The World Council of ChurchesIn partnership with UNAIDS, the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development, and PEPFAR will host an Invition Only PRAYER BREAKFAST on Thursday, September 27 , 2018 at 8am in New York City.
World Council of Churches
UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development
UNGA 2018 will be the culmination of two years of engagement with states, civil society, and refugee populations towards adoption of the Global Compacts on Refugees. While the finalization and adoption of the GCR is notable in and of itself, changes for the lives of the 25.4 million refugees living around the world will only be realized through its implementation, at the state and local levels.
As faith-based implementing agencies, Catholic Relief Services, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Islamic Relief Worldwide, and the ACT Alliance will speak to the momentousness of the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration, and how we can successfully move them forward through implementation of projects, and through changes in policies and people. We will offer the discussion through a faith lens and how this lens can both shift and transform our approach to “the least of these.”
Panelists will offer key recommendations for donors, policy makers, and host countries on how to implement the GCR with best practices and new evidence in mind.
Thirteen religious and faith-based organisations have come together to take forward an action plan to address violence against Children on the Move. As faith actors our organisations are uniquely positioned to address the needs of these children and their families. We are committed to responding to a higher call that compels us to come together and respond.
Our organisations are:
Adventist Relief Agency
Joint Learning Initiative
Mennonite World Conference
Seventh Day Adventists
World Evangelical Alliance
World Council of Churches
World Vision International
We are convening a Global Partners Forum in Rome, Italy from 16th to 19th October, 2018. The Forum will adopt a High-level Action Plan to increase awareness, strengthen partnerships and deepen collaboration, improve delivery and scale up interventions, and influence decision-making regarding Children on the Move. We seek to reflect on respective contributions and plan together to end violence against children on the move.
The Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) has become an integral part of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Spring and Annual Meetings, providing a space for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to dialogue and exchange views with World Bank Group and IMF staff, their peers, government delegations, and other stakeholders on a wide range of topics.
The CSPF will convene in Bali, Indonesia from Tuesday, October 9 to Friday, October 12, 2018.
Results for Children: Faith Actors High-Level Advocacy Forum on Investing in Early Childhood Development
Hosted by: Arigatou International with representation from the Humanitarian Forum Indonesia
Endorsed by Members of the Moral Initiative: The Faith -Based Action Framework to End Extreme Poverty and Realize the Sustainable Development Goal
This international forum of over 1,200 Catholic women is organised by Tina Beattie under the auspices of the DSRC. This includes a symposium and book launch at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome on 1st October, at which the new book edited by a CWS team – Visions and Vocations (Paulist Press, 2018), will be launched. This follows on from a similar event in October 2015, when the book Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table (Paulist Press, 2015) launched to coincide with the October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family.
CSW will bring women to Rome to speak on themes relevant to the forthcoming Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment. Full details of the book and the symposium, including the programme, contributors, contents and extracts from the book, are available on the CSW website: https://catholicwomenspeak.com/. For enquiries, please contact [email protected].
Date(s) - 15/10/2018 - 17/10/2018 12:00 am
The Ahimsa RoundTable
Annecy, France from October 15th – 17th, 2018
Location: les Pensieres Center for Global Health,
Its aim is to explore how technological innovation in healthcare can help to promote social innovation and reverse, and how the commitment of each actor can help to reduce disparity and make these technologies accessible to the most vulnerable and give their contribution to the goal of universal health coverage.
This event will be a “new movement” combining innovation and social impact investment, taking place on an annual basis. Its aim is to identify innovative projects and work teams so as to offer concrete solutions to bring these technological innovations to market and ensure that they contribute to social innovation and the empowerment of underprivileged populations.
Convinced of the pivotal role that the churches can play in the task of promoting a just and peaceful human society, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the World Council of Churches in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, undertake to host a world conference that brings together governmental, intergovernmental, civil society, academic, religious, and ecumenical leaders and actors from around the globe to reflect and together seek cohesive and realistic responses to the phenomenon of increasing xenophobia [xénos/stranger+phóbos/fear], racism, and populist nationalism in political and social responses to migrants and refugees. The conference is committed to inclusive participation and to hearing the voices of migrants and refugees themselves.
Carol B. Duncan
Topic: Beyond the Underground Railroad—legacies of slavery in Canada
Background: A member of the Anglican Church, Carol works at Wilfrid Laurier University as coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies Program and professor in the Department of Religion and Culture.
Topic: The realities of Black youth in Toronto in schools, the youth justice system, and the workforce
Background: Kofi’s roots are in the UCC. He is the former executive director of the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals in Toronto.
Topic: Ethnoracial relations, the emergence of anti-Black racism, and connections to the Doctrine of Discovery
Background: Néstor is a Latino-Canadian theologian. He is a member of a Pentecostal church, but works actively across denominational traditions. His research focuses on contextual, cultural, and liberation and decolonial theologies. He is a visiting scholar at the Emmanuel College Centre for Research in Religion.
Peter Noteboom Topic: Anti-Black racism, Afrophobia, and the Canadian Council of Churches—challenges and opportunities
Background: Peter is a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and works as the general secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches.
The webinar will be facilitated by Semegnish Asfaw Grosjean (WCC programme executive, Commission of the Churches on International Affairs). It will be moderated by Adele Halliday (UCC team leader, Discipleship and Witness).
The Sarvodaya Movement, widely recognized as a leader and model in translating a Gandhian and Buddhist approach to self-governance into practice, offers many lessons for contemporary development and peacebuilding. Sarvodaya communities in Sri Lanka (totaling 15,000 at its peak) are organized around fiercely defended principles of self-reliance and Deshodaya “national awakening.” As Sri Lanka has experienced bitter conflict and threats of extremism, Vinya Ariyaratne, Sarvodaya’s leader, plays central roles in direct conflict resolution and reconciliation and, more broadly, governance. This seminar with Ariyaratne will focus on lessons learned for development and conflict resolution scholars and practitioners.