"In the continent where Christianity is experiencing its most rapid growth, a great deal of this expansion is taking place in churches founded by Africans for Africans. These churches are often referred to as `independent' or 'indigenous' churches, to distinguish them from the 'historic' or 'mission-founded' churches planted during the colonial period by evangelists from Europe and North America. Diverse as they are, the attractiveness of these African Initiatives in Christianity (AICs) grows out of the serious attempt they make to express and live out their faith in genuinely African cultural forms and styles. In this new book, two African theologians and church leaders -- one from an historic church , one from an AIC -- offer an insightful introduction into this phenomenon. While their main focus is one what the growth of African Initiatives in Christianity implies for the future of the ecumenical movement in Africa and around the world, they also examine some key teachings of the AICs and trace their roots in African church history since the first century". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface signed J.S. Pobee and Gabriel Ositelu II -- Foreword / Walter J. Hollenweger -- Introduction -- In the Beginning -- Christ Arrives in Africa -- African Initiatives in Christianity -- The Ecumenical Significance of AICs -- The Problems and Promise of AICs -- Quo Vadimus ? -- Select Bibliography.
"John Pobee is an Anglican theologian from Ghana and a staff member in the WCC's Programme on Ecumenical Theological Education". -- back cover.
"The day that the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo voted, on 30 July 2006, marked the most significant election held in Africa since the 1994 balloting in South Africa at the end of that nation's apartheid regime. Like South Africans, Congolese voted in their millions, walking up to 50 kilometres each way to the polling stations. The election brought to a close 130 years of foreign invasions, colonialism, exploitation of vast mineral wealth, dictatorship and the consequences of two recent wars that cost 4.3 million lives in just over five years, the most deadly conflict since World War II. Few in the rest of the world were aware of these conditions. The western media largely ignored this region, while the international community and the African contintent seemed helpless to stop the destruction. Civilians, especially women and children, made up the majority of victims". -- back cover.
Contents: Map and description -- Foreword dated November 2006 -- Prologue -- The Black Messiah: Patrice Lumumba -- Les Pillages: Joseph Mobutu -- A Maoist with Commercial Instincts: Laurent Kabila -- Beyond the Bullets and the Blades: Women and Children -- Profits of War: Fat Cats Living in Kinshasa -- The Churches: The Congo Belongs to Us -- Elections 2006: Winners and Losers -- Epilogue: To Our Beloved Sisters and Brothers of the Congo dated July 2006 / Samuel Kobia.
Epilogue "This is an abbreviated version of the pastoral letter sent by Dr. Kobia to the people of the Congo and the member churches in July 2006, shortly before Congo's first election in over 40 years". -- p. .
Originally published in German as: AIDS : Eine Krankheit verander die Welt : Daten, Fakten, Hintergrunde. Frankfurt: Verlag Otto Lembeck, 2003.
Includes bibliography: p. 110-118.
This book "is an offering to churches and the world -- a significant and vital addition to the continuum of knowledge -- that will greatly assist churches to be effective and efficient in the struggle to overcome HIV/AIDS. It is a compilation of historical, scientific and statistical material aimed at providing churches and their partners with a better understanding of the dynamics of HIV/AIDS as well as current information to aid in collaborative efforts at answering the challenge of the disease. .... On a practical level this response is deliberately multi-faceted and interactive, encouraging churches and Christian service organizations to build and support coalitions dedicated to overcoming this epidemic". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches -- Introduction / Sonja Weinreich and Christoph Benn --.Natural history and HIV transmission -- Global, regional and country-specific spread of HIV/AIDS -- Vulnerable population groups -- Gender equity -- Children -- Young people -- Socio-economic context -- Stigma and discrimination --Human rights -- People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) -- Prevention -- Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) -- Care -- Antiretroviral therapy -- HIV/AIDS on the international agenda -- Advocacy and lobbying -- Culture and tradition -- Churches, theology and HIV/AIDS -- Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS -- Literature.
"Edited [by] Masamba ma Mpolo, Reginald Stober [and] Evelyn V. Appiah".
"Published for the World Council of Churches by Uzima Press, Limited .. Nairobi" -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references.
"The theme 'Jesus Christ: the Life of the World' is a confessional evaluation of the socio-political and economic situation of the entire continent of Africa. The papers presented in this book indicate clearly that due to a number of factors, much of Africa today is less well-off than it was in 1960". -- back cover.
Contents:Contributors -- Foreword dated Accra, 1 May 1983 / Annie B. Jiagge -- Let there be Life: Introductory Remarks dated Geneva, February 1983 / The Editors -- 1. Life in its fullness / Nelson H. Charles -- 2. Jesus Christ : The Life of the World : A Black South African perspective / Simon S. Maimela -- 3. Jesus Christ: Word of Life / Masamba ma Mpolo -- 4. Reflections on the Assembly Theme / Sierra Leone Visitation Team -- 5. The Search for a Living Church in Africa / John S. Pobee -- 6. Towards a Self-Supporting African Church / Kimpianga Mahaniah -- 7. Developing Countries and the Nuclear Issue: Reflections of an African Scientist / Bena-Silu -- 8. The Challenge of African Churches and Countries / Kabiru Kinyanjui -- 9. Some Theological and Ethical Considerations in the African context / Henry Okullu -- 10. Wholeness of Life in Africa / M. Amba Oduyoye -- 11. Jesus Christ: The Crown of Life / Abba Garima -- 12. Jesus is the Fullness of my Life / N.K. Dzobo -- 13. The Living Christ is a Compassionate God / John Gatu -- 14. The Confession of Alexandria / All Africa Conference of Churches -- 15. The Birth of Life / Grace Yemi Ladokun -- Suggested Reading -- Reference Notes.
Contributors include two Anglican theologians: the Rt. Rev. Henry Okullu, Bishop of the diocese of Maseno South in the Anglican Church of Kenya and Dr. John Pobee of Ghana.
Colophon: Printed by Afropress Ltd., Lusaka Close, P.O. Box 30502, Nairobi, Kenya.
"The traditional religion of the Aymara people in the Andean highlands of northern Chile was modified when they were absorbed into the Inca empire in the 15th century. Francisco Pizarro's conquest of the Incas a century later ushered in a new religious encounter for these people -- with Roman Catholicism. Now, since the mid-20th century, indigenous Pentecostal churches have been recording astonishing growth among the Aymaras. The Catholic missions -- some rooted in a search for points of contact between Christianity and Inca religion, some determined to `extirpate idolatry' -- and the later Pentecostal mission have both raised profound issues about relating the gospel to the contexts in which it is proclaimed". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction -- Life and Religion in the Andean World -- Iberian Christianity and Andean Religion -- Aymara Conversion to Pentecostalism -- Lessons from the Encounter.
"The "Helsinki region" is composed of the 35 signatory states of the Helsinki Final Act. This important agreement was signed in Helsinki, Finland on 1st August 1975 by the heads of states. They represented all of the nations in Europe (except Albania), plus Canada and the United States .... In a series of consultations between 1975 and 1980 the World Council of Churches suggested that the "Helsinki Final Act be taken as the base for a common church action on human rights within the "Helsinki region". -- p. 4.
The Churches' Human Rights Programme for the Implementation of the Helsinki Final Act was organized between 1977 and 1980 and was originally intended to be completed by August 1985. It was later agreed to extend it to the end of 1986. The Programme is sponsored by the Canadian Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and the Conference of European Churches.
Contents: Foreword / Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, President of the All Africa Conference of Churches -- Acknowledgements -- Rwanda: From August 1994 [Poem] / Rob Shropshire -- Introduction -- The Tangled Tale of History -- The Making of Genocide: International Responsibility -- Death and Destruction: The Anatomy of Genocide -- Inside and Outside: How People Survived -- The Church: Problems and Promises -- Rwanda's Recovery: A Race with Time -- If Anyone is Listening, Where is the Hope ? -- Appendix 1: War Correspondents: A Byline Written in Deep Despair / Roger Rosenblatt -- Appendix 2: The "Hutu Ten Commandments" / dated December 10, 1990.
Contents includes poem "Rwanda : from August 1994" by Rob Shropshire. At the time of writing, Shropshire was "on staff of the Africa/Middle East desk, Primate's World Relief and Development Fund., Anglican Church of Canada, Toronto. This poem was part of his trip report following a visit to Rwanda and neighbouring countries from August 11 to September 6, 1994". -- p. xvi.
Author "is a Canadian journalist and author ... As a staff member of the All Africa Conference of Churches, he made a dozen visits to Rwanda and neighbouring countries after the outbreak of violence touched off by the killing of President Habyarimana in Kigali on April 6, 1994." -- back cover.
"Published jointly by SCM Press ... and World Council of Churches". -- verso of t.-p.
"This first comprehensive 'International Directory of Theological Colleges' covers 2,000 institutions preparing men and women for Christian ministry in Catholic, Protestant, Independent and Pentecostal churches in six continents. Given the difficulties of communication in some areas it has not been possible to provide completely comprehensive information about all institutions, but in more than half of the entries, the 'Directory' gives details of the age and origin of the institution; its status (denominational, interdenominational, independent or part of a recognized university); the number of teaching staff and their qualifications, the number of students and the teacher/student ratio; the churches served; academic connections; library facilities; and the courses and who validates them." -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction / Judo Poerwowidagdo, Executive Secretary, Ecumenical Theological Education, WCC -- Commendation / Gordon Conway -- Compiler's Introduction / Alec Gilmore -- How to Use This Directory -- Acronyms -- Associations of Theological Education -- Abbreviations -- Directory -- Africa -- The Americas -- North America -- Central America -- South America -- The Caribbean -- Asia -- Europe -- Western Europe -- Central Europe -- Eastern Europe -- The Middle East -- The Pacific (Oceania) -- Reference Books -- Questionnaire.
OTCH Note: Within each country, entries are arranged alphabetically by city of location.
2008 edition has title: An introduction to the World Council of Churches.
Starting in 2004 the publication is entitled "Annual review".
"The annual review ... is the first in a new format. The review follows the framework of the core programmes and initiatives of the WCC and aims to give an account of the work accomplished in each area, in an accessible and attractive way. In addition to this central section, the review includes summary information on the financial situation of the WCC, its present organization, and some relevant statistics. Alongside this annual review, a WCC yearbook will continue to be published presenting the full contact information of member churches and of ecumenical partners. An audited financial report will also be available on request from the WCC". -- p. .
2006 contents: The WCC Fellowship of Churches -- Introduction: Living Out God's Grace in the World / Samuel Kobia -- Profile of the World Council of Churches -- 2006 Highlights -- A New Ecumenical Mandate for the 21st Century -- Strengthening the Ecumenical Movement -- Unity, Mission and Evangelism -- The Church's Public Voice -- Inter-religious Dialogue and Action -- Globalization, Environment and Solidarity -- Developing New Ecumenical Leadership -- Financial Overview 2006 -- Income and Contributors 2006 -- WCC Governing Bodies and Staff Leadership -- WCC Programme and Management 2007.
2005 contents: Introduction / Samuel Kobia -- Year in Review -- Nurturing the Fellowship of Churches -- Building the Unity of the Churches -- Churches Seeking Peace -- Churches in International Affairs -- Churches in Dialogue with Other Faiths -- Come, Holy Spirit, Heal and Reconcile ! -- Churches Caring for Life -- Churches Serving Human Need -- Education: Carrying the Ecumenical Vision -- Bossey: An Ecumenical Laboratory -- The Quest for Peace with Justice in the Holy Land -- Churches in the Struggle against HIV and AIDS -- Recent WCC Publications and Resources -- WCC Member Churches 2005 -- WCC Governing Bodies and Staff Leadership 2006 -- WCC Financial Overview 2005 -- WCC Income and Donors 2005 -- WCC on the World Wide Web -- WCC Programmes and Activities 2005.
2004 review of 2004 includes programs such as the Decade to Overcome Violence and the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.
Starting with the 2003 edition, the Yearbooks is split into two different publications: "Address Lists, Constitution and Rules" and "The Year in Review".
2003 i.e. review of 2002 contents: Introduction -- Churches in the World -- The Churches and Society -- The Churches in Ecumenical Fellowship -- Finances and Organization - WCC Structures -- Obituaries.