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  1. Going Deeper into Unity

    One of WSCF primary and profound aims both on a regional and a global level is to build an international community based on a Christian unity. Indeed, it´s a long-term goal and a permanent process at the same time. In this regard I dare say, last conference “Communicating gender” held in Logumkloster, Denmark in October 24-28 has undoubtedly contributed to its gradual fulfillment.

    Just before leaving Logumkloster I had been asked to name the best bid of the conference. Honestly, I couldn´t really answer right on the spot – time was running (to catch the train) and it was really difficult to chose one particular thing as every day was rich in highlights which made it truly unique.

  2. Social Media – the new Freedom?

    Mozaik is represented at the 12th German – Polish Summer school “Social Media – the new Freedom? Religious, political and social communication in the period of changes” by Editor . Below find his reflection on the experience.

    30.08.2011

    Hi everybody from Berlin! The conference organized by the Katolische Akademie Berlin is blossoming. The focal point of our discussion is information understood both as a news and personal information we are sharing on-line.
    On Tuesday we saw how the classical media has evolved into social media. The perspective of a literature and media expert prof. Andrzej Mencwel gave the insight into the incredible steps that has been taken recently. Prof. Wolfgang Stock, German Chancellor Angela Merkel DORADCA on communication is offering amazing information about the Internet ‘flooding’. Do you know that there is a significant change towards on-line life? Each day in Germany 27 million people enter Wikipedia at the same time only 25 million copies of newspapers are printed. Facebook has app. 24 million log-ins daily and for all social networks it is more than 30 million daily. Due to the ‘Internetization’ and superquick access to information, the politicians do not have any more time to think about the issues. The answer needs to be given straight away.

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  3. How gendered is Christ?

    The idea of God as a woman has been around for quite a long time. It is well enough established, at least in certain circles, that it is common practice at least to not think of God as an unquestionably masculine presence. Similarly, the Holy Spirit is often thought of as being feminine. Christ, it seems, is the one part of the trinity to which we can ascribe a definite gender; he was unquestionably a biological male. The question I have been pondering recently, though, is how archetypally masculine is Christ? Can Jesus be considered a male role model?

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  4. Communicating Gender – power of words or gender power in language?

    In about 3 months students/young people from all over Europe will meet in Løgumkloster, Denmark 24-28 October to discuss another interesting topic at the next WSCF conference. For me it will be fourth WSCF conference in total and the first one as a PrepCom member. We look forward to you joining us.

    Frankly speaking, when I first learnt about the topic “Communicating Gender” I had difficulties imagining what it actually involves. But the more abstract it sounded at the beginning, the more tempting it became to explore later what is hidden behind. In fact, during the PrepCom meeting in June we realized themes we want to discuss need to be carefully selected as a “gender subject” is pretty broad.

  5. Agape – a place of peace!

    Close to Torino, in the mountains and surrounded by beautiful nature, a place of peace – Agape!

    A building from hard stones and wood, though giving a full portion of lovely embracement of solidarity, tolerance and love… Built after the WW2 as a space for everybody regardless of religion, ethnicity, political views and gender. Now in July 2011, it has still the same grounds, only richer history.

    I came to attend the International Political Camp from 1st to 8th August, but as usually all the participants take a longer stay and volunteer for some weeks before or afterwards. So, will I do for a week now, until the camp starts.

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  6. The Awkwardness of Greetings

    A short antidote:

    A month or so ago, a group of friends and I took a road trip from Budapest to Timișoara, Romania for summer adventure. We explored the town, went swimming, ate interesting food and I only managed to have one embarrassing moment, a record of sorts for my normally uncomfortable life. The boyfriend of the woman we were staying with arrived to her apartment on our first morning there. None of the four of us (two women and two men) had met him before and he walked into the room and proceeded to shake the hand of my male friend on my right side and then he stuck out his hand again and without hesitation I reached out and shook it. I’d never met him before and in Canada everyone shakes everyone’s hands, we don’t kiss or hug anyone we meet.

    Seeing the shock and strange look on his face I realized he was not extending a greeting to me but to my other male friend on my left.

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  7. Changing our religious language in the name of gender neutrality

    The next WSCF Europe Gender conference is “Communicating Gender” 24-28 October in Løgumkloster, Denmark. This is a very interesting topic and being part of the PrepCom I’ve thought a lot about it lately. We’ve crammed the conference with diverse angles on this topic.

    Looking for a headline in a Christian context a while ago I suggested using part of the Lords prayer: “the kingdom, the power and the glory”. But I was told that that was not an option because using the word “kingdom” is non-inclusive.The word “kingdom” has been an issue I have heard raised several times at WSCF events. In defence of using it, someone said, that somewhere a woman had been given the title of “king” so now it would be okay to use the words “king” and “kingdom” because the word was moving towards gender neutrality. But to problematise talk of “Christ the King” and his “kingdom” seems strange to me. Jesus was human and he was a man. A male monarch is called a “king” and the scope of his rule is a “kingdom”. I agree that this term is not gender inclusive. A female monarch, a queen, can rule a kingdom (like Queen Elisabeth in the United Kingdom) but the word “kingdom” takes for granted, that the ruler is male – a “king”.

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  8. Heartbeat Youth Congress + Kirchentag


    Dresden. old. new. eastern. shadows of WW2. hope. youth.

    From 31st May til 5th June about 60 young people from Central and Eastern Europe shared each others presence in Dresden, Germany.

    What was going on?

    “Heartbeat” Youth Congress preceeding a big socially-, politically- and spiritually-shaped German Protestant Kirchentag 2011. The topic was a challenging question: “What does my heart beat for?” and directly linked to the main theme of Kirchentag – “…there your heart will be also”, taken from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:21).

    So, how did we explore what the heart beats for?

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  9. Third African University on Youth Development: Day Six

    Friday is the last day of the official program. We’ve started with the debriefing the previous activities, mainly the ‘Volunteering Citizenship and Social Action DAY’. Marcus Andrade from the North-South Centre has underlined the importance of leaving ‘the safe space’ and mingling with the local people. Than we divided into 4 groups to share our ideas. The main concern was the sensitivity to the local context while visiting the sites. Some of us felt as if we were touching the reality in a very limited way or even invaded it.

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  10. Third African University on Youth Development: Day Five

    The fifth day of the event was entitled ‘Volunteering Citizenship and Social Action DAY’. Well, you can expect different things and the schedule was kept secret till the very last moment. In the morning we walked to Santa Maria to visit the local primary school. During the meeting with the head teacher we had a chance to ask questions related to the educational dimension of the life at the Islands as well as see the school facilities.

    After that came the time for the action. Divided into three groups we some of us went campaigning for the health issues and the rest remained at school to prepare murals. My group was working with the topic of global education and interculturalism. The other one featured a stunning environmentally-engaged mural set in the local context. The act of creation per se would not have been that fascinating if there were no children eager to help. Suddenly the linguistic problems disappeared and altogether we became artists.

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