Social Care continues to be a significant issue in the UK. Asea Railean EFECW co-president has shared a project from Moldova. From 2002 the non governmental organization “Association Community Association “Soarta/Fate”” developed a program to help and involve three groups of elders: care and support at home including hot lunches and laundry services, a day centre to combat loneliness as well as an education programme and setting up a Council of the Elderly.
Another very important project was free ophthalmic support. More than 7800 elderly people benefited from this project and more than 1500 elderly people had their eyesight restored following treatment for glaucoma or cataracts.
All the activities were supported by foreign donors and it is a struggle continuing this work. It is hoped that churches in Europe may identity ways in which the project can continue as well as new initiatives which included the provision of greenhouses so that older people can grow their own healthy food.
Between 12-15 February 2018 – Luther King House will be hosting a programme of teaching and learning on the theme of ‘Theologies of the Body’.
This will include a special lecture and will feature a display of the Manchester Mosaic ‘Out of the Shadows’, created to mark the ‘Ecumenical Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women’. We will be holding a workshop ahead of the lecture – more details to follow. We are planning to take the ‘Out of the Shadows’ mosaic with us to the General Assembly next year.
We were very sad to learn of the death of our friend Pauline Webb.
Pauline was a campaigner, journalist and broadcaster and missionary publicist and pioneer for women’s ministry and women’s ordination.
She was the first woman to be elected an officer of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches where, as Vice-Moderator (1968-1975), she played a leading role in its programme to combat racism and was thrown out of South Africa* for her outspoken views.
She was organiser of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC World Service, 1979-1987, as well as a regular contributor to Pause for Thought, Radio 2 and Thought for the Day on Radio 4.
From the 8 – 21 August 2015, fifty women between 19 and 73 years moved into the vast monastery building in Mariensee, Germany, to create the first ever European ecumenical ‘Pop Up Monastery’ and to share the life with the women who live there in community. The participants were from 17 European countries, and from various Christian denominations: Orthodox and Quakers, Methodists, Protestants, Catholics and spiritual seekers. A rhythm of prayer, silence, tasks and workshops structured the day, but there was also room for celebration and exchange.
The film ‘Gardens of Eve’ follows the women leading the project, as well as participants, as they uncover what it means to have faith, to live in community, to be searching, and to support one another on our journeys. The film is a project of the EFECW and can be watched online for free here https://vimeo.com/193794060 and we encourage you to share it with your friends, family, colleagues and other contacts. You may wish to organise a local screening, inviting women from your networks.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland are producing a series of resources to enable people to engage with the general election, including discussion documents and a guide to hustings. These will be available soon here www.churcheselection.org.uk