The WCC and human rights issues in the Philippines

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism met in Manila, the Philippines, from March 22-27. The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) hosted the event which focused on the theme “Together towards life: mission and evangelism in changing landscapes”. According to the WCC news story, participants analyzed a draft of the statement on mission and evangelism that will be presented at the 2103 WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Korea.

Prior to the Commission meeting, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and other WCC staff met and discussed human rights violations in the Philippines with leaders of the NCCP with church leaders and leaders of human rights groups.

The WCC general secretary also met with victims of human rights violations at the NCCP office. They shared their personal testimonies with the attendees of the meeting. He also offered prayers for these victims and expressed solidarity on behalf of the churches.

Unfortunately, the Rev. Dr. Tveit’s meeting with President Benigno Aquino III was cancelled. An opportunity to discuss the peace process in the Philippines and the human rights situation was lost.

Learn about Presbyterians at work with our partners in the Philippines.

The 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) passed a resolution concerning human rights violations in the Philippines.


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