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Below is one of a selection articles found in an attempt to gauge the impact in the media of the WCC's 9th Assembly. Since it appeared in an independent publication, this article neither represents nor necessarily reflects the official policy of the World Council of Churches.




WCC Assesses Impact of 'Decade to Overcome Violence'


NEW YORK (UMNS) - When the World Council of Churches initiated its "Decade to Overcome Violence" in 2001, the idea was to "shine a bright light" on places where Christians are working on issues of justice and peace - places that could be models for others.

Now, at the halfway point, the decade has had an "important impact," according to Jan Love, a United Methodist who has served as chairwoman of the decade.

"There are parts of the globe where the decade has really taken hold," she told United Methodist News Service before a Feb. 18 plenary session on "Overcoming Violence" at the WCC's 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre. (...)