The United Church of Canada is encouraging young people to apply to serve as an Ecumenical Steward with the Stewards Programme for the 2020 Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, to be held March 12 – 25, 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Stewards Programme brings together a dynamic and diverse group of 20 young people from different backgrounds, churches and regions all over the world. The Stewards “work, pray and sweat” together. They arrive in Geneva a few days prior to the Central Committee Meeting proper to learn about the ecumenical movement. At the Central Committee meeting, the work done is often exhausting, intense and under pressure of short deadlines. The main areas of tasks to be carried out are: floor management, documentation, communications, interpretation, worship and other tasks such as general administration, sorting mail, delivering messages, etc.
You can explore more about the Stewards Programme on the World Council of Churches website.
March 12 – 25, 2020 (not including travel time)
$500. This can be a combination of personal contribution and contributions from others. The balance of in-country program, flight and travel insurance costs will be covered by The World Council of Churches and The United Church of Canada.
People in Partnership believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in their programs. If the cost of an opportunity presents a barrier, please contact us at pip [at] united-church.ca to find out more about alternate means of resourcing and financial support.
- Young adult ages 18 –30
- Have a demonstrated commitment to, and active engagement in, The United Church of Canada (locally, regionally and/or nationally
- Ready and eager to work hard, be patient, work well with a team of people from other countries and cultures in an intense and sometimes exhausting role
- Willingness to speak to United Church groups about this ecumenical global experience and its impact on their faith journey
- Have a valid passport that does not expire before end of September 2020
As the full team, the World Council of Churches desires to select a group of dynamic and diverse young people from different backgrounds, churches and regions from all over the world.
- Written piece (about 400 words) summarizing the experience, with 5 hi-res pictures and/or alternate communications to share the experience as developed with PIP staff
- Four speaking engagements to UCC communities of faith or ecumenical gatherings about the experience. People in Partnership will include you on their posted Speakers List.
- Ongoing engagement in ecumenical collaboration