Representatives of church bodies associated with the World Council of Churches (WCC) from Africa, Europe and the Middle East are gathering in Brussels, 6-9 July 2007, to seek responses to migration in and between these regions.
Heads of the historic churches in Jerusalem have welcomed the Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum launched in Jordan last week. They want to work with those of all faiths and none to achieve a breakthrough in the deadly stalemate.
The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, plans to visit member churches and Christian communities in the strife-ridden occupied Palestinian territories and Israel.
Blaming religion alone for the world's troubles is factually wrong, says the head of the World Council of Churches. Both religious and non-religious roots of conflict must be faced, and Christians have a vocation as peacemakers.
Praying with Jerusalem's Christians, marching to the White House or sponsoring one of 14,609 olive trees are among the activities taking place in the International Church Action for Peace in Palestine and Israel.
Thw WCC is renewing efforts to promote global Christian unity and conversation through an 'alliance of alliances' which will acknowledge differences and work through cooperation rather than conformity.