A dozen global and regional religious organizations released an advocacy statement on the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe that defines their calling as Christians to “welcome the stranger,” and urges the creation of a world in which “we become human together.”
"Solidarity should be the guiding principle governing migration and particularly refugee reception," the statement says. "We expect the EU to reject the discourse and politics of fear and deterrence, and to adopt a principled stance and compassionate practice based on the fundamental values on which the EU is founded."Read more
“It’s all Greek to you, eh?” one of my co-workers joked to me after witnessing three different conversations happening simultaneously in front of me. It was my first week in Katerini and at that point, I knew very little to no Greek so I understood nothing that was happening in front of me. I’ve been told by many people that I have a very expressive face. Poker is not my strong suit and I fully believe that my face completely gave away my confusion.Read more
Written by Fiona Kendall, European and Legal Affairs Advisor, Mediterranean Hope
and Mission Co-Worker jointly appointed by Global Ministries and the Church of Scotland
As the world faces a new challenge, this seems an appropriate time to write to you all with an update on the work being carried out by Mediterranean Hope (MH) and how we are experiencing the current situation. Tough operational decisions have had to be made within a rapid time-frame. However, we remain committed to carrying out what work we can with due regard for the current health situation and attendant measures. [See below for ways to support these efforts.]Read more
Churches on EU-Turkey border: Show solidarity, respect rights and human dignity
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) have expressed deep concern on rising tensions at the EU-Turkey border. Speaking from Brussels, general secretaries of both European ecumenical organizations voiced alarm over reports of violence against persons trying to cross border between Turkey and EU countries, and those who are assisting them.Read more
As we wrap up Black History Month I feel compelled to write about my own experiences living as a Black woman in Greece. I’ve been here for a little over a month serving with Perichoresis NGO and the Evangelical Church in Katerini which has given me plenty of time to see the various ways that Greek people understand blackness.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:13-20
Prayers for Greece:
Ever-present and ever-loving God,
We come to you with heavy hearts as we witness the growing number of displaced people attempting to create a new understanding of home.
They are tired, they are weak, they are worn.
We ask that you provide comfort and strength to the beloved children who are migrating.
Provide help and strength to those who are pursuing a better life for themselves and for their families. And continue opening up the hearts of Perichoresis, and the Greek communities that welcoming the stranger and treating them as neighbors.Read more
The world today is experiencing the highest level of human migration in history. Refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, and migrants are moving throughout the world in larger numbers than ever before – many due to forced migration and others due to choice.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Prayers for Greece:
Loving God, Creator of the heavens and earth, we come before you today with hearts filled with hope for the New Year – one more just and loving than the last. Despite the chaos in our lives and our world, we know you are with us as we work to embody your radical love.
Things are constantly evolving in our world: people seeking refuge continue to flee their homelands, neighbors are reaching out to help however they can, political systems continue to fail those in the most need, and brave individuals relentlessly speak out against injustice. In the midst of all this, the Evangelical Church in Greece seeks to be a advocate for those who are pushed to the margins of society, working together with entire communities to build a stronger world.
Today we hold the Evangelical Church in Greece in our hearts as they work to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ everyday, for all God’s people. This is not always easy work, but You call us to be daily examples of Your radical love in the world.
As we go forth in the world today, may we continue to hold our global Christian family in our hearts and minds. Help us, O God, to turn this sense of connection and inspiration into practical action in our local communities.
A Letter from the Chairman
My greetings to you all in this holiday season! As we begin to look towards the New Year, we at Perichoresis have felt a call to share our work more widely with our partners. So many things have happened these last few years, and part of our continued growth has been thanks to the many organizations that have journeyed this road with us. It is my hope that these seasonal updates from Perichoresis will be able to share the highlights of our life together, and encourage you in your own ministry and work.Read more