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Christian Orientation group (COG)

COG emphasizes the Christian identity and mission of the YMCA as an ecumenical lay movement, working independent of, but in cooperation with the churches.

COG emphasizes the Christian identity and mission of the YMCA as an ecumenical lay movement, working independent of, but in cooperation with the churches.

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What we do

Following the Guiding Principles of YMCA Europe COG emphasizes the Christian identity and mission of the YMCA as an ecumenical lay movement, working independent of, but in cooperation with the churches. Constantly analyse what our Christian identity and mission means in today's European and global realities and translate it into action in these contexts.

Therefore we need to analyse and experience how today's young people experience the religious and spiritual dimension in their life, and promote YMCAs ecumenical approaches which in holistic ways express relevant forms of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

One of the purposes of the COG program group is to bring all levels of YMCA Europe (YE) as close as possible to the Christian roots and mission of the YMCA. COG strives to be a resource and help raising awareness of the specific identity of YMCA among YMCA Europe National Movements and YMCA Europe as such, so that all young people can experience the kingdom of God in the YMCA programmes.

In practice

Along these lines the main objectives of the Christian Orientation Group are:

  • to facilitate a creative and inspiring expression of our Christian identity in the different organizational parts of YMCA Europe (devotions, taking part in festivals, developing C-oriented programs).
  • to create and hold a good relationship with other Christian European organizations (EYCE, WSCF Europe, SYNDESMOS, CEC and YWCA Europe).
  • to find young members and interested people to involve in COG

Past months and future plans

COG is in an ongoing process of reflecting on it's own role within and outside YMCA Europe.

The translation of our own Christian identity is something that needs constant attention. In COG and other parts of our organization. We hope to continue the good work that has done so far.

It is important to keep inspiring the people who join our annual YMCA Europe general assemblies.

Next to that, we hope to expand the Christian perspective in creative and innovative ways in the diverse structures and groups of YMCA. So, not only by actual devotions, but also by other forms and discussions in programme groups and movement development groups.

COG is looking for best synergies with other YMCA relevant groups (e.g. Unify and other Christian Mission Networks), searching for the best way to be resourceful for other Program Groups within YMCA Europe.

Friends?

Friends are those people who are not member of COG, but are willing to share their ideas on special occasions (prepare devotion at the YMCA Europe events, taking part in the devotions during the general assemblies, taking part in meetings of other ecumenical European (youth) organisations).

So when you are young, or in your 2nd or 3rd youth, and you have original ideas, a practical scope or a more theoretically one, when you like the ideas above and can find some time and energy for this interesting work, please contact us at cog[at]ymcaeurope.com

 

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