PJP Series is a co-publication project between the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Globethics.net and stands for "Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP). This theme guided the work of the WCC for the period from the assembly in Busan.
The following extracts from the 2016 WCC publication "An invitation to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace" highlight the focus and scope of the pilgrimage:
Christians and their communities around the world are aware today, as never before, that life itself is in peril. So many dangers — climate change, certainly : but also poverty and economic injustice, threats to health and well-being, violence and war — endanger humanity and can drain our hope. Yet precisely for that reason, the shared faith and commitment of Christians everywhere are necessary, affirming the God of life and the resilient hope offered to us in the life, the cross, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians are called to affirm, sustain, and protect life. This is an ecumenical calling. One God of life, one creation, one humanity call the one church of Jesus Christ to commitment and engagement where peace and justice are threatened or destroyed. That is why the World Council of Churches, an expression of the worldwide Christian fellowship, calls on churches everywhere to walk together, to view their common life, their journey of faith, as a part of the pilgrimage of justice and peace, and to join together with others in celebrating life and in concrete steps toward transforming injustices and violence.
Together we continue to pray : “God of life, lead us to justice and peace,” the prayer of the WCC assembly in Busan, 2013.” Publications in this series will focus on this journey of the fellowship and may include a focus on specific themes and/or a specific geographic area.
Our feet into the way of peace : holistic approaches to peace-building in the context of the pilgrimage of justice and peaceWithin the framework of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, this publication is a reflection on the lived experiences of the pilgrimage from the perspective of the people and churches from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Korean Peninsula, Palestine and Israel, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Colombia. It consists of an overview of the peace-building process in each country since the 10th Assembly and practical steps churches can take together toward the 12th Assembly.
Hate speech and whiteness : theological reflections on the journey toward racial justiceDuring the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, initiated in 2013 at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, the issue of racism has emerged as one of the pilgrimage’s four common themes. The chapters that make up this publication represent a selection of the papers presented at a series of webinars organized in late 2020 by the Theological Study Group of the Pilgrimage. Organized around three major themes—whiteness, including its relationship to slavery; racism; and hate speech—the contributions represent an invitation to the ecumenical fellowship to engage in self-critical examination of how practices, orders, configurations, methodologies, and structures of the church(es) have perpetuated the discrimination, xenophobia, and racism that counter unity in Christ.
Seek peace and pursue it : reflections on the pilgrimage of justice and peace in EuropeThe Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is intended to be an expression of international solidarity with people, particularly those in difficult circumstances. This publication looks at work done directly within the context of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in Europe, as well as justice and peace issues promoted by churches that complement the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace agenda. In the first section, the publication provides an overview of Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace events in Europe, offering reflections on some of the ways in which churches and ecumenical organizations were challenged and inspired and sharing stories and insights about the pilgrimage in Europe Section 2 does not necessarily represent official parts of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace but contains essays on issues of justice and peace in Europe from individuals working with churches and ecumenical partners across Europe, intended to stimulate debate, interest, and international comparison. The Appendix includes additional resources, including statements from the WCC on the use of armed force to resolve disputes that could be resolved by dialogue. “The joy of the pilgrimage is that it really is aiming to be rooted in mutual accompaniment—and that means no white saviours, no recreation of colonial obligations and expectations, no collusion with present power and economic imbalances.” - Rev. Dr Susan Durber
Towards an ecumenical theology of companionship : a study document for the ecumenical pilgrimage of justice and peaceSince 2014, the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace-Theological Study Group (PJP-TSG) and the Reference Group of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP-RG) have been on a pilgrimage, visiting various countries and communities around the world, followed by study and reflection on what it means for churches to be on a pilgrimage of justice and peace today. During the pilgrimage stations, four central themes have emerged, each raised in different ways by the diverse hosting communities, yet establishing themselves little by little as interpretative keys and pointing to a common agenda for the ecumenical Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace: 1. Truth and Trauma 2. Land and Displacement 3. Gender Justice 4. Racism Due to the devastating global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that revealed so much injustice in our world, in all our communities, and within the ecumenical community, a fifth theme was added; health and healing. At each station of our pilgrimage, the PJP-RG and the PJP-RG— after listening carefully—revisited the themes and reflected on them theologically in light of an emerging Ecumenical Theology of Companionship. This document—composed by the “pilgrims” in dialogue with the communities—presents these findings and reflections for broader sharing in the global ecumenical fellowship.
Transformative spiritualities : for the pilgrimage of justice and peaceThe Churches of the World Council of Churches have been on a “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”- together with people of goodwill—since they met for their assembly in Busan in 2013. Building peace with justice has been at the heart of the ecumenical movement since its beginnings. It reflects the call of the churches in a wounded world caused by systemic injustice - racism, sexism, xenophobia, economic exploitation, and violence among humans and against nature, our “Mother”. While political advocacy, theological reflections, and ethical orientation have been high on the agenda of the World Council of Churches, the spiritual dimension of a “just peace” has not always received the same attention. Starting a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, the WCC began to focus intentionally on “transformative spiritualities” in order to (re-)discover the strength of the many and diverse faith communities around the globe. What is the well of that distinct power to resist evil with good, to transform injustices into a life of dignity for all, to heal broken relations – including Mother nature? And what are some of the spiritual practices that inspire communities on that “sacred walk”? This volume provides a selection of reflections on those transformative spiritualities, from indigenous perspectives to women’s voices, from black communities´ to campesino/as´ struggles, from specific Christian traditions to sister faiths. It is that common well we all drink from - inviting readers to participate in that promise that a life in peace and justice is, in fact, possible for all.
The Africa we pray for : on a pilgrimage of justice and peaceThe World Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches invited young people to contribute to the discussion on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, with its three dimensions of celebrating life together - visiting wounds and engaging in transformative action - in the African context. Participants reflected on four closely interrelated themes: Truth and Trauma (peacebuilding), Land and Displacement (economic, ecological justice and migration), Gender Justice, and Racial Justice. This collection of selected essays shares the dreams and aspirations of these young people towards Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want goals. Aspiration 6 of the African Union is for an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children. The essay competition provided a platform for youth to engage in research and write their aspirations of the Africa They Want, an Africa they pray for, as the future guardians of the continent.