Justice and Peace
From the World Council of Churches:
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 landscape
on behalf of our church and also to learn firsthand about the work of the Church of
Journeying together can be a practical way for churches to engage in the Pilgrimage of
Justice and Peace which invites member churches of the World Council of Churches and
all people of goodwill to speak and act together in our continued search for peace in our
Mobilizing religious resources for peace is important to me because I see the constant
religious tension in my country. I fully understand that the best way of ensuring peace is
engaging our religious diversities in a positive manner, being true to the highest and best
of our faith commitments and translating them into practices and programs that help build
peace in the world. That's what I have committed myself to work for, individually and with
My church's Peace, Justice and Empowerment Movement contributes to the Pilgrimage
of Justice and Peace with a long term peace building and training project for interfaith
peace builders. This long term cycle of action, reflection and grounded learning has
already yielded powerful lessons for the way we work to build peace.
On my ecumenical pilgrimage to Sweden I seek to study the work of the Church of
Sweden on behalf of my Church organisation as well as to discuss future collaborations
between the two churches.
We currently respond to many issues such as promoting Peace Building and Interreligious Harmony, Justice and Good Governance, fighting Gender Based Violence, Small
Arms Proliferation, and addressing Climate Change and Care for Creation; all these
concerns also clearly find expression in the current efforts of the Church of Sweden.
Visits to refugee camps and hearing about the Church of Sweden's efforts regarding the
current refuge crisis in Europe will also allow us to compare notes regarding the issue of
the internal displacement, which has affected many members of our church in Northern
This is a pilgrimage that preaches togetherness and churches joining hands. Sharing
experiences will inspire us to continue to promote a more visible unity of the Church and
fulfil our calling from God that all may be one.
As a passionate young ecumenist, I go on this visit in order to deepen my ecumenical
orientation and learn firsthand about the role that young people are playing in the work of
the Church of Sweden while also opening new frontier of engagement between our two
youth organisations. It will be a practical demonstration and new dimension to the
Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace which also seeks to provide visibility of how young
people are playing an active role on this pilgrimage.
- Adebayo Anthony Kehinde
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