June 2018, Geneva, Switzerland: Stewards at work, supporting the floor management in the plenary hall.

June 2018, Stewards at work. Photo:  Albin Hillert/WCC

The stewards will learn about the history of the ecumenical movement, as well as the WCC’s programmatic priorities, including the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. They will also discuss their role in the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2022, as well as in Ecumenical International Youth Day.

WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca welcomed the stewards as the first generation to serve an ecumenical meeting in cyberspace. "This is a learning experience for you—and for us,” said Sauca. “The WCC  is grateful for the resilience and skills your generation brings.”

Some of the young people are rising very early or staying up into the wee hours in order to join the programme. “This shows you are already very committed to the ecumenical movement, and we hope that the coming days will give you ideas how to become even more engaged in the future,” said Sauca. “Please be sure you absorb the sense of the great diversity of churches bound together through the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The WCC is also inviting ecumenical youth to be stewards at the 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2022. The Stewards Programme aims to bring together a dynamic and diverse group of 160 young people from all over the world, from 21 August to 10 September 2022. The invitation is open to young people from a variety of backgrounds, churches and regions. Applications are open through 30 June.

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Youth in the ecumenical movement