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Document Final report from the "Walking Together" meeting 2016
As part of an ongoing, multiyear project called “Walking Together,” an international and interreligious group met in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 6-8 December to explore different facets of the theme “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace,” which undergirds the World Council of Churches' programmatic focus.
Located in Resources / / WCC programmes / Interreligious dialogue and cooperation
Document Journey blessing for the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
Material for a "journey blessing" activity related to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
Located in Resources / / WCC programmes / Spiritual Life
Document Transformative Spirituality: a spirituality of encounter
Reflection by Kristine Greenaway, of the United Church of Canada, for the WCC Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.
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Document Indigenous Peoples’ Programme Reference Group meeting December 2015
Communiqué: What is the medicine we are carrying with us as the Ecumenical movement embarks on a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace?
Located in Resources / / Mission from the margins / Indigenous Peoples
Document Statement from the Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Consultation
Statement by the participants of the consultation organized by the WCC and the South African Council of Churches.
Located in Resources / / WCC programmes / Public Witness
Document Preparing for pilgrimage, Leader's guide
This three-part series is designed as a guide to a process of exploration. It is intended for groups that do not have a history of involvement in justice and peace campaigns or in spiritual practice outside of formal worship.
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Document An invitation to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
Brochure with impulses for reflection on pilgrimage, justice and peace, and pilgrim spirituality.
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Document Bring peace, love and respect - beyond the barriers
Reflection during the Ecumenical Centre morning prayer by Marianne Ejdersten, director of communication for the WCC.
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Document Genesis 12:1–9 “Pilgrimage onto already-settled land”, by Jione Havea
Abram’s journey in Genesis 12 as a response to God’s guidance becomes a pilgrimage of blessings. The unnamed destination of his pilgrimage is encountering people and their land. Abram will become a a kind of “platform” of blessings among other peoples and nations, rather than an exemplar of the exercise of power and control over those peoples and their land. As God commissioned Abram to go forth as a source of blessings, God calls us to go in the pilgrimage of blessings.
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Document Ruth 1:1–22 "Pilgrimage as Solidarity", by Yolanda Pantou
The migration of Ruth to Bethlehem can be understood as a kind of pilgrimage because she chose to immigrate as a form of solidarity with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Her journey of migration changes Ruth’s beliefs, values, and path of life. The text speaks about two stories of immigration—the first one is caused by scarcity of basic provisions, and the second one is propelled by solidarity. We can see similarities between pilgrimage and immigration. There are shared elements of journey, importance, unpredictability, encounters, conversion, solidarity, openness, closeness, and divine providence. The story of Ruth and Naomi provides a biblical understanding of pilgrimage of justice and peace in relation to immigration.
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