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Building Bridges Towards a More Humane Society

Strengthening Christian Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights
Subtitle:
Explorations in Contextual Biblical Interpretation on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Bridging Gaps Exchange Program
Editors:
Kirsten van der Ham, Geke van Vliet, Peter-Ben Smit and Klaas Spronk
ISBN:
978-2-88931-486-7
Series:
Globethics.net Co-Publications & Others
Publication:
2022
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This volume is celebrating the Bridging Gaps programme’s 25th anniversary at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Contributors are people who have been engaging with the programme as students, staff or representatives of partner organisations. This volume is divided into two: ‘Contextual theology and contextual biblical interpretation as catalysts for academic theology’ and ‘A catalyst for community: contextual theology and churches.’ The first part covers issues as LGBTQI+ acceptance, economy and impoverishment, gender-based violence and the position of women in biblical texts and churches. The second part of the volume concerns how local communities respond to a migration and climate crisis.

Projet d’éthique pour l’avenir de l’humanité

Author:
Abdon Alphonse Randriamirado
ISBN:
978-2-88931-488-1
Series number:
Globethics.net Philosophy No. 3
Publication:
2022
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Beaucoup de dangers menacent l’avenir de l’humanité : le réchauffement climatique, la course aux armes nucléaires, le trafic d’êtres humains, le terrorisme etc. Tout cela fait peur et me pousse à conclure que si nous ne faisons rien, nous risquons de disparaître avec notre planète. Hans Jonas dit souvent que la technique moderne est devenue une menace pour la nature; je pense cependant qu’en réalité, c’est l’homme qui est devenu une menace pour lui-même et pour tout le reste de l’univers. Mais malgré tous les dangers, j’ai l’intime conviction que nous ne sommes pas condamnés à disparaître. Il faut cependant que nous changions de voie ; nous sommes responsables de notre destin, et celui de la planète dépend aussi de nous. L’avenir de l’humanité est entre nos mains. Il nous faut une éthique, parce que la crise écologique et le maintien de la paix mondiale sont aussi un problème moral.

Traité de droit de l’environnement

Subtitle:
Perspectives congolaises
Author:
Kennedy Kihangi Bindu
ISBN:
978-2-88931-462-1
Series number:
Globethics.net African Law No. 12
Publication:
2022
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Résultat d’un parcours scientifique et académique, cet ouvrage propose un voyage autour des concepts les plus fondamentaux d’une des tendances en puissance dans le monde légal : le droit de l’environnement. Motivé par l’impact du changement climatique en République Démocratique du Congo, l’auteur offre une vision en profondeur de la notion d’environnement, des sources du droit environnemental, des principes internationaux dudit droit et les structures de l’administration congolaise qui travaillent sur le sujet, parmi d’autres sujets.

Our Feet into the Way of Peace

Subtitle:
Holistic Approaches to Peace-building in the Context of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
Editors:
Ibrahim Wushisi Yusuf & Jin Yang Kim
ISBN:
978-2-88931-474-4
Series number:
Globethics.net PJP No. 6
Publication:
2022
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Within the framework of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, this publication is a reflection on the lived experiences of the pilgrimage from the perspective of the people and churches from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Korean Peninsula, Palestine and Israel, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Colombia. It consists of an overview of the peace-building process in each country since the 10th Assembly and practical steps churches can take together toward the 12th Assembly.

Hate Speech and Whiteness

Subtitle:
Theological Reflections on the Journey Toward Racial Justice
Editors:
Fernando Enns & Stephen G. Brown
ISBN:
978-2-88931-472-0
Series number:
Globethics.net PJP No. 5
Publication:
2022
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During the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, initiated in 2013 at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, the issue of racism has emerged as one of the pilgrimage’s four common themes.
The chapters that make up this publication represent a selection of the papers presented at a series of webinars organized in late 2020 by the Theological Study Group of the Pilgrimage.
Organized around three major themes — whiteness, including its relationship to slavery; racism; and hate speech — the contributions represent an invitation to the ecumenical fellowship to engage in self-critical examination of how practices, orders, configurations, methodologies, and structures of the church(es) have perpetuated the discrimination, xenophobia, and racism that counter unity in Christ.

Seek Peace and Pursue It

Subtitle:
Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in Europe
Editors:
Matthew Ross & Jin Yang Kim
ISBN:
978-2-88931-470-6
Series number:
Globethics.net PJP No. 4
Publication:
2022
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The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is intended to be an expression of international solidarity with people, particularly those in difficult circumstances.
This publication looks at work done directly within the context of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in Europe, as well as justice and peace issues promoted by churches that complement the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace agenda.
In the first section, the publication provides an overview of Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace events in Europe, offering reflections on some of the ways in which churches and ecumenical organizations were challenged and inspired and sharing stories and insights about the pilgrimage in Europe.
Section 2 does not necessarily represent official parts of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace but contains essays on issues of justice and peace in Europe from individuals working with churches and ecumenical partners across Europe, intended to stimulate debate, interest, and international comparison.
The Appendix includes additional resources, including statements from the WCC on the use of armed force to resolve disputes that could be resolved by dialogue.

Strengthening Christian Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights

Strengthening Christian Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights
Subtitle:
Perspectives from an International Consultative Process
Editors:
Peter Prove, Jochen Motte, Sabine Dressler & Andar Parlindungan
ISBN:
978-2-88931-478-2
Co-Publication:
World Council of Churches and Globethics.net
Publication:
2022
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Given renewed conflicts and widening divisions, and with human rights having all too frequently been misused for political purposes or applied unequally, international human rights law—and its foundational principles—has come under increasing attack. At the same time, different perspectives on the relationship between Christian ethics and international human rights law have become increasingly evident in the ecumenical movement.
 
The World Council of Churches, together with the Protestant Church in Germany and the United Evangelical Mission, recognized the need for a process of ecumenical study and reflection on the relationship between human dignity and human rights from biblical, theological, and victims’ perspectives. This two-year process culminated in a Conference on Christian Perspectives on Human Dignity and Humans Rights held in Wuppertal (Germany) and online from 9–12 April 2022.
 
The rich contributions of papers received from theologians, people with different academic backgrounds, experts in ethics and human rights, and human rights defenders—together with the joint message of the participants of the Wuppertal Conference—are made available in this publication.

Towards an Ecumenical Theology of Companionship

Subtitle:
A Study Document for the Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
ISBN:
978-2-88931-468-3
Series number:
Globethics.net PJP No. 3
Publication:
2022
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Since 2014, the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace-Theological Study Group (PJP-TSG) and the Reference Group of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP-RG) have been on a pilgrimage, visiting various countries and communities around the world, followed by study and reflection on what it means for churches to be on a pilgrimage of justice and peace today.
During the pilgrimage stations, four central themes have emerged, each raised in different ways by the diverse hosting communities, yet establishing themselves little by little as interpretative keys and pointing to a common agenda for the ecumenical Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace:
 
             1. Truth and Trauma
             2. Land and Displacement
             3. Gender Justice
             4. Racism

    Due to the devastating global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that revealed so much injustice in our world, in all our communities, and within the ecumenical community, a fifth theme was added; health and healing. At each station of our pilgrimage, the PJP-RG and the PJP-RG— after listening carefully—revisited the themes and reflected on them theologically in light of an emerging Ecumenical Theology of Companionship. This document—composed by the “pilgrims” in dialogue with the communities—presents these findings and reflections for broader sharing in the global ecumenical fellowship.

    Justice et pauvreté comme défis pour les Églises chrétiennes

    Subtitle:
    Étude de cas en République démocratique du Congo
    Author:
    Bosela E. Eale
    ISBN:
    978-2-88931-460-7
    Series number:
    Globethics.net Theses Series No. 16
    Publication:
    2022
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    L’objectif de cette thèse est d’enquêter sur le rôle des Églises chrétiennes et du gouvernement dans la lutte contre l’injustice et l’éradication de la pauvreté. Elle propose à la fois un aperçu du concept de justice dans les Nouveau et Ancien Testaments, et aussi à la lumière du défi pour les Églises. Ce travail dresse aussi une analyse approfondie des problèmes entourant la pauvreté et ses causes. Le rôle joué par les organisations internationales dans l’éradication de la pauvreté dans les pays en développement, et plus particulièrement en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), est questionné. Enfin, on trouve une analyse de l’impact de l’industrialisation et de la mondialisation sur les pays en développement, sans omettre une lecture théologique du concept de pauvreté.

    Transformative Spiritualities for the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

    Editors:
    Fernando Enns, Upolu Lumā Vaai, Andrés Pacheco Lozano and Betty Pries
    ISBN:
    978-2-88931-458-4
    Series number:
    Globethics.net PJP No. 2
    Publication:
    2022
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    The Churches of the World Council of Churches have been on a “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”—together with people of goodwill—since they met for their assembly in Busan in 2013. Building peace with justice has been at the heart of the ecumenical movement since its beginnings. It reflects the call of the churches in a wounded world caused by systemic injustice—racism, sexism, xenophobia, economic exploitation, and violence among humans and against nature, our “Mother”. While political advocacy, theological reflections, and ethical orientation have been high on the agenda of the World Council of Churches, the spiritual dimension of a “just peace” has not always received the same attention. Starting a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, the WCC began to focus intentionally on “transformative spiritualities” in order to (re-)discover the strength of the many and diverse faith communities around the globe. What is the well of that distinct power to resist evil with good, to transform injustices into a life of dignity for all, to heal broken relations – including Mother nature? And what are some of the spiritual practices that inspire communities on that “sacred walk”? This volume provides a selection of reflections on those transformative spiritualities, from indigenous perspectives to women’s voices, from black communities´ to campesino/as´ struggles, from specific Christian traditions to sister faiths. It is that common well we all drink from—inviting readers to participate in that promise that a life in peace and justice is, in fact, possible for all.