The shelter we seek – a critical reflection on church as safer space | 2024

In this event, we will closely examine particularly painful incidents that occur within the church. Our aim is to identify the causes of such hurt and explore how we can take responsibility for changing the way we view hurt and discrimination in both human and church life.

The event welcomes 20 participants from diverse backgrounds. The event is scheduled for 3-9 June 2024, including travel days, and will take place in Malaga, Spain.

To become part of this event you can apply here.

Deadline for applications is 15 March, 23.59 CET.

Here are the key details:

Event: “The shelter we seek – A critical reflection on church as safer space”  
Location: Malaga, Spain 
Dates: June 3-9 
Participation Fee: 50€ (includes board and lodging) 
Travel Costs: As per our travel reimbursement policy, we kindly request a contribution from you or your organisation. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require financial assistance. We believe that no one should be unable to participate due to financial reasons.


Travel reimbursement policy:
● 90 % for participants from Bulgaria and Romania
● 70% for participants from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland and Russia
● 50% for participants from Belgium, Iceland, Italy, Spain and Portugal
● Up to 25% for participants from all other countries

This list focuses on EYCE member organisations. If your country is not on this list, please do not hesitate to contact us. (general.secretary@eyce.org)

Also, if you need general financial support, please contact us! We don’t want anyone to stay at home for financial reasons.


The event will host up to 20 passionate participants who are committed to creating safer spaces in church and youth work. You should be open to an ecumenical experience, different perspectives and ready to take up the task of creating safer spaces. We welcome all forms of experience and work you are doing, whether at local, regional, national or international level.

You must be between 18 and 30 years old and a resident in a Council of Europe member state.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! The deadline for applications is March 15, 23:59 CET. We will be in touch with all applicants the week after the deadline.

By the way, please greet our five team members for the event:

 clockwise: Luisa from Germany, Steven from the Executive Committee, Alan from Sweden, Ronja from Austria and Luka from Serbia

The event is supported as International Activity
by the Council of Europe
through the European Youth Foundation