On 1 May 2011, the Lutheran World Federation starts an unprecedented experiment of global community. More than 100 groups of young Christians (15-30 years old) share their faith, pray and get active for ecological justice around the globe. The program runs from May to October 2011.
Personal and global
Three groups of young people in different continents will get in contact with each other by email and other means. This way, the local groups continue to work within their local contexts while at the same time exchange their conversations with the other groups and get inspired by their action.
The basis is the common Christian faith. All groups of young people study the same bible passages and exchange their views with those of the two other groups.
Active for environmental justice
Young people in the Lutheran World Federation have selected environmental justice and sustainability as their priority theme. LWF together helps to analyze the specific issues in the home context and learn about the home contexts of other young Christians. The groups organize jointly small-scale activities that address these issues.
How does it work practically?
Local groups who want to join register with the LWF and will be matched with two other groups in different continents but of a similar age (prior partnerships will be respected). A handbook in many languages will support the work of the local groups and guides them through the 6 months. The groups can adjust the time according to holidays etc. Communication will be done by email or other Internet methods. Groups who have difficult access to the Internet receive a small grant to cover their additional costs.
The global connection
On the LWF Youth Blog and facebook, the groups can post their learnings and ideas. It becomes a global community of action. The groups will be contacted by the LWF office several times a year. In many churches are contact persons who can give support in the native language.
Who has joined?
You can find out more about the groups by clicking on the pins on the map above. Please find more general information on this blog post.
1 May 2011: Global launch of LWF together
31 October 2011: Reformation Day – Conclusion of LWF together
Here is a video that explains the program:
The Lutheran World Federation is a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition. Founded in 1947 in Lund, Sweden, the LWF now has 145 member churches in 79 countries all over the world representing over 70 million Christians. http://www.lutheranworld.org