Ecumenical Opportunities

Many people will have heard about these already but thought it would be good to have a post about some opportunities for young people which are coming up soon in ecumenical organisations. The Church of Scotland is involved in a number of ecumenical bodies at local, national and international level. The international ones are probably those that ordinary church members are least aware of but they are very important for building relationships between churches and individuals within them. Most of them also have quite a few opportunities for young people to get involved and in recent years there have been a lot of young people from the Church of Scotland helped out as delegates or stewards at conferences and even someone who did a year long internship with the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva.

The latest opportunities are two conferences being held by the WCC next year for which they are looking for young people to be involved as stewards. As someone who has been at a number of conferences this summer as a delegate (which I will blog about sometime) I saw first hand what an amazing time the stewards had and am really keen to do it myself in the future. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet people from around the world and to be involved in one of these conferences so if you have the time then you should really think about it.

The first conference is the WCC Central Committee Meeting which will see 150 people from across the world and different Christian traditions gather in Geneva in February 2011. The second is the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Jamaica in May 2011. While both need Stewards, places are limited so make sure you get your application in before the closing date of 30th September for the first and 30th November for the second. You can find out more about the Stewards programme including details of how to apply here. If you do decide to apply then could you also please email the Church of Scotland’s Ecumenical Relations Committee to let them know you are applying and they can provide any help or support you need with the application.

If you don’t have the time to apply this time, don’t worry. Most of these organisations consider Youth to be 18-30 so there’s plenty of time left for you if the Church of Scotland still considers you young! Also if you’re interested in ecumenical issues more widely then please leave a comment below as there are always different ways to get involved and we can help you explore them and find one to suit you.

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~ by iainmclarty on September 10, 2010.

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