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  • 8.08.05

    21 September: Churches to pray for peace in Asia and the world

    In 2005, for the second year running, churches representing over 560 million Christians world-wide are being invited to mark the UN International Day of Peace, 21 September, as an International Day of Prayer for Peace.

  • 25.07.05

    At Jewish-Christian gathering Kobia talks about divestment, calls for new alliances for life

    While anti-semitism is a sin, not every critique of Israeli policies qualifies as anti-semitism, Samuel Kobia told a Jewish-Christian gathering on Sunday, 24 July.

  • 22.06.05

    Jewish-Christian dialogue: a demanding miracle

    Given the history of their relationships, interreligious dialogue between Christians and Jews may be seen as a "miracle", but it's also a complex and demanding endeavour.

  • 5.05.05

    Four pastors among 18 new ecumenical accompaniers

    A new group of 18 ecumenical accompaniers last week joined four others staying on in Israel and Palestine from the previous group within the framework of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The new arrivals bring the total number of ecumenical accompaniers now on the ground to 22.

  • 4.05.05

    Message of the Presidents of the WCC at Pentecost 2005

    Grace and peace to you on this Feast of Pentecost 2005, in which we celebrate the many gifts of God’s Spirit!

  • 31.03.05

    WCC deeply concerned about the status of Jerusalem

    Alarmed by new political developments affecting the status of Jerusalem, the WCC's Commission of the Churches on International Affairs called in an open letter today for "an open and inclusive Jerusalem, a city of shared sovereignty and citizenship, a city of two peoples and three faiths, of Christians, Muslims and Jews".

  • 21.03.05

    Can refusal stop the occupation?

    The refusal movement in Israel has grown rapidly over the last few years. It has become more accepted in Israeli society to refuse military service in the occupied territories and become what is known as a "refusenik". A member of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) gives an account of this new phenomenon.

  • 24.02.05

    Ecumenical accompaniers in Israel and Palestine: working to reduce violence, improve people's lives

    A new group of 12 "ecumenical accompaniers" last week joined four others staying on in Israel and Palestine from previous groups within the framework of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The new arrivals bring the total number of ecumenical accompaniers now on the ground to 16.

  • 31.01.05

    Towards an ethics of solidarity Religion, conflict and peace discussed at WSF

    "What is the magma within religions that can erupt so suddenly and brutally?" This is one of the questions raised at a panel discussion on "International ethics, religious conflicts and peace" at the fifth World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Organized by a global ecumenical coalition that includes the WCC, the panel explores the role of religion in conflicts, and seeks to identify resources within religion for overcoming violence.

  • 11.01.05

    Between ballots and barbed wire : accompanying elections under occupation

    “I would like to express my thanks to this group of Christian leaders and volunteers who are here to promote the principles of the prince of peace,” said former US president Jimmy Carter. Present in the region as an international monitor for the Palestinian elections, Carter was speaking at a 20 January gathering in Jerusalem of members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), local church leaders, and local Jewish and Muslim partners. Also attending the gathering was US congresswoman Lois Capps who, like Carter, had served as an election monitor.