The Ohio Conference UCC German Working Group is strengthening its partnership with the Nordrhein-Westfalen Landeskirche (Conference) of the Evangelische Kirche von Deutschland, the Protestant Church of Germany, through a number of strategic initiatives in the coming years.
The Ohio Conference seeks to partner more of its local churches with German churches who share similar interests and characteristics. Each unique church partnership is designed to build relationships between congregations in ways that work best for those individual congregations. Sometimes churches connect through similar mission interests, sometimes members travel abroad and stay in host homes so they can experience contextual ministry, and sometimes they simply share video chat conversations. The possibilities in which paired churches can engage are endless!
Rev. Joyce Schroer and Rev. Daniel Doty will take a group of adults from the Ohio Conference to the UCC Forum held each year by our partners in Westphalia. Each fall we are invited to the EkvW-UCC Forum held at Haus Villigst near Schwerte in Germany. The 2018 trip will take place Sept. 4-20. At the Forum participants will hear from keynote speakers, attend workshops and get better acquainted with the UCC-German partnership. During parts of the trip, participants will be hosted in the homes of our partners. We will take trips to meet with churches who have already established partnerships and do sightseeing along the way!
The group size is limited to 24 so as to not overwhelm our German hosts. If part of the group desires, we have the option to stay a few days longer to attend the Oktoberfest in Munich at an additional cost.
Annette Schroer and AJ Lacefield will be leading the second generation of the Young Ambassadors [Link] youth exchange during 2019 and 2020. The second generation plans to focus on the issue of immigration and will be with the church district of Tecklenburg (on the border with the Netherlands).
The first generation hosted a group of 12 German youth from the Paderborn district in the summer of 2015 and then 11 American youth traveled to Germany in the summer of 2016 in an exchange of cultures, churches and friendship. The group focused on the issue of racism. In America, German youth participants learned about the history of slavery in the U.S., the Underground Railroad, and the church’s role in the Abolition Movement. In Germany the American youth were exposed to the National Socialist Party (Nazism).
To inquire about more information for the Adult Germany Trip planned for September 2018 please contact either Rev. Joyce Schroer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rev. Daniel Doty (email@example.com). For more information about the second generation of the Young Ambassadors please contact Annette Schroer (firstname.lastname@example.org).