Kenyan theologian Esther Mombo was born into an ecumenical environment in East Africa. She has a transcontinental education and told students of ecumenism this week that African Christianity is "young and vibrant", but that it needs to listen to the "women in the pews."
Amazon region bishops have made a call for married men to become priests in the Catholic Church to help reach their communities with Christian teachings. But the recent Vatican meeting drew the ire of traditionalists with accusations about idolatry highlighted after some art carvings were seized from a church near the Vatican and then cast […]
The tally of undernourished people is climbing again after decades of worldwide progress in the fight against hunger and the rise is of grave concern for the World Council of Churches, its ecumenical partners and the United Nations.
The World Evangelical Alliance has said it is deeply concerned about recent developments in the border region between Syria and Turkey and calls for prayer for the thousands of vulnerable people at risk of further suffering.
The World Council of Churches has condemned an attack by a gunman on a synagogue in the German city of Halle as dozens of worshippers observed Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of fasting and atonement that follows Rosh Hoshanah, the Jewish new year.
Like Túpac Katari, indigenous Aymara leader more than 200 years ago, confronting the Spaniards, Evo Morales was betrayed and ‘dismembered’ by his own people, recruited and paid by the agents of the most destructive, nefarious and murderous dark elite that governs and has governed for over two hundred years our planet, the United States of […]
ZakiaSoman, the founder of Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (an organisation of Muslim women in India), has been the wheel behind the mass movement demanding the law to criminalise the draconian practice of Triple Talaq.Soman, the epitome of pluralistic faith, remained untouched of hatred peddled in the aftermath of 2002 Gujarat violence while her activism brought […]
The institutional murder of nineteen year old Fathima Latheef at IIT Madras has once again hogged the national limelight on the oppressive nature of India’s higher educational institutions, especially technical institutions. The stark irony of anti-caste movement is the mocking fact that the very educational institutions established to ensure upward mobility of marginalised sections continue […]
An Israeli attack on Gaza was imminent, and not because of any provocations by Palestinian groups in the besieged, impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli military escalation was foreseeable because it factors neatly in Israel’s contentious political scene. The war was not a question of “if”, but “when”. The answer came on November 12, when the […]
There are a lot of similarities in the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October last year and the alleged suicide of the founder of the White Helmets, James Le Mesurier, who was found dead on November 11 in suspicious circumstances after falling off a two-story apartment building […]
Propaganda is essential to the Deep State’s operation. The Deep State is the small number of people who control the organizations that donate the majority of the funds which finance the political careers of national officials, such as Presidents, Prime Ministers, and members of the national legislature. Almost always, the members of the Deep State […]
Cuba is the “criminal-country”. That’s central reason that pushes imperialism to punish Cuba. Following imperialism’s directive and advice, a number of countries have rejected Cuba’s offer for medical help during those countries’ hours of need, when natural disasters battered parts of the countries on different occasions. Now, in the latest series of punishing Cuba, imperialism […]
A statement made by Ramdev on Periyar is on the air and is being circulated. He calls Periyar and other who spoke of Moolniwasi philosophy as ‘intellectual terrorists’. One should not take Ramdev too seriously as he has got exposed completely and if there was a neutral government both ED and IT department would have […]
Security forces opened fire on supporters of evicted Bolivian President Evo Morales in a central town of Sacaba, killing at least five people, injuring dozens. Most of the dead and injured Friday in Sacaba near the city of Cochabamba suffered bullet wounds, Guadalberto Lara, director of the town’s Mexico Hospital, told The Associated Press. He […]
They pledged to do it, and they did – Bolivian feudal lords, mass media magnates and other treasonous “elites” – they overthrew the government, broke hope and interrupted an extremely successful socialist process in what was once one of the poorest countries in South America. One day, they will be cursed by their own […]
Der Gemeinderat der orthodoxen Gemeinde in Helsinki hat seine Unterstützung für die weltweite Kampagne „Donnerstags in Schwarz. Für eine Welt ohne Vergewaltigung und Gewalt“ zum Ausdruck gebracht. Maria Mountraki ist Mitglied der Kommission der Kirchen für Internationale Angelegenheiten des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK), aber auch zweite Vize-Vorsitzende des Gemeinderates der orthodoxen Gemeinde in Helsinki.
Der Ökumenische Rat der Kirchen (ÖRK) und das ACT-Bündnis haben in einem gemeinsamen Brief an den Präsidenten von Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, ihre große Sorge angesichts der Entwicklungen im Land zum Ausdruck gebracht, durch die die Sicherheit und die Menschenrechte vieler Menschen gefährdet seien.
Vom 4.-5. November besuchte der Generalsekretär des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK), Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, in Bern die Delegierten des Schweizerischen Evangelischen Kirchenbundes. Im Mittelpunkt stand die Rolle des ÖRK bei der zukünftigen Prägung der ökumenischen Bewegung. Tveit sprach auf der Abgeordnetenversammlung des Schweizerischen Evangelischen Kirchenbundes und erörterte die Frage: „Wo steht die […]
Mit der Unterzeichnung einer Vereinbarung zwischen den Beteiligten ist Green Village das erste Genfer Entwicklungsprojekt, das sich für das One Planet Living-Label qualifiziert hat. Der formelle Aktionsplan umfasst zehn Grundsätze, die insbesondere von Eigentümer, Entwickler und Trägergemeinde ein starkes Engagement erfordern. Der Schweizerische Verein für One Planet Living Quartiere, einer der Unterzeichner, wurde vom WWF […]
Der vom Zentralausschuss zur Vorbereitung der Wahl des nächsten ÖRK-Generalsekretärs oder der nächsten ÖRK-Generalsekretärin berufene Findungsausschuss hat diese Woche getagt und die Vorsitzende des Zentralausschusses, Dr. Agnes Abuom, über das Ergebnis seiner Arbeit informiert. Das Amt des Generalsekretärs/der Generalsekretärin ist zum 1. April 2020 neu zu besetzen, da der derzeitige Generalsekretär, Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse […]
Am 23. und 24. Oktober traf sich Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, Generalsekretär des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK), mit der Führungsebene der Methodistischen Kirche von Mexiko. Diese Begegnung war Teil eines internen Urteilsbildungsprozesses, an dessen Ende die Wiederaufnahme der 1994 ausgesetzten ÖRK-Mitgliedschaft stehen könnte.
Die Römisch-katholische Kirche hat eine offizielle Stellungnahme zu dem Dokument „Die Kirche: Auf dem Weg zu einer gemeinsamen Vision“ vorgelegt, das das Ergebnis von 30 Jahren internationaler ökumenischer Gespräche darüber war, was es heißt, Kirche zu sein.
Die Zahl unterernährter Menschen steigt wieder an, nachdem in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten weltweit große Fortschritte im Kampf gegen den Hunger gemacht wurden. Der Ökumenische Rat der Kirchen (ÖRK), seine ökumenischen Partner und die Vereinten Nationen sind zutiefst besorgt über diese Entwicklung.
Palestine Update 307 Palestinians need justice before peace by Mariam Barghouti In Palestine, ‘peace’ has become a euphemism for the prolongation of the status quo and the Israeli occupation A woman displays poster demanding ‘Salam, Shalom’ (peace, peace) during a demonstration for peace in Palestine in Zurich on July 29, 2014 Palestinians knew from the get-go […]
Palestine Update 306 Restructuring the Palestinian Authority: It’s now or never by Dana El Kurd This is a must-read think-piece by Al-Shabaka policy analyst Dana El Kurd. The paper argues that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has perhaps never been so disconnected from Palestinian society for those who want to understand the way forward for Palestinians in […]
Palestine Update 305 Israel: the country that loves US handouts but hates US criticism Earlier this week, the Israeli Supreme Court upheld a government ruling to deport Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) Israel and Palestine country director. Barring a highly unlikely volte-face by the Israeli government within the next two weeks, Shakir, a US […]
Palestine Update 304 Opinion Israel routinely flouts international legal standards In this issue of Palestine Updates, the focus is on reports that demonstrate Israel’s disdain for the rule of law. Israel conveniently invents new laws or changes current ones when it does not suit their purposes of adding oppressive mechanisms to repress Palestinian protest or […]
Palestine Update 301 Opinion Israel’s escalating human rights violations Israel gets labeled as a democracy despite its reprehensible human rights record. Through suppressing those who criticize its human rights record, Israel is proving that it is not even remotely a liberal democracy. Israeli practices on the West Bank and in Gaza involve violations of human […]
Palestine Update 303 The nine-year-old Palestinian with 100 wounds By Ramzy Baroud Kafr Qaddum is a small Palestinian village located between Nablus and Qalqilya in the northern West Bank. The inhabitants of the village feel angry and abandoned, with most of their land located under total Israeli military control. Thus, they are subjected to land […]
Palestine Update 301 Opinion America’s falling stock in the Israeli-Palestine peace process There is little doubt that the political influence of the USA is in sharp decline around the world in a range of arenas. When it comes to the Middle East, the US now carries the image of a political phony and deceitful broker. […]
Following is a list of United Nations Security Council resolutions directly critical of Israel for violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the U.N. Charter, the Geneva Conventions, international terrorism, or other violations of international law. Read list of violations
The Israeli government continued to enforce severe and discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians’ human rights; restrict the movement of people and goods into and out of the Gaza Strip; and facilitate the unlawful transfer of Israeli citizens to settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israeli forces stationed on the Israeli side of the fences separating Gaza […]
(1). Statement Condemning the Police Firing against Farmers in Kidapawan, Mindanao in the Philippines (2). GS Keynote Address In Search of a New Vision for Christian Mission in Asia_March 2016 (3). GS Letter to Suicide bomb attack against innocent people in Pakistan (29 March 2016) (4). Report of the CCA General-Secretary-18 July 2016(5). Statement on […]
Sudhir Adhikari, a prominent ecumenical leader in Bangladesh passed away this morning (21 September) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Born in Barisal, Bangladesh in a traditional Baptist Christian family, Sudhir Adhikari was a scientist by profession and worked with the government of Pakistan and Bangladesh for several years. As a devoted lay member of the Bangladesh Baptist […]