“Heaven is Multicultural” - AGiK Forum 2012

“Heaven is Multicultural”

AGiK Forum 2012

Around 300 Swiss and international Christians met on Saturday, 28 April 2012 to pray together for unity and reconciliation. This AGiK Forum prayer event was organised by the Intercultural Working Group AGiK of the Swiss Evangelical Alliance.

"There are neither Swiss nor foreigners, neither Africans nor Latinos. We have the same Father to whom we can go." That's how Martin Voegelin, former director of the Working Group of Evangelical Missions (AEM), expressed it. People from many different nations and groups gathered under the motto "Prayer without borders"  to pray for Switzerland, Christians all over the world, reconciliation, but also for their own burdens. The venue was, appropriately, the Centre for Migration Churches at the Wipkingerplatz in Zurich, where nine churches from different language groups meet every week.

Unity in Diversity

The main theme of the international prayer meeting was the "Out Father" prayer, which was divided into eight parts, each highlighting a particular aspect. Participants prayed in small and large groups, individually and in language groups. Everyone could pray freely, whichever way they wished - be it quietly in their seat, crying out loud or moving about. Yet the diversity still always reflected the unity in God, the main reason for the meeting.

There was also time for worship and praise in German, English, Spanish and Portuguese. Moving testimonies from the intercultural work gave reason for thanks. This meeting certainly provided a foretaste of heaven, something Carl Hardmeier, the current Co-Director of AGiK, also emphasised: "God's kingdom was and is multicultural. So is Heaven!"

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Author: Henriette L. Ludwig