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ENI General Assembly explores future of news service
Geneva, 1 February. The General Assembly of Ecumenical News International (ENI) met at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 1 February to explore the future of ENI, which suspended operations on October 1, 2012.
ENInews suspends service, seeks further funding
, 1 October. Ecumenical News International announced on 1 October that its ENInews service is suspending operations, effective immediately, as it seeks emergency funding in order to operate for the remainder of 2012.
Man behind anti-Islam film arrested in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 28 September. The Egyptian-American man reportedly behind the anti-Islamic video that sparked weeks of Muslim protests worldwide was arrested and detained in Los Angeles on 27 September over a federal probation violation.
Latin American churches support peace processes in El Salvador
San Salvador, El Salvador, 28 September. The Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI), meeting in San Salvador from 20 to 22 September, expressed its support of the peace process that has resulted in a truce between armed gangs in El Salvador.
Indigenous theologians reflect on life, justice and peace
, 27 September. Indigenous theologians, gathering in Hualien, Taiwan from 17 to 19 September, met to discern what their theologies could contribute to ecumenical endeavors besides strengthening their own communities and struggles for justice, according to a news release from the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Moravian pastor to lead a U.S. Episcopal church
, 27 September. This month, a Moravian pastor was installed as rector of a U.S. Episcopal Church for the first time since the two denominations inaugurated a full-communion relationship in 2011.
Scholar depicts Martin Luther in traditional Japanese Noh drama
Tokyo, 27 September. Japan's classic Noh theater is meeting the Protestant Reformation as a Japanese Lutheran scholar is developing a play featuring the 16th-century German reformer Martin Luther.
One year later, conditions improve at Dadaab camp in Kenya
, 26 September. In September 2011, Hilal Primary School at the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya was a few tents without walls, scattered across open fields. Children crowded under roofs that sheltered them from the scorching sun as they took their lessons.
Churches respond to HIV and sexual violence in Angola
, 26 September. The World Council of Churches' (WCC) Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA) is developing responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Brazil meeting to discuss ideas for new financial system
, 26 September. A church-sponsored conference designed to generate ideas for a new international economic system, opening on 29 September in Brazil, will meet at a time of growing concern about the impact of the financial crisis on humanity and the environment.
Six Protestant churches share strategies for changing times
, 26 September. Six member churches of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) on 24 September outlined strategies they have adopted to cope with changing religious and social circumstances.
Middle East Christians are endangered, Protestant assembly hears
, 25 September. Life for Christians in the Middle East has "never been worse" and their future is acutely endangered, according to the leader of an evangelical church fellowship.
Churches support ongoing anti-nuclear protests in south India
, 25 September. Churches in India have taken up the cause of fishing villages in southern Tamil Nadu that are awaiting a Supreme Court decision expected this week on the Koodankulam nuclear power plant, scheduled to come online within a few months.
Latin American and Caribbean Lutheran churches discuss challenges
, 24 September. A regional meeting of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Bolivia's eastern city of Santa Cruz assessed how churches emerging from contexts of strong social, economic and political crises can be a prophetic voice of hope amidst massive impoverishment, violence and inequality.
Ecumenical ethical investment council in U.K. appoints director
, 24 September. The U.K.-based Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) said on 24 September that it has appointed John Arnold as executive director as of 1 November to help take the organization forward in the next phase of its mission.
Australian Armenian archbishop was known for ecumenism
, 24 September. The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) has expressed sorrow over the death on 22 September of Archbishop Aghan Baliozian, an active and passionate ecumenist and first president of the NCCA.
Ecumenical gathering examines visions for Protestant churches of Europe
, 21 September. A Europe-wide ecumenical gathering in Florence, Italy heard expressions of vision for the Protestant churches in Europe that included the necessity to stand together and advocate for social change.
Korean church celebrates 100th anniversary
, 21 September. The Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) has received congratulations from the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this week in Seoul, Korea, according to a WCRC news release.
Hindus in Pakistan say they are a forgotten community
Geneva, 21 September. Muslim-majority Pakistan has seen its Hindu population dwindle to the extent where Hindus still in the country see themselves as a "forgotten community," according to a human rights campaigner.
African religious leaders demand end to illegal wildlife trade
Nairobi, Kenya, 21 September. Religious leaders in Africa are calling for an end to the illegal wildlife trade, a trend which wildlife protection agencies say is decimating the continent's elephant and rhino populations.