The 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) will meet in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 14 - 23 February 2006, addressing the theme "God, in your grace, transform the world". The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of over 340 Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox and united and other churches in over 100 countries representing more than 550 million Christians
The Assembly is the "supreme legislative body" of the WCC, and meets every seven years. The formal purpose of the Assembly is to review programmes and determine the overall policies of the WCC, as well as to elect presidents and appoint a Central Committee which serves as the chief governing body of the WCC until the next assembly. Over 700 delegates from around the world and their advisors will carry out their work in a programme that will include prayer, Bible study, thematic plenary sessions, hearings and committee work.
A special group of youth at the Assembly will be stewards. You could be one of them! The Assembly Stewards Programme will last from 9 to 26 February 2006.
The programme will bring together 150 young people from all over the world and give them the opportunity to contribute with their work to the operations of the Assembly. It will also provide a space for ecumenical learning, encounters and discussions.
Being a steward means hard work. The work done is often exhausting, intense and under pressure of short deadlines. The main areas of tasks to be carried out are: Conference Room, Documentation, Press Office, Sound, Visual Arts, Sales, Worship and other tasks, such as, general administration, sorting mail, delivering message, etc.
Apart from the work, stewards will have a unique opportunity to participate in and contribute to the life of the Assembly. As a community of young people from different churches, countries, cultures and languages, stewards bring something of their faith culture and vision to an ecumenical experience of togetherness and friendship. Being a steward will be a challenge, will foster involvement and participation, and may indeed change your life. The Stewards Programme is only the beginning of a long process. It encourages young people to continue the journey of ecumenism.
Stewards have to be between 18 and 30 years old. English is the working language of the Programme and its knowledge is required from the applicants. Additionally, knowledge of Portuguese will be highly valued. Stewards need to be prepared to endure an intensive programme of activities and long, tiring work days. Working hours are irregular, and often special programmes are planned after work for the stewards. Patience, ability to work with people from other countries and cultures, and a willingness to work together as a team, is essential.
WCC will be responsible for board and lodging expenses during the time of the Programme and will provide some pocket money. Travel costs to and from the Assembly are to be borne by the steward,
More information and application forms may be downloaded from http://www.wcc-assembly.info/Stewards.stewards+B6Jkw9MA__.0.html and must be returned by June 15, 2005. Act now to avoid disappointment.
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