Roundup: Success, poverty, Africa, unity
The church’s present obsession with success guarantees its eventual irrelevance.
The world is running out of time to make sure there is enough food, water and energy to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population and to avoid sending up to 3 billion people into poverty, a UN report has warned.
“Divisions between churches remain a scandal that we have to overcome,” the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, said at an ecumenical preparatory event for the “Pilgrimage of the Holy Robe”.
Amidst increasing security issues in several African countries plagued by violence, political turmoil, religious intolerance and lack of democratic governance, churches are called to engage in peace-building, said African church leaders in a presentation on “Burning issues of insecurity in Africa” at a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation in Kigali, Rwanda.
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