Disciples News Service

Category: Overseas Ministries

Sharon Watkins a voice for peace in Syria

From the World Council of Churches:  20 January 2014 A statement from churches around the world urging an end to the armed conflict in Syria, ahead of the Geneva 2 talks scheduled to take place on 22 January was presented to Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations-Arab League joint representative for Syria, by the World Council […]

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The Problems and Promise of Dialogue: WCC dispatch #7

By Nathan Wilson Dialogue, someone said, is the art of thinking together. I note this idea often, most recently during a Madang workshop titled “Ecumenical Dialogue: Seeking Consensus or Reconciling Theologies?” held today at the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea. Before describing highlights of the workshop, it is worthwhile […]

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Posted on November 5, 2013
Filed under: Ecumenical, Overseas Ministries
Facilitating peace in Syria: WCC dispatch #6

By Nathan Wilson The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Olav Fyske Tveit, said the WCC is ready to facilitate a meeting of key religious leaders, including Muslims, to help politicians bring about a lasting peace and reconciliation process in war-torn Syria. In an invitation-only briefing, Tveit said, “We will try to […]

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60 years: WCC dispatch #4

By Jack Haberer, Presbyterian Outlook editor “Sixty years,” he whispered as he tried to blink back his tears.  “Sixty years,” he whispered again. We’d just walked outside from sitting in the audience at the Mount Dora Observatory on the southern edge of the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. During the presentation we had heard […]

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Posted on November 3, 2013
Filed under: Ecumenical, Overseas Ministries
Space for encounter and blessing: WCC dispatch #3

By Nathan Day Wilson 31 October 2013 One of the liveliest venues at the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea, is a room called madang. Madang is the Korean word for the courtyard in a traditional Korean home. It’s where families, friends, neighbors and guests congregate in order to share […]

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Posted on October 31, 2013
Filed under: Ecumenical, Overseas Ministries
Foretastes: WCC Dispatch #2

By Nathan Day Wilson 30 October 2013 My goals with these (approximately) daily dispatches from the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) are broad: Describe many direct contributions of Disciples to the assembly, which reflect the extensive ecumenical witness of our denomination thanks in no small part to the Council on Christian Unity; name key actions […]

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Dispatches from the World Council of Churches Assembly #1

By Nathan Day Wilson 28 October 2013 Some 25 Disciples will be among thousands attending the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which runs Oct. 30 – Nov. 8 in Busan, Republic of Korea. The opening service will be broadcast through an online live stream from the Christian Broadcast System in Korea, the oldest […]

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Watkins participates in Syrian consultation

World Council of Churches: CHURCHES URGE A POLITICAL SOLUTION FOR PEACE PROCESS IN SYRIA  19 September 2013 Church leaders from Syria, Russia, the United States and European nations have called a political solution the only way towards peace in Syria. This stance was shared in a communique they issued following their meeting with Kofi Annan, […]

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Disciples join ecumenical community in prayers for Syrian people

The precious gift of peace A renewed call to prayer and action for the people of Syria  text provided by the Presbyterian Church USA As violence continues in Syria and the reported use of chemical weapons on civilians causes us much anguish, we call on Christians to engage in prayer, witness, and action on behalf of […]

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