Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Global Feast, many voices

This evening the Pilgrimage for Peace joined with the many other participants in the TEAM 2007 conference for an amazing Eucharist in a township east of Johannesburg. We were overwhelmed by the warm welcome, the joyful singing and dancing of so many people. The township, especially local women's organizations, provided an incredible feast which continued the celebration of God's presence among us. The Archbishop of Canterbury gave a moving sermon about God's desire to hear all voices. Archbishop of Capetown Njongonkulu Ndungane presided and reflected the tremendous generousity and hospitality of the people of South Africa, who have worked so hard to make this global conference happen.

On my way home on a crowded bus I met two passionate, articulate young priests from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We discussed our different yet challenging political and social contexts including Iraq, evangelism, gay marriage and economic injustice. Intense, exciting, heavy, complex, and inspiring.

Tomorrow, the Pilgrimage for Peace will spend most of our day with the TEAM conference. Be sure to check out to read some of my fellow pilgrims reflections on our journey so far and to see lots of photos as well.

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