As part of the planning for the World Council of Churches 11th Assembly, which will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany in September 2022, young songwriters are invited to enter an ecumenical song-writing competition.
Entrants should create their songs around the assembly theme, “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity”, based on the biblical texts from which this theme is drawn: 2 Corinthians 5: 14, 18 – 21.
Songs can be written in any language but must be accompanied with an English translation. Every submission will be reviewed by a dedicated committee. The top eight songs selected from each WCC region will be included in assembly worship resources and the top three entries may be invited to lead and perform their songs in a musical event during the assembly.
“Engaging young people in this form is a way of WCC paving the direction in which our music will go and the continuity of passing on the spirit of composing original music as part of our worship materials” explained Rev. Dr Mikie Roberts, WCC programme executive for Spiritual Life.
Songs which are entered must be an original composition. The composer(s) must be between 18 and 35 years old and of a member church of the WCC.
The closing date is 30 June 2020.
Full details of how to enter and an application form are available here.