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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.
The Separation Wall
My alarm rings at 5 AM. I wake up, have breakfast, and get ready to leave the house. The taxi arrives at 6 AM to pick me up and take me to Birzeit University ...
Moments of rest on the pilgrimage
When recalling the 2013 WCC General Assembly in Busan, South Korea, one of the things than often comes to my mind is Madang. In Korean culture, the Madang is a ...
Peace is a process
Highschool students are searching their path through an exhibition titled "Peace takes a different way“. They stop in front of a mannequin representing a black ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Bethlehem shepherds, water shortage and trees of hope
This Christmas Season I will have concrete places in my mind when I listen to the story of the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem. I will think of the ...
The Resistance of Biblical women and the leadership of Mrs. Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela
When I was a young adult I visited the home of Mrs. Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela. I was blessed to meet her and a few of her family members. I also heard ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Interfaith harmony, every day
World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017 is coming to an end and I wonder how many people are even aware that it exists, especially in my country, Indonesia. ...
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 ...
The suspension of COP 25 in Chile: climate change and a just transition
For many years most people thought of climate change as an ecological issue. It was something for environmentalists to deal with. The core issues for the ...
Becoming pilgrims: walking alongside our brothers and sisters in Egypt
Egypt, that ancient and mysterious land where the pyramids of Giza grace the hot desert landscape and the Pharaohs once reigned. A land overflowing with beauty ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Telling the Easter story of a crucified people in Sri Lanka
On April 19, the evening of Good Friday in Atlanta, I was putting my son to bed when I received a phone call from my brother, Johan, in Sri Lanka. Our dad, ...
Love heals: it never hurts
Let us talk about Abuse and Love. Growing up as a child, I saw my mother being physically, emotionally, mentally abused by my father. She was beaten, violated, ...
We're the economy, stupid.
The economy is what the bankers do. Or all these business people. It’s about profit, efficiency, rationality, and all these things they invent at the stock ...
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 ...
A Palestinian woman
Reflection by Erik Apelgårdh, first offered in 2016 at the Church of Reformation, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land Church in Beit Jala.
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 ...