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Shiama Almasri, 5, has lost her ​​mother and two siblings in an airstrike and she is now receiving treatment at a hospital in Gaza. Shima and her father was the only survivors in the family (ACT DCA)

PALESTINE
Gaza: ”The children know they can die”

Omar Al Majdalawi is living with his family in north Gaza that has been the scene of some of the heaviest bombardments during the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. He is the Programme Manager of DanChurchAid’s activities in this small strip of land. Airstrikes nearby have been shaking the house where he lives with his wife and four children.

 

COLOMBIA
Catholics, Jews and Muslims sign inter-religious declaration for peace in Colombia

Friday, July 18, 2014
Catholic, Jewish and Muslim representatives in Colombia have signed a historic joint statement for peace in a July 1 ceremony at the residence of the Archbishop of Bogotá. Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez, Rabbi Alfredo Goldschmidt, and Sheik Ahmad Tayel led the ceremony which included prayer, song and the presentation of commemorative plaques. The three representatives concluded the event with the signing of an inter-religious declaration for peace. + Details

EL SALVADOR
El Salvador: Violence, insecurity, impunity lead to displacement: Faith-based NGOs respond
San Salvador, Thursday, July 17, 2014
Irene’s 13-year-old daughter disappeared leaving school on Feb. 15, 2012, in a gang-controlled municipality just northwest of San Salvador. The teen’s body was found two days later; Irene learned about it from a local television station. “I’m very afraid for my other children, that something will happen to them because of the violence,” said Irene. + Details

NICARAGUA
El Niño Triggers Drought, Food Crisis in Nicaragua
Managua, Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The spectre of famine is haunting Nicaragua. The second poorest country in Latin America, and one of the 10 most vulnerable to climate change in the world, is facing a meteorological phenomenon that threatens its food security. Scientists at the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (INETER) say the situation is correlated with the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). + Details

GREAT BRITAIN
Roman Catholic Church reaffirms goal of unity with Anglican world
London, Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Catholic Church remains fully committed to its dialogue with the Anglican world, despite the Church of England’s decision to ordain women bishops. In a statement issued as the Church of England’s General Synod on Monday voted to admit women to the episcopate, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales said the goal of ecumenical dialogue continues to be full visible ecclesial communion. + Details

ECUADOR
Mennonite Mission workers modeled peace ‘lifestyle’ in Ecuador
Quito, Saturday, July 12, 2014
César Moya and Patricia Urueña didn’t come to Ecuador in 2000 primarily as church planters. But 14 years later, the couple leaves a new Ecuadorian Mennonite conference. Moya and Urueña emphasized a gospel of peace in the communities where they worked. This belief meant much more to them than an anti-war stance, or that we shouldn’t mistreat another person. “It is a lifestyle,” said Urueña. + Details

BRAZIL
FOCUS: Closing Ecumenical Service Celebrates the World Cup
Friday, July 11, 2014
The purpose of the participating Brazilian Christian Churches is to thank God because this sport event has been gathering together thousands of people from different regions of the world, facilitating their coming closer and happening without more serious conflicts. They are good reasons for giving thanks to the God of all peoples. + Details

COSTA RICA
Global Institute of Theology gathers in Costa Rica
San José, Friday, July 11, 2014
Over 30 students, faculty and staff from around the world were welcomed July 6 to San José, Costa Rica, for the 2014 Global Institute of Theology (GIT). Working under the theme “Transforming Mission, Community and Church” the students will spend three weeks learning with each other with classes taught by noted Reformed academics. + Details

CANADA
WACC joins ACT Alliance
Toronto, Friday, July 11, 2014
It’s the result of the World Association for Christian Communication’s acceptance in May 2014 as a member of ACT Alliance, the first time a global ecumenical ministry specializing in communication rights has applied and been accepted for membership. + Details

SWITZERLAND
Churches to continue their “pilgrimage of justice and peace” in the world
Geneva, Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Inspired by the theme “pilgrimage of justice and peace”, the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a chief governing body of the Council, has set directions for the work of the Council from 2014 to 2017. The Central Committee, which represents 150 members from all global regions, concluded its meeting on 8 July at the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. + Details

Pérez Esquivel to Griesa: It is just not to pay an illegitimate and immoral debt
, July 3 2014
Rather than address you as the judge involved in a case that has for some time been holding the people of Argentina in suspense, I want to address you as a person. I would like to contribute more openly to the reflection on the situation that has arisen in our country, as a result of the pretensions of a small group of financiers who hold a few bonds of the foreign debt claimed of Argentina.

Keep Vulnerable Migrant Children Out of Washington Politics
, June 27 2014
Our nation would rightfully be outraged if another country turned away 52,000 children seeking safety from violence, gang conscription, rape and drug wars. Yet, as this happens right now inside our own borders, some lawmakers have the audacity to use these innocent migrant children for their own partisan agenda.

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The G77+China Summit: a historic milestone: A dialogue with Amanda Dávila, Bolivian Minister of Communication
, July 1 2014
The G77+China Summit, which took place in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, the 14th and 15th of June of this year, marking the 50th anniversary of the creation of the institution, stood out for its return to its origins – to the period of decolonization in Africa and Asia – with its emphasis on sovereignty, on challenging the development model that has dominated in recent decades and the notion of “Living Well” as a paradigm of the goals for the time to come.

“Development must be much more participatory, more inclusive, more just”: Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello
, June 9 2014
Monsignor Ezzati, recently appointed cardinal by Pope Francis, talks about his experiences and life in Chile.

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We need an apartheid boycott to save the planet: Archbishop Desmond Tutu
, April 23 2014
Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects.

A Critique of Anthropocentrism: Seven Weeks for Water: Week 4
, March 24 2014
The fourth Biblical reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2014 is by the “Green Bishop” Geoff Davies, executive director of the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environmental Institute. Citing several examples from the Bible, he brings a strong critique of the anthropocentric understanding of our theology and encourages us to become “earthkeepers”.

Noticias de Iglesias

New UCC Area Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean Named
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Angel Rivera-Agosto as the new Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean. Angel comes to this position with a vast amount of experience, knowledge and commitment to the work within Latin America and the Caribbean related to churches, ecumenical and interfaith organizations, communities and other partners within the ecumenical movement.
July 13, 2014

ACP countries working together to address Climate Change: GCCA Intra-ACP Programme’s Second Regional Technical Meeting
The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Intra-ACP Programme is holding its Second Regional Technical Meeting (RTM) on 5, 6 and 7th May, 2014 in Brussels at the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) House. The Second RTM will build on the momentum generated by a successful First RTM held in Belize in July 2013. It will seek to explore ways to improve the exchange of information, synergies, improve cooperation and coordination among the regions and between the regions and the ACP Secretariat.
April 28, 2014

Reflections and materials for celebrating the 500 years of the Reformation Movement: Part 4
ALC has been sharing with its readers a series of materials prepared by the five participant churches of the Leuenberg Concord in Argentina, to commemorate the 500 years of Luther’s reformation. On this occasion, Dr. Hugo Córdova Quero, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA shares a reflection in Spanish on: Some, and the others? The “almost” unknown brief history and the dissident Protestants in Cataluña of the XVI century.
April 12, 2014

Environmental Justice Atlas resource online
A great resource for finding out what environmental conflicts and environmental justice movements are happening around the world is the Environmental Justice Atlas.
March 27, 2014

Reflections and materials for celebrating the 500 years of the Reformation Movement: Part 3
ALC has been sharing with its readers a series of materials prepared by the five participant churches of the Leuenberg Concord in Argentina, to commemorate the 500 years of Luther’s reformation. On this occasion, Pastor Federico H. Schafer shares “The Hermeneutics the Theology of the Reformation Churches Uses Today.”
March 13, 2014

Ultimas noticias

Anglicanos elaboram livro sobre prevenção à violência doméstica
August 13, 2013
ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT and CULTURE OF PEACE: From shrines and battlefields, Christians and other religious traditions to pray for peace
September 17, 2012
For the immediate withdrawal of MINUSTAH troops from Haiti: Letter to the Secretary General of the UN
October 6, 2011
German Protestant bishop urges reflection on 'primacy of honour' for Pope at 450th Anniversary of Death of Philipp Melanchthon
April 21, 2010
Two ELCA leaders call for immigration reform in a new book, 'They Are Us'
April 30, 2009
Gathering in Brazil, Reformed youth commit themselves to a full life for the whole of creation
April 1, 2009
Literacy campaign for Quechua speakers in Peru receives support from the Peruvian Bible Society
December 16, 2008
John Calvin Anniversary Sermon Competition
February 28, 2008
Protestants now just over half of US adults, study finds
February 28, 2008
General Secretary and six more officials of CLAI resign
February 28, 2008
Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency (ALC)
Information and analysis about the social-ecclesial reality, development and human rights in Latin America and other regions of the world
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