‘No end to the adventure – the journey of a change-maker’, a new ‘Caux Doc’ by Pierre Spoerri
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pierre Spoerri (Photo: Andrew Stallybrass)
Pierre Spoerri (Photo: Andrew Stallybrass)
Pierre Spoerri is Swiss. Born in 1926, he studied at the universities of Geneva and Zurich. He has travelled extensively Asia, the Middle East and Africa, writing, reporting for European newspapers and working with Moral Re-Armament/Initiatives of Change.

For many years, he and his wife, Fulvia, were among those responsible for the international conferences in Caux, Switzerland. His writings include Keine Zeit für Stille Zeit, Dynamik der Vergebung, Die Kunst mit dem Anderen zu Leben (with his father, Theophil Spoerri), Rediscovering Freedom (with Dr John Lester) and Mein Vater und sein Jüngster.

‘Geneva, May 1945. I was dancing in the streets of Geneva, with crowds of others, full of joy and relief. The war in Europe was over, and Switzerland had managed to keep out of it and to save its independence and freedom. I was half way through my first year of medical studies in Geneva. I enjoyed my studies, played the organ in the cathedral in my free time and took an active part in the life of the university. In spite of this, in 1945, I was not satisfied with life – on two levels. The first had to do with my religious life, the second with a barely conscious longing to do something “for the world”.’

No end to the adventure - the journey of a change-maker by Pierre Spoerri
No end to the adventure - the journey of a change-maker by Pierre Spoerri
‘Our immediate neighbours in Zurich have four children, twin boys, another boy and a girl, all born within four years of each other. They play in their garden and in ours, and when I see them and talk with them I think of the world they will grow up in – when we are long gone. Once, during a visit to Norway, a well-known artist said to me: “I am now considering which of my paintings and what of my life is worth taking into the next century.” Even as a non-artist, I can ask myself a similar question. What of our experience will be useful to those who come after us – such as our neighbours’ children? It is to them this book is dedicated.’

available from CAUX BOOKS, ISBN 978-2-88037-525-6,140 pages, CHF29.-