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Summer School 2017 – Odessa, Ukraine

July 13 @ 18:00 - July 18 @ 10:00

Few places left Summer School (2)

Overcoming Divisions as a Main Mission of Christian Youth


General information

The world seems to be full of divisions. Rich versus poor, Islam versus Christianity, ‘the people’ versus ‘the elite’, religion versus secularism, Russia versus Ukraine, young versus old. Sometimes it feels like gaps are widening and divisions are deepening. ECPYouth believes Christian youth hold something to counter divisions and to even overcome them. The love and grace of Jesus Christ not only bridges the gap between God and this corrupt world but also makes it possible to overcome conflicts between people.

This already helped the first Christian communities settle their conflicts, like we read in a story in Acts 6. Christians hold a mission to ‘preach the word of God and serve tables’ and through that constantly work on overcoming divisions. However, how to make this practical in everyday politics? How can Christian youth be of meaning in an often violent world? How to reach out to secular politicians? How to bring hope to the hopeless? How to ‘heal’ broken societies? Questions to be answered at the Summer School 2017.

Together with its Ukrainian Member Organisations, Democratic Development Foundation and Christian Democratic Union Youth, ECPYouth is glad to announce that the registration for the Summer School 2017 is now open. Please find the registration form below. The Summer School will take place in Odessa (Ukraine) from Thursday 13th until Tuesday 18th July 2017.

The Summer School 2017 will especially focus on developing and implementing long-term strategies regarding conflict solution. It also will provide basic trainings in peacemaking and negotiating. The Summer School 2017 offers you a new perspective on concept of Christian leadership, which not only includes a certain knowledge of economics and society, but a strong spirit, an inner conviction and an awareness of the main Christian values.

During the program, you will be faced with questions on how you can relate yourself to overcoming divisions. We will ask ourselves about the role of politics, NGOs as well as of the church in this important topic. Discussing and visiting new places and cultures will open up your horizon to rethink your point of view. It will be a great opportunity to meet young Christian professionals from all over Europe. You will also get insight into Ukraine politics through interaction with members of the Parliaments of Ukraine, Georgia and other countries. After having talked some time about the subject, it is important to get things on paper. This is why we will also ask ourselves at the end of the ECPYouth Summer School 2017 what steps we can undertake in our own countries.



Who can participate?

We welcome youth and young professionals (16-35 years old) from both EU and non-EU countries interested in issues related to political engagement and public affairs as well as those that are interested in learning more practical skills about political activism. The participation fee is 120 euros (excluding travel costs), to be paid in advance. If you register before June 1st, you pay an ‘early birds’-fee of 100 euros. We offer a fee of 80 euros for local Ukranians. Individuals from a few countries can file a claim for reimbursement of travelcosts or a part of the participation fee. Contact panchuk@ecpyouth.eu for more information. Registration deadline is 18 June at 18.00 CET. Cancellation deadline is June 23th at 18.00 CET. Cancellation fee after cancellation deadline is 100 EUR.

UPDATE (19 June 2017): As we have still places left, you are invited to register until 23 June 2017.

Ukraine – Odessa

Odessa is the third most populous city of Ukraine (more than 1 million people), a major seaport and transportation hub located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea. Odessa is also an administrative center of the Odeska Oblast and a multiethnic cultural center. Odessa is sometimes called ‘The pearl of the Black Sea’. The hotel we reside will be near the Arcadia beach district.



Andrey Kamenshchikov (USA) is the regional coordinator for Eastern Europe of the international association of civilian peacekeeping organizations “The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict”. He will give a lecture on the global infrastructure of peacekeeping.

Igor Dubrovsky (Ukraine) is a representative of the Ukrainian Peacemaking School coalition, candidate of sociological sciences, expert on social dialogue issues, founder of the School of Social Mediators. He will give a training on the peacekeeping aspects of integration of victims in the course of conflicts.

Valeriu Ghiletchi MP (Moldova) is a Moldovan Baptist clergyman and MP of the Moldovan Parliament. He will give a lecture and a workshop on the Biblical principles of peacemaking and overcoming divisions.

Teuta Vodo (Albania) works for ECPM as a Policy Researcher.



Thursday July 13 – Arrival & dinner

Dress code: casual

14:00 – 18:00 Arrival and registration
18:00 – 20:00 Dinner in hotel
Friday July 14 – Inputs, Trainings, Workshops

Dress code: formal/smart casual
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:30 Transfer to the conference room (Context Prichernomorie Information Agency, 4d Shevchenko Ave, office 81)

09:00 – 09:30 Press conference (board and organizers)

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome speech and introduction by ECPYouth, DDF and CDUU

10:00 – 11:15 Lecture by Teuta Vodo

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00 Workshop

13:00 – 14:00 Lecture “Infrastructure of the world. Civilian peacekeeping”

(Andrey Kamenshchikov, regional coordinator for Eastern Europe of the international association of civilian peacekeeping organizations “The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict”, USA)

14:00 – 15:00 Lunch (“Skazka Vostoka” cafe, Preobrazhenskaya st., 45)

15:00 – 17:30 Training: “Infrastructure of the world. Civilian peacekeeping” (Andrey Kamenshchikov)

19:00 – 20:00 Dinner in hotel
Saturday July 15 – GA, Leadership trainings

Dress code: GA formal/smart casual

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 11:30 GA part I

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00 GA part II

13:00 – 14:00 Meeting with regional leaders of Odesa region (representatives of political parties and public organizations)

15:00 – 16:00 Lecture “Peacekeeping aspects of integration of victims in the course of the conflict in the Donbass and Crimea”. (Igor Dubrovsky is a representative of the Ukrainian Peacemaking School coalition, candidate of sociological sciences, expert on social dialogue issues, founder of the School of Social Mediators, Ukraine)

16:00 – 17:30 Training “Peacekeeping aspects of integration of victims in the course of the conflicts” (Igor Dubrovsky)

19:00 – 20:00 Dinner in hotel
20:00 – 22:00 Evening Odessa (optional)


Sunday July 16 – Church service and visit to the Karolyno Bugaz village

Dress code: casual

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 11:30 Sunday service:

Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (Cathedral Square, 3)

St. Ilyinsky Monastery (Pushkinskaya st., 79)

Roman-Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Ekaterininskaya st., 33/1)

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church (Pasteur st., 62)

12:00– 13:30 Transfer to Karolyno-Bugaz village (Odessa region, resort Gribovka “Gold Bugaz” 17)

14:00 – 20:00 BBQ on the beach:

15:00 – 16:00 Lecture: Bilblical principles of peacemaking by Valeriu Ghiletchi

16:00 – 17:00 Workshop: Music of peace and mercy by Alina Koval (CDUY)

19:00 – 20:00 Transfer to hotel


Monday July 17 – City/Regional council, Gala dinner

Dress code: formal

07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 09:30 Departure to the Odesa city council (Dumskaya square, 1)

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome tour and introduction in city council

10:00 – 12:30 Meeting with city Mayor, members of Parliament and the Regional Council

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (“Kumanets” restaurant, Gavannaya street, 7)

14:00 – 16:00 City tour with tour guide

18:30 – 19:00 Transfer to the restaurant

19:00 – 21:00 Gala dinner & Evaluation of event (with VIP-guests and speakers) (“Ryba” restaurant, Fontanskaya Road st., 155/4)


Tuesday July 18 – Departure

08:30 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:00 Departure


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