“Christian Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights”. That's the theme of the international conference taking place April 9-12 in Wuppertal. It will address the challenges for a common vision of the churches on human rights in today's world. All interested parties are invited to watch the public session of the conference on Monday, April 11, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the WCC YouTube channel livestream https://www.oikoumene.org/live
Speakers at the conference’s public session will include Natallia Vasilevich (Centre Ecumena, Belarus), Archbishop Angaelos (Coptic Orthodox Church), Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata (Zimbabwe Council of Churches), Dr Mathews George Chunakara (Christian Conference of Asia), Prof. Dr Heiner Bielefeldt (FAU, Germany), Rev. Ute Hedrich (EKD, Germany) and Peter Prove (CCIA, World Council of Churches).
Organizedby the World Council of Churches (WCC), United Evangelical Mission (UEM) and Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the conference is part of a study process initiated in 2020, aiming to provide a space for ecumenical reflection on the relationship between human dignity and human rights from biblical, theological and victims’ perspectives. During the conference in Wuppertal, the preliminary results of the study process will be presented and discussed.
"We hope that churches today, when human rights are challenged as hardly seen before since their adoption in 1948, will reaffirm their commitment as an ecumenical fellowship to advocate for universal principles of human rights and multilateral systems of accountability in solidarity with victims all over this globe, whose human dignity and fundamental rights are disregarded and violated,” said Jochen Motte, UEM deputy general secretary.
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