Dispelling the myth of "a little peaceful country", an international ecumenical Living Letters team visited Uruguay and discovered how violence manifests itself at the levels of family life, the state and youth, and how the churches in this South American country seek to overcome it, says Juan Michel.
Recent incidents of violence in Bagua, Peru, are further examples of the suppression of indigenous people's rights, says the head of the World Council of Churches. Just policies and an end to violence are needed for peace.
A conference seeking to consolidate the legacy of the World Council of Churches' historic anti-racism efforts will take place from 14-17 June in Doorn near Utrecht in the Netherlands. The task is still a vital one.
Six people are believed to be on a short list to lead the World Council of Churches, which now has 349 member churches - principally Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant - seeking to represent 560 million Christians worldwide.
The hope that all Christians will be able to celebrate Easter on the same day in the future has been reaffirmed by an international ecumenical seminar organized by the Institute of Ecumenical Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.