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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 ...
Between politics, climate change and the role of the Church of Norway
During our travels accompanying the northern Norway part of the ecumenical Climate Pilgrimage 2015 project, the two local bishops of the Church of Norway ...
The struggle to raise awareness about climate justice in Norway
One should almost think that it would be obsolete to talk about justice and peace in the well-functioning society of Norway. Moreover, to talk about climate ...
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 ...
Why pilgrims of justice and peace can't put their money in fossil fuels
Our religious traditions share values regarding the ethical use of financial resources. In the past, our communities have decided that profiting from certain ...
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 ...
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 ...
A journey of learning about myself, the world and about God
Thirteen youth and two adults traveled across Canada this summer to learn about the social justice, ecumenical, and environmental work of the United Church of ...
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 ...
Porto Alegre +10: pilgrim’s memories from the 9th Assembly of the WCC
I was standing in the control booth at the back of the auditorium when the moderator of the WCC Central Committee declared the 9th Assembly open, in Porto ...
A year full of promise for sustainable development, water and sanitation
Year 2015 is an important milestone for all those who care for the environment, climate and water. Arguably it could be remembered along with 1992, as one of ...
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 ...
COP21 and the religious call for climate justice
People from all walks of life came to Paris to attend, participate in, or observe the events at COP21. It is one of the few COP meetings where major ...
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 ...
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 ...
The ambition to become a climate neutral church
"Isn’t it kind of contradictory to fly in thousands of people to talk about CO2 emission reductions? Wouldn’t CO2 emissions substantially decrease, if the ...
Polarization, polar ice and what they tell us
All over the world polarization is on the increase. And it seems like the further distance between the standpoints, the better. To be clear about something has ...
The World Council of Churches works for environmental justice
Christians have a long tradition of dominating other peoples and other faith traditions and even some variant Christian groups. From the early church times, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Standing Rock: the pain of the past and the challenges of the future
They stopped counting at 524, but many more showed up. The 524 were clergy, registered from over 50 different groups, but many others were along to show ...
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. ...
Paris Attacks, COP21 and the WCC: Embracing the Other
Friday November 13, 2015's terror attacks in Paris, which followed on attacks in Baghdad and Beirut and preceded the attack in Yola, break my heart. All such ...
Earth Overshoot Day 2015
Today, 13 August 2015 is Earth Overshoot Day, meaning that, since January, humanity has already spent as many natural resources as the Earth can renew in a ...
Dignified and sustainable work for the common good
The environmental crisis and climate change are part of a more general economic, socio-political and spiritual crisis. The topic of work plays a central role ...
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 ...
Taking the Baton to Paris
Eco-Congregation Scotland is taking a baton to the climate change conference in Paris, to carry the demand of churches in Scotland for climate justice.