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Share the prayer: grassroots ecumenism means praying together
Christians in Argentina, Brazil, Australia and many other places in the southern hemisphere have been engaged in responding to the joint call by the World ...
Walking to Emmaus
After a long walk in the streets of Bethlehem, we finally had the chance to wander around in the market for a couple of hours. Each Palestinian had to be a ...
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 ...
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 ...
What sights and sounds tell Hiroshima’s A-bomb story today?
Hiroshima, 6 August 2015 - What sights and sounds told this city’s story today? A graveside scream at dawn? The penetrating gong that sounded to mark the ...
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 ...
Who feeds the cities?
With mega cities "mushrooming" all over the world, one must wonder how they can be supplied with enough, and healthy, food. Ideas range from an increased rural ...
Social media – sharing the Word, with the World Council of Churches
Although continents may remain apart “technology has made the world a global village.” In the real sense of the word, it’s the interconnection of technology ...
Walking to Emmaus
At our first meeting in South Africa, a few months before going to Sweden for the first part of the international youth pilgrimage “Walking to Emmaus”, we were ...
Sowing Peace
I recently attended the conference on ‘Interreligious dialogue for peace: Promoting Peaceful coexistence and common citizenship’ organized by KAICIID in Vienna ...
Prayer and politics for global justice – the Church and G20
With the slogan "global.gerecht.gestalten" (shaping globalization fairly), a Church Alliance for the G20 Summit has been established in order to actively ...
Theological reflections on the way of just peace
What are the prospects for theology in peacebuilding? A couple of years ago this question became the springboard for my research on a textual process that was ...
Celebrating together during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
We live next door to each other. Have the same landlord. Shop in the same stores. Greet one another when we meet. We read the same Bible and pray to the same ...
Different but one in Christ
From the face value, the above African proverb “A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn,” means that it actually takes a collection of sticks to have a ...
Reviewing the “travel security warning” for the world
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to travel widely (and freely). I’ve explored and experienced many different corners of the world and moved ...
Playful pilgrims, changing the face of the Earth
Today is a travel day for me, journeying from Stuttgart, where many thousands of Protestants from all over Germany along with many fellow believers from other ...
Cambodia War Museum - an encounter with a violent past and a resilient present
The YATRA training (Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity), organized each year by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in cooperation with the ...
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 ...
Looking back to colonization, and forward to a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
Looking back to the Mennonite World Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, I am glad that the opening ceremony started with indigenous music, a reconciliation ...
On the road for decent and sustainable work
According to the Bank of Italy, since 2008, 1,1 million work places have been cancelled. The unemployment rate has crossed the mark of twelve per cent (3,2 ...
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 ...
A Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in the Dutch province of Friesland
It is Monday 27th June, the sixth day of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches in Trondheim, when a regional council of Churches in the ...
What dazzles is inequality
There is a financial wealth that goes beyond what we imagine, believe or are even able to understand, there is an economic system that devours lives and uses ...
Religious groups working for peace and love
Teenagers pose lots of challenges for any parent. Emotional, rebellious, and subject to inevitable pressures, it is undoubtedly difficult to raise children who ...
South Sudan: the wounds
As the World Council of Churches pilgrim visit of justice and peace to South Sudan draws to a close, I’m struck by how several issues intersect and interact: ...
Spirituality and ecumenism: journeying together
In November 2015 a WCC Seminar on Ecumenism and Spirituality Lived and Practiced by Young People was held in Salatiga, Indonesia. I was really excited because ...
I’ve rediscovered pilgrimage!
I grew up in the south of England. And many of the places I loved to explore had names that revealed a lost history. I went for walks along paths that were ...
Faith on public trial
Last weekend, as I watched the terrible scenes from Charlottesville, Va., my heart was deeply troubled, often full of anger, and distraught at what I was ...
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 ...
Allez, les Pilgrims! The power of a team
One of my favorite activities - running - tends to be thought of as a solitary endeavor. And it’s true: I rarely have the opportunity to run on a team. On 2 ...