Churches told to confront ''moral crisis'' in the world economy

''Where are the prophetic voices of the churches?''

The multiple crises confronting the world are fundamentally a moral crisis says the president of the United Nations General Assembly. In remarks recorded for a public hearing on reconciliation in Geneva, Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann asks, ''But where are the prophetic voices of the churches today?''

“Capitalism tells us that to be more, we must have more,” says Brockmann, a Roman Catholic priest from Nicaragua. Noting that this contradicts Christian teaching about generous sharing, Brockmann says Christians must “dare to speak out.”

The General Assembly president’s comments came at an event called by the World Council of Churches (WCC) to mark the United Nations International Year of Reconciliation in 2009. Panellists from Indonesia, the Vatican and Ghana responded to Brockmann’s address with lessons learned from church engagement in reconciliation and peace initiatives in communities around the world.

Setri Nyomi, General Secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), noted the tensions and divisions created by economic inequalities within communities, warning, “So long as overt and covert greed undergirds an economic system which impoverishes people in many parts of the world, humanity is building up fragmented societies.”

Nyomi, a theologian from Ghana, attributes the resurgence of hate crimes against minorities in a number of nations to reaction to financial worries. “Immigrants and minorities in affluent communities become the targets of hatred and exclusion,” he says.

Churches too are divided by the economic crisis Nyomi acknowledges. “When there are different forms of analysis, we begin to see each other in terms of right or left, conservative or liberal. So rather than operate together as Christians to address the evils that lead to injustice, we live out these divisions while many are dying as a result of global economic arrangements.”

However, Nyomi refuses to accept this is a “time for lamentation”, insisting this is an era which will lead to new ways for churches to address the challenges of global economic inequalities. He notes WARC member churches seek to play active roles in economic reform within their societies based on a 2004 agreement in which member churches agreed to work towards creating a more just economy. The agreement known as the “Accra Confession” states, “We believe that the integrity of our faith is at stake if we remain silent or refuse to act in the face of the current system of neoliberal economic globalization.”

Quelle: Internetseite des WARC, 11. Februar 2009 >>>

 

Gemeinsame Grundsätze zur Pfarrerausbildung

Die theologischen Fortbildung von Pfarrerinnen und Pfarrern soll auch intensiviert werden
Mit einer Konsultation vom 20.-23. November 2008 in Berlin hat die Gemeinschaft Evangelischer Kirchen in Europa (GEKE) einen Prozess zur Verständigung über gemeinsame Grundsätze zur Pfarrerausbildung begonnen.

24.11.2008 Thomas Flügge, GEKE

The Legacy of John Calvin

Some action for the Church in the 21st Century
Eine Broschüre des Reformierten Weltbundes und des internationalen reformierten John Knox Zentrums informiert über Theologie und soziale Anliegen Johannes Calvins und regt von seinem Werk ausgehend an zu „life-giving action“ im 21. Jahrhundert. Die Broschüre ist in englischer Sprache erschienen.

Barbara Schenck

Neue Kirchenleitung in Ghana

Francis Amenu und Godwin Osiakwa werden kirchenleitende Theologen der E. P. Church, Ghana
Am 1. Januar 2009 übernehmen Francis Amenu und Godwin Osiakwa ihr neues Amt als kirchenleitende Theologen der Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana (E.P.Church). Beide wurden während der jüngsten Synode zum Moderator bzw. Synodalsekretär gewählt.

Antje Wodtke, Öffentlichkeitsreferentin der Norddeutschen Mission

Predigtpreis für Paolo Riccas ''Sprachwitz''

Waldenser-Theologe Paolo Ricca erhält Predigtpreis 2008
Bonn. Professor Dr. Paolo Ricca ist mit dem ''Predigtpreises'' des Verlags für die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG (Bonn) für sein Lebenswerk geehrt worden. Der 1936 geborene reformierte Theologe lehrte Kirchengeschichte und Praktische Theologie an der Waldenserfakultät in Rom.

Pfr. Dr. Andreas Flick, Celle

Church unity vital for belief in world peace says Reformed leader Setri Nyomi

''Does the church have a moral voice or credibility when our divisions are so visible?''
Geneva (ENI). Threats to peace and security around the world ought to give urgency to the quest for Christian unity, the general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the Rev. Setri Nyomi has said. "Does the church have a moral voice or credibility when our divisions are so visible?" Nyomi asked during an address at the "Civilisation of Peace - Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue" conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 18 November, according to a statement by WARC.

Barbara Schenck

Soziale Ausgrenzung größte Herausforderung für evangelische Kirchen

Ergebnisse einer Umfrage unter den 105 Mitgliedskirchen der GEKE
„Die wachsende Lücke zwischen arm und reich führt zu sozialer Ausgrenzung.“ Diese Tatsache ist die aktuell größte soziale Herausforderung für die 105 Kirchen der Gemeinschaft Evangelischer Kirchen in Europa (GEKE).

Bern, 10. November 2008 / Thomas Flügge (Pressesprecher)

Gewalt gegen Christen in Orissa

Ein Bericht von der Synode der Kirche von Nordindien (CNI). Von Anto Akkara
Die Kirche von Nordindien (CNI), die gegenwärtig die schwersten Zeiten ihrer Geschichte durchmacht und deren Mitglieder zahlreich verfolgt werden, hat auf ihrer Synodaltagung vom 17.bis 21. Oktober in Pathankot im Bundesstaat Punjab ihre Einheit demonstriert. Die CNI ist Mitglied im Reformierten Weltbund.

Barbara Schenck
The work of Baptists, Methodists and members of the United Reformed Church in the field of social justice has been given fresh impetus, with new work priorities and the appointment of a new leader for the Joint Public Issues Team.

03.10.2008 URC/UMC/BUGB / GEKE-Internet-Newsletter, 8. Oktober 2008

A significant moment for reconciliation of Reformed church groups

New global Protestant body will help overcome 'history of separation'
The creation of the 80 million-member World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) marks an opportunity “to reinvigorate Reformed witness” in a fractured world, says one of the architects of the union.

Barbara Schenck

Treffen von Reformiertem Weltbund (WARC) und Reformiertem Ökumenischen Rat (REC)

WARC and REC governing bodies meet for the first time in Utrecht
Members of the governing bodies of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC) will meet in joint sessions for the first time from 6 to 10 October in Utrecht.

Quelle: Homepage WARC