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.
A wide range of events will form the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, 4-10 June. Churches and related organizations in over 20 countries are taking part. The week is about prayer, education and action to end to the 60-year conflict.
When people hear the word 'health' they think immediately of medical matters, says Juan Michel. But health is also an issue of clean drinking water, nutritious food, a safe work environment and essential care accessible at the community level - not least in a time of flu panics.
According to an Indian church worker, the violence against Christians in the Indian state of Orissa last year was not a one-time event but the consequence of a fragmented society. However, the recent elections give fresh hope.
A delegation representing churches engaged with indigenous peoples across the globe, coordinated by the World Council of Churches, will form a delegation at the upcoming 8th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.