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EKD Bishop for Foreign Affairs urges global ecumenical debate on climate change.

April 8, 2011

Geneva (epd) The bishop for Foreign Affairs of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) Martin Schindehütte has called for a global ecumenical debate on climate change. The World Council of Churches at its 2013 Assembly to be held in South Korea could launch a decade for climate justice, Schindehütte said on Thursday in Geneva.

He added that the decade for climate justice should address all aspects of global warming. Issues ranging from the impact of climate change on developing countries, to sustainable management, to new forms of energy production offer abundant material for discussion, the theologian added. Schindehütte and EKD Council chair Nikolaus Schneider were in Geneva until Friday to explore with WCC representatives future focus areas of activity for the global ecumenical community. The approximately 350 WCC member churches will gather in the South Korean port city of Busan for their Assembly in 2013. The highest governing body of the World Council of Churches could formally proclaim a decade in which member churches would have a role. WCC, according to its own indications, represents around 560 million Christians; the Catholic Church is not a member.

Schindehütte proposed to follow the WCC Decade to Overcome Violence, which has now ended, with a decade for climate justice. In May, the approximately 1,000 delegates attending the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation  in Kingston, Jamaica will discuss the outcomes of the Decade to Overcome Violence. An EKD delegation was in Geneva meeting with representatives of major world church federations.



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