Category: International Opportunities

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CWM Global Youth Forum, Johannesburg South Africa

22-28 August 2017, Johannesburg South Africa

 

The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) has been invited to nominate two young adults (18-30) to the CWM Global Forum.The nominees should be actively involved in the church, ecumenical and socio-civic movement and able to bring the stories of young adults from their context.

PCANZ can nominate 1 male and 1 female person. CWM will decide if the applicants are invited to participate. CWM will fully fund the trip, other than Passport and visa costs.

If you are interested, please send

  1. Completed application form
  2. Copy of your passport
  3. Bio or CV

to matt@pym.org.nz by 10 May.

This is what CWM says about the opportunity:

God’s mission in history has always been a celebration of bearing witness in the midst of Empire. God became flesh in Jesus Christ in an imperial world, and Jesus lived out his life in accordance with the will of God as a counter-imperial praxis. The mission of the church is therefore to continue the praxis of Jesus to contest the claims of the Empire by affirming, protecting, and celebrating movements of life. Mission in the midst of Empire is the Christian praxis of engaging in the public affairs of our times offering critiques, insights, and alternatives to transform our social relations, based on the vision of the reign of God.

CWM has committed that young people should be included in the life and witness of our communities, not as recipients but participants in God’s mission and vital to the Ministry of Jesus. Young people should be encouraged to participate in leadership roles thus giving them an opportunity to shape the life and witness of an inclusive community.

Our young people believe that there is an objective and urgent need for radical and rapid change in the society in which we live. There is need to struggle for a total liberation of our people from structures which do little honour to human dignity and enslave them and stunt their lives. The gospel of Jesus convinces us of the obligation of the Christian community to get deeply involved in this struggle for freedom and to become a sacrament of liberation otherwise the Church will no longer appear credible.

As part of 40th Anniversary celebration of CWM, we are organizing a Global Youth Forum with the theme Building Disciples in the context of Empire: Reimagining Church on 22 to 28 August, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. We are expecting more than 100 young people to take part in this worldwide gathering to create a platform for young people to address the challenges they perceive Empire poses and how to address to establish a just society. This will give an opportunity for envisioning a fresh vision towards reimagining church.

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SHORT TERM INTERNSHIP IN NEW ZEALAND

CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AND MISSION (CLAM)

At St Paul’s Church, Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand

An amazing opportunity for 5 or 6 young people to spend 10 weeks from June 20th 2017 exploring mission and culture in New Zealand.

Based in a small rural community in Taranaki you will get to learn more about yourself, your faith and your mission. A small Presbyterian/Methodist church is experiencing some real growth especially with children, youth and families. This momentum is providing a catalyst for people coming to faith and the challenge is how to navigate through, with what God is doing.

For 10 weeks St Paul’s church is offering a great experience and opportunity for 5-6 Interns to join a team in Opunake, a small rural town with great surf beaches, close to Mount Taranaki. Here you will get involved in the local mission involving children, youth and families of all ages. You’ll get discipleship and leadership training, opportunities for personal development and lots of opportunities to serve and lead in a fun, practical environment under the guidance of a Mentor. (Check the 10 week plan)

You will get to live at the Mountain View Manse where board and lodging will be provided for free. You will receive a small weekly allowance. In addition you will get to do some travelling to see some of the sights of NZ, attend Connect the annual national youth leaders conference and help run a national leadership camp for young teens.

To be eligible you will need to be over 17/18 years, have an active Christian faith, have a sense of adventure, like working with people especially kids and youth and be willing to learn.

For overseas students you will need to purchase your flight to New Plymouth via Auckland and obtain a working/holiday visa prior to your arrival. You will need some pocket money if you want to do some of the more expensive activities like skiing at Ruapehu.

For more information and an application form please contact Jennie McCullough by email jennie@waitara.org.nz

 

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Young Ambassadors for Peace in Asia Program

Participants YAPA – 2016

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The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) invites applications for the annual training of Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia (YAPA) 2017.

The YAPA 2017 program will be held from 28 May 2017 to 3 June 2017 at the Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Initiated by the CCA, the YAPA program’s main aim is to train a new generation of young peace activists and nurture their role in respective societies as peace builders.

The week-long YAPA training focuses on intercultural and interfaith learning as a base for addressing topics, such as conflict transformation and peace building. It emphasises the links between intercultural and interfaith dialogue, human rights and conflict transformation as key elements in long-term sustainable peace processes, while exploring and developing the participants’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and values.

The eligibility criteria for applicants is between 20-30 years of age; the ability to use the English language independently in both written and oral communication; and be motivated to apply the YAPA values and approaches for peace building in their home countries.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 10, 2017. More details about the YAPA program and a background paper can be obtained upon request.

For the YAPA application form, please click here.

For additional information about YAPA, click here.

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I Love Taiwan Youth Exchange Programme 2017

28 June – 15 July 2017

Applications are invited from young adults who attend Presbyterian Churches in New Zealand to participate in a two week programme in Taiwan in July 2017. This programme, “I Love Taiwan” will  include young adults from many different countries, who will join together in a variety of cross cultural experiences, including a mission camp, cycling tour and sharing in youth activities of the PCT.

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Youth Gathering Leipzig 2017, ‘Meet the World’.

Are you aged 18-25? Would you be interested in meeting with young people from around the globe?

The World Communion of Reformed Church is holding their General Assembly in Germany in June, and there is a youth gathering prior. This will involve Christian young adults from throughout the world sharing in worship and key issues affecting us globally.

  • Social transformation: Social justice
  • Global challenges: Climate change
  • Models of change: Post-Growth movements
  • Spirituality: Praying and Bible study
  • Methods: Lectures, debates, panel discussions

People interested in representing PCANZ are invited to register their interest by contacting Gordon Fitch gordon@pym.org.nz

PCANZ will cover the cost of the youth gathering which includes programme, meals and accommodation. (Maximum of two from PCANZ will be accepted).

International travel will be at the participants expense (churches will be encouraged to fundraise to support them). It will be an amazing experience well worth the investment.

http://youth.wcrc.eu/

 

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Going Global Myanmar, 28 Nov – 13 Dec 2017

Going Globa­­­­­­­­l 2017 is an exciting opportunity for young adults (18-30) from the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand to connect with their peers the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar.

Tahan Theological College has invited us to be part of their end of year and Christmas events. Their Christmas Fun Fete is a 2 night festival where TTC staff and students host the local community in a Christmas celebration.

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Ecumenical internship available with WCRC

The World Communion of Reformed Churches is pleased to announce that it has an internship opportunity for a highly qualified young person who is interested in gaining valuable experience working with an international ecumenical organization. The internship will be for 12 months in the WCRC offices in Hannover, Germany, beginning in January 2017, as well as in Leipzig, Germany, for the 2017 General Council.

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CCA Invites Applications for Youth Internship-2017

The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) invites applications from young people between the ages of 22-29 to serve as interns at the CCA headquarters in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Opportunities will be given to four young persons who are committed to the ideals of ecumenism. The internship in CCA will be an opportunity to search for a renewed vocation for young Christians as well as to share their valuable experiences during the year long stay in a new atmosphere in Chiang Mai and work with CCA at its headquarters in a multicultural and international setting.

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Training in Mission 2016

2 May – 26 Nov. Applications must be received by 15 Nov.

The Training in Mission (TIM) programme is a youth leadership development programme run by the Council for World Mission (CWM).

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Presbyterian Women at the United Nations

A once in a lifetime opportunity! Are you passionate about gender justice, equality for women and girls, and the empowerment of women at all levels of our Church and community? Are you an ordained woman minister or a woman lay leader in our Church?

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