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Churches support justice movements in economy and ecology

Churches support justice movements in economy and ecology

Church representatives at a recent Oikotree Global Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa stressed the need to support peoples'€™ movements promoting justice in the economy and ecology, a concern, they say, that lies at the heart of the faith.

Concepts of God are evolving to meet earth crisis, assert theologians

How we understand God figures directly in how we treat our planet and its inhabitants, asserts a group of theologians in the newest issue of The Ecumenical Review. List of the authors and articles Subscribe to Website of the WCC 10th Assembly

Working for climate justice is an ethical and spiritual imperative

Climate change is causing massive violations of human rights. This point was made at a side event on “human rights and climate change” during the 22nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

EWN invites biblical reflections on water

EWN invites biblical reflections on water

To inspire responses and concrete actions for water justice, the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) of the Seven Weeks for Water 2013 More information on the Ecumenical Water Network

Statement on global economy delivered to Bolivia

Statement on global economy delivered to Bolivia

In La Paz, an ecumenical delegation delivered to Bolivian government officials a statement on ethical principles for a new global economic system. The statement was received by Bolivian minister of the presidency Juan Ramon Quintana at the government palace on 9 January.

Letters to the future: Eco-justice visions in South Africa

Letters to the future: Eco-justice visions in South Africa

What will the world look like if we continue careening down a slide of eco-injustice? Ninth graders in South Africa have some idea. In a campaign organized by Suwi Siwila, the students pretended they were living in the future, writing a description to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Words of advice from South African youth Read also: Nigerian youth adopt eco-justice for urban neighbourhoods In Myanmar, eco-justice flourishes even in challenging settings 40 days – no emissions? Swedish urbanite lives the concept Rio+20 disappointment impassions youth to pursue local eco-justice The LWF and Youth for Eco-Justice More information on the WCC and eco-justice

WCC delivers climate change statement at COP 18

On 7 December at the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where no agreement has been reached so far, the World Council of Churches (WCC) delivered a statement to the High-Level Ministerial Segment of COP 18 in Doha, Qatar. Read full text of the statement WCC’s work for climate justice and care for creation

WCC delegation in Doha advocates for climate justice

WCC delegation in Doha advocates for climate justice

Negotiations in Doha have achieved little in the way of a fair and binding treaty that could reverse the current trends in climate change. This was the observation of the World Council of Churches (WCC) delegates at the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 18. WCC’s work for climate justice and care for creation

Nigerian youth adopt eco-justice for urban neighbourhoods

Nigerian youth adopt eco-justice for urban neighbourhoods

A sense of eco-justice is arriving, step-by-step, in urban Lagos, Nigeria. The story of Njideka Onwunyi shows how one young woman can galvanize a growing response. Download the booklet “Eco-justice – Our Role as Young Christians in Preserving the Environment” Read also: In Myanmar, eco-justice flourishes even in challenging settings 40 days – no emissions? Swedish urbanite lives the concept Rio+20 disappointment impassions youth to pursue local eco-justice The LWF and Youth for Eco-Justice More information on the WCC and eco-justice

EWN observes World Toilet Day at a village in India

EWN observes World Toilet Day at a village in India

Observing World Toilet Day in the village of Parja Suku in Odisha, India, brought forward the painful reality of many communities around the world where good, hygienic sanitation facilities are lacking. Reflection by Dr Guillermo Kerber on World Toilet Day Photo album on the EWN Facebook page WCC Ecumenical Water Network

EWN welcomes Dinesh Suna as new coordinator

EWN welcomes Dinesh Suna as new coordinator

Starting on 19 November Dinesh Suna will take over the role of coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) for the World Council of Churches.

In Myanmar, eco-justice flourishes even in challenging settings

In Myanmar, eco-justice flourishes even in challenging settings

Hau Sian Suan, a young man from Myanmar, and his peers have drawn close to work together for eco-justice, even in a community where communications are difficult. Suan likes to reflect on the moments that shaped a new initiative in his home country. Read also: 40 days – no emissions? Swedish urbanite lives the concept Rio+20 disappointment impassions youth to pursue local eco-justice “Youth has a stake in the issue of climate change” Youth promise active involvement for environmental justice The LWF and Youth for Eco-Justice More information on the WCC and eco-justice

Youth eco-justice efforts expand

Youth eco-justice efforts expand

Youth engagement in eco-justice is expanding in scope and sophistication, says Marcelo Leites, Latin American and Caribbean regional secretary for the World Student Read also: WCC working group plans next steps in climate advocacy WCC’s work for climate justice and care for creation

WCC working group plans next steps in climate advocacy

WCC working group plans next steps in climate advocacy

Fifteen representatives from churches, ecumenical organizations and other partners from Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe and the Pacific came together this week in Crete to assess the work of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on care for creation and climate justice and to strategize for the future. WCC conference probes sustainability crises Time for Creation WCC’s work for climate justice and care for creation WCC’s work on poverty, wealth and ecology

Churches pray and care for creation

Churches pray and care for creation

Every year, from 1 September to 4 October, parishes and congregations in various parts of the world consecrate some time to reflect, celebrate and organize activities in relation to creation.

Altmann affirms signs of hope in the ecumenical movement

Altmann affirms signs of hope in the ecumenical movement

The WCC can be and still is prophetic today,” said the Rev. Dr Walter Altmann, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee, reflecting on highs and lows in the ecumenical movement and on the identity of the WCC. Full text of the moderator's address More information on the Central Committee meeting High resolution photos available via

NECC calling for environmental fact-finding mission to Gaza

NECC calling for environmental fact-finding mission to Gaza

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40 days – no emissions? Swedish urbanite lives the concept

40 days – no emissions? Swedish urbanite lives the concept

Joakim Book Jonnson, a salesman for a security company and a member of the Church of Sweden, transformed his urban commuter life when he decided to leave, at least temporarily, no ecological footprint. Read also: Rio+20 disappointment impassions youth to pursue local eco-justice “Youth has a stake in the issue of climate change” Youth promise active involvement for environmental justice The LWF and Youth for Eco-Justice More information on the WCC and eco-justice

Rio+20: Some “nuggets” to work with despite disappointment

Rio+20: Some “nuggets” to work with despite disappointment

Many church and civil society representatives have expressed disappointment over the lack of vision and ambition in the outcomes of the Rio+20 summit, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this June. Yet the affirmation of the human right to water and sanitation is one aspect among others in the results that the future work of the ecumenical movement for sustainability and eco-justice can build on. Read more: People of faith in Rio de Janeiro show concern for the earth Rio+20 disappointment impassions youth to pursue local eco-justice Rio+20 Post Summit reaction The Future We Want: Outcome document adopted at Rio+20

WCC calls for "madang" programme applications

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has invited applications for workshops, exhibitions and side events for its upcoming 10th Assembly to be held in Busan, Korea. Proposals must be submitted by 31 October 2012. More information on madang programme at the WCC 10th Assembly Official website of the WCC 10th Assembly