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Together Towards Life: becoming a Church of inclusivity
When I was invited to attend the consultation on spirituality, worship and mission, I was asked to prepare some personal reflections on my own spiritual ...
The right to hope
"This is the year to act. We, the people of the world, need you, the world’s religious leaders, to motivate your communities, to advocate and persuade others ...
Pilgrims freed from greed bear witness to the holiness of Creation
Twenty-six years after the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I first proclaimed September 1st as a day of prayer for the environment, Creation is facing an ...
Indigenous peoples and pilgrimage: redeeming a concept once tarnished
The word pilgrimage is a linguistic double-edged sword. On the one hand, it connotes a kind of movement towards a higher, even spiritual or religious, end that ...
Commission on Faith and Order embraces the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
To be part of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order is a privilege and at the same time a big challenge. Its aim has been that Christians may make theology ...
Protection of Creation and the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
The invitation by the WCC 10th Assembly to start a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is in itself a pledge, a movement to let us move towards the future, a ...
Remembering the remarkable life of Brother Roger, Taizé
It was a warm August day and I was on my way to Taizé. I was looking forward to going to the community in France that was already close to my heart. As a young ...
On pilgrimage, journeys, and justice
Pilgrimages are familiar to many of us from The Canterbury Tales or The Pilgrim’s Progress. In both of these classics of Western literature pilgrimages feature ...
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 ...
Mennonites – MEET – Moving together
The first time I got in contact with the word “pilgrimage” was in religion class in primary school when our teacher introduced us to places in our area where ...
Assembled by faith, united in Christ, strengthened by God
This week we continue celebrating the foundation of the World Council of Churches at the Amsterdam Assembly in 1948. Since its founding 70 years ago, the WCC ...
Celebrating Sea Sunday - justice and peace for seafarers
Sea Sunday is celebrated by churches all over the world. Many churches will celebrate it on the 9th of July but many more will celebrate it at different times ...
Let the children come to me
The children were brought to Jesus in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. They were brought with hearts filled with hope and confidence. “Do ...
Environment day and the pilgrimage of justice and peace
What does the environment have to do with the pilgrimage of justice and peace? In my view, a pilgrimage is an expression of what we are as human beings: people ...
Water: from religious symbolism to international advocacy
Speakers at a seminar for teachers, university students and professionals from the Roman Catholic and Protestant church in Geneva underlined the importance of ...
To communicate beyond words. It is spelled love.
Looking back on a week of grief. A week full of sorrow, tears, loss and anger. A week of grief that began with the air disaster in Ethiopia, when the life of ...
Beyond herself
She was asked to lead us in prayers for the people of the Balkans, especially Kosovo and Albania. Before praying, she shared a bit of her story. It was an ...
“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 ...
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 ...
Deepavali lights celebrate the victory of justice
The festival of lights called Deepavali (or Diwali) in India is deeply connected with the idea of hope, aspiration and abundance. Deepavali is the celebration ...
Prayer for unity in many voices
Indeed, the end is another beginning. The end of Bossey students’ itinerary, not only in Rome but also in their community life at the World Council of ...
Mustard seeds
Yesterday evening, I extracted some mustard seeds for you from a jar of “Moutarde à l’Ancienne” to show you how tiny they are. I also found a picture of a ...
Pilgrims for climate justice
After the terrorist attacks last week, I think we can better understand the feelings of the disciples of Emmaus: sadness, lots of questions, fear, despair. ...
Armenian Genocide Centennial in Beirut – an ecumenical commemoration
Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church, invited church leaders to commemorate the Armenian Genocide Centenial in Beirut, Lebanon, 18-19 July. And ...
One year and still moving forward
When you choose to join the ecumenical movement, it means you'll never stop moving. You need to always find a new perspective of life, to share your faith to ...
My heart is crying – but Pope Tawadros said, “love never ends”
Time for reflection after my visit to Egypt. The story has etched itself into my memory. I can’t leave it behind. It comes to me every day like a constant ...
Faith responses to energy challenges
Summertime in the glorious outdoors… Are we ready to rest, confident we have been caring for the garden? A summer reading recommendation of faith-based ...
It is time to stop the ‘Curse’
I am a 51 year old pastor who grew up in a Caribbean family which was punctuated with fights and beatings between my grandparents, my aunts and their husbands ...
Worlds come together in prayer
A thousand associations come to my mind when the theme is prayer: My Lutheran parents prayed for me and with me when I was a child, and my uncle who was a ...
Preaching and practice in stormy times
COP 21. Weather! We have always discussed it, several times a day. What could we expect this day, the next day? At least in my country, Norway, where ...