Morocco – land of sands and souks, olive groves and majestic mosques. From one World Heritage site to another – Rabat, Fes Medina, Meknes, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Ben Haddou – our feet filled the footprints of Berbers and Romans, Muslims and Christians. Our prayers arose in the enormous prayer hall in Casablanca’s Hassan II Mosque (the third largest mosque in the world), along Roman Volubilis’s ancient mosaic-lined walkways, beneath the sun-streaked aisles of Notra Dame de Lourdes Roman Catholic cathedral in Casablanca.Read more
Humanitarian Corridors. An Italian ecumenical mission in Morocco, by Nev
“We leave confident to strengthen relations of cooperation and friendship with our Moroccan partners, - said the president of FCEI, pastor Luca Maria Negro, to Press Agency NEV - sure that the opening of a humanitarian corridor from Morocco can provide an important tool to protect individuals and families of migrants mainly from West Africa and that in Morocco live in a situation of serious difficulties and vulnerabilities. Read more...Read more
Humanitarian corridors. One year after the launch of the project, 500 people have been welcomed in INEV
Rome (NEV), 30 November 2016 – With the fifth arrival of Syrian citizens from Lebanon scheduled for 1st and 2nd of December 2016, the number of people arriving safely in Italy via the “humanitarian corridor” project will amount to 500. The project was created by the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI), the Waldensian Executive Board and the Community of Sant'Egidio. This result was reached in less than a year from the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the promoters and the Ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs. Read more...Read more
The Evangelical Protestant Church in Morocco (Eglise Evangélique au Maroc, EEAM) serves Christ in a land at the crossroads of north and south (Africa and Europe), east and west (the Muslim World and the West). With ten congregations in cities all over Morocco (Agadir, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Mohammedia, Rabat, Meknes, Fez, Kenitra, Tangier and Oujda) served by four pastors and several pastoral interns, the EEAM has a membership representing more than fifty nationalities, the majority young people coming as students from Sub-Saharan Africa. Our members come from Protestant traditions of all varieties.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 9:51 - 62
Prayers for Morocco:
Loving God, thank you for your welcoming embrace. Your acceptance of our imperfection is ever an example for us to strive for. Forgive us when we fall short – when we are quick to reject and quick to condemn. Inspire us to spread your love even when it is not reciprocated.
Protecting God, watch over the people of Morocco. Shelter it from those that would inflict harm, and let it continue to be a country of peace.
Nurturing God, be with the Christian community of Morocco in this time of continuing growth and transition. Lend your wisdom to its leaders, and unify its members to become the diverse tool for your work that it is working to become.
Healing God, give us the compassion and the resources to care for our brothers and sisters in difficulty. Help each individual to find the solutions and the peace that they are seeking.
Help us all to learn from each other, to respect each other, and to realize what is truly important; let your priorities be our own.
We pray in the name of the migrant who loved us all more than we can comprehend,
Like many church bodies here in Morocco, the CEI is run by people who have often been in Morocco for several years but who eventually leave us to return to their home countries. This was the case in 2015, a year in which there was quite a bit of change amongst church leadership. First of all, in July, our team coordinator Carlos Funk finished his term after three years of service in Morocco and left to take a pastoral position in France. His gentle spirit and calm presence will be missed by all of us here.Read more
The Protestant Church in Morocco (Église Évangélique au Maroc, or EEAM) is a church in crisis. This is not a negative thing – a crisis is simply an important moment or a turning point, and that is exactly what the EEAM is experiencing right now.Read more
Written by Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary,
National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
I was honored to attend a conference recently in Marrakech, Morocco on the rights of religious minorities in Muslim lands. My flight out of Washington was the last one to depart in the midst of a blizzard so when we took off after sitting on the tarmac for four hours, I knew God intended for me to be present!Read more