A new ecumenical Youth Leadership training programme in South Africa


22 May 2016 to 31 July 2016

A new opportunity to train young adults for leadership has arisen within South Africa.

For ten weeks during the winter of 2016, a group of 25 – 30 young adults between the ages of 18 – 30 years will undergo training that will equip them to play a significant role in the church and society over the next few years. This programme will be repeated every year for a new group of young leaders.

The setting for this course will be the beautiful “Hemel en Aarde” valley close to Hermanus, at the Volmoed Retreat Centre.

A formal launch of the programme will take place at Volmoed (www.volmoed.co.za) on Youth Day, June 16, which will also be the 40th Anniversary of the June 16 1976 Soweto riots, when young people took a stand against apartheid education.

The training programme will adopt the five-theme rhythm of the Volmoed Community, viz. Creation, Healing of memories, Justice and peace, Community (Church and society) and Reconciliation. The young people will plan a weekly Taize service and will take part in the Thursday Eucharist service at Volmoed, where John de Gruchy usually delivers an excellent meditation.

Different facilitators and speakers will lead the young people in these themes over the ten weeks. Practical courses in social media, social entrepreneurship, art, etc will also be offered in the afternoons.

The course will have a theoretical and practical component, and the young people will be immersed into the surrounding communities in Hermanus and will also visit Cape Agulhas and the Moravian Mission stations of Genadendal and Elim.

Young adults who wish to apply to be part of this pioneering course, may apply on this electronic form at http://christianspirit.co.za/volmoed-registration/

Those who see the importance of this initiative and wish to contribute to this programme in cash or kind, are welcome to contact the Centre office on info@christianspirit.co.za . One of the needs will be for transport, and we hope to approach corporate sponsors for a 30 seater bus.

For any more information, you are welcome to email Rev Edwin Arrison at earrison78@telkomsa.net or Prof John de Gruchy at john@degruchy.co.za


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Teddy Chalwe Sakupapa on December 8, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    What an excellent initiative!



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