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Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV)

You can view the DOV leaflet below, download a ".pdf" version of the leaflet (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4 or higher), or order it from the DOV Coordination office.


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The Leaflet

The Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010) stems from the World Council of Churches' (WCC) passionate engagement with the issues of justice, peace and the integrity of creation, while relentlessly exploring the purpose of Christian unity in a broken world.
The churches meeting for the Eighth WCC Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe, at the end of the most violent century in human history, committed themselves to a pilgrimage of peace. The Assembly called the churches, ecumenical organizations and all people of goodwill, to work together to overcome violence through peace and justice.
The WCC encourages churches and communities to address issues of violence in their own contexts and to work together for peace, justice and reconciliation in the Decade to Overcome Violence.

      In its commitment to overcoming violence the WCC:
    • Commissions studies aimed at exposing the structural and cultural roots of violence
    • Campaigns against the perpetrators and instruments of violence
    • Introduces education processes that seek to uphold the value and dignity of life
    • Takes innovative liturgical, biblical and theological initiatives
    • Links people, peace initiatives and supports networking

    "All this is from God, who reconciled us to Godself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation." 2 Cor. 5:18

    "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an everflowing stream." Amos 5:24

    "For Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility..." Eph. 2:14

    "We are challenged by the vision of a church, the people of God on the way together, confronting all divisions of race, gender, age or culture, striving to realise justice and peace, upholding the integrity of creation."
    (Message of the Eighth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Harare 1998)

    "We are convinced: A clear witness to peace and nonviolence grounded in justice is what the world needs today from all churches together... As Christians, we are motivated and encouraged by the Gospel message of the peace of Christ and the rich biblical tradition of peace with justice... We want to engage in constructive efforts to build a culture of peace.
    (Message from the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, Geneva 1999)

    • The spirit and the logic of violence

    • Use and abuse and misuse of power

    • Issues of justice

    • Religious plurality and identity

      The study guide "Why Violence? Why not Peace?" is a tool for groups and individuals in the churches to explore issues along these four themes. See next page for information on how to get the study guide.

    To learn about stories and initiatives, find resources or contacts on overcoming violence, visit the DOV web site:

    On this web site you are invited to submit your story, add your organisation or enter information about your events related to the DOV. If you don't have access to Internet, please send the information you would like to post on the web site to us at the address indicated on the back.

    For written information, study guides, leaflets, contact your church office, or the National Council of Churches, or the ecumenical regional organisation in your region. You can download the DOV Logo, leaflet, study guide, and resources on the DOV web site. If you would like to subscribe to the DOV Newsletter, please write to dov@wcc-coe.org, or to the WCC address on the back of this leaflet.


    For peace in your country
    For the victims of violence everywhere
    For those struggling for peace and justice
    For churches in conflict situations
    For a world without war and violence

    Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth,
    Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
    Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace,
    Let peace fill our beings, our world and our universe.

    (World Prayer for Peace from the Vancouver Assembly)

    Decade to Overcome Violence - an opportunity
    to discover afresh the meaning of sharing a common humanity; to confirm our commitment to the unity of all God's people and to the ministry of reconciliation.

    Decade to Overcome Violence - a call
    to repent for our own complicity in violence, and explore, from within our faith traditions, ways to overcome the spirit, logic and practice of violence.

    Decade to Overcome Violence - a forum
    in which to work together for a world of peace with local communities, secular movements, and people of other faiths.

    Decade to Overcome Violence - a time
    to analyse and expose different forms of violence and their interconnection, and to act in solidarity with those who struggle for justice and the integrity of creation.

    Decade to Overcome Violence - a journey
    that will bring us together as churches, communities, organisations and individuals committed to peace and reconciliation.

    The logo:

    The hands in the shape of the heart over the broken earth signify the need as well as the hope of overcoming violence. The yellow earth stands for hope amidst turmoil, while the sharp edges of the green shape emphasise the danger that the earth is in. The movement around the earth signifies the dynamism of this global initiative.

    World Council of Churches
    Decade to Overcome Violence
    P.O. Box 2100
    1211 Geneva 2

    Telephone (41.22) 791 60 47
    Fax (41.22) 791 64 06
    E-mail: dov@wcc-coe.org

    Please visit the DOV web site:

    Revised: July 2004