2022 Global Young Reformers Calendar

Year of Peace
Jan-Dec 2022

"Blessed are the peacemakers." Matthew 5:9

What is our spiritual call to build peace? What does this look like in our own communities? How can youth lead the way in peacebuilding across the church? Join the Global Young Reformers Network in a series of 2022 events centering around learning, networking, and peacebuilding. Check out #YearofPeace22 events listed below!

A Brave Space for Courageous Peace: #YearofPeace22
February 4

Interfaith dialogue is often perceived as a theoretical practice for specialists, a formal activity that is disconnected from everyday life.

During the pandemic, however, young people have reached out in creative and constructive ways to engage in dialogue with friends from a variety of religious backgrounds. There have been conversations about coping with the impact of Covid-19 that draw on our respective spiritual resources. These conversations are taking place in everyday life, either through face-to-face meetings or online encounters. They challenge us to deepen our understanding of interfaith work and acknowledge the critical role of these dialogues in the work to build sustainable peace in all our communities.

Join the Lutheran World Federation and the Al Amana Centre for this #YearofPeace22 event as we explore youth leadership in practical interfaith dialogue, spirituality in uncertainty, and the role of these dialogues in peacebuilding.

Join on Zoom
 
Global Young Reformers Gathering Online: #YearofPeace22
March 12

The Global Young Reformers Network will be meeting quarterly for worship, learning, and conversation during the #YearofPeace22. The Global Young Reformers Network for each continent / LWF region will plan one of the four meetings.

The Quarter 1 Gathering will be led by youth from Latin America and the Caribbean and North America. The focus will be on peacebuilding and gender justice. Check the Young Reformers Quarterly Online page below for more information and register below!

Register Here
 
LWF Youth at the UN Commission on the Status of Women
March 14 - 25

Each year, LWF delegates attend the UN Commission on the Status of Women to tell global leaders why #genderjustice is important to us as people of faith.

This year we called for #LWFYouth to join the online delegation! 20 youth from across the LWF who are passionate about gender justice have joined the LWF delegation.

Follow their journeys at #CSW66 and find spiritual and practical resources on Facebook and Instagram!

 

Follow the delegation
 
LWF Youth Climate Justice Project Application Deadline
8 May

The call for LWF small-scale climate justice projects led by youth is now open!

Youth have long been leaders of LWF Climate work, and this is an opportunity to contextualize that leadership to the national and local level, too.

Examples of projects include: organizing a local campaign advocating for climate justice prior to COP27, advocating for ambitious National Determined Contributions – NDC at a national level, organizing events to raise awareness on climate change impacts, promote tree planting - local reforestation, promoting Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, strengthening capacity building and education on climate change, etc.

Check out the link below for other application eligibility and criteria. 

Apply here
 
Peace Messengers Training: #YearofPeace22
June 1 - 5

The LWF Youth program will host the 3rd Peace Messengers training June 1-5 in Geneva, Switzerland as a part of the Global Young Reformers #YearofPeace22 

The primary objective of this LWF Youth program is capacity building for youth to become well equipped “Peace Messengers”. The understanding of peace and conflict, conflict analysis and conflict resolution are key to the Peace Messengers, in order to plan and facilitate training in the local communities.

This training will focus on the intersections of peacebuilding and LWF Youth priorities and thematic areas: equity, education, revival of churches, climate justice, and gender justice. 

Applications open March 20, 2022 and close April 15, 2022. 

Learn more on the LWF Peace Messengers Page

 

Apply here
 
LWF Assembly Stewards Applications
June 1 - September 30

Applications will open for the LWF Stewards program on June 1, 2022 and will close on September 30, 2022. 

This is a leadership development and volunteer program for youth ages 18-30 to accompany and learn about the LWF Assembly. The LWF Assembly will take place in Krakow, Poland on 13-19 September 2023. 

For more information about the assembly and how youth can get involved, check out the link below. 

learn more about the LWF Assembly
 
Youth Pre-Council Meeting
June 6 - 7

Each year, the governing body of the LWF meets to ensure that LWF is satisfactorily organized and run according to its defined purpose and in accordance with resolutions made by the Assembly.

The council adheres to the 20% LWF Youth quota, and the Youth Council Members will meet in advance of the meeting to discuss initiatives and issues of particular importance to LWF Youth across the communion.

Learn about LWF Council
 
Global Young Reformers Gathering Online: #YearofPeace22
June 26

The Global Young Reformers Network will be meeting quarterly for worship, learning, and conversation during the #YearofPeace22. The Global Young Reformers Network for each continent / LWF region will plan one of the four meetings.

Save the date for this second quarterly gathering! Check the Young Reformers Quarterly Online page below for more information.

Young Reformers Quarterly
 
International Youth Day
August 12

Save the date to join in with @LWFYouth as we highlight and celebrate the gifts of youth all around the world!

Check back for more information on activities and registration. 

Email us if you want to host an International Youth Day event in your community!

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LWF Delegation to WCC Ecumenical Youth Gathering
Aug 27 - 30

10 Youth from across the LWF will attend the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Youth Gathering (EYG)  before the WCC 11th Assembly.

Around 400 young people from member churches and ecumenical partners will gather for this event. It is envisaged that it will provide an open and inclusive space for youth-led and intergenerational dialogue and consultation with young people to strategize together a common message that will be brought forward to the assembly. This event also aims to help frame a more inclusive agenda for the ecumenical movement, moving forward.

Check out the EYG
 
Global Young Reformers Gathering Online: #YearofPeace22
September 18

The Global Young Reformers Network will be meeting quarterly for worship, learning, and conversation during the #YearofPeace22. The Global Young Reformers Network for each continent / LWF region will plan one of the four meetings.

Save the date for this third quarterly gathering! Check the Young Reformers Quarterly Online page below for more information.

Young Reformers Quarterly
 
International Day of Peace: #YearofPeace22
September 21

Save the date to join in with @LWFYouth as we highlight the unique contributions youth bring to the peacebuilding movement. 

Check back for more information on activities and registration. 

International Day of Peace
 
LWF Youth Peace Summit: #YearofPeace22
Sept 29 - Oct 1

Join this online gathering in collaboration with the LWF Peacebuilding and Interfaith Program.

We will gather in an intergenerational group to worship together, share stories and art related to peacebuilding, learn new tools for this work, and brainstorm how to continue to build sustainable peace in the future. 

Registration opens this summer. Check out the link below for more information on LWF Interfaith and Peace programs. 

LWF Interfaith and Peace
 
LWF Delegation at COP 27
7 - 18 November

Since 2011, Youth have led LWF Conference of Parties (COP) delegations and they are leading climate justice projects all over the world, focusing on the importance of taking care of the creation, intergenerational justice, how to participate in climate national processes like National Determined Contributions - NDC, promoting reforestation in their own communities and gathering ideas for climate justice engagement on carbon neutrality. 

Member Churches will have the opportunity to nominate youth for this delegation in May. Please contact your national church office for information on how to be nominated for this delegation. 

Check out the last delegation