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Christian alliance celebrates ten years of joint action

6. December 2010

    The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), one of the most diverse international Christian organizations existing today, celebrates its tenth anniversary on 9 December. Over 70 churches and Christian organizations are currently members of the Alliance, from Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. These members, representing a combined constituency of tens of millions of people around the world, are committed to working together in public witness and action for justice on defined issues of common concern.

    The need for an alliance to strengthen campaigning efforts for peace, justice and human dignity was identified in meetings between the World Council of Churches and heads of Christian development agencies in the late 1990s. The EAA was created to focus advocacy by churches and related organizations on a few selected topics, and provide a space where diverse churches, organizations and Christian groups could collaborate.

    The founding assembly of the EAA was held in Geneva, 7-9 December 2000. Trade and HIV and AIDS were the first two issues selected for joint action. Members of the EAA currently collaborate in ongoing campaigns on Food ('Food for Life') and HIV and AIDS ('Live the Promise').

    In addition to its central focus on enabling joint Christian advocacy, the EAA is also now engaged in multifaith efforts on HIV and AIDS. The EAA was a lead organizer for the Summit of High Level Religious Leaders on the Response to HIV in March 2010 and is currently facilitating a multifaith working group on strengthening religious leadership in the response.

    "I have seen the EAA grow from an idea to a solid and effective, internationally recognized agent for change," stated Rev. Dr Richard Fee, General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and Chairperson of the EAA's Board of Directors. "We've marked many successes over these past ten years but there is no doubt that the need for churches and Christians to continue to speak and act together is as urgent as ever."

    Background information
    An anniversary celebration is being held at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 9 December and is open to the public:

    8:30-9:00 am Worship service (chapel)

    9:30-12:30 pm Seminar on ecumenical advocacy: lessons learned and challenges for the future (main hall)

    The list of current EAA members is available at: http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/about-us/members/

    A timeline of highlights over the past ten years is available at: http://www.e-alliance.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/docs/EAA/EAA10thAnniversaryTimeline.pdf

    Photos are available - contact Sara Speicher at the details below.

    For more information contact Sara Speicher, +44 7821 860 723 (mobile), sspeicher@e-alliance.ch

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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