Bloccare i migranti? È voltarsi dall’altra parte

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Sul sito della Chiesa Valdese l’intervista al Presidente dell’OPCEMI Mirella Manocchio.

 

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Statement on Methodist Church Attack in Quetta

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Con orrore abbiamo appreso dell’attentato suicida di domenica 17 dicembre u.s. perpetrato alla chiesa metodista di Quetta (Pakistan) durante il culto domenicale.

L’attentato da parte di 4 aggressori, di cui uno si è fatto saltare in aria, è stato rivendicato dall’ISIS, e ha causato almeno 8 vittime  e 44 ferite.

Le vittime sono state colpite per il semplice fatto di esercitare il diritto alla libertà religiosa in un paese a stragrande maggioranza musulmana, e brutalmente attaccate nel momento in cui più sono inermi e innocenti, nell’atto della preghiera, quando si riuniscono per celebrare e annunziare la fede in un Dio di pace, giustizia e amore. Ancor più, l’attentato è avvenuto nel periodo di avvento, quando l’intera cristianità si prepara a ricordare e festeggiare la nascita di Gesù.

Lettera dell’OPCEMI alla Chiesa del Pakistan

Leggi la dichiarazione del WMC

 

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World Methodist Peace Award 2017

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World Methodist Peace Award Recipients Announced

Two organizations have been chosen to receive the World Methodist Peace Award for 2017. The recipients were chosen at this year’s World Methodist Council Steering Committee meeting held in Rome, Italy. The committee verbalized its desire to present the award to both a Methodist and Non-Methodist recipient, especially during a time when the world needs to hear and see peace-making in action. Both organizations have boldly worked for peace in their respective areas of the world, but have also been instrumental in inspiring others to work for peace globally.

Methodist Churches in Italy (OPCEMI), was chosen for their work with and commitment to migrants and refugees dating back to 1989. This small church (part of the Union of Methodists and Waldensians in Italy) has exhibited great courage when faced with the large crisis of refugees and migrants flooding Europe. When others said the problems were insurmountable, the OPCEMI’s attitude has been that “we could do no other – we could not sit by and let this happen.” A safe and welcoming space called “House of Culture” was created at Scicli in Sicily, which has welcomed refugees and migrants from Syria, Iraq, the Middle East as well as North, Central and West Africa. The church’s work has spanned decades and has welcomed migrants of Protestant, Catholic, and Muslim faiths. Their involvement with Mediterranean Hope has been consistent and has continued despite the increasing wave of arrivals in Italy. The OPCEMI continues its efforts also by financing the humanitarian corridors through the “8 x 1000” office of the Union of the Waldensian and Methodist Churches in Italy.

More information about Methodist Churches in Italy and their projects may be found at www.mediterraneanhope.com.

The Nassar Family was chosen for their work with the Tent of Nations which they host on their 100 acre farm located southwest of Bethlehem in a highly disputed area of Palestine controlled by the Israeli Government. The family remains on their land and share their story of peace with guests from around the world. The family is not permitted to develop their farm for agricultural purposes, not having access to power, water, or sewer infrastructure, nor obtain permits for any new buildings. The family has instead come up with creative and sustainable alternatives. Each summer, children from local villages (Christian and Muslim) participate in a summer camp aimed at giving the children freedom and distraction from the surrounding politics, empowering the children with self-confidence so that they can be a part of a better future for Palestine. The family also established the Bent Al-Reef Women’s Centre to empower women with classes in English, computer, art, etc., and encourage them to play a role in shaping society. Each year hundreds of volunteers travel to Palestine and live with the Nassar family and actively engage with working the land, participating and leading programs.

On receiving the news of the award, Daoud Nassar stated, “It was a special moment for all of us to hear that the 2017 Peace Award is going to our family. We are honored to receive this Award. We will continue our struggle for justice with faith, love and hope knowing that we are not left alone. We will also continue to cultivate the land and plant more seeds for a better and peaceful future. Together, we can make a difference.”

More information can be found at www.tentofnations.org.

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Leggi l’articolo dedicato al World Methodist Peace Award su democratica.it

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Ecclesia semper reformanda: l’appello ecumenico del convegno di Assisi

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Il documento rappresenta la riflessione finale elaborata dalle chiese organizzatrici con la CEI dell’incontro ecumenico tenutosi ad Assisi dal 22 al 24 novembre scorsi. L’impegno a “una comune testimonianza” per “rendere sempre più efficace l’annuncio della Parola di Dio nella società italiana”.

Leggi l’articolo completo su nev.it

Leggi il testo completo dell’appello

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