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.
In recent years South Korean churches have come to be known for their spectacular growth rate, the fastest of any Asian nation. Less known is the role Korea's churches have played in working for peace and reunification of their divided country.
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.
Churches throughout the world are preparing for next year's Week of Prayer for Christian unity - which will mark the 100th anniversary of the event. The first one was in 1908 in Graymoor, New York, USA.
The World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Institute in the Swiss countryside has been the setting of a major month-long global dialogue on the state of religion in the world - an invitation to honesty, deeper understanding and the renewal of conversation.
With Evangelical and Pentecostal representatives joining an 8-12 August consultation in Toulouse, the joint Vatican-WCC study process on religious conversion has moved one step closer to its goal of a common code of conduct.
The World Council of Churches has denounced the killing of a second Korean Christian hostage in Afghanistan, while Korean Presbyterians have called on the US and Afghanistan to negotiate the freeing of the hostages with the Taliban.
In an interview with Juan Michel of the WCC, a prominent Iraqi Christian shares his views on the situation in the violence-plagued country. He assesses the situation with realism, but also with hope for peace with justice.