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On leaving Marrakesh
Flying through the labyrinthine alleys of the Medina on a motorbike as the COP22 came to a close in Marrakesh, I thought it an apt comparison to the complex ...
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 ...
YATRA - a refreshing journey into the Self through the Other
The Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity (YATRA), as a space to encounter other religions, offered me a fascinating yatra (pilgrimage) into Hinduism ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
On the road for life
"Unterwegs für das Leben," on the road for life, was the name chosen for an initiative started by the women's work section of the Evangelical Church in Baden ...
Is there any room for talk of transition in the Christian message?
These days everyone uses the words “change” or “transformation” yet they are used to describe very different things. The French president Emmanuel Macron ...
Be anxious for nothing
Worries, like weeds, seem to thrive. The more you feed them, the more they grow. In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to worry about food, drink, clothing, or even ...
Christian relations with the Al-Azhar University in Cairo
Last year in September 2016 the Grand Imam from Al-Azhar University in Cairo visited the WCC in Geneva and the Bossey Ecumenical Institute. This time it has ...
Walking the Pilgrimage, on my feet and in my heart
In May and June, leading up to the World Council of Churches’ Central Committee meeting in Trondheim, I was on a pilgrimage from Oslo to Trondheim, promoting ...
April 4, 2018 - 50 years after the assassination of Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr
One of the most well known and remarkable personalities in the history of the ecumenical movement is Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. His name is forever carved ...
European pilgrims, open to God’s transforming spirit
On 5 May each year the Council of Europe marks Europe Day. It is a day to celebrate peace and unity across the continent. It is also a day to honour successes ...
Teaching peace and love in Jamaica
The World Council of Churches very much desires the God of peace and justice to be present in the lives of all peoples and all nations. Despite realities which ...
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.
From London to Paris walking by faith in hope
It has been ten days since the Pilgrimage2Paris set off on their mammoth journey. I remember the excitement as the pilgrims arrived last Friday at St Martins ...
The pain and the glory.
The days after the Ascension are a time of waiting and expectation, a time like the earliest disciples in Jerusalem in which to reflect on the meaning both of ...
As Reformation jubilee ends, it's time for a reformation of the economy!
Looking back on a year of Reformation commemorations, many churches ask themselves, what has changed, or what will change after this outstanding 500 years ...
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 ...
Dutch pilgrims plead for peace at the Peace Palace in The Hague
Peace will not come by itself. We have to work for it. That is the reason for hundreds of people to join the Walk of Peace on the 20th of September 2015, which ...
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. ...
Creating platforms for children to speak up
Promoting children’s rights necessarily involves creating platforms for children to speak up, and for their concerns to be heard. It also involves ensuring ...
More voices contributing a wider range of experiences
At the annual conference in Uniting Church in Sweden at the beginning of May, we decided to change the procedures in the annual conferences to consensus ...