Ecumenical, evangelical and Roman Catholic leaders have conceded that there are still many obstacles to unity in the body of Christ but stress they remain committed to the journey.
Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, international director of the World Evangelical Alliance, and the Most Rev. Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, were speaking to journalists on Saturday at Edinburgh 2010, a major conference taking place this week to mark 100 years since the World Missionary Conference was held in the Scottish capital in 1910.
Bishop Farrell was the least optimistic about efforts towards unity. more >>
The Edinburgh 2010 conference will open on Wednesday with the aim of providing direction for Christian mission in the 21st century.
Hundreds of leaders from around the world will gather in Edinburgh, Scotland, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first-ever global mission conference, Edinburgh 1910.
From June 2 to 6, mission experts will convene to discuss nine major themes, including Christian mission among other faiths, mission and post-modernities, and Christian communities in contemporary contexts. more >>
Israel’s deadly attack on a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza is “a crime,” said a large network of church-based relief organizations.
“This incident could easily have been avoided. This aggression has been heavily criticized and condemned by the worldwide members of ACT Alliance,” said John Nduna, general secretary of Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance.
ACT is an alliance of 100 humanitarian and development organizations working in 130 countries, including the Gaza Strip. more >>
Both western and eastern Christians will celebrate Easter on the same day this year.
And one ecumenical leader hopes that such a unified celebration will continue in the future.
In a letter to church bodies worldwide, the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, renewed a call for a common Easter date. more >>
Leaders from various faith groups around the world on Tuesday pledged to prioritize and strengthen their response to HIV and to end the stigma associated with the pandemic.
"As religious leaders we have to be just and honest and address the fact that a vast majority of those among us affected by HIV and AIDS belong to a faith community," said the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches. "We have to provide leadership to uphold the inherent human dignity of all."
Tveit and representatives of some 40 religions just came out of the first-ever religious summit of high level leaders on the HIV response. The March 22-23 event took place in the Netherlands where participants – including Baha'í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh leaders – signed a personal commitment to action, vowing to "be clear in my words and actions that stigma and discrimination towards people living with or affected by HIV is unacceptable," according to The Associated Press. more >>
The general secretary of the World Council of Churches and the international director of the World Evangelical Alliance recently met to discuss their common concerns about efforts toward Christian unity.
The meeting between WCC's the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit and WEA's the Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe was held last week at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, Switzerland, where the WCC's headquarters is located.
It was the first meeting between the two bodies since the Global Christian Forum in Limuru, Kenya, in 2007. more >>