World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has added his name to a growing chorus of calls from around the globe for the cancellation of quake-hit Haiti's crippling international debt.
Churches and church related organisations are mobilizing resources to bring immediate relief to the people of Port-au-Prince, says Juan Michel. But equally importantly they are also advocating for the international community to waive Haiti's foreign debt while building a more, just sustainable future for the country.
Today the organised ecumenical movement among Christians, seeking common witness and social justice, is seen by many as a failing, lost or irrelevant cause, says Keith Clements. But in a divided world, the case for a genuine search for unity among the churches in these islands and beyond is stronger than ever and needs radically renewing.
In a 13 January 2010 solidarity letter to the churches in Malaysia, the World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, expressed deep concern and sorrow about recent attacks against church buildings in the country.
Action of Churches Together (ACT) member churches are already involved in responding to the Haiti disaster. World Council of Churches General Secretary, Olav Fykse Tveit, has expressed condolences and solidarity with the people there.
The global ecumenical movement among Christians must bring the hope of peace and justice to a suffering and divided world, says the new general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev Olav Fykse Tveit.
How does biblical thought relate to climate change? What are the theological insights churches can offer to a world facing an unprecedented ecological crisis? Juan Michel describes some answers from a recent global seminar.
With a lack of transparency, "the agreement reached this past week by some countries in Copenhagen was negotiated without consensus but rather in secret among the powerful nations of the world,” a WCC climate change specialist says.
"The present day reality shows that our sincere efforts have not been enough to bring in the age of social justice and peace," says a WCC statement delivered to the plenary of the United Nations Climate Change Conference yesterday.
Representatives have gathered for the final scheduled day of the UN climate summit in Copenhagen amid uncertainty over the shape of any eventual deal - and with appeals for action reiterated by faith bodies and NGOs.