Jan. 24, 2019

Christians called to pray and act for justice in Geneva and worldwide

On 23 January, the Rassemblement des églises et communautés de Genève gathered at the Ecumenical Centre to pray for Christian unity in Geneva and worldwide. At the core of the sermon, Inès Calstas, coordinator of the solidarity unit of the Roman Catholic Church in Geneva, urged Christians to put words into action and to contribute to bringing more justice in the world.

“Preference for the poor restores equality,” Calstas said, adding that God looks first to the poor and the most deprived one. Following this example, Christians are called to look after those who are excluded from the society. Calstas recalled: “The church is political. It defends human beings,” as she urged Christians to take action.

The celebration focused on "Justice and only justice you shall pursue", the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, with resources prepared by Indonesian churches. For the occasion, an Indonesian choir brought some local hymns to the more classical repertoire of l’ensemble vocal du Salève for a mix of diverse cultural music.

Churches from different denominations joined the ecumenical prayer. Among others, representatives of the Adventist Church, Christian Catholic Church, Coptic Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarchate, Methodist Church, Protestant Church, Roman Catholic Church and Romanian Orthodox Church were gathered in the ecumenical chapel.