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November 20, 2002

The World Council of Churches has announced plans to reorganize and reduce staff in its Geneva and New York offices.

'The council, through this reorganization, has manifested its will and its ability to respond constructively to a critical situation,' said General Secretary Konrad...

November 20, 2002

On a pastoral visit to Pakistan, a delegation from the World Council of Churches listened to chilling stories describing the recent spate of violence against Christians in that heavily Islamic nation. The delegation visited Karachi and Lahore to express solidarity with the frightened Christian...

October 18, 2002

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches has expressed dismay that none of those involved in past deadly attacks on Christians in Pakistan has faced trial, and he has called on the government to bring to book those responsible for the latest killings.

Dr. Konrad Raiser,...

September 4, 2002

In a 10-day meeting in Geneva, the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) addressed a wide range of international issues but also embraced some changes that could reshape the whole ecumenical movement.

In his opening comments on August 26, General Secretary Konrad...

August 28, 2002

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is in a 'financially unsustainable position' and its central committee, meeting in Geneva until September 3, will have to take decisions to restore 'financial stability,' the committee was told.

Anders Gadegaard, on behalf of the WCC's finance...

July 11, 2002

General Secretary Konrad Raiser of the World Council of Churches met with a group of Rwandan genocide suspects being held at a detention camp in Arusha, Tanzania, focusing on the meaning of reconciliation. The July 4 visit was authorized by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

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July 9, 2002

World Council of Churches General Secretary Konrad Raiser has told the Sudanese government to end its policy of political exclusion and social injustice.

Raiser, who is on a July 1-16 pastoral visit to the Greater Horn of Africa and Tanzania, expressed his concerns during a July 2...

June 6, 2002

A commission established to examine the participation of Orthodox churches in the World Council of Churches (WCC) held its fourth and final plenary in Finland, ending June 2, and will now send its results and recommendations, called 'The Helsinki Report,' to the WCC Central Committee when it...

May 16, 2002

In 1927 a group of church leaders committed to church unity gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland, and launched what became the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. Bishop Charles Brent of the Episcopal Church USA reminded the participants of Christ's hope that 'they might...

September 21, 2001

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Konrad Raiser sent a pastoral letter to WCC member churches in the USA on September 20 to express continued ecumenical support and sympathy in the wake of the attacks on New York and Washington, DC, and to urge discernment and encourage...

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