Magazine article The Christian Century

WCC Officials Challenge Nearby G-8 Summit. (News)

Magazine article The Christian Century

WCC Officials Challenge Nearby G-8 Summit. (News)

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Church officials and protesters who met during the early June summit of the Group of Eight nations in Evian, France, rejected the validity of the G-8 grouping of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the U.S., which was holding one of its periodic meetings on world economy, security, democracy and the fight against HIV/AIDS. "We see the G-8 as an illegitimate group because they were not elected by anybody to rule the world," said Rogate Mshana, economy and justice program executive for the World Council of Churches. "On whose behalf are they speaking?"

The church meeting June 2--at Geneva's Ecumenical Center, only about 25 miles from the G-8 summit--was hosted by the general secretaries of four world church bodies headquartered there: the WCC, the Lutheran World Federation, the Conference of European Churches and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.

An amalgam of protesters said to number between 50,000 and 120,000 tried to disrupt the G-8 meeting by marching in Geneva and Lausanne, the Swiss cities closest to Evian. Most of the demonstrations were peaceful, with discussions like those at the WCC occurring in different locations. …

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