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  • Intercultural Church – (Im-)possible Dream?

The Winter School 2024 is booked out!

We are very grateful for so many applications and we are looking forward to meeting 31 participants of our member churches at the UEM Winter School 2024!

An international study and training course for church workers

  • To sharpen the vision of an intercultural church
  • To develop abilities to recognize and analyze cultural complexities in church and environment
  • To practice and improve inter/cross cultural dialogue
  • To develop approaches for intercultural diversification in churches.

Worldwide, societies are becoming more diverse. Particularly in urban areas, people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds live next to each other. This is a challenge for many Protestant churches which tend to be monocultural in their set-up and self-under-standing. How can they incorporate the diversity of the settings they find themselves in?

This international winter school for church workers covers the following areas: Migration, culture and Christianity, church and discrimination, ecclesiology, and intercultural communication.

Participants will receive materials for self-study for preparation, live and study in an intercultural and interreligious environment for two weeks, and develop their own projects to implement in their contexts after their return.

Preparatory team and resource persons:

  • Prof. Dr. Bianca Dümling, Tabor University of Applied Sciences, Department of Social Work
  • Julian Elf, UEM, International Educational Team
  • Rev. Pieter Grove, Uniting Church in South Africa
  • Rev. Ebenezer Joseph, President of Conference, Methodist Church Sri Lanka
  • Rev. Dr. Norita Sembiring, UEM, International Educational Team
  • Rev. Dr. Claudia Währisch-Oblau, UEM, Evangelism Department

More Information

  • Who can participate?

    Church workers (pastors, evangelists, youth leaders, women leaders, elders etc.) from UEM member churches and beyond who already have some experience in working in an intercultural setting or are interested in diversifying their church environment. They should hold at least a Bachelor degree. Willingness to work and communicate with the learning group in English is a must.

  • What will it cost?

    The participant fee is 1.200 Euro. This includes accommodation in double rooms (with a roommate from another country), food, excursions, and teaching materials.

    Participants are responsible for their own travel to Colombo International Airport, Sri Lanka.

    Upon application, participant fee and travel cost can be covered by UEM. But participants are strongly encouraged to first apply to their own churches for financial support. In case of support from UEM, UEM will be responsible to book the international flight ticket.


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Pfarrerin Dr. Claudia Währisch-Oblau
Leiterin Evangelisation
Rudolfstr. 137
42285 Wuppertal
0202 89004-190
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Julian Elf
Koordinator Global Education
Rudolfstr. 137
42285 Wuppertal


IBAN: DE45 3506 0190 0009 0909 08









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