Archbishop says church must ‘join its enemies on their knees’

first_imgArchbishop says church must ‘join its enemies on their knees’ Resorting to violence denies the possibility of redemption Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events April 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm Perhaps the “Anglican Communion” can be seen in terms of the Eastern Orthodox Church. That church is comprised of many autocephalous (independent) churches with a primate over each national church. Hence, the Greek Orthodox Church, Russian Orthodox Church, Serbian Orthodox Church, Romanian Orthodox Church, etc. share the same faith and ecclesiastical polity and are in communion with each other. All Eastern Orthodox primates are equals. However, the Patriarch of Constantinople is given “primacy of honor”. Seems much like the Anglican Communion to me with the Archbishop of Canterbury enjoying “primacy of honor”. Tags Advocacy Peace & Justice, May 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm In a nutshell (no pun intended): People shouldn’t get married if they can’t STAY married! Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Steven Lee says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL April 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm I agree that saying the “Anglican Communion is a global church,” is a mistake. Nowhere in ECUSA Constitution and Canons does it say ECUSA belongs to a global church. Nowhere in the instruments of communion does the Anglican Communion define itself as a global church. Another denomination like the Roman Catholic Church may define itself as that. In fairness to Archbishop Welby, his background is that of a corporate executive for an oil company. He brings a prior business experience regarding power and its structure that may always influence his views on church, society and the world; however, that does not mean his view is correct. Praying for the Archbishop, for those who have suffered violence, and for those who suffer violence because of failure of lay and clerical church leaders not only to speak for peace but also to act in ways that lessen violence and promote peace. Rector Albany, NY Julian Malakar says: April 11, 2014 at 11:12 pm “Anglican Communion is a global church,” if we believe what we say every Sunday while reciting The Nicene Creed. We say “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church” as we believe in one God. Catholic means universal, inclusive of diversified nationality. Roman Catholic is universal Church under Pope headquarter in Rome. But Anglican Catholic is universal Church inclusive of all nationality 143 countries of the world as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said. Denying Catholicism means denying our creed. God’s kingdom does not have any political boundaries segregated by color, rich and poor Jeremy Bates says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Steven Lee says: Gun Violence, Comments are closed. Archbishop of Canterbury, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 April 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm Really? The one church referred to in the Creeds is the Anglican Communion? Please tell us more. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Selena Smith says: Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 April 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm If only the founders of The Episcopal Church, many of whom had just fought a revolution, and risked their lives, to free themselves from London’s control, could hear this misleading rhetoric…. “The Anglican Communion is a global church.”This is false! The Anglican Communion is a global family of independent churches.Perhaps the Archbishop has self-aggrandizing reasons to say that the Communion is a global church. After all, if that were so, he would be a leading candidate for pope.But that doesn’t make his statement true. May 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm Marriage is not the be all end all! Clergy have every right to say “NO” to homosexual marriages, and if the couple involves doesn’t like it, they can go to another church! 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke April 10 during the Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENS[Editors’ note: a correction was made to this article to remove reference to the location of the mass grave where Welby said he had been told Christians were murdered out fear that they might become homosexual because of Western influence.][Episcopal News Service – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said April 10 that “the gospel of peace is reclaimed by loving those who love violence and hatred” and that a church committed to peacemaking “looks like those who join their enemies on their knees.”“We celebrate the fact that as the Anglican Communion functioning as a community of peace across the world, as it does in so many places so wonderfully with such sacrifices, that it manages disagreement well in many places, that it maintains unity across diametrically opposed views on a matter – that that Anglican Communion to which we belong could be the greatest gift to counter violence of all descriptions in our world,” Welby said.Welby spoke during the April 9-11 Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence being held at the Reed Center and the nearby Sheraton Midwest City here.He said what is sought is a church “that bears the cross, that is so caught up in Jesus Christ and its relationship with Jesus Christ that it is drawn inexorably in partnership with the poor and pilgrimage alongside them, sharing the surprises and risks of the journey under the leadership of Jesus Christ.”“We do not see such churches today on a global scale, although they may be found in many places at a local level,” he said. “To turn this into a national [phenomenon] such a great and huge nation as this, let alone a global phenomenon, is humanly impossible. We find it easier to be caught up in our own disputes and our own rights.”It must be acknowledged that human beings are inclined towards violence, Welby told the gathering. “Violence is intrinsic to being human, and I have to say in particular to being human and male, or human and powerful, over against minorities of all kinds,” he said. “Moreover it is addictive, violence is addictive, and we become hardened to it.”But, God “is committed to acting in response to wrongdoing” and is a God who judges but also saves, “giving of God’s own self to make an opportunity for rescue,” the archbishop said.Thus, “the resort to violence is always the denial of the possibility of redemption,” he added. “And since in our hearts we believe in redemption as Christians, an early resort to violence denies the very heart of our faith.”However, he said, Holy Week’s anticipation of Easter shows a different way.“It is in accompanying Jesus on the long walk through Holy Week to the cross that we will find ourselves bound together afresh and love released,” Welby said. “The love will be such that we cannot imagine unless we turn to Christ in repentance, seeking to be those who challenge and overcome the violence that he himself bore for us on the cross. It will be a love that comes to reclaim in ourselves and in our communities the gospel of peace.”The text of his speech is here.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Presiding Bishop Katharine JeffertsSchori respond to questions during an April 10 press conference. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSAt a later press conference with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Diocese of Oklahoma Bishop Edward Konieczny, Welby was asked about comments he made April 4 when he told a British radio call-in show that that Christians in parts of Africa face abuse, violence and even death because of decisions on sexual equality made by Anglican Churches in the West. His answer came in response to a question from the Rev. Kes Grant, a Church of England priest and school chaplain who had called in to ask why English clergy were not allowed to decide for themselves whether to marry gay couples.“Why we can’t do it now is because the impact of that on Christians in countries far from here like South Sudan, like Pakistan, like Nigeria, would be absolutely catastrophic and we have to love them as much as the people who are here,” Welby said.Welby explained that while standing at a mass grave he was told that the excuse given for the murder of hundreds of Christians there had been: “If we leave a Christian community in this area, we will all be made to become homosexual, and so we’re going to kill the Christians.”Welby concluded, “The mass grave had 369 bodies in it and I was standing with the relatives. That burns itself into your soul, as does the suffering of gay people in this country.”During the news conference, Welby noted that he had made similar comments in the past and that he was trying to say that “at its heart is the issue that we’re a global church.”“The Anglican Communion is a global church.  And that wherever we speak, whether it’s here or in Africa, or in Asia or in any of the 143 countries in which we are operating, in which there are Anglicans, we never speak exclusively to ourselves but we speak in a way that is heard widely around the world,” he said. “And so the point I was making, because the question was essentially about why don’t we just go ahead and do gay marriages, we have a profound disagreement within the Church of England about the right thing to do, whether to perform gay marriages or have blessing of same sex marriages where the marriage has taken place in the civil system.”Same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales on March 29. Parliament by a comfortable majority passed The Marriage (Same-sex Couples Act) in July 2013.The Church of England is “starting two years of facilitated conversation about this and we are not going simply to jump to a conclusion, to preempt that conversation in any direction at all but we need to spend time listening to each other, listening to the voices around the communion,” Welby said.The example he gave during the call-in program of his experience at the site of the mass grave “was of a particular example some years back which had had a great impact on my own thinking,” he said during the news conference.Earlier in the day when the archbishop spoke to the entire gathering, he said he and his wife Caroline stood alongside a mass grave in Bor, South Sudan, where the bodies of clergy and lay South Sudanese people were buried in what he has described as a massacre influenced by western acceptance for same-sex marriage.“I think we need to be aware of the realities on the ground in our own countries and around the world and to take those into account when we are moving forward,” Welby said during the news conference.“It doesn’t necessarily mean you do something other than you feel is the right thing to do but you are aware of the need perhaps to do it in a different way,” he continued. “It means particularly in these conversations that we have to make sure that we hear the voice of the LGBT community, which themselves in many parts of the world, including in our own countries suffer a great deal, and we also need to hear very carefully the voices of other members of the church, of other faiths, of ecumenical partners, so that it is a genuine process of listening and in listening to each to listening to the voice of God.”A video clip of Welby’s comments at the news conference is here.Welby came to the United States April 9 from Canada where he had spent four days meeting with Anglican leaders. Towards the end of that visit, Welby sat down for an interview with the Anglican Journal during which he also addressed his April 4 comments in a similar vein.“One of the things that’s most depressing about the response to that interview is that almost nobody listened to what I said; they mostly imagined what they thought I said…It was not only imagination, it was a million miles away from what I said,” he added.Both the Canadian and U.S. visits, which Lambeth Palace has said are “primarily personal and pastoral,” are part of the archbishop’s plan to visit the leader of every Anglican Communion province by the end of this year. Details about his other such visits thus far are here.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg and Lynette Wilson are editors/reporters for the Episcopal News Service. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace 2014 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN April 11, 2014 at 7:37 am Put plainly, it seems Archbishop of Canturbury Justin Welby is telling us that he believes that acceptance of same-sex relationships in our church is somehow connected, if only in the minds of the killers, to at least one mass murder in Africa, and that he believes African Christians would be further endangered if the Church of England were to quickly move forward on same-sex marriage.I can believe that the archbishop was told an excuse for the killing that involved some connection of Christianity to homosexuality in the minds of the killers. I have little confidence that he or anyone understands the minds of the killers well enough to know whether there would have been less killing if there had been less acceptance, slower acceptance, or no acceptance in our church. I have no confidence in the idea that lives can be saved by delaying sexual equality in the Church of England.The process of Jewish emancipation in the 19th and 20th centuries was about as slow and as widely discussed as anything could be, and throughout that time there were pogroms and other acts of mass violence against them which grew to become the worst imaginable. I don’t see how the archbishop can be sure that a slower process is better. It seems to me at least as likely that the longer the question is undecided, the worse the violence could get.Perhaps I just don’t comprehend the nature of violence. Certainly I don’t understand the archbishop’s statement that “violence is intrinsic to being human.” Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Br. Tikhon Pethoud, CoS Cam says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments (8) Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NYlast_img read more

Egyptian authorities to put 20 Al-Jazeera journalists on trial

first_img News Help by sharing this information to go further February 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Egypt Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alertscenter_img Reporters Without Borders is stunned and appalled by today’s announcement by the Egyptian prosecutor’s office that 20 Al-Jazeera journalists are to be prosecuted on charges of “undermining national unity and social peace” and “broadcasting false information.”RWB condemns this decision, calls for the withdrawal of all these charges and demands the immediate and unconditional release of all the journalists currently detained.The harassment of the Qatar-based TV network and its journalists must stop. It is just deepening the divisions in Egypt’s increasingly polarized society and is bringing further discredit on the Egyptian authorities in the eyes of international public opinion.Sixteen of the 20 indicted Al-Jazeera journalists are Egyptians. The statement by the prosecutor’s office said they are accused of membership of a “terrorist organization” – an allusion to deposed President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party – and “undermining national unity and social peace.”The four foreigners – two Britons, an Australian and a Dutch citizen – are accused of “collaborating with (these) Egyptians by provide them with money, equipment and information (…) and broadcasting unreal scenes to give the impression to the outside world that there is a civil war.”Only eight of the 20 are currently detained. The authorities are looking for the others. The statement by the prosecutor’s office did not name the imprisoned journalists. They include reporter Peter Greste (who is Australian), Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy (who has Canadian and Egyptian dual citizenship), Baher Mohamed (arrested in a Cairo hotel on 29 December), Abdallah Al-Shami (arrested on 14 August) and Mohamed Badr (arrested on 15 July). Persecution timeline Ever since President Morsi’s removal on 3 July 2013, the authorities have hounded news media and journalists suspected of direct or indirect links with Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which was banned on 23 September and was declared a terrorist organization on 25 December.On 3 July, the authorities closed four local TV stations: Misr 25, which was operated by the Freedom and Justice Party (the Muslim Brotherhood), and Al-Hafiz, Al-Nas and Rahma, three stations that supported Morsi. In reaction to Misr 25’s closure, a new Egyptian station, Ahrar 25, was launched in mid-July.On 5 July, Nilesat, the Egyptian telecommunications satellite operator, blocked three pan-Arab TV stations: Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa (Palestinian stations affiliated to Hamas), and Al-Yarmouk, a Muslim Brotherhood station based in Jordan.In 20 August, police raided the Cairo bureau of the Ihlas News Agency (IHA), a privately-owned Turkish news agency, and arrested its bureau chief, Tahir Osman Hamde. He was held arbitrarily until 4 September. As relations between Turkey and Egypt declined, other Turkish media were also targeted by the Egyptian authorities.On 28 August, the ministry of investment, information and communications technology and media declared Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr (a Cairo-based Al-Jazeera affiliate) to be illegal and forbidden to operate in Egypt. On 3 September, the administrative court of the State Council announced the closure of four TV stations (or their local bureaux) – Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, Ahrar 25, Al-Quds and Al-Yarmouk –for “threatening social peace,” “disseminating rumours and false, misleading reports” and inciting hatred and public disorder. This announcement confirmed measures already adopted arbitrarily.On 10 September, the police raided the Cairo offices of Turkey’s state-owned Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), seizing production equipment, computers and recordings. Under pressure from the authorities, TRT decided to temporarily suspend its operations in Egypt. Metin Turan, a TRT journalist arrested on 16 August, was released after 100 days in detention.On 12 November, the head of the reportedly pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rassd news network was arrested at his home. The reason for his arrest and his place of detention are still unknown.On 28 November, Hani Salah Eddine, the managing editor of the closed Misr 25 TV channel, was stopped at Cairo airport as he was about to board a flight to London. After responding to a summons to appear before the prosecutor-general, he was arrested on 1 December in an investigation into the “dissemination of mendacious information” and “inciting violence.” News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff January 22, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more RSF_en January 29, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Egyptian authorities to put 20 Al-Jazeera journalists on triallast_img read more

Brother of accused teen testifies as PI continues

first_imgKilling over 0 at Canal No 1The Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the murder of Canal Number One Polder teen Leon Ritchie continued before Magistrate Rushell Liverpool at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on Thursday last. The accused, Andrew Gittens, allegedly stabbed his cousin on January 18, 2017 after he, Ritchie, did not repay $440 that was borrowed to purchase bread.At last week’s court proceedings, Gittens’ brother, Akeem, 21, testified to the events that surrounded his cousin’s fatal stabbing. Other witnesses taking the stand to testify in the matter were Robert Adams and Corporal Lallbachan.Ritchie, then 17, was killed at his Lot 20 L’Oratoire, Canal Number One Polder, West Bank Demerara (WBD) residence after the accused reportedly came up to him and demanded that he repay the money. Reports were that an argument ensued between the two over the $440 that Ritchie had borrowed two weeks prior. It was stated that after a scuffle, Gittens, also a teenager, stabbed his cousin to the chest.  An injured Ritchie reportedly collapsed and upon realising what he had done, the alleged perpetrator had raised an alarm and the injured teen was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where he had been pronounced dead on arrival.When interviewed back in January, the father said that his son lived at his grandparent’s house along with his other cousins. Their grandfather, who had supervised the boys, passed away in 2016 and ever since then, the young family members had lived alone.last_img read more

Live updates: 49ers beat Panthers 51-13 to stay undefeated

first_imgGAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (6-0) vs. Panthers (4-2) at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (PT)TV: Fox-TV (Ch. 2), Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mark Schlereth (analyst), Jennifer Hale (reporter).ODDS: 49ers -5.5 (opened at 49ers -6). OVER/UNDER: 41.5 (opened at 41.5). Follow along Sunday at 1:05 p.m. for in-game insights and analysis when the 6-0 49ers take on the Cam Newton-less Carolina Panthers at Levi’s. SERIES: Panthers lead all-time series 13-8. LAST MEETING: …last_img

South Africa’s competitiveness stable

first_img4 September 2013 South Africa dropped one place in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index, ranking 53rd out of 148 countries surveyed while placing second in Africa, second among the BRICS economies, and third overall for financial market development. Published on Wednesday, the annual Global Competitiveness Report was first released in 1979 and has since become a highly regarded measure of relative competitiveness among most of the world’s nations. Mauritius climbed nine places to 45th to rank as Africa’s competitiveness leader for the first time, followed by South Africa (53rd, down by 1), Rwanda (66th, up by 3), Botswana (74th, up by 5), Morocco (77th, down by 7), Seychelles (80th, down by 4), Tunisia (83rd, first survey), Namibia (90th, up by 2), Zambia (93rd, up by 9), Kenya (96th, up by 10), and Algeria (100th, up by 10). China, its ranking steady at 29th, continues to lead the BRICS group of influential emerging market economies, followed by South Africa at 53rd, Brazil (56th, down by 8) India (60th, down by 1) and Russia (64th, up by 3). Switzerland tops the overall rankings for the fifth year running, followed once more by Singapore and Finland, with Germany moving up two places into fourth overall, and the United States reversing a four-year slide by climbing two places to fifth. Sweden, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Japan and the United Kingdom complete the list of the top 10 most competitive economies.Strength of institutions, financial markets According to the report, South Africa does well on measures of the quality of its institutions (ranking 41st overall), including intellectual property protection (18th), property rights (20th), and the efficiency of its legal framework in challenging and settling disputes (13th and 12th, respectively). South Africa’s strong institutional framework is further supported by the high accountability of its private institutions, for which it ranks second in the world, and its financial market development, for which it ranks third. The report also credits the country with an efficient market for goods and services (28th), and for doing “reasonably well” in more complex areas such as business sophistication (35th) and innovation (39th).Euro woes affect SA’s fiscal indicators However, the report notes, South Africa’s strong ties to advanced economies, particularly in the euro zone, made the country more vulnerable to their economic slowdown and probably contributed to the deterioration of the country’s fiscal indicators, with its ranking in the macroeconomic environment dropping sharply from 69th to 95th. “Low scores for the diversion of public funds (99th), the perceived wastefulness of government spending (79th), and a more general lack of public trust in politicians (98th) remain worrisome, and security continues to be a major area of concern for doing business (at 109th).”Jobs, skills, health, education Job creation and skills development also pose “considerable challenges” for South Africa, the report finds. The country ranks a lowly 133rd for the health of its workforce, due in large part to the country’s high HIV/Aids prevalence, but also due to “poor health indicators more generally” – something the country’s National Health Insurance planning takes squarely into account. The report describes the country’s labour market efficiency (116th) as “poor”, ranking the country 147th for its hiring and firing practices, 144th for wage flexibility, and – not surprisingly, following a year of labour unrest in the mining industry – 148th for labour-employer relations. However, South Africa’s most serious challenge, the report finds – here echoing the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) – lies in the “very poor” quality its educational system (146th). “Raising educational standards and making the labour market more efficient will thus be critical in view of the country’s high unemployment rate of over 20 percent, with the rate of youth unemployment estimated at close to 50 percent,” the report states.Sub-Saharan Africa On sub-Saharan Africa more widely, the report notes the region’s impressive growth rate of close to 5 percent in 2012 (with similar projections for the next two years), attributing this in large part to strong investment, favourable commodity prices, and prudent macroeconomics. Despite this, the report finds, sub-Saharan Africa as a whole trails the rest of the world in competitiveness, “requiring efforts across many areas to place the region on a firmly sustainable growth and development path going forward”. In particular, the report singles out the region’s “profound infrastructure deficit” – a factor long emphasised by South African President Jacob Zuma – as a major constraint on growth. “In addition, sub-Saharan Africa overall continues to underperform significantly in providing health and basic education (only Mauritius and Seychelles rank in the upper half of the rankings),” the report states. “Higher education and training also need to be further developed.” According to the report, the region’s poor performance across all basic competitiveness measures stands in stark contrast to its relatively strong market efficiency (South Africa, Mauritius and Kenya rank in the top 20 percent for financial market development). Technological uptake also remains “weak” in the region, with only three economies (South Africa, Mauritius and Seychelles) featuring in the top half of the overall rankings for this measure. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

We interviewed the Mega-Event hosts who are about to attempt a Guinness World Record

first_imgThere are a lot of awesome geocachers out there. Some look for long lost geocaches, others go for 15 countries within 24 hours, and now a group of German mega event organizers are attempting an official Guinness World Record. There will be an attempt to create the world’s largest guestbook at the Maije im Saarland Mega Event in Germany this year. We’ve taken the opportunity to  interview the event organizers.Geocaching.com: Wow, great idea! We all love to sign logbooks — and geocachers love records! Can you share some more details on what your plan is?Maije im Saarland: We’ll try to build the world’s largest guestbook or for geocachers — the world’s largest logbook! This attempt is already registered with Guinness World Records now and we’ll try to get the world record during our Maije im Saarland Mega Event on May 27, 2017 in Losheim am See, Germany.GC: How was this idea formed?MiS: In autumn of last year we were thinking about what kind of logbook we could provide during our Mega Event. The initial idea was to provide a really long clothesline (to hang some log sheets on), but it turned into the idea to provide a really huge logbook. We reached out to Guinness World Records in November and now they are just waiting for us to provide evidence. After the approval, we reached out to different companies including Bresser who has agreed to provide the paper for logbook pages. We are currently planning out how we’ll build the book cover and bind everything together. Furthermore, we now need to provide statements from eyewitnesses and authorized experts, video and photographic evidence, and some more documentation.GC: This really sounds like a lot of effort! From a clothesline to the largest guestbook — how will it look and how large will it be?MiS: We are still working on the design and the only thing we are certain about is that we need to break the current record of 2.62m x 3.15m and get at least 250 signatures! This should not be an issue for a Mega Event — we envision getting ten times this number 🙂 GC: How can the geocachers sign the logbook?MiS: The guestbook will be available during our event on May 27, 2017 in the public area totally free of charge! GC: Thanks for doing this for the community. We wish you all the best of luck. Have lots of fun geocachers!MiS: We love to give back, and we would love to have as many people as possible to sign our guestbook! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFind the Right Geocaching Party for YouNovember 12, 2014In “Community”Geocaching wird “Officially Amazing” – Guinness Weltrekord VersuchApril 20, 2017In “Deutsch”Terezin Games Mega-EventJune 6, 2014In “Community”last_img read more