Young people are front and center of who we are, and what we want to be and do as a Lutheran communion. They are shapers of the life and work of the LWF.
We continually draw new inspiration and energy from our younger members. They call us to change and to be relevant for future generations.
We want young people have a place and voice in all aspects of church and communion life.
Sustainability | Society, economy and the environment:
LWF Youth promote practices and policies for today that do not compromise the capacity of future generations to meet their needs.
LWF Youth call on the Lutheran communion to challenge systems and practices that limit men’s and women’s choices based on gender.
LWF visibility and the role of youth:
LWF Youth advocate for improved ways of communicating, decision-making and meeting to facilitate more active youth participation.
Promoting communion identity, relatioshionships and Christian unity
LWF Global Young Reformers Network:
Harvest and present learnings from the 60 “Living Reformation Projects” globally and nationally
Exhibitions and workshops at the Omatala, Windhoek
Leadership program during the World Exhibition on Reformation, Wittenberg
Monitoring and reporting of 20% youth quota at LWF events, programs and decision-making boards
Training and induction on principles of inclusiveness for new LWF staff and newly-elected church leaders
Accompaniment of youth delegates to the LWF Twelfth Assembly
Youth participation is a priority that cuts across all LWF departments. LWF Youth is based within the the Department for Mission and Development but works with all departments. Specific activities are implemented with the desks for ecumenical relations, international affairs and human rights, public theology and interreligious relations, Women in Church and Society and with the department, World Service (peace, climate justice, migration, humanitarian work).
Caroline Bader, LWF Youth Secretary