Witnesses for creative peacemaking from member churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Burundi, Brazil, Greece and the United States will travel to Germany, 27 June - 4 July, to exchange experiences in overcoming violence.
Two international ecumenical Christian bodies have called on the UN, the South African Development Community and the African Union "to increase [their] efforts to address the rapidly deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe".
Churches worldwide are being invited to mark a day of prayer for Zimbabwe on Sunday 22 June, as the beginning of a season of prayer for the people and government of the African country, which is facing a critical time in its history.
If the churches are adequately to face the challenges of the C21st century, theological education rooted in a broad encounter with contemporary life is vital, a congress of global educators meeting in Greece has been told.
Congregations of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) and the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, the country's two largest traditions, are being encouraged to make 8 June a Sunday pledged to peace in Israel and Palestine.
The plea "Give us this day our daily bread" needs to be heard by political leaders meeting in Rome on the global food crisis, says Jean Blaylock, looking at the response of world church representatives.
With an estimated 850 million people suffering from hunger worldwide, nine out of ten of them in developing countries, "the scandal of hunger demands the immediate attention of the churches", affirms a new statement from the WCC.
Churches throughout the world are preparing to respond to six decades of conflict in Israel-Palestine with a week of actions for justice and peace, reports the World Council of Churches, which is helping to coordinate the event.