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Break the Silence

VENEZUELA
Bill to Fight Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Venezuelans

Venezuela is gearing up to pass a new law to combat discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS, in a country where the epidemic claims nearly 4,000 lives and infects 11,000 mainly young people every year, including increasing numbers of women.

 

USA
130 Faith Leaders and Immigrant Activists to Risk Arrest at White House July 31 Protesting President’s Deportation Policies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
In a massive act of civil disobedience set for July 31 in front of the White House, 100 faith leaders and 30 immigrant rights activists from across the country will risk arrest to demand that President Barack Obama end his inhumane immigration enforcement policies. + Details

World Day against Trafficking in Persons Statements
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Yury Fedotov: Messages on World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July 2014. + Details

Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem to Care for Injured From Gaza
Jerusalem, Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) in Jerusalem has prepared a ward in the hospital to operate around the clock to receive injured and wounded patients from Gaza and give them medical care. The hospital which is operated by The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) provides life-saving healthcare to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, including specialized treatment offered at its cancer, diabetes and pediatric centers. + Details

EL SALVADOR
REPORT: Development Theology and Community Development course - El Salvador, 20-25 July
San Salvador, Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Paulo Ueti, Anglican Alliance Regional Facilitator for Latin America and the Caribbean, reports from El Salvador on theological reflection based on community transformation and development. + Details

COSTA RICA
Global Institute in Costa Rica challenges students
San José, Friday, July 25, 2014
Students at the Global Institute of Theology (GIT) reflect on what has already happened in their short amount of time. Meeting people from all around the world at the GIT gathering gives a chance to make friends globally. This means having a chance to have deep conversations with people from many different countries. + Details

SWITZERLAND
Investment in fossil fuels is off the table for the WCC
Geneva, Thursday, July 24, 2014
During a recent meeting of the top governing body of the World Council of Churches (WCC), its Central Committee said “no” to investments in fossil fuels. The decision was one among many made in a finance policy committee report that the body voted on earlier this month, but one that confirmed both the long-term commitment of the WCC to caring for creation and reversing climate change, but also its stand on ethical investment. + Details

PALESTINE
Gaza: ”The children know they can die”
Friday, July 18, 2014
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. + Details

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

The New Bank of BRICS: What’s in it For Small Economies?
, July 24 2014
It is news that should awaken the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from their complacent attitude toward developing countries. It is also news that should confirm to the G20 that what used to be the G7 – a group of the seven industrialised nations – no longer controls the world’s financial affairs.

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.

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“Giving a voice to those silenced by the system”: Radio journalist Santiago García Gago
, July 24 2014
Spanish journalist and author of “Handbook for tech-illiterate radio journalists” (“Manual para radialistas analfatécnicos”), a tool for teaching technical skills to those who wish to work in radio,Santiago García Gago has been travelling across Latin America for more than 15 years, working in radio and teaching how to work in radio within the community and indigenous spheres.

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.

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The ecumenical movement remembers Rubem Alves, 1933-2014
, July 25 2014
Rubem Alves of Brazil, one of the foundational thinkers behind Latin American “liberation theology”, died at the age of 80 on Saturday 19 July. This scholar, teacher, activist, psychotherapist and author is being commemorated by colleagues, former students, journalists and others, including heads of state. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff hailed him on her Facebook page as “one of the most respected intellectuals of Brazil.”

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.

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
General Secretary and six more officials of CLAI resign
February 28, 2008
Protestants now just over half of US adults, study finds
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
English edition: Casilla 17-16-95 - Quito - Ecuador
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