“Coming together is sign of peace and hope”
(LWI) - Delegates from the eleven German LWF member churches met in Krakow earlier this month to prepare for the Thirteenth Assembly of the LWF. Also present at the three-day meeting were more representatives of the LWF member churches in Germany, members of the Bishops’ Conference of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland (ECACP), Jewish representatives, and representatives of LWF churches from the Central Western Europe region and other German Protestant churches.
Anna Wrzesińska, Chairperson of the Local Assembly Planning Committee (LAPC), provided an insight into the preparations for the upcoming LWF Assembly. These are running at full speed. At the same time, the host church ECACP is engaged in advocating for peace and support to refugees from Ukraine. The ECACP is working closely with the LWF Assembly office and the local LWF World Service country program. “We are excited and looking forward to welcoming you to Poland in September,” said Wrzesińska as she expressed her gratitude to everyone involved in the planning and preparations for the Assembly.
Astrid Kleist, Vice-President of the LWF’s Central Western Europe region, explained the significance of the meeting in January: “We are looking forward to an Assembly in Central Eastern Europe. The Assembly is a symbol of solidarity and unity, especially in times of war and tension. The delegates coming together are sending a sign of peace. The Thirteenth Assembly of the LWF allows us to create a space where people from all over the world can share their faith and find joint hope. Together we affirm and express the rich relationship of being a community in Christ.”