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 updated 17 March, 11.59 CET/noon.

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.

Have you ever pondered the intricate workings of society and felt a twinge of discomfort or unease? If so, prepare for an event that promises to be both enlightening and empowering. This June, against the backdrop of the sun-kissed beaches of Malaga, Spain, an event of paramount importance will take place: “Critical Reflection on Churches as Safer Spaces”.
Bringing together experts, trainers and participants from across Europe, this gathering will explore the essence of critical thinking – the cornerstone of freedom. It offers a rare opportunity to peel back the layers of societal norms and confront the truths that are often obscured by the facade of everyday life.
But fear not, for amidst the weighty discussions and debates, you’ll find yourself wrapped in warmth – not only from the balmy Spanish weather, with temperatures soaring above 32 degrees, but also from the welcoming embrace of your fellow participants.
So what are you waiting for? Take the plunge and apply for our programme. If you’ve found yourself drawn to this text, then you’re undoubtedly the kind of person we’re looking for. Don’t hesitate – join us in unravelling the complexities of safer spaces and contributing to a more inclusive society.

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. (

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 17, 11:59 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