Mourning for Desmond Tutu

 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed away on 26th of December in the age of 90. He was a key leader in the struggle against the apartheid system in South Africa and a role model for my generation in his struggles in the post-apartheid era for justice and human rights.

World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca said “we thank God for giving us Archbishop Tutu for 90  years. Through his life and works he has become an image of dignity and freedom for all human beings and  inspired many to use their gifts and talents in the service of others and the mission and prophetic task of the church.”

Olav Fykse Tveit, former General Secretary of the World Council of Churches honored Desmond Tutu by writing on Facebook: „We thank God for Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He led his people in their struggle for freedom, justice and reconciliation. He gave the Church and the world at large the best possible challenge and inspiration to work together for God’s plan for unity, justice and peace. He was a great leader of the One ecumenical movement, serving the One Church, the One Humanity, and the One Creation of God.“

May he Rest In Peace!

Brot für die Welt verabschiedet Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel

Corona bedingt war die Verabschiedung in den Ruhestand immer wieder verschoben worden. Aber gestern war es soweit: in einem Gottesdienst in der Berliner St. Elisabethkirche haben wir Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel nach über 20 Jahren als Direktorin von Brot für die Welt und der Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe  in der Ruhestand verabschiedet. Ein bewegender Moment.

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Celebrating Easter in year 2 of the pandemic

Dear Brothers and Sisters in our worldwide ecumenical fellowship,

We celebrate Easter in year 2 of the pandemic.
Our life and work have changed profoundly.
This year we send our signs of hope for Easter with a song in which is sung at the end:
“Until all are fed we cry out; until all on earth have bread. Like the One who loves us each and every one we serve until all are fed.”

This is our hope for the world – for this we sing, pray, cry out and act!

Blessed Easter

God is coming into this fragile world!

This year everything is so different as we approach Christmas and the New Year. At Christmas we celebrate that God became man and came into this fragile world. At the same time, it brings with it the hope that destruction, violence, fear and suffering will not have the last word if we give space to God’s love and peace. How important this hope is, I have felt just in this year in which so much was different than planned. I take this hope and longing with me into the new year and wish you a blessed Christmas and a good start into the new year.