Together for Europe. Encounter. Reconciliation. Future.
For the third time we are extending the invitation to a Congress for leaders and members of Christian Movements and Communities, Works and Initiatives. It will take place from 30th June to 1st July 2016 in Munich, Germany.
On Saturday 2nd July 2016, the Congress will culminate with our Together for Europe Outdoor Rally, to be held in Munich’s Karlsplatz (Stachus) city square. Many of us – men and women, adults and young people – will take part in this Event to send out a strong message of being Together.
What is our objective?
It is our experience that unity is possible. Through the International Congress and the Outdoor Rally, we want to contribute towards reconciliation of Christians and of Churches.
Through our witness of unity and reconciliation we also hope to impact on society as a whole. We want to encourage all people of our time to respond with a decisive and hopeful YES for going ahead together and overcoming barriers among people, nations, social and cultural groups. It is our hope that reconciliation can happen and that we will be able to give the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of today with renewed joy.
Together for Europe is encounter, reconciliation and hope in a better future.
To be held at Circus-Krone-Bau (Marsstraße 43, 80335 München, Germania) from Thursday 30th June to Friday 1st July 2016. The location is in the center of Munich, one subway stop from the central train station.
The programme of the plenary sessions will include:
- biblical exegesis on the challenges of Gospel life accompanied by experiences;
- the ways in which the Pact of mutual love puts an end to the 500 year long division between the Churches of the Reformation and the Catholic Church;
- new social, political and ecclesiastical attitudes, resulting from the Pact;
- the study of Together for Europe’s history in order to understand more clearly the task that derives from it towards society, the Churches and Europe.
During plenary sessions speeches will be delivered in the speaker’s own language. Official translations will be provided into English, German, French and Italian languages.
The programme of the plenaries will include various opportunities for dialogue. On Thursday there will be an evening of prayer, while Friday evening will be dedicated to recreation.
SOME OF THE CONTRIBUTORS WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ARE:
Gerhard Proß, Sr. Vernita Weiß, Sr. Anna-Maria aus der Wiesche, Br. Franziskus Joest, Maria Voce, Herbert Lauenroth, Gérard Testard, Pastor Thomas Römer, Hartmut Steeb, Fr. Lothar Penners, Card. Walter Kasper, Evangelical Bishop Christian Krause, Card. Reinhard Marx, Evangelical Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm
Songs of praise: Albert Frey and Andrea Adams-Frey
Thursday afternoon (3pm – 5.30pm) 19 Forums will take place, during which Communities and Movements will consider selected topics in the light of their charisms, allowing space for dialogue.
The languages can be seen listed for each individual Forum below (subject to change).
For further information on individual Forums please click the required Forum title.
Friday afternoon (3pm – 5.30pm) Round tables will be held in different parts of the city of Munich. The Round tables are platforms for dialogue of Communities and Movements, with experts from different Churches as well as the world of political and social walks of life. Round tables will be open to the public of the city of Munich and surrounding areas.
The languages can be seen listed for each individual Round table below (subject to change).
For further information on individual Round tables, please click the required Round table title.
PROGRAMME for 2nd July 2016
Saturday at 10.30am a moment of ecumenical prayer will take place in a number of churches in Munich city centre. See below for a provisional list of churches and languages:
German: Liebfrauenkirche (Cathedral), Frauenplatz 12 (near Marienplatz square); German / Spanish: St. Michael, Neuhauser Straße 6 (pedestrian zone, between Stachus and Marienplatz square); Italian: Bürgersaalkirche, Neuhauser Straße 14 (pedestrian zone, near Stachus square); Polish: Dreifaltigkeitskirche (church of the Holy Trinity), Pacellistraße 6 (near Stachus square); English: St. Matthäus, Nußbaumstraße 1 (near Sendlinger Tor); French: St. Elisabeth, Mathildenstraße 10 (near Sendlinger Tor)
INTERNATIONAL OUTDOOR RALLY
2pm – 10pm Karlsplatz (Stachus) city square, Munich
for German speaking countries
for all the other countries
Registration to the Congress
For logistical reasons the number of congress participants is limited to 2,400.
Registration takes place solely electronically at www.otick.de/together2016/Veranstaltung/tickets/miteinander-fuer-europa-2016.
There are still places available!
Congress Registration Fee
75 Euro (including collaborators – in order to allow all participants to avail of an accessible registration fee).
Board during the Congress
A simple mid-day meal is covered by the Congress registration fee.
Snacks and/or dinners: Along the return route from the afternoon events (Forums and Round Tables) to Circus-Krone-Bau there are some handy takeaway and/or sit-down snack or dinner options available.
Congress participants may select and book their preferred accommodation in Munich independently. Once registered for the Congress you will receive your ticket with attached further information in pdf format.
Public Transport / Parking
Three-day ticket for Munich integrated public transport system can be purchased for 16 Euro.
Outdoor Rally: For parking around the Karlsplatz (Stachus) square see //www.contipark.de/de-DE/find-parking/muenchen-tiefgarage-stachus/. Parking fee per day should not exceed EUR16.
Map Locations Forums / Round tables
Outdoor Rally - Interpreting & Streaming
For those who will take part in the Rally in Karlsplatz (Stachus) square:
- The programme of the Outdoor Rally will be interpreted into English, French and Italian languages. A stall will be erected in the Karlsplatz (Stachus) square on the right hand side of the stage and from 1.30pm it will be possible to collect receivers and headphones at this location. For each receiver a security deposit of an ID document will be required. Interpreting services will continue until approximately 6.15pm, at which time all receivers and headphones must be returned in perfect condition.
- A unofficial translation of the lyrics of the Outbreakband song entitled “We are one”, which will accompany the event, is available in four languages on the Outdoor Rally page>
For those unable to travel to Munich but who wish to follow the Rally events through the live broadcast:
- There will be a streaming broadcast from 2pm to 6pm in the following languages (as per date of Newsletter publication): German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Hungarian.
- After 6pm the broadcast will continue in the original language until 10pm.
- A link to access the broadcast will be published on the Homepage of this international web site in due course.
Outdoor Rally - Various
- There are very few seats available in the square. Please bring cushions, mats etc. to sit on
- Bring protection against rain and/or sun and plenty of water.
- Decorations and other aids to add colour and sound to the Rally are welcomed: flags, posters, coloured handkerchiefs, whistles, etc.