The Twelfth Assembly is not a one-off meeting but is part of a journey that starts before and continues after the Assembly. One of the most prominent events in the lead-up is a series of global gatherings aimed at generating excitement and developing thinking and reflection on the significance of the Assembly. Pre-assemblies are gatherings of Lutheran representatives by region, or as groups of women or youth. They help delegates address critical issues and ensure constructive dialogue.
Regional pre-Assemblies are essential signposts on the way to Namibia. They both enable delegates to understand the context of the Assembly as well as how to take part in the Assembly. The regional pre-assemblies compile slates of nominees for the LWF Council. Regional pre-Assemblies are essential signposts on the way to Namibia. They both enable delegates to understand the context of the Assembly as well as how to take part in the Assembly. The regional pre-assemblies, being the place where slates of nominees for the Council are deliberated and put together, will help to ensure an effective LWF Council. In order to facilitate this task, the Guidelines for Council Membership, a document that spells out the expectations and responsibilities of Council members has been developed and sent to member churches. Pre-Assemblies help prepare an Assembly to address critical issues and ensure a constructive dialogue around these.
Asia (15-19 August 2016)
Latin America and the Caribbean, North America (27 August – 3 September 2016)
Europe (31 January – 3 February 2017)
Africa (6 - 10 February 2017)
Pre-Assemblies for youth and women take place immediately before the Assembly. These meetings will aim at developing the unique perspective of youth and women on the Assembly themes. The meetings will also train youth and women on the Assembly’s procedures and enable preparation of their message to the Assembly. This will be presented in a plenary session devoted for youth and women.
The youth pre-Assembly invites youth delegates and stewards to come together and become informed and inspired representatives of their generation at the Assembly. Some 75 youth delegates and 25 stewards will meet in the north Namibia town of Ondangwa. The youth pre-Assembly is held 3-9 May 2017. More
The women’s pre-Assembly develops the unique perspective of women in relation to the Assembly themes. The meetings train women on Assembly procedures and enable them to prepare their message to the Assembly, in a special plenary session devoted to youth and women. The women's pre-Assembly is held 6-9 May 2017. More