Face to face with violence and death, churches in the Philippines are helping to build peace in a country where armed conflict continues to rage, says Maurice Melanes. Christian-Muslim cooperation is an important part of the alternative agenda.
Church leaders in the Middle East region and across the world are giving a cautious but hopeful initial response to the proposals coming out of the Annapolis summit in Maryland, USA, concerning sustainable peace in Israel and Palestine.
Good faith, multilateral participation and adherence to the rule of law are essential if the Annapolis Middle East Conference starting today is to be a success, World Council of Churches' chief Dr Samuel Kobia has written to the key participants.
Nigerian Methodist Archbishop Michael Kehinde Stephen has been chosen to moderate the Continuing Committee on Ecumenism in the 21st Century, a group assigned to monitor and encourage initiatives in a global quest for Christian unity.
As churches throughout the world absorb the significance of the recent ground-breaking Global Christian Forum, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has made a new appointment to a post aimed at promoting dialogue on key issues.
In face of "escalating human rights violations," the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia has announced stronger ecumenical advocacy efforts to bring the Philippines under international scrutiny.
A World Council of Churches (WCC) delegation on an 18-21 November 2007 visit to the Southeast Asian country has heard testimonies from families of people who have been abducted, tortured and killed - including church and human rights workers.
Religious organisations already have a major stake in the global economy and can now shift decisively towards using their resources for ethical purposes and to redistribute wealth to the poor, a major group of faith investors says.
Leaders meeting in Kenya belonging to all main Christian traditions, and from countries ranging from Armenia to Zimbabwe, have pledged to convene international, local and regional meetings to deepen reconciliation and understanding.