Torre Pellice (Turin), August 31, 2018 – The Synod of the Methodist and Waldensian churches started on Sunday afternoon of August 26, in Torre Pellice (Turin), with the traditional procession from the Waldensian House towards the temple. The preaching of pastor Emanuele Fiume, during the opening worship, was against the cultural sin of those who conform and let themselves be shaped by the spirit of the time. Starting from the intense prophetic passage of Isaiah 59, Fiume explained how this cultural sin becomes first religious and then social. Recalling what the German Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: “Whoever does not raise his voice in favor of the Jews, has no rights to sing Gregorian chants!”, Fiume made clear references to the actions of the actual Italian government, with its closures towards migrants and refugees. The full text of the sermon is available on the web site of the Waldensian church in Italian, English, German and French. The offertory collection was destinated for the displaced people after the collapse of the Morandi bridge of Genoa.
The work of the Synod continued with the election of the Assembly seat, the president, pastor Daniele Bouchard, and the vice president, Patrizia Bertesi.