A seminar in Helsinki bringing together roughly 30 active members of Emmaus member organisations from Finland and Cuna Nazareth from Peru, took place on the last weekend in August.
The seminar was the opportunity to take stock of the work of each organisation and the initiatives run over the past 12 months.
A number of Movement-wide issues were on the agenda:
- Solidarity practiced by organisations.
- How to organise solidarity initiatives.
- Environmental practices, including the quest to achieve a balance between the three facets of sustainable development (social, environmental and economic development).
- What degrowth means in practical terms.
A debate on the Roma immigration phenomenon was held in the spirit of internal democracy so characteristic of our Movement.
The issue of ‘being a volunteer’ in Emmaus was tackled in small working groups.
A major question was put up for discussion: who and how should Emmaus be helping? What type of support? Should support be practical or technical?
The Movement’s international dimension was presented, with a specific focus on information about and participation in the World Assembly to be held in Anglet in March 2012.
Emmaus Europe’s news and key upcoming events were also mentioned.
The gathering ended with a meeting of the Emmaus Finland committee and prospects for 2012. There was a collective desire to find consensual solutions throughout the event.