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Pastoral Challenges in a Multi-cultural and Multi-religious Context

The multi-cultural and multi-faith realities Christians live in today are confronting them, in their witness and praxis, with common challenges along with on-going differences among various Christian confessions. In a world of post-modern values and concepts, the voice of the churches remains often unheard and is hardly understood. In these contexts, the faithful members of the congregations across all confessions are getting aged and their number decreases. Other faith communities living in such contexts go through a similar experience.
Pastoral Challenges in a Multi-cultural and Multi-religious Context

Youth prayer at the WCC 10th Assembly, 2013.

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When

02 - 13 July 2018

Where

Bossey, Switzerland

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The multi-cultural and multi-faith realities Christians live in today are confronting them, in their witness and praxis, with common challenges along with on-going differences among various Christian confessions. In a world of post-modern values and concepts, the voice of the churches remains often unheard and is hardly understood. In these contexts, the faithful members of the congregations across all confessions are getting aged and their number decreases. Other faith communities living in such contexts go through a similar experience.

The main missionary and pastoral challenge is how to share the faith with younger generations so that they hear, understand and find in it meaning and fulfilment for their lives. This ECF Event is designed with young people to equip participants with a shared vision and new approaches to address this challenge. It is addressed to young people, among them younger priests and pastors, but also church leaders, ecumenical officers and persons interested in ecumenism.

Participants will be asked to prepare for the exchange of their own experiences and both successful and un-successful examples from their contexts, learning together from best practices as well as failures. The programme includes visits to Taizé, France, the Ecumenical Centre and meetings with representatives of different faith communities in Geneva.

Cost: CHF 1,600.00, limited financial support available.

20 places available through an application process

For more information and application guidelines and forms, please contact: ECF@wcc-coe.org.

Deadline for applications: 2 April 2018