On the 17-25thof May 2011 members of the World Council of Churches will gather in Kingston, Jamaica to conclude the ”Decade to Overcome Violence”. It will be a time of celebration and evaluation. Also, the document ”An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace” will be presented and has the objective of guiding the churches in their future work for peace. The meeting has four sub-themes: Peace in the Community, Peace with the Earth, Peace in the Marketplace and Peace among the Peoples.
One of the objectives of the Decade to Overcome Violence has been to move the issue of peace from the outskrits to the center of the discussion of churches. I believe that one great example of ”Peace with the Earth” is the project in which more than 500 young people from the Lutheran Community are able to participate; ”LWF Together”. While reflecting together and acting for sustainability very important steps are taken towards peace.
In Sweden live persons of many different nationalities that have had to leave their countries due to different reasons, often because of violent conflicts. Unfortunately segregation is a problem in some areas, many times leading to prejudices. An example of working for ”Peace in the Community” is a congregation in the Church of Sweden where women from different cultural and religious backgrounds meet once a week to discuss different issues regarding religious traditions and the Swedish society. This is done with the objective of creating a space for meeting and trying to resolve fears that exist between different groups.
As a participant from the Church of Sweden at the Peace Convocation I look forward to pray with Christians from different parts of the world, improve my knowledge about the ecumenical movement and to learn about local experiences of peace work that different persons have. Also, as a youth participant I hope to see the inclusion of youth in the process and that our specific knowledges about local situations of peace and violence and our willingness to participate in the work are valued as essential components in the peace work of the churches.
Delegate from the Church of Sweden at the IEPC.