Swiss Reformed to participate in International Peace Convocation

The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches is participating in the International Ecumenical Peace Convention, with twelve representatives attending in Kingston, Jamaica from May 17-25. The FSPC will present the diverse efforts of Swiss Reformed Christians for the promotion of peace at the event.

From May 17-25, 2011, the World Council of Churches (WCC) will host the International Ecumenical Peace Convention in Kingston, Jamaica, a “harvest festival” celebrating peace. The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) will be represented by two delegates and ten other participants from its member churches at this event closing the Decade to Overcome Violence.

The Reformed Christians of Switzerland took part in the Decade from 2001 to 2010 in a variety of creative ways, whether this involved peace camps, oven air events, Easter marches, poetry slams, or liturgical stations. The diverse work of FSPC churches for undocumented aliens, suicide prevention, and the ecumenical peace program in the Middle East will be presented at different workshops in Kingston.

To close the Convocation, the 1000 participants will adopt the “Ecumenical Call to Just Peace”, to provide a basis for the work of the WCC at its 2013 Assembly in South Korea. The Call was developed in a consultation process involving the WCC and its member churches over the past two years. The FSPC represented the Swiss Reformed churches in this process.

The World Council of Churches has invited congregations the world over to join the WCC in prayer and worship on May 22, designated as the “World Sunday for Peace”. The WCC suggests beginning this with a sunrise vigil for peace.