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First fruits of 10th Assembly are published

First fruits of 10th Assembly are published

Chief contributions and highlights of the WCC 10th Assembly are available in the newest issue of The Ecumenical Review, a quarterly journal of the WCC.

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Assembly renews churches’ commitment towards justice and peace

Assembly renews churches’ commitment towards justice and peace

The WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea, concluded on 8 November, acting to inspire churches to renew their commitments to justice and peace. Through varied encounters and dialogue within the fellowship of churches, the Assembly has made concrete decisions and recommendations setting priorities for the future work of the WCC.

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WCC Assembly addresses contemporary public issues

WCC Assembly addresses contemporary public issues

Politicization of religion, rights of religious minorities and stateless people, peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula and just peace served as subjects of the public statements adopted at the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea.

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Message of the WCC Assembly: “We intend to move together”

Message of the WCC Assembly: “We intend to move together”

“Join the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace” is the title of the Message of the WCC 10th Assembly. The assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea, was convened on 30 October and drew to a close on 8 November 2013. An assembly, the highest governing body of the WCC, is held once every seven to eight years to endorse policies, review projects and point the future direction of the organization.

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First woman and African moderator elected to the WCC Central Committee

First woman and African moderator elected to the WCC Central Committee

In one of their first decisions as the Central Committee for the World Council of Churches, the 150-member committee made history Friday by electing Dr Agnes Abuom of Nariobi, Kenya as the moderator of the highest WCC governing body.

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“No one can serve Christ and caste!”

“No one can serve Christ and caste!”

The National Council of Churches in India has taken a firm stand against casteism and caste discrimination in India. The NCCI Commission on Dalits is exhibiting materials about its campaign “Solidarity with Dalits for Justice and Dignity” in the Madang Hall at the WCC 10th Assembly. The NCCI Commission on Dalits has also created a unique way of raising awareness about casteism.

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Busan assembly highlights significance of peace

Busan assembly highlights significance of peace

Perspectives of peace-builders, shedding light on how peace can be achieved in communities, societies and nations, were featured at a plenary session of the WCC 10th Assembly. The plenary focusing on the theme of peace included Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and Korean theologian Dr Chang Yoon Jae.

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Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee speaks at WCC Peace Plenary

Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee speaks at WCC Peace Plenary

“Blessed are the peace makers” is the proclamation in Matthew 5:9. Today the WCC 10th Assembly featured Leymah Gbowee as one of the key speakers at the Peace Plenary, which featured stories, images and signs of hope from God leading toward justice and peace.

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Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism presented at WCC 10th Assembly in Busan

Orthodox and ecumenical scholars presented the Orthodox Handbook on Theological Education and Ecumenism at the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea on Wednesday, 6 November.

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Hearing many voices for justice and peace

Hearing many voices for justice and peace

On Wednesday, 6 November, the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) facilitated a workshop “Hearing Many Voices for Justice and Peace” at the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly. The WACC promotes communication as a basic human right, essential to people's dignity and community.

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Issues of justice in focus at WCC Busan assembly

Issues of justice in focus at WCC Busan assembly

The plenary on justice at the WCC 10th Assembly brings into focus the core of its theme “God of life, lead us to justice and peace.” Following on diverse reflections from around the world on Christian unity, Asia and mission, the assembly plenary on 6 November in Busan, Republic of Korea, highlighted struggles for justice.

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Workshop in Busan addresses discrimination against sexual minorities

Workshop in Busan addresses discrimination against sexual minorities

A “safe space” created for dialogue on human sexuality featured stories of pain, exclusion and violence faced by sexual minorities in many parts of the world. This space for dialogue was created in a workshop on 5 November at the WCC 10th Assembly currently underway in Busan, Republic of Korea.

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Jeju: Island of justice and peace?

Twenty-one WCC 10th Assembly participants visited Jeju Island for a weekend program of the event, meeting with those protesting about the building of a naval base on the south of the island.

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New WCC Central Committee elected

New WCC Central Committee elected

The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches has elected the Central Committee today during a closed session at its proceedings in Busan, Republic of Korea.

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Lest we forget: South Sudan is on the journey to justice and peace

Lest we forget: South Sudan is on the journey to justice and peace

On 9 July 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation. South Sudan today is estimated to be home to more than 11 million people and is geographically one of the larger countries in Africa. The prayer and theme of the WCC 10th Assembly is “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”. What does the prayer for justice and peace means for South Sudan today and in the future?

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Unity in Christ: the journey of fellowship

Unity in Christ: the journey of fellowship

Today the WCC 10th Assembly hosted a unity plenary. The plenary invited participants to reflect on unity and the spiritual journey of fellowship grounded in prayerful reflection.

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EAPPI space in Busan advocates for peace in Palestine and Israel

EAPPI space in Busan advocates for peace in Palestine and Israel

A space set up by the WCC's Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) at the WCC’s 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea, shares the realities of people living in the Palestinian occupied territory, through images, presentation and conversations stressing the need for peace in the region.

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Hope born in the womb of God

Hope born in the womb of God

Lit with bright lights and adorned with colourful paintings on the walls, the Raham Centre run by the Gimhae Presbyterian Church in South Korea looks like a day-care centre for children. However, the name Raham, which literally means “womb of a woman” or “womb of God” in the Hebrew language, has deep implications for the work of the centre with the purpose of supporting “migrant wives” in Gimhae.

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Gereja dan Perubahan Iklim: Kita memiliki Harapan

Gereja dan Perubahan Iklim: Kita memiliki Harapan

“Benar, gereja dan lembaga-lembaga berbasis gereja membutuhkan bukti untuk percaya bahwa pembahasan dan aksi-aksi kita selama ini untuk menangani perubahan iklim ini dan dampaknya ada dalam jalur yang benar walaupun kecepatannya salah alias kurang cepat,” Isaiah Kipyegon Toroitich staf advokasi di Sekretariat ACT Alliance menyampaikan kesimpulannya setelah perbincangan dengan Rev. Dr. Jochen Motte dari UEM (United Evangelical Mission) dan Sophia Wirsching dari BfDW (Broth for Die Welt) membahas tentang isu Climate Change di stan ACT Talk yang menjadi bagian dari Program Madang selama Sidang Raya Dewan Gereja Sedunia ke-10 di Busan.

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WCC assembly participants make pilgrimage for peace on Korean peninsula

WCC assembly participants make pilgrimage for peace on Korean peninsula

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the division between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) has separated North and South Korea since the military armistice agreement was signed on 27 July 1953 at the close of the Korean War. Since

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