• East differs from West

    East differs from West0

    Raising one’s voice in a discussion or a confrontation in Switzerland can be interpreted as insecurity or not having self-control. This is not the done thing. In many Eastern European countries, it is the other way around. It is interpreted as insecurity when one does not raise one’s voice. Not speaking up strongly shows that I am not really convinced of my point of view.

  • East meets West – West meets East – literally

    East meets West – West meets East – literally0

    I have the impression that we (the EEA staff) were prophetic last year when we set the communication themes for 2022. For the first six months we chose “East meets West – West meets East”. Who would have thought that this would happen on so many levels and to such an extent as it is happening now?

  • Celebrating The Other

    Celebrating The Other0

    A friend told me the other day: “doing a personality profile and studying all the different personalities of this model finally helped me to understand that not everyone works like me. This was a huge relief. It helped me to understand that I am not strange nor are others.”   When we think of personalities,

  • What should our expectations be?

    What should our expectations be?0

    When talking with Christians about the state of the church in Europe I often detect the underlying expectation and longing that things should go back to what we call Christendom. A time where the institutionalised Christian faith set the parameters for all areas of life. A time when the power was in the hands of “the Christians”. But, was that time really a good time as we consider its fruits? Much was good but when I look at today’s world, at its reactions against those times, I see its downsides as well.

  • Strengthening the Majority

    Strengthening the Majority0

    Dear friends   How strange. Why on earth would one want to strengthen the majority? Doesn’t the majority have the power and shouldn’t it be much better shared with the minority?   That is what you would generally think. But you have probably also experienced that physical encounters have become rarer in today’s world and

  • Learning from Mushrooms

    Learning from Mushrooms0

    On a walk during our holiday, I suddenly saw what looked like a huge mushroom by the side of the path. And sure enough this was the case. It just so happened that the caretaker of our local church and his wife were nearby collecting mushrooms. They phoned and asked if we could have a coffee together. We invited them to our holiday place to have a meal of mushrooms together.