Marcelo Schneider's blog from the US Living Letters visit

The Living Letters blogs are written to share about visits to specific countries or regions around the world, organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) Decade to Overcome Violence initiative along with assistance from local coordinators, churches and other organizations. The Living Letters blogs are personal narratives from members of the "Living Letters" team and do not necessarily represent the opinion or policies of the World Council of Churches.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Almost two months have passed since the end of our Living Letters visits to the US. We all wrote our reflections, we shared our photos and tried to continue our mutual commitment regarding peace agendas in the midst of our churches back home.

People wrote and said different things about our visits. Some comments were too hard, others too kind. Some think each one of us should deal with the issues on our own backyard before coming to the US and listen about violence, peace and people who cope daily with these issues. Others sent us messages of gratitude, expressing the importance of our visits, which helped nurturing a common feeling of being together in the global Christian family.

I'm sure that next Christmas each one of us, when thinking about the year 2007, will remember what we saw during those days in the US and will feel encouraged to join the prayer for just peace we shared with our brothers and sisters in the US.

Happy Thanksgiving to the ones who welcomed us in the US, to the hosting families, to the ecumenical leaders, the church representatives, to the staff of the WCC offices, to the whole world, with no exceptions.

Posted By: Marcelo on Nov 22, 2007 06:52PM