Background information for the summit

February 19, 2009

Greetings to you in the name of the Almighty God from the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) . We have planned a week-long ecumenical peace summit in Kenya under the theme – Embrace peace fulfil dreams’ to be held in Nairobi from April 13th- 19th 2009 for youth to learn and practice peace building in response to the post-election violence that occurred in Kenya in 2007 and early 2008.

The Summit will be hosted by the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with assistance from, Church World Service and Anglican Church of Kenya. The conference will take place in Nairobi and each delegate is expected to register with Kshs. 500 (five hundred shillings only). When your nomination is accepted, we will send an agenda with further details. The working language of the gathering will be English and Kiswahili.

We are writing to invite  you to participate and make the Summit a success. It will provide space and platform for youth to set their dreams and potential in motion. It is our goal to build a strong youth network capable to collectively tackle ever-growing challenges among the youth. We also intend to connect youth in East Africa.

Between 150 and 200 young people from various faith traditions, countries will participate. We pray you will be part of this gathering. Nominate young people based on gender balance between age 15-30 years to participate in this conference. Please have the young people that your youth department/ ministry nominate request for registration forms at the following e- mail:  kenyapeacesummit@gmail.com. completed forms should be sent back before 28th February, 2009.

Participants are asked to bring examples of peace building initiatives in their localities and income generating projects, especially those relating to youth. Several events will take place:

  • Youth leadership council and media training (by special invitation)
  • Dialogue with different leaders
  • Tracks on Reconciliation, Empowerment & Employment
  • Field trips, interfaith worship services and cultural events throughout the gathering.

In addition, a team of youth journalists will be trained and produce a newsletter / blog (website) about the activities at the conference. Young people interested in participating in the media team are welcome to apply on the registration form application. We know that young people are the strength of the community and country at large. They are the present and future leaders, and they have a powerful role to play in creating peace and development. At this meeting young people from all over the Provinces of Kenya will meet youth from around the world and be empowered as leaders within and community and learn new skills to develop projects in their communities.

For more information do not hesitate to contact the peace summit organizers:

Georges Arende

Kenyapeacesummit2009@gmail.com

or garende@kelc.or.ke

P.O. Box 54128-00200

Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 780454 (office)

Tel: +254 726 469 518 (mobile)

Christine Mangale & Emily Davila

Christine.Mangale@elca.org

Emily.Davila@elca.org

Lutheran Office for World Community

777 UN Plaza, 10B

NY NY 10017

+1 212-808-5360