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Dear my frends of Ecumenics, in first i would to thank you for your email and i hope to cooperative and work together my job is executive director of nrsan center our project its many for many (   www.nrsan.org.ps  ) things for youth training and capicity bulding for democracy , peace, human right, and youth inter national camp for all relagain and many thing the situation now its good but many time more some bad cases. We hope to life in peace country togather and all people in this area muslim crestinian and juesh we many time pray to the gad to keep the people in this land thank you best regards Rashad

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My name is Lancelot Muteyo, i was born on the 22nd of August 1982, in Harare, the capital City of Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. I am a poet, and i play seven traditional instruments. Some of my work is featured on http://www.poetry.com,. I am the author of African Prophecies. I was in Italy for one and a half month attending the Global Baptist Peace Conference. I am Co ordinator of a distance Adoption programme that is supported by UCEBI in conjuction with the Baptist Convention of Zimbabwe. Italian families support nearly 1000 orphans mostly, HIV and AIDS orpahans. Also, here in Zimbabwe there is a cholera outbraek that has killed a lot of people. The majority including me have no access to clean drinking water. Hence a partnership was created between Emmanuel Baptist Church in Harare, my church through Reverend Chiromo and UCEBI. this saw the erection of two water wells benefiting 150 000 residents in two residential areas. I am a volunteer Director of Afro Christians HIV and AIDS Arts Network (AChrA Network), an autonomous body under Emmanuel Baptist Church. We use Indegenous Knowledge to fight the pandemic. Hence we try to resocialise Christians and the community at large to apprteciate home grown solutions which are easily accessible and cheap. Most young people are killing their culture due to the forces of globalisatin and unfortunately the church has being used as a tool for cultural erosion hence the death of heath. Yes it is my brainchild and foundation with the spiritual revelation from Reverend C Chiromo my pastor. I am a Christian and i am mainly involved in social ministry.I spent most of my free time reciting poetry and writing theatre plays. I am one of the greatest storytellers of my generation, and all my stories try to preserve and conserve positive African beliefs or what we call ubuntu. I have a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Zimbabwe, I am a family therapist, a trained Psychologist, a trained Counsellor and a Human Resources Practioner. The situation right now is manageable as compared to say two months ago. The political situation has improved but the economy is still stugling, since about 90 percent of the total population has no source of income. In Harare, the major problem in water and sanitation but we are in the process of trying to do Cholera and Clean up campaiggns. If anything according to Martin Luther King, it has to be I. So the situation i tough but we are more tougher. The future for Harare citizens is bright and i will give you feedback after three months. The problem in Zimbabwe is of sanctions from Europe and America, but we are all hopeful that things will improve, as they are promising. It is unfotunate that when two elephants fight the grass will suffer, and ordinary Zimbabweans are thae grass. Children as young as 2 going for three days without eating anything decent. Lets unite in our differences, there is power in diversity. After all we are all people with one soul which is neither Jewish, Muslim or Christian. Mazvita, it is Shona, my language for Grazie, Thank you, hope to hear from you

Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes an Easter letter to his parents during his first month in prison. He is allowed to send one letter every ten days. He refers to his fiancée, Maria von Wedemeyer, who was about 19 at the time. He was about 37 when he wrote the letter.

Easter Sunday, April 25, 1943

Today the tenth day is finally here again, so that I may write to you. How glad I am to let you know that I am celebrating a happy Easter here. The liberating thing about Good Friday and Easter is that one’s thoughts turn far away from one’s personal fate toward the ultimate meaning of life, suffering, and everything that happens, and one clings to a great hope.

Since yesterday it has been amazingly quiet in this prison house. The only sound heard is “Happy Easter,” as everyone calls to each other with no envy, and no one begrudges the fulfillment of their Easter wishes to those who labor here in these difficult conditions.

Good Friday was Maria’s birthday. In the past year she bore the death of her father, her brother, and two especially beloved cousins with such a firm heart. If I didn’t know that, I would worry about her. Now Easter will console her, her large family will stand by her, and her work in the Red Cross will keep her completely occupied.

Greet her warmly, tell her that I long for her very much. Tell her not to be sad but brave as she has been til now. She is so very young! That is the hard part.

pesach

Thus did Hillel in the time the Holy Temple stood: he took matzah and bitter herb (maror) and ate them together, so that he might perform what is said (Bamidbar 9:11): ‘With matzot and bitter herbs shall they eat it (the Passover lamb)’.

 

(from the Pesach hagadah)

 

Shoshannah Brombacher, Ph.D., Brooklyn 2009

  Art: gouache, pastel and ink on paper

  18 x 12 inches New York  2009

 

 

Shoshannah Brombacher, Ph.D.
Brooklyn, New York
shoshbm@aol.com / 718-339 2779
http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/s/shoshannah

maggidah in training with Reb Yitzhak Buxbaum

Please visit Yitzhak Buxbaum’s website at
http://www.jewishspirit.com

 

 

UNION OF THE METHODIST AND WALDENSIAN CHURCHES

Waldensians and Methodists are Christians who belong to the family of the evangelical or protestant churches. There have been Waldensians in Italy since the Middle-Ages; suppressed by civil and religious powers until the mid-nineteenth century, only from then on were they able to express their faith and to reach out to the rest of Italy. Caught up in the emigration phenomenon, they founded colonies (communities) in the region of Rio de la Plata (Uruguay and Argentina), and in North Caroline (USA). Methodists have been in Italy since the 19th century. After the Second World, the long-existing collaboration between these two churches was intensified. In the year 1979 a Covenant of Federation was put into effect, uniting them into a single organization. They share a common administration (known by ancient tradition as the Tavola Valdese), a Faculty of Theology, the college of pastors or ministers and a decision making assembly, the Synod. The Waldensian and Methodist churches are members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy (FCEI). The Waldensian and Methodist churches in Italy are expressed in three spheres, the same which are to be found in the statutory aims of the Waldensian Board: worship, teaching, social aid. Like all Christian churches, the Waldensians take part in so called religious activities: ceremonies, services, assemblies. The Sunday service, with the preaching of the Gospel as its focal point, remains at the centre of the life of the communities; the preaching is often followed by Holy Communion – often called The Lord’s Supper. The preaching is usually entrusted to ministers who have studied theology, but there are also lay preachers among the church members who undertake the task of Bible meditation. An important part of the service is the singing of hymns by the congregation. It is a known fact that protestantism has developed musical expression and song more than any other religion. Besides the Sunday services, there are many other meetings: Bible study,teaching, debates – often held according to the interests or the age of those present. More infos: http://www.chiesavaldese.org/eng/pages/activities/wald_method.php

Excellency, 

This letter comes to you, to the leaders of other NATO members and to the NATO Secretary General from the councils that represent churches across the member states of NATO, namely, the Conference of European Churches, the National Council of Churches of Christ USA, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.  

Our letter is a joint initiative to encourage joint action.  We ask your Government to ensure that the forthcoming NATO summit commits the Alliance to a thorough reform of NATO’s Strategic Concept. The 60th anniversary meeting is a welcome opportunity to begin the process of up-dating the Alliance’s security doctrine.  In particular, we encourage new initiatives that will end NATO’s reliance on nuclear weapons and will engage with nuclear weapon states and other states outside of NATO in the serious pursuit of reciprocal disarmament.  

Such collective action by NATO can be a major factor in revitalizing the nuclear non-proliferation regime at this critical time.  It is also an important opportunity for the alliance to reinforce the vision of a world without nuclear weapons so compellingly put forward in recent months by eminent figures on the global security stage. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, four elder statesmen of Germany and former Foreign Secretaries of the United Kingdom are among those urging both a recovery of that vision and concrete steps to realize it.

NATO has the opportunity to fashion a new strategic doctrine that, on the one hand, takes full account of the threats posed by nuclear weapons, and, on the other hand, takes full advantage of the political momentum that is now finally available to support decisive inter-governmental action against the nuclear threat.

We encourage NATO to consign to history the notion that nuclear weapons “preserve peace” (as claimed in paragraph 46 of the current Strategic Concept), and instead to recognize the reality that “with every passing year [nuclear weapons] make our security more precarious” (President Gorbachev’s assessment; echoed by other leaders). 

We are convinced that NATO security in the years ahead will require not only long-delayed action on reciprocal disarmament but also concerted new action to resolve injustices, divisions and conflicts that affect both the Alliance and its neighbours.  We believe security must be sought through constructive engagement with neighbours and that authentic security is found in affirming and enhancing human interdependence within God’s one creation.  

Inasmuch as all NATO members are signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), we urge the Alliance to promote the actual implementation of the backlog of disarmament and non-proliferation measures already elaborated through the NPT review process or awaiting negotiation as the current cycle culminates.

One very important measure of NATO’s good faith in terms of NPT and the pursuit of nuclear disarmament will be its willingness to remove the 150-250 US tactical nuclear weapons still based in five member countries — Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Turkey.  In so doing NATO would boost international confidence in an NPT regime that has been seriously eroded since 2000.  NATO would also honor the longstanding international call that all nuclear weapons be returned to the territories of the states that own them.  Removal of these weapons would be a timely signal that NATO’s old nuclear umbrella will not be extended and that there are real prospects for progress on collective security agreements in greater Europe. 

The emerging vision of a world without nuclear weapons is giving citizens and churches in every NATO country cause for hope.  We are requesting that NATO’s security doctrine be realigned in a direction which establishes such hopes.

Sincerely,

 

Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia
General Secretary
World Council of Churches

 

The Venerable Colin Williams
General Secretary
Conference of European Churches

Rev. Michael Kinnamon, Ph.D.
General Secretary
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA

The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton
General Secretary
The Canadian Council of Churches

 

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