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Consequences of extreme weather conditions (Oxfam International)

USA
Climate-related disasters have cost half a trillion dollars since world leaders last met to discuss climate change, alerts Oxfam International

Oxfam says that more than 650 million people have been affected and more than 112,000 lives lost as a result of weather-related disasters since 2009. Since then, each year has been among the top ten most expensive on record. Poor people are being hit first and hardest by climate change. Livelihoods and crops have been destroyed, increasing food prices and leaving millions hungry. However international commitments to reverse the threat of climate change have stalled.

 

BOLIVIA
World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) congratulates Dr. Luis Ramiro Beltrán

La Paz, Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The International Centre of Higher Communication Studies for Latin America (CIESPAL), based in Quito, Ecuador, has honoured legendary Bolivian communicator Dr. Luis Ramiro Beltrán Salmón with its Gold Medal. + Details

USA
Interfaith declaration on climate change
New York, Tuesday, September 23, 2014
As hundreds of thousands of people flooded through the streets of New York City on 21 September in a march for action on climate change, 30 faith leaders representing nine religions signed their names to a statement calling for concrete actions to curb carbon emissions. + Details

HOLLAND
Lutheran - Mennonite Dialogue Moves Closer on Peace Issues, Future Cooperation
Utrecht, Monday, September 22, 2014
At its third meeting, 28 - 31 July, in Utrecht, the LWF Task Force which forms part of the ongoing process between the LWF and the Mennonite World Conference (MWC), focused on the meaning of the 16th century Lutheran confessional writings in the 21st century, particularly those that had expressed historical hostility towards Anabaptists, who Mennonites regard as their predecessors. + Details

SWITZERLAND
Church organizations explore ways of strengthening relationships
Geneva, Monday, September 15, 2014
Addressing challenges in the way of cooperation between churches and church-based development organizations, also known as “specialized ministries” – an international consultation in Malawi has been promoting mutual collaboration and a common vision of working together for justice and peace. + Details

CUBA
Towards a Cuban Christian Forum
Matanzas, Thursday, September 11, 2014
A wide range of churches in Cuba have resolved to begin a journey to work together to establish a new Christian grouping – the Cuban Christian Forum – on the island nation. + Details

CHILE
Archbishop of Canterbury visits Anglicans in Brazil and Chile
Santiago , Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday concluded a four-day visit to Anglicans in Brazil and Chile, part of his series of visits to Anglican primates worldwide. Archbishop Justin Welby and his wife, Caroline, spent two days visiting the primate of the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil, Bishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, before flying to Chile to visit the Presiding Bishop of the Southern Cone, Bishop Tito Zavala. + Details

MEXICO
Catholic Relief Service (CRS) looks at Central American programs to help fight migration crisis
Mexico City, Tuesday, September 9, 2014
At an immigration center for receiving busloads of deportees returning to El Salvador, Catholic Relief Services' Executive Vice President Joan Rosenhauer spoke with a widowed mother of six children who was awaiting her son. Rosenhauer said she asked the mother why she had sent her son on the perilous journey through Mexico in an attempt to reach the United States. "There is no hope for him here," the mother responded, explaining her inability to feed her family and the problem of gangs forcing adolescents into lives of crime. + Details

VENEZUELA
Venezuelan cardinal: praying the 'Our Chavez' is idolatrous
Caracas, Sunday, September 7, 2014
The Archbishop of Caracas demanded Wednesday that the Our Father be respected, after the Venezuelan government presented a prayer to the country's late president, Hugo Chavez, which is a parody of the Lord's Prayer. “In recent days a new version of Christianity’s most universal prayer, the ‘Our Father,’ has been made known. In it, the prayer is addressed to deceased President Chavez instead of to God our Heavenly Father,” Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino said Sept. 3. + Details

ECUADOR
LGBTI couples in Ecuador will be able to register their common-law marriage
Quito, Thursday, September 4, 2014
Starting on September 15, couples from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersexual (LGBTI) community will be able to register their domestic partnership with the Civil Registry. Published on Aug. 22, Resolution 0174 of the Civil Registry, Identification and Certification Directorate recognizes the constitutional definition of a civil union as “the stable and monogamous union between two individuals that are free from the marriage bond and that form a domestic partnership.” + Details

Six billion USD in food is wasted every day in Brazil
, September 25 2014
Brazil is among the 10 countries that waste more food in the world. About 30% of all agricultural produce goes to waste. That means tons of food on the table could be of use to more than 40 million Brazilians who are hungry every day. According to the Social Service of Commerce (SESC), "R$12 billion (6 billion USD) in food is thrown away daily, an amount sufficient to guarantee breakfast, lunch and dinner for 39 million people."

Climate Change and Toxic Assets
, September 24 2014
We are therefore faced with various future problems: peak petroleum that demands high investment due to the growing cost of extraction, and at the same time, the impossibility of exploiting all the reserves, without facing a human collapse. The interests involved are enormous ...

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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 Conflict between Israel and Palestine
, August 4 2014
“Before the scenes that challenge our minds and hearts, it is impossible for us to stay quiet in the face of injustice, violence and oppression. The conflict between Israel and Palestine has reached unsupportable levels of human rights violations and of excessive Israeli military force against the people who live in the region of Gaza”: Anglican Archbishop of Brazil, Francisco de Assis da Silva

Why I Am Risking Arrest at the White House with 135 Faith and Immigrant Leaders
, August 1 2014
Today, I have decided to risk arrest with more than 135 other faith and immigrant rights leaders outside of the White House. I have not come to this decision lightly, but out of my deep discontent and disappointment at the lack of action by our President to stop the needless deportations of millions of immigrants and the suggestion that our nation should expedite the deportation of thousands of Central American children who are fleeing violence and seeking protection.

Noticias de Iglesias

September Reformed Communiqué now available
The latest issue of the World Communion of Reformed Churches’ Reformed Communiqué is now available in English and features stories about: Global Institute of Theology builds global community: Making dreams a reality: Latin Americans encourage embracing Accra Confession: An interview with Chris Ferguson: News from our member churches, and much more …
September 25, 2014

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

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
Email: englisheditor@alcnoticias.net