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November 19, 2003

As he faces retirement, the Rev. Konrad Raiser, a German theologian who has been general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) for 11 turbulent years, is leaving behind a smaller organization that is still searching for a broader ecumenical vision that would bring some new...

September 4, 2003

At its August 26-September 2 meeting in Geneva, the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches sifted through a range of international issues, elected a new general secretary, tightened its belt a few more notches, and continued its search for a broader and more inclusive ecumenical...

August 29, 2003

The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has elected its first African to serve as general secretary of the 342-member ecumenical fellowship. The Rev. Sam Kobia of the Methodist Church in Kenya has extensive experience in ecumenical circles. Currently director and special...

June 13, 2003

The World Council of Churches' (WCC) general secretary Dr. Konrad Raiser, in a letter to United Nations' secretary-general Kofi Annan, expressed serious concern over an escalation of fighting in Liberia between government forces and a rebel group, and urged support for peacekeeping forces in...

March 19, 2003

Increasing religious intolerance in India, Indonesia and Pakistan is being highlighted by the World Council of Churches at a meeting of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR). The denial of economic and cultural rights to the people of West Papua, as well as human rights...

March 7, 2003

A delegation from the World Council of Churches met with leaders of the military government in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to express concern over the treatment of the Christian minority in the predominantly Buddhist nation.

General Khin Nyunt assured the delegation that Christians 'will...

February 19, 2003

World Council of Churches, IMF and World Bank discuss developmentThe World Council of Churches (WCC), noted in the past for its criticism of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, invited officials of the two institutions to its Geneva headquarters to start a discussion on...

January 21, 2003

For the World Council of Churches (WCC) delegation taking part in the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 23-28 January, the emphasis will be on a spirituality directed towards resistance.

'We are witnessing the development of a spirituality that supports the powers responsible...

January 7, 2003

Representatives of international Christian and Muslim organizations met in Geneva recently at a consultation sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and concluded that 'globalized markets and information systems threaten to create new structures of oppression and thus feed extremism...

December 13, 2002

The World Council of Churches has published a revised and expanded edition of its 'Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement,' a valuable tool for study and research on the many facets of the search for Christian unity.

With almost 700 articles and 370 authors from all Christian groups...

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