Merry Christmas

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1,14

 

 

Dear reader,

“another year over and a new one just began” used to sing John Lennon in one of his most famous lyric “Happy Christmas”. And another year is over also for EYCE events, activities, programs, meetings.

It has been a year where new relationships, friendships, contacts and things to plan have been set and it has been given to our organisation new strengths, important challenges, relevant changes which gave us the enthusiasm to carry on our mission.

Another Christmas is approaching and Christmas time generally is that period of the year where usually we make evaluations and we are able to see what needs to be improved, things that didn’t work at all and things that worked perfectly and we are proud of. It’s the time when we keep in mind how to make things better and make our effort more committed and rich of new energies, hopes and joy to work together in the spirit of the Gospel.

Our new three year campaign #We Are Europe! has been launched and our new CCT is looking for spreading its message and work together with all of you, ready to get new chances to create something positive and good!

We had an intensive NC’s meeting in Vienna where we got the chance to meet each other and work together with new ideas and proposals in order to keep EYCE always renewed and ready to fulfill, as much as we can, everybody expectations in order to learn, pray and celebrate together our Lord Jesus Christ.

This year two events, one focused on cutting the interreligious prejudice and the other one on overcoming gender issues, have characterised EYCE 2016.

These two important themes permitted to meditate about our society, about welcoming and accepting each other in the same line that Jesus has done. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” said apostle Paul in Galatians 3,28 and it reminds that Jesus came into the world accepting different people who became one in his everlasting love and in his abundant grace.

Our society has become more strict in welcoming each others, in welcoming strangers and accepting them. In this year EYCE celebrated diversity as we think that there’s beauty in diversity, a beauty that permits to love each other and enhance our mutual gifts as Jesus Christ did when the Father sent him in this world.

So do not forget to fill your heart with love, joy and happiness when spending your time with family and friends and spread the good news all around. Do not forget to appreciate people you meet and do not forget to give them a hug as people the Lord decides to put on your path are always a special gift and there’s no space for fear or stereotypes.

We wish you a wonderful Christmas!

EYCE thanks you for your support and fellowship through the year. We are excited to see what next year will bring, and look forward to meeting and working with you all!

Many blessings at this wonderful time of year,

Angie, Chris, Lisa, Pedro, Pierre, Satu, Sini and Vendy

EYCE Executive Committee and Office

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