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New interactive website for the Decade to Overcome Violence now on line

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Date Tue, 10 Dec 2002 14:39:09 +0100

World Council of Churches
Press Release PR-02-34
For Immediate Use
10 December 2002

New interactive website for the Decade to Overcome Violence now on line.

Coinciding with International Human Rights Day, the World Council of Churches
(WCC) has today opened a new interactive version of its "Decade to Overcome
Violence (2001-2010): Churches seeking Reconciliation and Peace" website. Its
address is:

The new website is designed to create and strengthen networking by churches,
organizations and individuals committed to the search for peace, justice and

In the words of Decade coordinator Hansulrich Gerber: "When violence and
threats of war are rising up ominously around us, an initiative like this,
which aims at strengthening organizations and individuals committed to peace
and reconciliation, is a sign of hope."

The website, available in four languages (English, French, German, and
Spanish), is designed as a tool to enable churches, organizations and
individuals committed to the aims of the Decade to make contact and establish
relations with one another by sharing resources and experiences, notices of
events and information on what they are doing. 

Those logging on to the website can play an active role by sharing with
others their efforts to overcome violence and making them widely known. At
the same time, they can easily obtain any information they require via the
website's new thematic structure and its search-by-category function.

"It's a new way of working in that it provides an open forum," declares WCC
senior web editor Olivier Schopfer, "and the challenge for us and for
everyone committed to the Decade is to make it a lively, dynamic instrument."

The website also contains resources produced by the WCC itself, such as a new
study guide on the four main Decade themes, ideas on how to participate in
the Decade in local communities, a listing of regional and national
coordinators, together with e-mail discussion groups and visual resources. 

The Decade to Overcome Violence is the WCC's response to the mandate of its
eighth assembly in Harare in 1998 "to work strategically with the churches...
to create a culture of peace". 

The Decade was launched internationally in February 2001 and, by bringing
together already- existing initiatives, it provides a forum for sharing
experiences and building relationships of mutual support and learning, while
at the same time encouraging and inspiring churches, organizations and
individuals to commit actively to the search for justice, reconciliation and

For further information, please contact the Media Relations Office, tel: +41
(0)22 791 64 21


The World Council of Churches (WCC) is a fellowship of churches, now 342, in
more than 100 countries in all continents from virtually all Christian
traditions. The Roman Catholic Church is not a member church but works
cooperatively with the WCC. The highest governing body is the assembly, which
meets approximately every seven years. The WCC was formally inaugurated in
1948 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Its staff is headed by general secretary
Konrad Raiser from the Evangelical Church in Germany.

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