 23 February. During the service, the WCC Executive Committee formally installed Tveit as the Council’s general secretary. A pastor and theologian from Norway, Tveit, 49, was elected as the WCC’s 7th general secretary in August 2009 and began his term on 1 January 2010. Continue reading “Bold Ecumenical Affirmation of the Centrality of the Cross”

WCC welcomes new Iraqi council of church leaders

“With great hope and deep satisfaction” the World Council of Churches (WCC) has welcomed the news that a Council of Christian Church Leaders of Iraq has been established.

“In our view, it is a development that augurs as much for the future of the churches in Iraq as it does for Iraq as a nation,” the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit wrote in an 18 February congratulatory message to the members of the new body.

The council includes all patriarchs, archbishops, bishops and heads of churches in Iraq from the 14 Christian communities registered in Iraq since 1982, belonging to the Catholic, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox as well as Protestant traditions. Continue reading “WCC welcomes new Iraqi council of church leaders”

Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum

The “Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum” (PIEF) is a platform that rallies churches together enabling them to coordinate their efforts and initiatives for a just peace in Palestine-Israel. Continue reading “Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum”

WCC – Multimedia study series on gender violence launched for Lent

Cries of Anguish; Stories of Hope –  a series of online Lenten study resources on the struggle to end violence against women will be launched 15 February during a prayer service at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, which is home to a number of international church organizations including the World Council of Churches (WCC). The general secretary of the WCC, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit,  will participate and WCC programme executive for Women in Church and Society, Dr Fulata Mbano Moyo, will discuss biblical texts addressing violence against women. Continue reading “WCC – Multimedia study series on gender violence launched for Lent”

18-25 January – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2010, Christians throughout the world will be listening together to the promise and commission that are part of Christ’s final words before his ascension: “You are witnesses of these things.”

Traditionally celebrated between 18 and 25 January (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere), the Week of Prayer enters into congregations and parishes all over the world. Preachers are exchanged, and special ecumenical worship services are arranged. Continue reading “18-25 January – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity”

WCC – Mesaj de Craciun

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Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Twenty years ago in East Germany, “Christian hope and perseverance contributed significantly to the fall of the Berlin Wall”, said World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia. Commenting on the 20th anniversary of the event that brought to an end the “cold war era”, Kobia stressed: the people who “gathered in the churches and became the nucleus for the movement of change […] taught us that Christian faith can inspire a resistance movement against fatalism and despair – a lesson which is as important today as it was twenty years ago”.

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Vernisage of Decalogue at WCC

Decalogue at WCC

Central Committee text on the sculpture “Invitation/Decalogue”
Rev. Theodore Gill, 31 August 2009, Ecumenical Centre, Geneva

The year 2009 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, a 16th century Reformer from France who made his greatest impact here in Geneva. An immigrant himself, he encouraged Geneva to become a haven for refugees.

One of the temporary exhibits visiting Geneva is this gleaming sculpture now on the lawn of the Ecumenical Centre, ten gold-coloured pillars rising from the ground like ten fingers of God ranged in a circle of care.

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WCC Central Committee meeting

WCC Central Committee 2009

Statements on public issues

The WCC Central Committee passed a series of public statements and minutes:

Pakistan’s blasphemy law. The committee called on the government of Pakistan to “guarantee the rights of all religious minorities in the country”. It also stated that Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law has become “a major source of victimization and persecution” of religious minorities who are living “in a state of fear and terror”. Read more

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Olav Fykse Tveit secretar general al WCC

Olav Fykse Tveit

Pastorul luteran nornegian Olaf Fykse Tveit, in virsta de 48 de ani a fost ales Secretar general al WCC. El ii urmeaza lui Samuel Kobia, care a ocupat aceasta pozitie din 2004.

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Invitation/Decalogue at WCC

Invitation-Decalogue at WCC

Dear friends,

A month ago the sculpture was moved to the gardens of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva.  The unveiling event (below, photo by Peter Williams) featured staff from the building reading out one of the ten commandments in their own language, as a long cloth was pulled off one of the giant columns to reveal the golden form.  The person then went and sat on the seat cut into the base of that column, as the next commandment was recited, and so on.  The simple ceremony depicted graphically the act of choosing to dwell – both individually and corporately – inside God’s laws, within God’s hands, and was made more powerful by the international and multi-ethnic nature of the participants.

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Landmark Meeting of the Faith and Order Commission of WCC

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OVER 100 THEOLOGIANS TO GATHER FOR ECUMENICAL “LANDMARK” EVENT

An upcoming meeting of 120 theologians from nearly all Christian traditions will be looking at what churches consider to be their mission in the world and how they come to decisions on theological, ecumenical or moral questions.

The Faith and Order Plenary Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC) will meet at the Orthodox Academy in Kolympari, Crete, Greece from 7 to 14 October 2009.

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2009 – Anul reconcilierii

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2009 a fost declarat de Consiliul Mondial al Bisericilor (WCC) Anul reconcilierii.

În cadrul acestei iniţiative, a avut loc la Geneva, în data de 19 februarie o întîlnire publică în care a subliniat rolul profetic şi responsabilitatea majoră a bisericilor creştine în procesele de reconciliere din societatea contemporană.

Concluzia seminarului, a fost că pacea socilă pe care o doresc societăţile noastre este imposibililă fără reconciliere. Aceasta însă. la rândul ei, presupune cunoaşterea adevărului, realizarea justiţiei şi acordarea reciprocă a iertării, în spiritul eticii înalte a Împărăţiei lui Dumnezeu, aşa cum a fost prezentată ea de Mântuitorul în Predica de pe munte.