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international ecumenical poverty consultation

Updated Wednesday evening

The Washington National Cathedral has just held an international Consultation of Religious Leaders on Global Poverty, organised by the Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation, part of the new Cathedral College.

The conference was attended by Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Raphael S. Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya, and other Orthodox, Methodist, Lutheran, Anglican, and Seventh-day Adventist leaders from North and South America, Africa and Europe, together with officials of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance. The conference was convened by the Most Rev. Njongonkulu Ndungane, Archbishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa.

A delegation of five from the conference (including Abp Ndungane, Lord Carey, and Bishop Chane of Washington) visited the United Nations in New York to meet the Secretary General.

Press coverage of this event so far:

Christian Science Monitor Jane Lampman Clergy press UN on agenda

Ekklesia Faith leaders meet to step up poverty alleviation

Voice of America Christian Leaders Show Support for Poverty Reduction (this includes an audio interview with Bishop Mwamba of Botswana)

allAfrica.com has published the conference communique in full here

The Christian Post Religious Leaders Say Global Poverty Has No Borders
and World Religious Leaders Present Anti-Poverty Communiqué to U.N.

Press releases from the conference

Communique
Signatories
Other material

Church Press coverage

Living Church Church Leaders Send Message to the UN
ENS Historic religious gathering sees unique opportunity to end global poverty
Anglican Journal Churches seek to work with governments, U.N., to cut extreme poverty

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I was at the Consultation and, thanks to Thinking Anglicans’ coverage, was able to talk quite intelligently with Bishop Mwamba about the kerfluffle in the Diocese of Lake Malawi. Thanks, TA!