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Participants in a WCC Central Committee meeting in Geneva (WCC)

SWITZERLAND
Churches to continue their “pilgrimage of justice and peace” in the world

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.

 

PERU
Protocol for therapeutic abortions approved in Peru

Lima, Wednesday, July 9, 2014
On June 29 came into force the therapeutic abortions protocol or guide, which standardizes the procedures to end a pregnancy when the life of the woman is in danger. While therapeutic abortions were decriminalized in 1924, a protocol to allow this practice did not exist, and thousands of pregnant women died because doctors and hospitals refused to terminate the pregnancies that killed them. + Details

JAMAICA
Thousands attend Jamaica CAUSE rally
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
More than 20,000 people gathered in Half Way Tree square in Kingston on Sunday, June 29 at a mass rally organized by church groups under the umbrella of the newly formed civil society group – Jamaica CAUSE. The estimated crowd of 25,000 packed Half Way Tree square for close to four hours to take a stance against what has been described as the push by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community to victimize those who speak out against its agenda. + Details

For the Caribbean, a United Front Is Key to Weathering Climate Change
Friday, July 4, 2014
As the costs of climate change continue to mount, officials with the Commonwealth grouping say it is vital that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) stick together on issues such as per capita income classification. + Details

SWITZERLAND
WCC Central Committee to bolster churches’ initiatives for climate justice
Geneva, Friday, July 4, 2014
Listening to perspectives on how human rights, economy, food, water, displacements of population and security issues are deeply linked to the impact of climate change, the Central Committee, a chief governing body of the WCC, renewed its commitment to encourage initiatives for climate justice carried out by the churches and other faith-based organizations. + Details

ARGENTINA
Argentine Methodist Church makes public statement on the consequences for development of foreign debt
Buenos Aires, Thursday, July 3, 2014
“The crisis of the world economy has shown as never before the perversity of a system that imposes the misery and exclusion of the people. There is no doubt that the exacerbated economic liberalism is not the most effective mechanism to produce a more just distribution of resources and it has been constituted into an idolatry that crushes and destroys the human being,” says Bishop Frank de Nully Brown. + Details

USA
Human Rights in Transit: Migrant Defenders Speak on Work in Mexico
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Unprecedented numbers of young migrants arriving at the U.S. southern border have caught the attention of U.S. media and authorities. In just the last eight months, 47,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, have been apprehended at the border, and that number is predicted to keep growing. + Details

COLOMBIA
REPORT: Colombia: Church stands with internally displaced people
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Two to three families seeking shelter arrive weekly at Divine Savior Episcopal Church in Barrio Los Libertadores, a low-income community on the outskirts of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá. “Many people need to flee their homes and their land for fear of their lives,” said the Rev. José Antonio Romero, referring to the internally displaced people who seek shelter in his church. “They had farms, homes, businesses, but because of the war, they leave with nothing.” + Details

SWITZERLAND
World Student Christian Student Federation considers sexuality in run-up to Assembly
Geneva, Monday, June 30, 2014
The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) met in Geneva, Switzerland as the Identity Diversity Dialogue task group on June 15-21, 2014. A group of 15 students, senior friends, and WSCF staff gathered to discuss human sexuality and gender identity with the mandate to develop recommendations about a way forward on this topic for the upcoming General Assembly this August in Bogotá, Colombia. + Details

GUYANA
Guyanese Church Secretary Goolsarran Reflects on the Reformation, Challenges Facing the ELCG
Geneva, Saturday, June 28, 2014
During a recent visit to Geneva, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana (ELCG) Secretary Samuel Jerry Goolsarran spoke about the importance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, planting a tree in commemoration, and the challenges his small church faces today in training enough pastors and being relevant in society. + 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

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

Child Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean
World Vision presents the regional trends observed across 10 LAC countries (Brazil, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru), from 2011-2012.
March 11, 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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