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Our pilgrimage needs child-friendly churches
Today is a very special day for me as the new partnership between the WCC and UNICEF has been signed and officially launched!
The WCC Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in South America
The aim of the WCC is to encourage spaces for encounter between the churches in order to give the witness of service to the world in unity with the Spirit of ...
Water and the human right to food
Water is a key resource both to provide drinking water and to generate food and energy for a growing world population. A fifth of the global population lives ...
Struggle for truth, justice, peace and reconciliation
My first contact with Dr. Vinie Burrows happened in 1983 while I worked as a volunteer pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in “Hell’s Kitchen” in New York ...
Counting in the most vulnerable ones in Eritrea
When Finn Church Aid was invited to engage again in teacher education in Eritrea in 2014, we emphasized that our work is firmly rooted in two facts: we are ...
World Toilet Day is all about dignity and life!
The 19th of November is observed around the globe as United Nations World Toilet Day. The theme for this year’s World Toilet Day is highlighting the link ...
Do not be afraid.
Thoughts wander in the wind. Emotions bubbling up. I don’t know where to start. So much frustration. So much misunderstanding. So much fear.
Global water community introduced to Season of Creation
For the past 26 years, the global water community is gathering in Stockholm for a week in August or September, at the World Water Week, organized by the ...
Praying for toilets
For many of us “toilet” is a taboo subject to talk about. To do so in the prayers is all the more not acceptable to many of us! We can talk of water in our ...
The five stages of grief in Palestine and Israel
When it comes to the stance of churches towards the so-called conflict between Israel and Palestine, it is useful to understand it as a process of grief. The ...
We pray and hope, for Zimbabwe's elections
Kerstin Pihl and Sven Eckerdal are currently in Zimbabwe to monitor the first election to take place since Robert Mugabe was forced to leave power in November ...
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance in the context of one's own learning, beliefs, or faith. It can be a physical journey to ...
Different. Reality!
Several years ago, I went in search of food in a foreign country. Spring had just begun to show her face, and though the air was nippy, it was a beautiful day ...
Reflections of Ecumenical Accompaniers: being present, bearing witness
Ecumenical Accompaniers walk children to school, accompany shepherds, serve as a presence of peace, and share what they see. They are the fruit of the ...
Of unbalanced diets and lopsided systems
One in eleven adults is diabetic. I happen to be one of those 422 million adults. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of those affected by ...
Love is the action of unity
As a young person who finds myself passionately involved in human rights movements, I often wonder how people’s unity at a large scale is sustained and even ...
Time for religious leaders to speak out - No child should die of TB
Statistics about TB in children make shocking reading, especially because TB is preventable and curable. Religious leaders and faith communities have an ...
A centuries-old desire for peace in Europe
After century upon century of periodic warfare, the continent of Europe has, for the last 60 years or so, enjoyed a period of unprecedented peace. The most one ...
Hungry for food, hungry for justice, hungry for peace
October 16 is the World Food Day, and from October 15 to October 21, we celebrate the Churches' Week of Action on Food. So it is an appropriate time to reflect ...
Faith in action: for access equity rights now
Why should people of faith get engaged in AIDS2016? - The first time I took part in the International AIDS Conference was in Mexico in 2008. I was overwhelmed ...
A Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in Korea: Exodus from division and nuclear threats
The summer in Korea is a lush and attractive season for vacationers. Yet it is far more than that. It is a period haunted by heavy historical memories. June 25 ...
‘Keeping hope a challenge’, as Al Walaja homes suffer demolition
“You are never safe, you never know when they will come.” When Israel issued Ilham with a demolition order for her home in the Palestinian village of Al Walaja ...
Power in this Nobel Peace Prize: truth told, truth heard
A Nobel Peace Prize ceremony’s greatest power may be that it enables unrealized truth to be told in a new light. The truth at issue has surely been spoken ...
On World Refugee Day, closed doors or a welcome for the stranger?
One generally thinks of a pilgrimage as a journey undertaken voluntarily, in an attitude of reflection, peace and serenity, and with its objective or purpose ...
Spirit of diversity in Indonesia
“Indonesia is neither a religious country (for example: Islamic country) nor a secular state. Even though Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population, ...
Vatican conference and ecumenical echoes on nuclear arms and human development
A ground-breaking pontifical critique of nuclear weapons affirms the new treaty to ban nuclear weapons. By linking possession and use, Pope Francis is offering ...
Why celebrate International Women’s Day?
Many may ask ‘Why set aside a day for women? Isn’t that what Mothers’ Day is about?’ Or ‘Why not Men’s Day? Don’t men also deserve some recognition?’ To ...
The Arms Trade Treaty, a stepping stone towards a more peaceful world
Today, the 1st conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (24-27 August) commences in Cancun, Mexico. While the diplomats meet and talk, conflicts ...
Let justice roll down like waters…
Justice and peace have been high on the agenda of the churches for a very long time. In their pursuit of peace, churches are inspired by Jesus Christ, the ...
Solidarity with peaceful eco-resistance movements
“We are part of a struggle in defense of water, life, and mother earth,” people from the Peaceful Resistance Movement of La Puya told us. La Puya is a campsite ...