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Report of Annual Meeting 2013

from 19th till 21st April with Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp in Warburg-Germete.

The annual conference of the Ecumenical One World Initiative, the German Earth Charter Affiliate who coordinates the Earth Charter activities in Germany, always had been a place to soak in new motivation for doing further small steps in the name of peace, justice, sustainable living and ecumene. This is the place where everyone from this diverse and widely scattered network comes together face to face and celebrates the will to make a change.

This year the conference topic was "Let's get going for a better wold: together with the Earth Charter - interreligious, intercultural and creative!"  We are very happy that we won Rabbi Soetendorp to take part in this conference. He can be called a “father” of the Earth Charter, he is a wonderful speaker, full of compassion and he turned out to be the perfect motivator. He told that it was compassion that saved his live as a jewish baby in Germany in the second world war and he gave examples for many ways how compassion can enable inter-religious alliances for the sake of sustaining the live of the poorest people. One of the conference topic's was “Water as a Human Right”. Rabbi Soetendorp spoke about the plans to build such an alliance for water supply and sanitation - “The living water will make us capable to make available the natural water” he said. Spontanously, participicians of the conference gave money in order to get the water project going.

On the second day of the conference we had various workshops. We searched for the “great transformator” by playing theatre, we discussed how we communicate issues of sustainability in a society of diversity and migration, we painted “radical” pictures of a radical change, we exchanged ideas about inter-religious alliances for sustainability and talked about strategies.

In the end all participants got new hope to go on with their initiatives but it’s still a long way to get the Earth Charter down to earth.

Impressions of the Theatre- and Art-Workshop



The Annual Meeting of 2013 takes place from 19th to 21st April in Warburg Germete. The topic is not fixed yet, but the main speaker: Rabbi Avraham Soetendorp from Amsterdam has promised to come for the whole weekend. With him we welcome an impressive personality, which has been active for many years for the International Earth Charter. He will share his collection of more than 45 years experience in interreligious dialogue for justice, peace and integrity of creation with us. Please reserve the weekend! If you have ideas and comments for the organization of the meeting, please contact the office of ÖIEW.


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