The next meeting of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches will be held from 15 August to 5 September 2002 in Geneva, Switzerland. This year there is an opportunity for young people from all over the world to participate in the meeting as stewards.
The Stewards Programme is composed of 4 phases:
15-18 August: Exposure Programme
19-25 August: Ecumenical Training Seminar
26 August-3 September: Central Committee Meeting
4-5 September: Ecumenical Training Seminar cont.
The theme for the Ecumenical training seminar is "Ecumenical Learning". Participants will, by the end of the seminar, have prepared a project to implement upon their return.
The work will be intense and often exhausting but will offer many rewarding challenges. The main responsibilities will include Conference Room, Computer and Information Service, Documentation, Communication – Press, Worship and other tasks such as general administration, sorting mail and delivering messages.
In addition to the work, stewards have a unique opportunity to encounter the ecumenical movement from the inside. Whilst not able to participate as delegates in the debates and discussions, they will provide an important aspect to the meetings. As a community of young people from different churches, countries, cultures and languages, each will bring something of their background, faith and commitment to an ecumenical experience of sharing and friendship.
Stewards have to be between 18 and 30 years old. English is the working language, but knowledge of additional languages is greatly appreciated. Working hours are irregular, and often special programmes are planned after work for the stewards. This means that the days will be long and tiring. Patience, ability to work with people from other countries and cultures, and a willingness to work together as a team, are essential.
Interested? Read the application form on the web-site (http://www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/jpc/stewards2002.html) carefully, complete it clearly and fully (type if possible) and send it to the address mentioned in the form by April 12th, 2002.
Article from: WCC