Deputy Foreign Minister Ioannis Amanatidis from Greece met with World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 8 April 2016. Amanatidis expressed the Greek government’s warm thanks for the WCC’s cooperation and solidarity with Greece, and requested continued support for Greece’s efforts to face an unprecedented refugee crisis.Read more
Greece’s people are exhausted from years of economic crisis and the Orthodox church head there is pleading with the European Union to reconsider its decision to limit the refugees it is accepting.Read more
Representatives of the World Council of Churches (WCC) visited Greece from 14 to 18 October to strengthen efforts in support of refugees in Europe and the Middle East.Read more
“As a fellowship of churches worldwide, we are deeply committed to support initiatives for just peace for the whole Middle East region,” said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).Read more
The recent attention to the plight of Syrian (and other) refugees in Europe has brought to the forefront the need to address the issue, including its root cause, the war in Syria. These recent articles and essays may be helpful in gaining a clearer understanding of some of the issues at stake.Read more
We continue to pray and lift the thousands of refugees in Europe and the Middle East as the crises worsen and continue to dominate the headlines. More than 267,000 mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters have now survived treacherous voyages to European shores in what the United Nations has described as the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.Read more
In the wake of the current refugee crisis, European churches are being encouraged to deepen their efforts in receiving, supporting and protecting refugees who arrive in the region. This call was made in a letter issued jointly by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME).Read more
The Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East was formed in 1924 as a consolidation of the Armenian Evangelical movement which began in the 1820's. It is comprised of 17 congregations rooted in the longer history of Armenian Christianity. Located in seven countries (Egypt, Greece, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Australia), the congregations and institutions of the Union have persisted in mission and in presence through the Middle East's political and social strife.Read more
Summers in Lampedusa pass quickly and intensely. At the end of the winter, life changes in Lampedusa. Everything accelerates. Summer is the season of tourism and for us it means more occasions to open a dialogue. In addition to video makers, designers, photographers and researchers, tourists arrive. And, they change the atmosphere on the island. Tourists often stop at the pier, disoriented, staring at us while we bring water and biscuits to immigrants who have just landed. Their disorientation is not due to what they witness here, but to the distance between what they saw on TV and the actual reality in Lampedusa.Read more
A Diyar/Dar al-Kalima Conference on "Shifting Identities: Changes in the social, political, and religious structures in the Arab World"
Cyprus, July 2015: Responding to an invitation from the Diyar Consortium/Dar al-Kalima University College for Arts and Culture based in Bethlehem, a group of Christian academicians and young graduates, supported by Muslim intellectuals and academics, gathered together in 2014 to contemplate on the challenges, opportunities, and a possible role within the Arab world. Together they developed a document entitled "From the Nile to the Euphrates: A Call of Faith and Citizenship." The document was launched in Beirut on December 5, 2014, which coincided with the establishment of a platform for Middle Eastern thought, communication, and dialogue called The Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World (CAFCAW).
Diyar’s 11th international conference was held from July 3 to 5 in in Pafos, Cyprus. Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, the academic arm of Diyar, in cooperation with The Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World organized an international conference entitled "Shifting Identities: Changes in the social, political, and religious structures in the Arab World".Read more