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  • 20.12.04

    January 2005

    > Orthodox pre-Assembly meeting > Week of Prayer for Christian Unity > Young Missiologists’ Conference > WCC at the World Social Forum

  • 13.12.04

    New group of ecumenical accompaniers joins the EAPPI

    A new group of 15 ecumenical accompaniers arrived in Israel and Palestine last week. They join six staying on from the previous group, bringing the total number on the ground in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) to 21.

  • 9.12.04

    Christmas Message 2004 from the World Council of Churches general secretary

    The good news of Christmas shines forth upon the world like the summer sun in the southern hemisphere, like a sparkling star in the wintry northern sky. It shines brightly as "good news of great joy" in a world that surrounds us with disturbing news. It renews our faith in the promise of peace on earth, and calls us once again to praise God whose glory extends to the highest heavens. For centuries, the hope of peace inherent in Christmas has been a central affirmation of the church's faith. Each time that we celebrate the birth of Christ, we commit ourselves to live out this hope.

  • 8.12.04

    How would Mary and Joseph have fared at a checkpoint?

    Bethlehem, a tiny town in the West Bank, becomes the focus of international attention every year. Tourists descend on Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas in the place where it all began. But the simple fact that this possibility exists for international visitors and not for most Palestinians is one of the most bitter ironies associated with this time of year. This point was made clear through a demonstration staged by the Civil Committee in the Palestinian village of Sawahreh.

  • 18.11.04

    WCC advocacy week at UN highlights creative ecumenical peacemaking methods in Sudan, Korea, Israel/Palestine and Colombia

    Through combined spiritual accompaniment and active advocacy approaches, the ecumenical movement is making a vital contribution to the work for peace in crisis regions around the world. A case in point - Sudan - was the main focus of the third public seminar at a 14-19 November World Council of Churches (WCC) international affairs and advocacy week at the UN in New York.

  • 11.11.04

    WCC representatives to attend Arafat's funeral

    At the funeral service for President Yasser Arafat in Cairo on Friday, the World Council of Churches (WCC) will be represented by the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. The Coptic Orthodox Church is the largest member church of the WCC in the Middle East and the largest Christian church in the region. Pope Shenouda is also a former president of the WCC.

  • 11.11.04

    WCC expresses condolences for Arafat, hopes for justice with peace

    The World Council of Churches has expressed its condolences to the Palestinian people following the death of the president of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat. In a letter sent to the Palestinian Prime Minister Mr Ahmad Qurei’ by the director of WCC’s International Affairs, Mr Peter Weiderud, the WCC recognises the commitment of the Palestinian leader to upholding the place of both Christians and Muslims in Palestinian society, as “participants in its affairs and as shapers of its future”.

  • 7.10.04

    Rebuilding a house and building a common future

    Young and old came from different parts of the world to the small village of Anata to rebuild a demolished Palestinian house together with Israelis and Palestinians. They wanted to provide a home for 23 people, but there was also a larger motivating factor. Building the house was also an act of resistance to the Occupation.

  • 22.09.04

    Palestine/Israel: largest-ever group, including bishop, joins ecumenical peace-making programme

    The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) enters its second year of operations by welcoming 25 new accompaniers, the largest group since the project started in August 2002. Three have also stayed on from the previous group, bringing the total number of accompaniers on the ground to 28.

  • 20.09.04

    Churches advocates speak about nonviolent presence in Palestine and Israel

    The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) will organize a hearing in New York City on "International nonviolent presence in Palestine and Israel: Churches and civil society promoting a just peace". The panel of speakers will include three EAPPI volunteers, from the USA, South Africa and Sweden. The hearing takes place in conjunction with the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September.