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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 ...
Hoping for hope
Do you know of the five stages of grief? When it comes to the climate crisis, I am close to having gone through all of them: years ago I could not believe how ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Hospitality, food and gender-based violence
In the context of extensive migrations due to climate change and economic hardships, women are increasingly being left alone in rural areas, taking care of ...
Children on the Move
"It is discouraging to see people flee because of war and persecution, and it is even more disheartening that children—the most vulnerable—are part of that ...
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 ...
“Is not this the fast that I choose…”
When God created men and all the creatures of the earth, he placed Adam in the Garden of Eden. God planted a garden eastward in Eden and he made it to grow ...
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 ...
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 ...
Phenomenal woman
Without peace, there is no justice. Too often, we pursue justice at the expense of peace, and peace at the expense of justice. To conceive peace apart from ...
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 ...
Solidarity with peaceful eco-resistance movements
“We are part of a struggle in defense of water, life, and mother earth,” people from the Peaceful Resistance Movement of La Puya told us. La Puya is a campsite ...
Our pilgrimage needs child-friendly churches
Today is a very special day for me as the new partnership between the WCC and UNICEF has been signed and officially launched!
Is a new world being revealed through this pandemic?
How humans relate to nature has been a constant theme for many centuries now. Many throughout the world, especially indigenous peoples, have long respected, ...
When farmers go hungry
During the night of 3-4 October 2016, Hurricane Matthew tore through the southwest region of Haiti. Powerful winds and torrential rains washed away fields, ...
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 ...
World Environment Day 2019: is the very air we breathe killing us?
World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Each World Environment Day is ...
Justice and peace in Nigeria and in Sweden
As a youth leader of The Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide, I am currently on a journey to Switzerland and Sweden to explore the ecumenical ...
UNICEF and “Halloween” in North America
When first I lived in Europe as a teenager during the 1960s, western culture was less homogenized than it is today. One didn’t see the same high-street ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Catching the moment
Will the COVID-19 pandemic be remembered as a time when everything changed, as a unique moment in history that all can personally relate to? It has already ...
Churches’ Commitments to Children: when the church comes to the table
It was at the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly in Busan in 2013 where my journey with the Churches’ Commitments to Children - or (CC2C for short - ...
Bonhoeffer’s footsteps, an encouragement on our way
Going on pilgrimage can be both strenuous and inspiring. Every step of the way, kilometre after kilometre, has to be your own. No-one else can walk it for you, ...
Kiritimati and the Bomb: A Tale of Two Churches
Kiritimati is a tiny atoll at the heart of the Pacific Ocean. It is also known as “Christmas Island,” and forms a part of the nation state of Kiribati – an ...
Treating the underlying conditions
On May 24, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA hosted a memorial service for lives lost to COVID-19. In a time of physical distancing, ...