An international ecumenical team representing the World Council of Churches has left the USA encouraged by the signs of hope and commitment after meeting with American Christians struggling with issues of gun control, war and a culture of violence.
There is an "international responsibility to protect people at risk in the Darfur region ... and in neighbouring Chad," says the World Council of Churches executive committee, calling on member churches to bring that responsibility "to the attention of their governments".
The Kyoto Protocol is "an important step forward towards a just and sustainable global climate policy regime" but "much more radical reductions [of greenhouse gas emissions] are urgently needed," the World Council of Churches' executive committee has declared.
A US Christian leader has asked a World Council of Churches peacemaking team visiting the United States for assistance to rid his country of the "scourge" of gun violence during the team's September 2007 visit.
Pacific churches need courage and wisdom to face the legacy of colonialism, migration problems, the downside of tourism, questions of democracy and good governance, the ravages of climate change and geo-political tensions, a gathering of Christians in the region has heard.
In a gesture of support toward the families of the Korean hostages being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and a Methodist minister from Kenya, visited them yesterday while on a trip to Korea.
A World Evangelical Alliance theologian says evangelicals are ready to support a code of conduct concerning conversion commonly agreed by traditional Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches as well as by Roman Catholics.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) will welcome five young people to serve as interns in its Geneva offices from February 2008 to January 2009 - working in areas such as peace, media relations and interreligious understanding.
Annegret Kapp describes the experiences of young Christians, Muslims and Jews as they seek to come to terms with the challenges of global religious faith through a special summer school at the famous Bossey Institute.
Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other global church leaders have welcomed a ruling from the Madras High Court in Chennai that dismissed a challenge to the constitutionality of India's patent law from a Swiss pharmaceutical giant.