12 Mar - Two new MWC teams explore collaboration

News Service
March 12, 2010

Two new MWC teams explore collaboration

Strasbourg, France – The newly formed Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Youth Task Force and the Mission Commission of the MWC General Council met here on February 27, 2010 to explore working on some joint initiatives.

“This meeting between two MWC teams to seek collaboration is exemplary. Face-to-face conversation between working groups within MWC is indispensable in order to develop the most creative projects and the most holistic program,” said Larry Miller, MWC general secretary, who also attended the meeting.

The meeting updated each team on upcoming events, explored how young people could be more involved in MWC-related decision-making and information-gathering processes, how to facilitate better empowerment for young people in mission, and exchange programs.

“Other than the possibility of working together, we also discussed the importance of young adult representation in MWC not just as ‘token participation;’ rather they are actively involved in discussions, planning and decision making,” said Kristina Toews, North American representative to the Youth Task Force.

“One way we could start is to provide the Youth Task Force with meeting agendas, and questions on the things we want to discuss in upcoming meetings, thus inviting feedback from young people for consideration in our meetings,” said Richard Showalter, Mission Commission chair.

Other than joint commission meetings like this one, MWC will hold a joint commission leadership meeting during the annual Executive Committee meeting. There chairpersons and secretaries of commissions can update each other on events and initiatives to avoid duplication and seek ways to work more closely together as one family of faith. The first joint commission leadership meeting will take place in Ethiopia in August this year.

For further information, please contact:
Richard Showalter, chair, MWC General Council Mission Commission: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Elina Ciptadi-Perkins, MWC staff for Youth Task Force: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

-Elina Ciptadi-Perkins
MWC staff for Youth Task Force

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Photo by Elina Ciptadi-Perkins available on request:

Mission Commission and Youth Task Force group photo, (left to right) Back: Barbara Kärcher (member of former MWC Youth group AMIGOS), César García (Mission Commission secretary, Colombia), Adolph Komuesa (MC, DR Congo), Ayub Omondi Awich (YTF, Kenya), Melani Susanti (in front of Ayub, YTF, Indonesia) Hermann Woelke (MC, Uruguay), Edgardo Docuyanan (MC, Philippines), Larry Miller, Marc Pasqués (YTF, Spain), Carlos Alvarez Woo (YTF, Colombia), Kristina Toews (YTF, Canada), Ofelia García (MC, Mexico). Front: Richard Showalter (MC Chair , USA), Elina Ciptadi-Perkins (MWC staff for YTF, Singapore), Eric Olfert (former MC secretary, Canada), Agus Mayanto (MC, Indonesia), James Krabill (MC, USA).

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Mennonite World Conference is a communion (Koinonia) of Anabaptist-related churches linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service, and witness.