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  1. WSCF-Europe is looking for a new CEO/Regional Secretary   

    wscf_logo_new An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen at WSCF-Europe for an experienced professional to manage a small international NGO. We invite you to apply for our Regional Secretary position, starting this autumn!

    You will have a key role in enabling the execution of various projects by working with volunteers, who will implement programs with your support in administration and strategic financial management.

    With good IT skills, you will bring in your experience in excellent organization and planning. You will have the ability to manage budgets and oversee finances along with experience in producing reports or experience in writing in a clear and engaging way. You should have experience in leadership and institutional fund-raising, and show effective interpersonal skills. This role will help you to build on your administration and finance management experience and develop your understanding of the voluntary and NGO sector.

    This is a varied role with lots of scope for development and the opportunity to travel in Europe. We offer a competitive salary and adequate travel compensation scheme.

    Terms and Conditions

    • 37.5 hours a week
    • The hours and days worked whilst working on events and at times of peak work load need to be flexible
    • The salary is 4,022 USD per month
    • Annual leave will be 24 days per annum plus the period between Christmas and New Year is free and comes on the top of annual leave entitlement (plus German public holidays)
    • Two month’s notice in writing is required for the termination of the appointment by either party
    • Training during the initial 2 weeks hand-over period will be provided

    For more detailed job description click here. Applications

    • Further information about the job can be enquired at chair@wscf-europe.org
    • Application deadline is 11 July 2014
    • Start date is 15 September 2014
    • To apply, please send a CV and your motivation letter stating why you would be a good match for this position and how your experience and skills equip you for the role. Please also include two reference letters in support of your application. Send it to Zuzana Babicova at chair@wscf-europe.org

    Do you know someone who might be interested? Pass on our flyer!

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  2. Invitation to the European Economic Summit 2014

     

    WSCF-Europe has been invited to send a delegate to the European Economic Summit, which will take place between 18 and 20 September in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    The European Economic Summit is an invitation-only summit for business and marketplace leaders, politicians, CEO’s, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, Christian Investment Groups, financial professionals, policy makers, mission and denominational leaders, and those with a heart for alleviating poverty and corruption and advancing Christian values through business and economic activity.

    The idea for the European Economic Summit (EES) was born out of the knowledge that we cannot solve today’s problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. We know that many of the economic and governance challenges are at their heart issues of mentality and values. Our response has therefore to start there and find tangible applications for economic policies.

    The goal of the European Economic Summit 2014 is to formulate and present new models for the crisis-plagued economies of Europe in the 21st century. Models that are inspired and nurtured from Christian tradition, faith and thought. We desire to see a healthy and vital Europe that is able to offer opportunities (education, work,
    spiritual renewal) for the many, both inside and outside of Europe’s borders.

    For registration and further information, click hereHere you will find that well-known economists and high-level CEO’s have confirmed that they will share their expertise with the audience.

    The event is also open for expert staff of MEP’s and MP’s, whom we warmly invite to attend as we look for many ways to share and have impact at the future of Europe.

    We look forward to meet you in Amsterdam.

     

    David Fieldsend, President

    Arleen Westerhof, Coordinator

     

    Christian Political Foundation for Europe European Economic Summit

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  3. Call For Articles, Bridging our differences. Learning Skills Of Intercultural Dialogue Together!

     

    Confrence Photo

    This spring, participants from all over Europe from different faiths and denominations met in Wroclaw, Poland, to learn from each other and discuss intercultural dialogue. This conference was organized with European Interfaith Youth Network. We are interested in receiving articles specifically about intercultural dialogue.

    How do we relate to each other across different cultures? Is it possible to approach heated disputes in a peaceful way? Are religious differences always a hindrance to friendship and cooperation?

    It is time to bring these conversations back to your local communityMozaik as an ecumenical student journal aims to provide a space to continue the exploration of this important topic and answering the questions above. It will be a forum of dialogue, a resource, and a place of contemplation.

    We will be launching Mozaik as a digital magazine so that it can be accessed online and so we can better communicate with our members and friends. We will also continue to print it and distribute at WSCF meetings.

    As well as these vital discussions about intercultural we are planning on moving Mozaik forward as a creative project. Part of this involves introducing new regular features which we hope to relate to the theme of the conference(s)- in this case “Bridging our differences. Among these we will have

    • Ecumenical corner, a place to learn about developments in the ecumenical world;
    • Book reviews, for any books (fiction or non-fiction) relevant to our identity as European ecumenical students;
    • Poetry & prayer, for reflections on life, faith, and identity;
    • Through the Keyhole, a vision into the life of a WSCF member or friend, fostering community and friendship across borderss

    Have you experienced cultural conflict in your life or even in your WSCF group? Please let us know if you wish to contribute to one of these sections. We hope to balance these conversations based on gender, denomination, age and European regional location.

    Submissions

    We accept essays and articles 1500 – 2000 words long (with endnotes) including some suggested readings when appropriate.

    If you decide to contribute, please inform the editors of your interest as soon as possible at .

    The deadline for contributions is 6 June 2014

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    James Jackson and Kathryn Cammish

     

     

     

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  4. Book Review: The Bible, Love & Homosexuality

    Pawel Pustelnik 

    Exactly two years ago at the conference preceding the European Regional Assembly of WSCF Europe Renato Lings was vividly talking about the Bible, its translations and a fascinating life of words. Today he delivers his thoughts in a compelling book “Love Lost in Translation: Homosexuality and the Bible”.

    When you first see the book you may think that you will never be able to go through a whole volume.It is over 700 pages on densely worded paper. It is unthinkable however to imagine that the variety of issues and methodological approach used would allow anything smaller. Lings looks at various Bible parts in twelve different translations into English. He analyzes both the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and the New Testament in five parts of his book and in appendixes gives a brief account on Sodom in Islam. Lings offers his thoughts in a very structured, rigorous way serving ready-made arguments for discussions that go well beyond homosexuality and the Bible. Whole material is presented in an accessible way a variety of tables allow comparisons of different Bible translations

    But what is this book really about? Is it a manifesto in which the author tries to delegitimize the commonly used Bible translations? Is it a scholarly argument that does is too academic to be useful for a non-expert? Lings himself says that he was trying to show that the current biblical interpretation is based not that much on the text itself, but on the assumptions that go back to the Middle Ages and the church fathers. It is a challenge that Lings brilliantly handles in his book.

    Firstly, the author goes well beyond looking for the love lost in translation. He gives a broad account of linguistic subtleties and nuances in a well-researched analytical way. He engages in tracking how certain words were translated in certain periods and why as well as he presents a whole broader canvas of social interactions that were in the background of events described in the Bible. This is particularly important when it comes to the Hebrew Bible that at times poses numerous challenges to a nonexpert. Secondly, he encourages the reader to understand the whole politics of translation. Many biblical dictionaries were produced when homoerotic relationships were condemned and this could have influenced the process of translating parts where homoeroticism is present.

    Probably the best part that shows how both translation and interpretation of the Bible in the Middle Ages is a meticulous analysis of the story of Sodom that spans three chapters of Genesis. Lings provides countless observations about the part that is generally understood as a biblical condemnation of homosexuality. He challenges these providing a whole rich background of various discourses included through tremendously detailed reading of each and every word. His arguments are juxtaposed with many references of representatives of different views on Sodom. Lings’s conversation with them is an extremely inseminating exercise for anyone interested in understanding the Bible better and deeper.Lot’s family drama is a fertile sole for further inquiries into the issue of homoeroticism and Christianity.

    Even though homosexuality becomes more and more accepted in Christian churches, there are still many parties who are opposing equality of homosexual relations. The Ling’s book gives a very useful tool to all those who wish to understand better the underlying reasons of this attitude.And if English is not your mother tongue, “LoveLost in Translation” will surely direct you to approaching the Bible in your language in a new way

    K. Renato Lings: Love Lost in Translation: Homosexuality and the Bible. Bloomington, Indiana: Trafford Publishing.738pp. £21,08 (hardback) £18,64 (paperback), £8,04 (Kindle edition)

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  5. Sex: Gift Or Sin?

    JoAnne Lam

    The sex trade has been proven to be more than justa phenomenon of distant places. It has been present throughout every time and place. Women, men, and children have become commodities to be traded for sexual pleasures, sexual releases, and the satisfaction of sexual fantasies. What is happening to humanity’s needs that individuals have turned to purchasing sex? Are we so lacking in physical intimacy or that we are incapable of maintaining personal relations that one would need to purchase a brief illusion of tenderness and physical connection?What is happening to us when we no longer seethe humanity in the “other” but a means to our ends?

    The Church has had a fair amount of difficulties dealing with the topic of sexuality. No matter if it is speaking of pre-marital sexual relations, homosexuality, celibacy of priests and nuns, contraceptives, etc., the Church has remained conservative, rigid, unmoving, and elitist. This comment is unfair because it groups ALL expressions of Christianity within this stereotype of inflexibility with regards to human sexuality. However, despite the movement of some denominations, branches of classical and institutional forms of Christianity remain uneasy when dealing with sexual matters.

    Human trafficking is a contemporary form of slavery and sex trafficking is a major part of coerced individuals trafficked across borders. In this article, I am not addressing those who have chosen to work in the sex industry. Rather, the pressing issue is the trafficking of vulnerable people from various countries and circumstances where the individuals have been coerced and promised legitimate work, but to find themselves heavily immersed in a sex trafficking ring. That said, if the Church is to address the issue of human trafficking, it is crucial that the Church becomes comfortable with discussing the nature of sexual relations and its place in society. Sexuality is a part of human nature and without considering this aspect of human needs neglects the necessity to approach humans holistically.

    What do the Church and Christians have to say about sex? Opinions spread across a spectrum from treating it as a sinful part of human nature to something as normal as breathing. If we treat sex as a gift from God that allows two individuals to express love and intimacy,sex is beautiful and a natural part of relationships. On the other hand, if sex is to be considered a dirty secret and sinful desires, anything associated with that also becomes unwanted and rejected by the Church.

    Theologically, one can perform an exercise of logic to draw some interesting conclusions about what we may believe about sex as Christians. God has created all things and especially brought to life human beings as stewards of the earth. Upon being casted out from Eden,according to Genesis 2, Eve was condemned to painful childbirths, and that thus explains the reproduction process of human beings. However, throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, there were mentions of “feet” and“lying together” which then resulted in children. It would almost parallel the childish belief that one would become pregnant through kissing another person. The over-simplifying of the sexual encounters has become a culture in churches where sex is unspoken topic while it is on everyone’s minds. At the same time, Mosaic laws governed that those who had an “emission of semen”was required to bathe and remained “unclean” for the rest of the day until evening.

    My curiosity wonders if it were the “unclean” state of the man that made the Christian Church assume it meant the individual was “sinful.” The parallel between “sin” and “unclean” has been historically an issue in the Church because of such language that “Jesus has washed away my sins” or that one is to be made “pure as snow.”Not with standing the unhelpful nature of the imagery of cleanliness with “whiteness” of snow, there is a tradition of associating cleanliness and sinlessness. If one were to connect those dots, would then be sexual desiresor sexual acts be associated with sinfulness, which therefore, precludes sex to be sinful as well.Just as divorcees and homosexuals were stigmatized by the Church at various times, the sexual element of human relationships has remained only superficially explored by the Church. Returning to the point that since If it is the Church’s stance that a celebration of love is to take place in the sanctuary such as wedding rituals, then the Church also has the responsibility to stand against acts that destroys that very understanding and definition  of love and intimacy such as in the case of sex trafficking. This requires a greater exploration on the topic of sex by church leaders and the Church’s position on the usage of sex as a tool for manipulation and exploitation. 

    As Christian students, one of the important tasks is to make faith relevant and to bring the Church into society and the world into the Church. Theologian Karl Barth was quoted in an interview for the Time Magazine to have said, “[I] advised young theologians ‘to take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible”1 The biblical message without a context is ineffective. If the Church can establish a clear stance on sex and its role in life, it will also establish its stance on the societal abuses of human dignities through the exploitation of sex. The Church can be a resounding presence, irritating societal complacency and economical exploitation to reform and to resemble a glimpse of justice and compassion. Jesus stood in solidarity with a prostitute who was being threatened with violence. Are Christians willing to do the same for those who are inhumanely traded for sex and money?

    Human trafficking is identified by Office of the High commissioner for Human Rights to be a contemporary
    form of slavery. On the other hand, according to the International Labour Organization, trafficked sex workers do not fall under their mandate because governments have not agreed upon if the sex trade is a legitimate industry or a crime. If sex workers are working under illegal circumstances, they are not protected under labour laws and neither will their working conditions be standardized by international rules and regulations.
    At an ILO presentation on migrant workers, it was explained that if it has something to do with an exchange of service for a fee then it is governed within the work of ILO. However, though sex workers are also offering services for a fee, they are not considered to be a concern of ILO, the presenter simply informed me that sex trafficking was the work of the High Commission for Human Rights instead. While individuals involved in the sex trade knowingly do have a choice to refuse participation, human trafficking must include the element of coercion and deception. People who are trafficked are deceived into giving up their freedom and their basic human rights are not respected.
    A historical example would be the Korean and Chinese (as well as many others) Comfort Women taken forced into prostitution during the Second World War by the Empire of Japan. They were taken into brothel-like camps and some accounts described the young women’s experiences as being like “toilets” for the men’s sexual pleasures. Such is the current experience of trafficked people. Because there is a demand for sex as something to be purchased, bodies are being supplied. Human trafficking is defined by coercion. It is understood that trafficked persons do not have the freedom of choice. However, when desperation pushes a person to choose exploitation for the sake of survival, is that still considered to be a freedom of choice?

    To choose is to have more than one option at hand.When one speaks of the freedom to choose, we would
    assume that there are at least two items from which to choose. If one of those options is not viable, then the situation no longer is fostering a freedom of choice,but rather a “cornering” effect to force the individual to the only feasible option. To choose between “bad”and “worse” is not a freedom of choice;, at least it is neither fair nor just. At the same time, trafficked persons are coerced into believing there is a promise of life where in reality, there would be only abuse and exploitation. In their desolate situations, they could not imagine that life could be worse than their present circumstances. They placed their faith into strangers who offered them life in the midst of hopelessness.There was no freedom of choice because to be offer life and death, the only choice is life.

    Human beings were created in the image of God. As God moulded Adam and Eve out of clay and breathed into them the spirit of life, would you imagine God to fathom the destructive practice of human beings buying and selling each others for sexual comforts? As God gazed upon creation and said that it was “very good,” do you think God could have imagined the uncompassionate treatment of women, men, and children as sexual objects and commodities to be traded?

    As Christians, we hold the Malachi passage where God requires us to “seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God” (Malachi 6:8). In Isaiah 58:6, the prophet proclaims that God calls the people of Israel “to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke.” Finally,Jesus stood to bear the sin of the world in order that creation may be redeemed back to God. Therefore, the Church, the body of Christ, is to embody this call to justice which is woven from the beginning of God’s relationship with creation. The Church may not be comfortable with the topic of sexuality, but we have to move from that spot quickly before our Christian witness no longer is relevant in the world.

    The voice of the Church is there to challenge the societal standards and values. The witness of the Church is there to stand with the vulnerable.On the global crisis of human trafficking, the Church has a significant role to call people into re-evaluating the state of the world and the treatment of fellow human beings. To be in solidarity with the suffering and the abused requires us to step into the desolate pits of miry mud that greed and desire have shoved the vulnerable and the marginalized ones.As God is willing to stretch out and accompany us in our pains, Christians are called to accompany and stand in solidarity with others. What are you willing to give up in order to answer this call?
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  6. The Next Journey Of WSCF-E Through My Eyes.

    Zuzka Babicova

    First, I would like to say a few words to you about my own personal journey with WSCF-E. It started around six years ago. It was first in Central European Subregion of WSCF-E and later in Europe region where my journey with WSCF-E began. All these years have been very edifying thanks to people I was meeting and experiences that were leaving marks. During past two years I was involved in WSCF- Europe as Theology and Higher Education and Culture Coordinator as well as Vice-Chair. With leaving of Sofie Bonde Eriksen, the former Chairperson who led WSCF-E very wisely over 2011-2013 and with whom I had a great pleasure to work with, I decided to apply for the position of Chairperson. In October 2013 I was elected thanks to ERA delegates who expressed their trust and hope for realization of ideas that I feel WSCF-E could go toward.

    WSCF-E as an organisation working toward peace and justice in an international ecumenical environment can have a vast array of causes her leadership can speak for. We can choose different paths to materialize ideas we personally feel passionate about and which SCMs also care about in  their own times. That is a beauty of WSCF-E that people with their passions for diverse causes can bring in always a new refreshing breeze.

    The vision I see for WSCF-E is tied to times of a Europe being in turmoil between peoples as well as in times when WSCF-E has to be more aware of her self-sustaining needs as an organisation serving SCMs with events. And this vision for both certain thematic direction and internal redevelopment is what I would like to focus on with the ERC, our staff and SCMs during the next years.

    What I hope for WSCF-E is to be more engaged in inter-faith dialogue as well as in dialogue with people who are of no faith. We are living in times when walls between peoples are becoming higher with our diversity becoming greater. Connecting with other people of other faith traditions as well as with people of no faith is an endeavour that WSCF-E can ”take a risk” to undertake. WSCF-E has already started to be more engaged with other faith organisations through European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN). In April 2014 it is going to be the second event organized together with other religious organisations which will have been already shall bring new experience for WSCF-E as well as our friends from other organisations. It is a really good opportunity for WSCF-E to be part of the EIYN as this network has gaining members from both religious as well as non-religious organisations who are willing to build bridges with one another. I hope that in the longer term, WSCF-E could develop also an initiative to reach out to non believers (agnostics, atheists and/or humanists) who would be interested in, to put it simply, building friendships. Our connections and friendships may go beyond Christian reference points, however, I believe, they can meet at common values and in our willingness and humility to search for them.

    And this endeavour is in integrity with our values. WSCF has a dialogical character, which is such an integral and implicit way of going forward for us. If we truly hope for peace and justice, then WSCF-E shall widen her horizons to what may be radically different at the first glance. I think we can move beyond our Christian space whilst still respecting our values. It is rather our mission that may change with needs of our times whilst staying true to our values. As Szabi Nagypal, a former WSCF Executive Committee member put it once when talking about dialogue in WSCF: ”Dialogue takes place also with our fellow pilgrims of other faiths. And ultimately, dialogue is our attitude toward all people of goodwill and openness to the transcendent”[1]. I hope that our dialogue can be still so fruitful within and beyond our Christianity as well so that we can be that Christian community that attempts to be open to all people.

    The second thing I would like to focus on is prayer as such in the life of WSCF-E. Praying is an important part of all our Christian traditions that we turn to as basis of our spiritualities. Though when WSCF-E meets our experience of prayer and turning to it can be very challenging. It is challenging because of the diversity of ways we have to communicate with God.  Our prayers can take myriad forms. When we share prayers with our fellows and include them, it can bring an experience, we may not understand as prayers at all. We may not experience prayer as our own when praying happens in certain settings which is different from what we are used to.  That is a difficult situation that a WSCF-E experience will keep putting us in. That is why praying is something which WSCF-E should be striving for to make it a truly welcoming experience for all Christians who gather to pray together. And to provide such a welcoming space we need to have a constant awareness of our internal prayer diversity. I wish we all can grow in ourselves an openness to see and hear prayers in forms we have not experienced.  God can make himself revealed to us also at times in the very strange and unfamiliar.  As our own prayers receive its important place in our spiritual lives, I hope we can approach prayers of our friends in the same way. I wish we can continue to be the community who is mindful of others with whom we pray, and at the same time to be a community of Christians which is open to see the known in an unknown.

    The third thing I would like to dedicate more energy too is tied to a rather down to earth matter. WSCF-E is in times when we need to give time to a thoughtful reflection and analysis of WSCF-E finances. We need to do it if we wish that WSCF-E is still an organisation that enables young people from various countries in Europe to be an ecumenical international community that asks herself important questions of the times we live in. Organisational development in the area of raising financial resources should be our particular focus. Only recently WSCF-E has seen a continuous decrease in some regular secured funds. This means that WSCF-E will need to come up with a new way of how to compensate for some lost resources we used to have. Though this may appear as an area most organisations struggle with, for WSCF-E this will become a crucial thing if we are to continue to provide students enough support to be able to travel and gather together and have a chance to be that community many of us have already experienced. I think and believe that all ERC will need to be engaged in developing efforts to tackle our sustainability. It is my hope that we will be able to create a more consultative relation with our Senior Friends. Having such support and with more energy dedicated to fundraising I hope we can create more effective ways to realize what we can be for SCMs.

    There are truly a lot of areas WSCF-E can engage in, ranging from thematic focus to our internal organisational development. Our next leadership may bring a new energy in other areas.  That is a change that our SCMs will choose and the next ERC will bring their own passion that shall sustain next journey of WSCF-E. For the years to come, I hope to do my best to give my passion and energy to areas of inter-faith dialogue, prayer and WSCF-E’s financial sustainability.

    It has been a few months now working on these things together with really great ERC people. I also hope very much that I as part of the ERC and our staff will have a really very good time working together and supporting one another on this journey in WSCF-E in next years.


    [1] Szabolcz, N. “Has the Student Christian Movement a Future?” in  Student World Issue 248, 2004.

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  7. Become Part Of A Worldwide Photo Project

    Take a Photo on May 10th! See what happens in a moment all over the world.

    Mark the date 10th of MAY! Set a reminder for the 10th of MAY! Remember the 10th of MAY! Use the map to find the time for your timezone. When the time comes simply take a photo of whatever you are doing and upload to this webpage.

    WHY ARE WE DOING THIS

    Just for fun, because we´re curious. We want to figure out what the world does in the very same moment. Anyway, not because of commercial purposes, we don´t record your personal data, which we’ll lose or sell afterwards. We simply want to see your moment – one moment on earth.

    WHAT HAPPENS WITH YOUR PICTURE

    Your picture will remain online for the world to view until at least the 10th of September but is likely to be on for longer. It may also be used for student exhibitions and publications solely for educational purposes.

    http://may10th-on-earth.fg.hs-wismar.de/

     

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  8. Partner event: International Young Naturefriends “Off The Grid” Work Camp

    International Young Naturefriends together with Young Naturefriends Frankfurt are organizing a two week long workcamp in the end of August 2014! There you’ll not only have the opportunity to learn, explore and share ideas about resilience and self-governance, but to truly experience self-governance principles in action while going ‘off the grid’. The work camp will bring together young volunteers, activists, youth workers and members of grassroots and community organisations to explore how they can engage young people in self/participatory governance while developing organisational resilience and self-sufficiency. We are aiming to create a vision of a fully balanced community life, including a perfect mix work, leisure & education activities.

    Work Activities: We will revive a 100-year old Naturefriend’s house . This means cleaning, sanding and painting the outer woodwork, building an outdoor kitchen and washing station and renovating the barbecue hut. The work includes laying foundations and stonework. Previous experiences come in handy, but are in no way necessary!

    Treehouse

    We will also build a treehouse, which means plenty of woodwork to be tried out and experimented with!

    Non-formal Education Programme: Interactive workshops and outdoor activities exploring the topics of resilience, shared responsibility, self-governance concepts and living off the grid. Also learning to build a a spiral treehouse.

    Accomodation: We all should fit in rather compact in the house. Shower rooms and toilets are outside the house.

    This work camp aims to:
    – provide young people with an opportunity to engage in an experiential learning process through cocreation and immersion in a resilient, off the grid and self-governing environment

    – to enable young people to explore, share and expand their practical knowledge of how to achieve organisational self-sufficiency and resilience

    – explore the place of and challenges of self-governance and shared responsibility in youth organizations

    – inspire and empower young people to adapt and apply their learning to affect positive organisational change on their return

    Who can join? Everyone who is:

    • motived to do physical work outdoors and happy to live in basic but comfortable conditions

    • proactive : wanting to learn and share their knowledge

    • motivated to apply their learning within their organisation

    • able to understand and speak English

    The participants will be selected based on the criteria mentioned above while taking into consideration geographical, gender and experiential balance among participants. Priority will be given to participants actively involved in IYNF member and partner organisations, but there is also space for other participants from all over Europe.

    When and where?

    16 – 30 August 2014, in a Naturefriend’s house, 45mins by public transport from Frankfurt, Germany.

    How much will it cost you?

    Participants must cover 100% of their transport costs. We’ll also ask to take care of your own insurance.

    Boarding and lodging are fully covered by IYNF and Naturfreunde Jugend Frankfurt

    How to apply?

    Follow this link for the application form:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wLR7GPM1jqcvOJajqy1NPqe4cVLQaGL_RLfNRRKHZYk/viewform

    Deadline: 12.00 pm 25th of May 2014

    Those selected for the work camp will be informed personally via e-mail by 3rd of June 2014 (make sure you check them regularly, spam boxes too).

    If you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to drop an e-mail to Alexandru alex@iynf.org. 

    See you in August!

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  9. You Should Go, Summer School On Human Rights.

    SUMMER SCHOOL ON HUMAN RIGHTS

    Theology and Human Rights

    Freedom of Religion or Belief for All

    15 – 18 September 2014

    Serbian Academy of Science, Novi Sad, Serbia

     

    “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16

    The first “Summer School on Human Rights – Theology and Human Rights” focusing on  Freedom of Religion or Belief will take place from 15-18 September 2014 in the premises of the Serbian Academy of Science in Novi Sad, hosted by the Diocese of Backa of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The summer school offers churches and church-related organisations the opportunity to train their members who are working on human rights issues and namely on freedom of religion or belief. The school will focus on the legal, political, societal and institutional dimensions of freedom of religion or belief, the protection of which is often taken as a litmus test of the democratic societies.

    The Summer School on Human Rights is organised on the initiative of the Diocese of Backa of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Church and Society Commission of CEC, with scientific support of the KU Leuven. 

    The training will provide an opportunity for people working within the CEC Member churches to meet and exchange on the state of human rights and freedom of religion or belief in the present context. The participants will also benefit from interaction with prominent experts from the academia as well as from international institutions.

    The main themes of the course are:

    • Human rights and Freedom of Religion or Belief
    • Politicisation and instrumentalisation of Freedom of Religion or Belief
    • Social hostility against religion or belief
    • Domestic and international protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief through institutions like United Nations, Council of Europe, OSCE and European Union.

     The programme will include lectures on the legal, political and social dimensions of freedom of religion or belief (theoretical part), discussions on theology and human rights amongst others.

     The participation fee amounts to 250 euros including board and lodging.

    To read the full invitation letter click Here. To read more practical information about the conference click Here. To the read the program of events click Here and to register for the summer school click Here. Deadline 1st June 2014

    (If you are interested in support for your participation costs, please get in contact as soon as possible!)

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  10. Represent WSCF-E At The European Christian Political Foundation State Of Europe Forum themed “Hope In Times Of Crisis”

     

    Hope in times of crisis

    What is the purpose? An annual forum to evaluate Europe today in the light of the founding father’s vision for a ‘community’ of peoples deeply rooted in ‘Christian values’.

    What is it about? these themes which will be addressed:

    • Turning crisis into opportunity;
    • from Athens to Brussels – how democratic is Europe?;
    • towards a just, sustainable and relational economics;
    • migration – whose responsibility?;
    • solidarity, patriotism and nationalism;
    • and many other subjects, please visit the website the program.

    For whom? Forum participants include: politicians, theologians, academics, economists, educationalists, social activists, media specialists, church leaders and any interested in Europe’s future. We think your organization may fit in one of the mentioned categories and is interested in the future wellbeing of our societies.

    Why do we invite you?  Your knowledge/input could be of vital importance for the outcome of this conference:‘generating hope in times of crisis’. 

    Location and date? Opening ceremony The old parliament building, Athens; Thursday May 8th  19.30hr, followed by a full-day programme on Friday May 9th at the Electra Palace Hotel for registered participants.

    How to register / more info? You can directly register here. For more information we refer to the enclosed information below in this email. WSCF-E will provide the participation fee and accommodation for a WSCF-E  representative if you are interested Email the office 

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