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Violence within the family: Churches need to keep their ears open to calls for help

Violence within the family: Churches need to keep their ears open to calls for help

[WCC News] German churches’ experience with the issue of “domestic violence” will play an important role in a Peace Declaration of the World Council of Churches planned for 2011. “The churches have denied the existence of this issue for a long time”, said Georges Lemopoulos, deputy general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), speaking on Saturday 28 June in Frankfurt.

Frankfurt was the first stop for a WCC team of six people led by Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi from Burundi. The visit of the WCC team in Germany is one of several such team visits planned throughout the world between now and 2010 to prepare for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in 2011. The convocation is the culmination of the WCC’s Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010, in which the German churches have been particularly active and committed from the outset. In Frankfurt, projects and experiences from south-western Germany were presented to the international team.

Rev. Helene Eichrodt-Kessel, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg’s office for the Decade to Overcome Violence, told the WCC team that the protestant churches are pushing to have the issue of domestic violence included as part of the school syllabus in Baden-Württemberg and also to increase access to advice for victims. Domestic violence is an issue taken up both in theological training and in-service training. “In our jobs, we go into people’s homes and have the opportunity to speak with them,” she said. Congregations received calls for help from women and children. One in four women has been a victim of violence at least once.

The Rosenstrasse 76 exhibition by the development agency Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) helps local congregations talk about the issue and is used both nationally and internationally – this year by the Evangelical Church of Westphalia. Janette Bächtold-Ludwig, director of the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil (CONIC), praised the way the exhibition had been conceived and the accompanying events that rural and urban parishes organized around it.

“Domestic violence takes place behind closed doors. When we learn about it, it’s already too late,” said Archbishop Ntahoturi. In his home country Burundi it was seen as one of the results of war. Through its “focus on the family” project, his church had also found out about cases of sexual abuse, he added.

Answering a question from the delegation about the extent to which culture and religion influence “domestic violence”, the Rev. Eli Wolf, director of the Protestant women’s centre in Frankfurt, said that at the moment most of the women seeking protection had a migration background, although domestic violence affected all parts of society. She also talked about working with Muslim women who are working on changing male role models in their environment.

Through its international ecumenical network, the Association of Churches and Missions in South Western Germany, (EMS), has been getting people to read biblical peace texts together with partners abroad. “Everything had to be translated and that demanded a bit of patience”, said the Rev. Dorothea Frank, about the exchange with a student group from Cameroon. “We learnt that we have the Bible as our common treasure and that no one has the right to insist on just one way of interpreting it.”

The organizers of the meeting in Frankfurt have great hopes for the ecumenical declaration on just peace that will be issued by the peace convocation in 2011, said the Rev. Ulrike Schmidt-Hesse, deputy director of the EMS. She hoped that clear positions on current challenges would be taken up alongside more general reflections.

The day in Frankfurt was prepared by the Evangelical Church in Hessen and Nassau, the Evangelical Church in Baden, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg, the Württemberg ecumenical network and the EMS.

• Further information on the Decade to Overcome Violence
• Living Letters team visit to Germany
• Travel blog by two members of the WCC’s Living Letters team
• Association of Protestant Churches and Mission in South Western Germany (EMS)
• WCC Member Churches in Germany
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Posted: July 3, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=480
Categories: WCC News
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Women in Christian-Muslim dialogue want to break down stereotypes

Can women play a strong role in bringing reconciliation and tolerance to the communities in conflict? Can divisions and divides be resolved from a faith-based perspective, when religion often is considered a cause of violence?
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Posted: September 22, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=497
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Islam
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Islam


Saints and martyrs: international ecumenical symposium

Saints and martyrs: international ecumenical symposium

[WCC News] Can saints and martyrs – or for that matter, Christians who lived exemplary lives – help unite the churches into which they were born? An international group of experts will discuss this and other related questions at a symposium in an Italian monastery.
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Posted: September 23, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=500
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: dialogue, saints
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Catégorie : Conferences, WCC NewsDans cet article : dialogue, saints


WCC welcomes Vatican’s new chief ecumenist

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has welcomed the appointment of Bishop Kurt Koch as new president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. “We rejoice at the appointment of Bishop Kurt Koch as president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity”, said Tveit commenting the
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Posted: June 30, 2010 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4880
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Apply now: Stewards Programme 2011

WCC Stewards ProgramYoung Christians from around the world are invited to apply to the World Council of Churches (WCC) stewards programme for one of two hands-on learning experiences at major ecumenical meetings in 2011, the WCC Central Committee meeting, 8-24 February, and the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, 12-26 May. Applicants must be between the age of 18-30 years.

During the meetings stewards will work in the areas of worship, conference room, documentation, press office, sound, and other administrative and support tasks.

The WCC Central Committee meets every 18 months in Geneva, Switzerland to monitor and set directions to the Council’s work. The meeting brings together about 150 church representatives, advisers and observers from WCC member churches and associated organizations worldwide. Twenty stewards will help to make this event happen.
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Posted: August 18, 2010 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=634
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: peace, WCC, WCC Central Committee, youth
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : peace, WCC, WCC Central Committee, youth


WCC leader’s speech reaches to evangelical Christians

The head of the World Council of Churches has reached out to a global gathering of Evangelicals saying Christians of different traditions need to learn from each other to participate together in God’s mission.

“We are called to be one, to be reconciled, so that the world may believe that God reconciles the world to himself in Christ,” the WCC general secretary, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, said in a 17 October address on the opening day of the 3rd Lausanne Congress for World Evangelization.
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Posted: October 18, 2010 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1506
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: evangelism/evangelization, Lausanne Commission for World Evangelism, mission
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Catégorie : Conferences, WCC NewsDans cet article : evangelism/evangelization, Lausanne Commission for World Evangelism, mission


International Christian-Muslim consultation opens in Geneva

“Our theology is not the same,” said Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan, “but we are all in the same boat.” The prince was addressing an assembly of Christians and Muslims gathered in Geneva, Switzerland to mark the beginning on Monday of a four-day international consultation on Muslim-Christian dialogue.
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Posted: November 2, 2010 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1776
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Islam
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Islam


Week of Prayer 2012 asks what victory means for unity

As Poland prepares to host the European Football Championship in 2012, Christians in the country have put the meaning of “victory” and “defeat” at the centre of their reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity that will be celebrated earlier in the year. Preparatory resources based on these reflections are already available in five languages on the website of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
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Posted: July 11, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1808
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Churches seek peace and justice through dialogue in Assisi

At an interfaith gathering in Assisi, called by Pope Benedict XVI, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said, “The cross is not for crusades but a sign of God’s love embracing everybody.” He praised the role of “young change makers” in pursuit of peace and called faith leaders to engage in dialogue by addressing conflicts and accepting “the other.”
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Posted: October 27, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1819
Categories: WCC News
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Equal rights for all the measure for assessing freedom of religion

An international study process developed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) is preparing a report on freedom of religion as a fundamental human right for all.

The fundamental rights of freedom of religion or belief are often violated by both governments and individuals, acting either on their own behalf or as members of majority groups. Despite significant initiatives taken by states and the international community, religious minorities in several parts of the world are becoming the targets of discrimination, acts of violence or hostility and persecution because of their religion.

The extent to which freedom of religion or belief can be considered as an absolute right in pluralistic societies, as well as its relation to various aspects of human rights, was the centre of discussion among experts who participated at an international consultation organized by the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA).
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Posted: December 6, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1827
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: human rights, religious freedom, WCC
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : human rights, religious freedom, WCC


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