Westphalia Partnership

Since 1992, the IKC-EKvW (Evangelical Church of Westphalia) Partnership Working Group works with the UCC Committee in Westphalia, Germany to implement the partnership between these two judicatories.


During the first decade, we had various exchanges in order to become acquainted, and in 2000 comprised a set of goals to work on together. Visits back and forth between church officials and other delegations, church to church partnerships and the Young Ambassadors program comprise most of our partnership activities. Each year, representatives from either the Ohio Conference, or the Indiana-Kentucky Conference attend the annual UCC Forum in Westphalia, always on a topic of mutual interest.


We are now preparing for our sixth generation of Young Ambassadors -- a faith exchange during which approximately 15 ambassadors are chosen from each country to befriend each other, and on successive summers spend three weeks together, first in the US and then in Germany. Bible study, faith discussions, mission projects and fun comprise the activities the students engage in each summer.

 

One year is spent in preparation and earning money, and the year between and following the second summer is spent in visiting churches throughout the Conference, sharing the program.


Young Ambassadors Generation 6

We have selected outstanding youth (ages 16-21) from our Indiana-Kentucky Conference churches to represent us in Generation 6 of our Young Ambassadors program. This opportunity will allow these young people to grow in their Christian faith with each other and with the 15 German youth who will be knitted into a unique community. Previous participants can testify to this life-changing experience. We hosted the German youth in July of 2015 and our youth will be in Germany in July of 2016. Click here for the Young Ambassadors brochure.

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Young Ambassadors Gen 6 Brochure 5.2014.pdf826.86 KB
YA Gen 6 Youth App 3.2014.pdf67.15 KB