Answers to the questions most commonly asked!

What you want to know

How can I join? Do you have age limits? Are you ecumenical? We realize there are many more questions about the Global Young reformer's Network. By clicking on the questions below, you will find some of the answers.

Still have more questions? Please contact you regional delegate of the Steering Committee!

Why are you reformers?

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The world is changing, and we as a Lutheran communion are called to act in response.

Guided by Martin Luther’s ideal of a church in on-going reformation, we in the globalized world of the 21st century want to:

·         discuss what it means to be “Lutheran” today

·         create space to share our hopes and dreams

·         empower and equip young people to be reformers and to act boldly in faith, grounded in Scripture

What are you going to reform?

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We are not a new Lutheran church. Our network is not the start of a new church community. We are not forming a new movement.

But we want to use the Reformation anniversary to look into the current situation in our churches and reflect about it on a global level form a young perspective.

Who is behind the Global Young Reformers Network?

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This is a program of The Lutheran World Federation with its 145 member churches and 72,2 million members worldwide.

Young people are front and center of who the Lutheran communion is and what it wants to do. We as Young Reformers are participants in the LWF communion’s journey towards the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in 2017. Learning’s from the Global Young Reformers Network will be an integral part of the LWF Twelfth Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia, in 2017.

Are you ecumenical?

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We welcome every denomination to our network, because we want to be accountable in our ecumenical relationships and learn from each other. The Lutheran member churches of the LWF have each nominated two “young reformer delegates” who have a special role in this program.

Do I need to be a member of The Lutheran World Federation to join?

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The Lutheran member churches of the LWF have each nominated two “young reformer delegates” who have special role in this program. Apart from that, everyone who is interested to journey together in a respectful and listening attitude is welcome to be with and contribute to the Network.

 

Is this Network also for non-Christians?

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Everyone is welcome. We ask you to respect the opinions and expressions by others.

Are you on Facebook?

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We are posting and sharing stories from our Social Network on Facebook. But the best is to directly register with your Facebook account on www.youngreformers.net/socialnetwork

How do I apply for the Wittenberg conference in 2015?

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The Wittenberg Conference is by invitation only. The 144 LWF member churches have each nominated two young reformers from their churches as “delegates”. Those will be asked to choose one among them to participate in the Wittenberg Conference in 2015.

Are you connected to the Reformed churches?

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Not directly, we rather connect the word “Reformers” and to Martin Luther in his attitude to be a change maker of his time.

Which languages do you work in?

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The LWF has four official languages: English, Spanish, French and German. We do our best to operate in those four languages. But please be patient with us, since we are still working on translating the Website into the other 3 languages. For the Social Network, we advise you to post in one of the 4 languages and translate the content of others with an online translation program.

Does it cost something to be part of the Global Young Reformers Network?

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It does not cost you money to be part of the online activities, such as joining the Social network, the Virtual Conference and the Online Working groups. You need time and a device that can connect to the internet at least once per week.

What is the age range for participants?

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The required age is from 16 to 30 years of age.

What is my role as a Global Young Reformer?

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What is a Young Reformer's delegate?

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Why should I connect to the Social Network?

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The Social network is the space where to share our dreams, hopes and solutions. That is the place where to meet other youth in other congregations around the world and speak about your life as youth in Church. The social network is space where store your fruits of Holy Spirit so that everyone could learn and share for the sake of Kingdom of Heaven.

Who moderates the Social Network?

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The Social Network is moderated by the Regional Steering group members and the global coordinator:

Central Western Europe: Ms Julia Braband

Central Eastern Europe: Mr Gints Graudiņš

Latin America and the Caribbean: Ms Carolina Huth

Africa: Rev. Helvi Nasiwa Muremi

Northern Europe: Ms Karin Rubenson

North America: Rev. Monica Villarreal

Asia: Mr Lee Darius Zhen Ying

Global Coordination: Ms Caroline Richter, LWF Youth Secretary

How can I find my delegate?

We will shortly publish a list of delegates, which will frequently be updated.

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If you do not find you church on this list (and you are from one of the 144 LWF member churches), the delegate has yet to be confirmed. Please contect you regional member of the Steering Committee.