Greetings from Thailand! I am currently in Bangkok attending the ‘Asia Lutheran News Workshop’.
The three-day workshop provides communication training for representatives from various Asian member churches of the LWF. So far we have learned about news writing, feature writing, editing and communication technology, etc.
The three-day training is being organized by the Asia Desk at the Department for Mission and Development of the LWF.
Not only experienced church communicators are present, but also a number of young people who have started to work on communication for not so long ago and eager to apply what they learned after the workshop.
When youths talk about church communication such as the newsletter, many may find it quite distant from us or simply think it is only relevant to the Bishops.
Surely sometimes I also feel ‘intimated’ to send an article to an newsletter that reports the message from the President/Bishop and various major events happening among the churches. I think it is just normal.
However, when we talk about ‘communication enhances communion’, there is no doubt to me that youth is an inseparable group of the communion. Thus, it is important for us to share the vision and opinion to the rest of the communion. Just write what you think and find a way to get it read.
There are more ways than ever that we can communicate with other Lutherans around the world.
Obviously, some formal channels like the newsletter of our own church, regional platforms like the Asia Lutheran News (ALN) http://www.asia-lutheran.org/index.php or the Africa Lutheran Communion(ALC) http://africa-lutheran.org/ can allow us to reach more readers.
Rather you may start your own website/blog among your own network. There are just many interesting blogs written by Lutheran youths from around the globe.
For example, Limantina, who is now sitting next to me in the ALN workshop, has been running a nice blog among the Indonesian youths – http://limantinasihaloho.net/.
Why don’t you start yours?