World Council of Churches Pulls out of Investment in Fossil Fuel

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An umbrella group of churches, which represents over half a billion Christians worldwide, has decided to pull its investments out of fossil fuel companies.

The move by the World Council of Churches, which has 345 member churches including the Church of England but not the Catholic church, was welcomed as a "major victory" by climate campaigners who have been calling on companies and institutions such as pension funds, universities and local governments to divest from coal, oil and gas.

In an article for the Guardian back in April, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said that "people of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change" and events sponsored by fossil fuel companies could even be boycotted.

The founder of climate campaign group, said in a statement: "The World Council of Churches reminds us that morality demands thinking as much about the future as about ourselves – and that there's no threat to the future greater than the unchecked burning of fossil fuels. This is a remarkable moment for the 590 million Christians in its member denominations: a huge percentage of humanity says today 'this far and no further'."

It is not clear yet whether the decision will apply only to the council itself, which has a comparatively small investment fund, or its members as well, which have much larger investments. The Church of England said it could not yet comment on what the decision meant for its own investments.



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FBN CEO and President Reverend Margaret Elcock is being congratulated on the award of Doctor of Divinity conferred on her by Dr. Zamekio Jackson President of the St. Thomas Christian University, Jacksonville, Florida in the presence of three hundred invited guests at the Trinidad Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre on Sunday September 1st.

In a video greeting from her friend and mentor Dr. Myles Munroe -leader of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International and the International Third World Leaders Association- Reverend Margaret Elcock was said to have been more than deserving of such recognition for many years.

Reverend Dr Margaret Elcock has devoted over 25 years in broadcasting. She established the Family Focus Broadcasting Network 22 years ago which used to buy air time on a local radio station to proclaim the Word of God. In 2002 ISAAC 98.1FM THE PROMISE -the nation's first 24hr FM Gospel Radio Station- was founded by the pioneering broadcaster. ISAAC, Inspirational, Spirit Led, Annointed, Appointed and Christ-centred celebrated its eleventh anniversary on August 31st 2013. She has traveled extensively lecturing and facilitating on several continents. She is also a board member of the ITWLA and lecturer of the Haggai Institute campuses in SIngapore and Hawaii.

FBN has reached hundreds of thousands of people through its "on air" and off air ministries and reaches millions through the World Wide Web, spreading the message of hope. This has been accomplished through the tenacity and drive of Reverend Dr Margaret Elcock as she executes the mandate she received from God to establish the Family Focus Broadcasting Network. 

Reverend Margaret Elcock was awarded the Nation's second highest honour, the Chaconia Medal (silver) for her work in Religious Education in 2010.




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Bring your daughter to work day did not work out too well for this newsreader.

Lena Alwash’s live broadcast on Morocco’s Medi 1 TV channel is interrupted when her young daughter suddenly appears behind her to hand her a smartphone.


Daughter interrupts mum's live TV broadcast


Upon realising her mum might actually be working and addressing viewers and not her, the child sheepishly tries, and fails, to duck out of shot.

Impressively, we don’t think this even counts as a newsreader fail because Ms Alwash is not remotely fazed by the distraction.

She barely glances at her daughter, raises her eyebrows and gives an imperceptible shake of the head in a telling sign of parental disapproval before carrying on as if nothing had happened.