13.11.15 | Press Reports, News

International Twin Consultation Project 2015/ 2016

Reformation - Education - Transformation is the title of this unique and international project

Towards the 5th Centennial of the Reformation in the year 2017, a particular emphasis lays on its long-standing influence. Therefore, the motto of the year 2016 is "The Reformation and The One World." Under this slogan the leadership of the German organizations Bread for the World (BfdW, Berlin) and the Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany (EMW, Hamburg) have embarked upon a Twin Consultation Project bearing the title Reformation - Education - Transformation. Envisioned is a international consultation in two parts, the first one taking place in São Leopoldo, Brazil, from 19. to 23. November 2015 in São Leopoldo, Brasil, the second one from 18. to 22. May 2016 in Halle/Saale, Germany.

As EMW Director Christoph Anders explains, "the Twin Consultation offers an international format for reflection on the role the Reformation traditions have played and continue to play in transforming civil society into an agent for justice, peace, ecological sustainability and human rights, locally and globally. Particular emphasis will be placed on the transforming effect of education." Dr. Dietrich Werner of Bread for the World adds: "To understand the Reformation as a Eurocentric process is to misunderstand it. It is a global constituting process grounded in the liberating power of the Gospel. The Twin Consultation will trace how this process - carried by Protestant mission endeavor to regions throughout the world - has had a transforming effect on contexts characterized by poverty, inequality and economic dependence."

About 100 attendants are expected for the Twin Consultation in São Leopoldo. Consultation participants will discuss in 18 groups the keynote presentations "Reformation and Transformation" and "Reformation and Education". In one of those groups, Ms. Suzan Mark of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) and EMS Africa Liaison Officer Riley Edwards-Raudonat will explore the role of the church in the face of the overtly anti-educational movement "Boko Haram".

The preparations for the Twin Consultation are in the hands of an Executive Planning Group, composed of representatives of Bread for the World, EMW, the hosting institutions − the Brazilian Theological Seminary Faculdades EST, the Francke Foundations and Halle University, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) and the ecumenical world federations: the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), and the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC).