Peacemaking Sunday: 18 September 2016 – "When I needed a neighbour"

Peacemaking Sunday is held each year on the nearest Sunday to the United Nations International Day of Peace on 21 September. The Church of Scotland, Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and United Reformed Church provide material each year for a service, including hymns, prayers, reflections and a visual meditation. The theme for this year’s resources is "Solidarity with refugees". Read more...

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JEÛNE GENEVOIS 2016 – A Day of Fasting and Prayer

Jeûne Genevois 2016 will be organised by the World Council of Churches and ‘Witnessing Together in Geneva’ at the Ecumenical Centre, 150 Route de Ferney, Geneva on 8th September under the theme: "Rising to the challenge of the migration: Are we all Noahs?”. Programme in French

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Message from the churches in Poland concerning refugees

The nations of Europe and the Churches are facing the enormous challenge of the migrant crisis. About three million people from countries of Africa and Asia have crossed the border of the European Union. Some of them are fleeing because of war and religious persecution, others in...read more

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Exilés: l'accueil d'abord

Prior to the French National Day 14th July 2016, the United Protestant Church of France has launched a campaign «Exiled people: welcoming first! » (FR) aiming at asking political leaders for courageous engagement and more realistic and generous migration & asylum system. A short “Biblical & Theological Meditation” (FR) on migration was also developed.

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Prayer May 2016

Gebed Mei 2016

Prayer May 2016

Liefde die groter is dan ons hart,

- als u er bent-

wij roepen u om hulp 

omdat we niet weten 

waar we het anders zoeken moeten.

Zie onze woede over 

zoveel onrechtvaardigheid 

in deze wereld, dit land, deze plaats

zie ons verdriet over zoveel lijden

zie onze schaamte over 

 

Love, who are so much more than our heart –

 if You exist – 

we call to You for help

because we do not know where else to look.

See our anger: 

there is so much injustice

in this world, in this country, in this place.

See our sorrow over so much suffering.

See our shame  over all the pain 

that people give each other.

 Read more…….

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CCME members share regularly information on different topics.  To view detailed information, please click on country section on left column.

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Prayer for the homeless on the first days of the year (2016)

Dear God,
We pray for people without homelands,
people without passport, without destination.
We pray for people who are suffering in detention,
not because they are criminals,
but because no countries are willing to....read more 

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O Lord my God

English text: John Bell (IONA)

O Heer, mijn God

Nederlandse tekst: Joke Ribbers

Response

O Lord my God, o Lord my God,

why do you seem so far from me,

o Lord, o Lord my God?

 

Night and morning I make my prayer:

peace for this place, and help for there;

waiting and wondering,

waiting and wondering:

Does God care? Does God care?

Respons

O Heer, mijn God, o Heer, mijn God,

waarom blijft Gij zo ver van mij,

o Heer, o Heer, mijn God?

 

Daag’lijks bid ik en roep en schrei:

Geef ons vrede en sta ons bij;

wachten en vragen

wachten en vragen:

Waar is God? Hoort Hij mij?

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Call to offer safe and legal routes for refugees

Europe finds itself confronting large numbers of refugees, many more then it has seen for a long time. These refugees can only find protection, in increasing measure, by travelling extremely dangerous routes. In doing so, they are obliged to cross borders illegally, for which they have recourse to human traffickers. The influx of refugees is creating a chaotic situation at the external borders of Europe, security concerns and uncertainty. In response, the countries in Europe are...Read more; Dutch version 

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Children and parents in immigration detention

No Child in Detention is a joint publication by a coalition of Amnesty International, Defence for Children, Stichting INLIA, Kerk in Actie, Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland, Stichting LOS, UNICEF - the Netherlands and the Dutch Council for Refugees.
The publication gives a voice through stories to children and their parents who are in Dutch cells. The stories reveal how imprisonment affects a child’s fundamental sense of safety.  Read full report

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Das Monitoring in der Schweiz und zivilgesellschaftliche Rollenkonflikte

Monitoring of forced removals was undertaken in a pilot project by the Federation of Protestant Churches in Switzerland. Simon Röthlisberger describes the experience. Read More...German Version

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Handbuch christlich-islamischer Dialog

Für alle, die in christlichen und muslimischen Gemeinden oder Einrichtungen, in Schulen oder Kindergärten, in der Verwaltung von Kommunen und Ländern oder in politischen Gremien tätig sind, ist heute die Kenntnis über Grundlagen und Positionen des christlich-islamischen Dialogs unerlässlich. Read more