01.11.07 09:15 Alter: 4 yrs

The young oikoumene stands for the living renewal of the conciliary process for justice, peace and the integrity of the creation


The Youth Statement of St. Maurice, that has been presented during the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly (EEA3), was written by 40 young delegates and stewards on their EEA3 preparatory meeting in St. Maurice, Switzerland and approved during a hearing of the young delegates during the Assembly.


The young delegates stressed the importance the Statement should be given to in the Assembly Message. Different delegates of the Assembly supported during the reactions on the official first draft of the Assembly message.
The statement of the young delegates should be taken as a ideal example for the Assembly message. One of the delegates even announced: "We should take the Youth Statement as the Assembly Message."


The statement of the young delegates avoids having only superficial, but stresses on concrete commitments the European churches should engage in. So, the young Christians ask for an inter-religious dialogue process, which shall come to a similar result to the Charta Oecumenica, asking for the churches' engagement for the establishing of an European Peace Agency and name the protection of Human Rights as one of the main tasks of churches. Particular importance is laid on the evaluation and further implementation of the results of the EEA2 in Graz 1997 and especially of the Charta Oecumenica


The Youth statement can be downloaded from the EEA3 website: www.eea3.org