Living Letters solidarity visit to Germany, 27 June - 4 July 2008

Photo: Adreas Schölzer/WCC
The Living Letters team will also visit Berlin, where the Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) was launched with a candle-light procession in front of the Brandenburger Gate in 2001.

A Living Letters team with representatives of WCC member churches in Burundi, Brazil, Greece and the United States visited Germany from 27 June to 4 July 2008 in order to share experiences in overcoming violence and to encourage each other in these efforts.

The team learned from the German churches' experience in teaching nonviolent conflict resolution to youth, in interfaith and intercultural dialogue, as well as in remembering the victims of war and persecution and their work on reconciliation. The visitors brought along prayers, greetings and encouragements from their own churches. 

These encounters are also intended to start the reflection on the ecumenical declaration on just peace to be adopted at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in 2011.