Dear Colleagues, dear Members of Oikosnet Europe
At the Annual Conference in the Agape Centro Ecumenico in September, Jörg Hübner, director of the Evangelische Akademie Bad Boll, Germany, was elected to the Board as a new member. After an excellent conference in Italy, the board met from December 15th to 17th in the house of the new Board member in Bad Boll.
On this occasion, the Board has set up two working groups to clarify and guarantee transparent processes in the future, both in the area of finance and in relation to the various functions in the Board, including the Office in Sigtuna and the Executive Secretary. These tasks are initially internal, but the results will also have a positive impact on Business Meetings in the AC.
Vice President Gunleiksrud Raaum took on a special responsibility to include the Gender and Justice dimension in the program of the next Annual Conference.
The range of topics of the Board also included topics that should strengthen the role of our network with each other and also externally.
Annual Conference 2020 in Bad Boll: In the last years Oikosnet Europe started to deal with Europe and its current problems during the study days. Next year the Annual Conference will be held from September 9 till September 13 in Bad Boll. “European Green Deal”, a suggestion made by the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050, and which is particularly important in the German context, was chosen as the working title for the study day.
Job Shadowing/Staff Exchange: the Board recognized that exchange among member academies in various forms among members is very stimulating and important. The Board has taken on this issue for further elaboration and will present a proposal at the AC.
Furthermore the Board pointed to the importance of an improved website and the significance of social media. Developing these areas of communication will be part of our effort to clarify the relevance of the association to its existing and potential new members and for a wider public.
WCC Assembly 2021 in Karlsruhe and Ecumenical German Kirchentag 2021 in Frankfurt: The Board started a discussion and will have this item on the agenda again to be able to evaluate to what degree Oikosnet Europe should take on a responsibility to engage in any of these events, or to encourage people within our association to take part in these events.
This is a considerable work programme, but we will not start again until after the turn of the year.
Now it is my concern to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year: “And when I was born, I drew in the common air …”
Rev. Walter Lüssi, President of Oikosnet Europe