German Mennonite serves with Pilgrimage of Peace and Justice

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In February 2016 Mennonite theologian Fernando Enns participated in a peacebuilding pilgrimage in the Middle East, as part of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. This initiative provides members of WCC churches the opportunity to seek unity and communion while engaging together in concrete actions for justice and peace. Enns serves on the Pilgrimage reference group and its theological study group. Since its inception in late 2013, pilgrimages have travelled to the UN-sponsored Paris conference on climate change, toured Latin America, and visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At its core, the pilgrimage motif seeks to open participants up to encounter, repentance and conversion, says Enns, who is a member of the Mennonite church in Germany. “‘Going out’ and being ‘on the way’ are central to Christian discipleship. Jesus sent his disciples out, to walk, to be vulnerable and dependent on the hospitality of others—and to find God on the way—in the most God-forsaken places.” He explains more in a video here.  A longer video includes his report on the group’s time in the Middle East. Visit the WCC Pilgrimage site here. —World Council of Churches 


German Mennonite Fernando Enns (left) is co-moderator of the World Council of Churches Pilgrimage of Peace and Justice reference group and its theological study group. (Photo by Odd Erik Stendahl/World Council of Churches)

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