#realyou online sessions

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our plans for the congress have changed over time. One of the great opportunities has been to start a series of #realyou online sessions as a spin-off of the theme #realyou. These online sessions have the purpose of keeping #realconversations happening about #reallife topics with #realpeople like you.

 

We are excited about starting this #realjourney with you from now to the international AMiCUS congress (hybrid edition) in 2021. During this time, we hope to learn from each other and to truly create a close-knit community of followers of Jesus throughout Europe.

The online sessions will be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel: EUD Youth Ministries.

Our next online session is on 11 June 2021 on #reallove, and our guest speaker will be Sam Leonor.  

Online Session 5

#reallove

with Sam Leonor

Friday, 11 June 2021 @ 19:30 (CET)* ONLINE

In Matthew 5, Jesus sets some pretty lofty ideals for us as his followers. Over and over again, he acts and speaks in ways that question and challenge the way we naturally approach life. He ends the chapter by instructing us to love our enemies. But what does that mean? What does it not mean? How can we apply it in our own lives? That’s what we will explore in #reallove.

Rewatch here.

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Meet our speakers

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Sam Leonor currently works with Adventist Health overseeing the work of Mission and Spiritual Care. Previously, he spent over 20 years in University ministry as Chaplain to the students and faculty of La Sierra University. 

He loves finding ways to engage culture deeply for the sake of the Gospel. His professional life has been devoted to helping people bloom into a faith that is growing, missional and full of love. 

Sam was raised in Central America where his parents were part of developing church and health care missions. He has degrees from Southern Adventist University and Andrews University. 

He is married to Shelley Campbell. Together they have two college age children, Alexandra and Micah. 

Online response groups

In #realyou online, we will also have response groups. These are special groups in which you will be given the opportunity to respond to and process the main message in a way that is the most appealing to you and in the company of youth and students from all Europe. Maybe you process ideas through conversation, or through lettering or arts, or perhaps by having a moment of personal devotion... You decide!

For our next online session, we are offering these response groups:

Conversation Response Groups with Jonatán Tejel (@jonanany)

 

First of all, who is Jonatán?

Hi! I’m Jonatán Tejel and I currently serve as the Youth Ministries Director for the Inter-European Division. I enjoy life with my wife Daniela and my two precious daughters, Astrid and Édera.

I’m into sports such as football, rock climbing, and scuba diving and I like working with computers and doing puzzles. One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 40:30-31: “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” 

What can I expect in the Conversation Response Groups?

Since I was young I grew up with the conviction that there is nothing better than an open, honest and respectful conversation about any topic in life. There will be difficult topics, sometimes during the conversation you can disagree with the other person's opinion, but the experience of having a good conversation will help you to grow and to better understand those around you. The more open and respectful your dialogue is, the healthier your relationships will become. So, come, join one of the Conversation Response Groups, and enjoy your time, listening to others and also giving your own opinions. 

We will have more than 10 different conversation response groups to choose from, in the following languages: English, French, Spanish and Romanian. If you want to meet new people, we recommend you choose an English-speaking group. 

 

What will I need for the Conversation Response Groups?

  • A desire to engage in conversation with other students and young people in Europe

  • An open mind and a respectful heart :)

Register to this response group here: http://bit.ly/RealLoveRegister3

 

Lettering Response Group with Sayei Méndez (@escribiendosupalabra)

 

First of all, who is Sayei?

Hi, I’m Sayei! I’m 21 years old and I live in the hottest city of Spain, Seville. I love marine biology but I have another passion… Lettering and art! When I was about to start college, I first had to pass the exams. I’ve always been an easy to stress person. I decided to try a 30-day lettering challenge to relax when I needed it. It helped me so much, that I decided to keep lettering and started an Instagram account called Escribiendo Su Palabra. Years have passed and it is now my everyday ministry. God has blessed me a lot through every design! Thanks to this ministry I’ve met beautiful people and their stories. And I look forward to seeing you again in #realpurpose.

 

What can I expect in the Lettering Response Group?

Are you ready for the next session of #reallove?! I'm waiting for you at the Lettering Response group! We're going to learn all the tips to a cool hand lettering and practicing with the guides and printables, so that we can create street hanging signs. We need to spread the LOVE! Start preparing your material!


What will I need in the Lettering Response Group?

  • Pencil and rubber 

  • Brush pen or conic tip marker

  • Guides and printables (will be available below)

  • Papers of different colors

Register to this response group here: http://bit.ly/RealLoveRegister3

Art Response Group with Winston Adom (@winston.adom)

First of all, who is Winston?

Hi everyone, I'm Winston Adom a creative from Como, born in Ghana in 1996.

I became passionate about design thanks to the CD booklets that my father collected and from cartoons.

I decided to deepen this curiosity, under the advice of my prof. of English in high school, deciding to attend NABA in Milan, where I graduated.

For my works I am inspired by the music I listen to and by England, the gray tones, the dirt and all the colorful and bold billboards.

At the moment I am a freelancer, I usually work with music artists, and recently I had the chance to work with Netflix and I usually collaborate with TRX Radio.

What can I expect in the Art Response Group?

For me, art is the projection on paper of what we live. Interpersonal relationships are as unpredictable as a sketch. With a little concentration, we will try to communicate with a piece of paper and a pencil.

What will I need for the Art Response Group?

  • One sheet of paper

  • Pen and pencil

  • Tape

  • Concentration

Register to this response group here: http://bit.ly/RealLoveRegister3

Go Deeper Response Group with Stephan Sigg​ (@StephanSigg on Twitter)

First of all, who is Stephan?

Stephan Sigg is the President of the Swiss-German Conference since 2017. He served many years as a devoted Youth Ministries Director: for ten years from 1997-2007 in Switzerland and for seven years from 2010-2017 in Europe at the Inter-European Division. He is the creator of the iCOR-Initiative (intergenerational Church of Refuge) which is a values-based approach for building authentic communities of faith. That’s what God intended his church to be: A living expression of the Gospel and of His Love as a testimony of God’s reality, His kingdom, in this world. Stephan Sigg’s dissertation was focused on fostering the spiritual growth and the relational and systemic integration of young people into the body of Christ. Stephan is also an adjunct lecturer in practical theology (full time from 2007-2010) and is passionate about Jesus.

What can I expect in the Go Deeper Response Group?

This response group is about going and digging deeper into the central theme of our faith: God’s Love. Too often the understanding of faith is reduced to a mere conviction, a religious behaviour, or an acknowledgement of certain biblical truths. But Faith is much more than that. Faith is about expressing God’s Love in our everyday lives and to be a living testimony of the transforming power of the Gospel in Jesus Christ. The New Testament makes it very clear, what counts in the eyes of our Lord is faith working through love (Gal. 5:6b). That is what we want to explore and discuss more – not because it is a nice idea but because it is the centre of God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ.

What will I need for the Go Deeper Response Group?

  • Open mind, constructive spirit, positive atmosphere and a sense of humour.

  • A pen and a notebook, or any other device where you can jot down some notes.

Register to this response group here: http://bit.ly/RealLoveRegister3

Take Action Response Group with Álvaro Dolade (@edalod)

First of all, who is Álvaro?

Hola! My name is Álvaro, I’m a Strategic Designer and Creative Director from Barcelona. I have worked for more than 10 years for brands such as Nike, Ford or Santander. I am a Design Thinking and Social Innovation lecturer at Brother Escuela de Creativos and IED Barcelona. With my incredible wife María I have collaborated in the planting of two Adventist churches in Madrid and Barcelona. My purpose in life: to co-design better future scenarios, reaching Heaven and beyond!

What can I expect in the Take Action Response Group?

In this response group you will learn to use collaborative ideation tools used by big organizations such as Nike, Apple or Netflix. 

 

Since the beginning of the Adventist Church, innovative DNA has always been latent. In 158 years we have achieved a global community of more than 20 million members. This is why our spiritual grandparents were called pioneers!

 

In 2021, we need to adapt to the needs of a complex world that demands us to be salt and light through empathy, love and authentic relationships, leaving the stereotypes behind. Following the model of Jesus, our Universal Creative Director.

 

Let's use creativity and innovations tools to become pioneers again!

What will I need for the Take Action Response Group?

  • An active account at Miro (www.miro.com) a free online collaborative tool with great potential. 

  • An open and bold attitude to welcome change. 

Register to this response group here: http://bit.ly/RealLoveRegister3

Registration

This is a free event. However, we need you to register so we can properly plan for the response groups.

Save the dates for the upcoming #realyouonline sessions:

11 June 2021

 

And also for the #realyou AMiCUS Congress:

23-26 September 2021

Previous online sessions

Online Session 4

#realchurch

with Jonathan Contero and Abigail Esquirolea

Friday, 12 March 2021 @ 19:30 (CET)* ONLINE

Church… A word that has been used to point to so many things. But what is church really

If we pay close attention to what the Bible says, we will discover an ancient purpose: to become the image of God to the world. God is relational, and so should be the church: a community where we experience love and deliver God’s grace to people. Let’s be real Church. 

Rewatch this session here.

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Online Session 3

#realpurpose

with Dejan Stojkovic

Friday, 11 December 2020 @ 19:30 (CET)* ONLINE

One of the impacts of COVID-19 has been to slow us down from a, frankly, frantic and overly busy existence. We now find ourselves with an opportunity to rethink who we are and what our #realpurpose in life is.

Like Moses when he unexpectedly encountered the burning bush, listening to God’s voice may take us out of our comfort zone. But life is not just about staying alive, it’s about living.

*Watch recorded video here

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Online Session 2

#realfuture

with Ty Gibson

Saturday 26 September 2020 @ 17:00 (CEST)* ONLINE

The future of our world looks pretty dark right now. Not only has the coronavirus gone viral, but so has anger and hatred. We seem to be teetering on the edge of social meltdown. The most important question each of us must answer within the privacy of our own hearts is this: what kind of person will I be in the midst of the chaos that engulfs our world? I can either be a lover or a hater. The choice is mine.  

*Watch the recorded session here

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Online Session 1

#realnewnormal

with Tihi Lazic

Friday 25 September 2020 @ 20:00 (CEST)* ONLINE

Lives are disrupted, damaged, or lost. Economies devastated; plans destroyed. The CoVid-19 pandemic of 2020 will never be forgotten. But, what if, in the midst of fear and anxiety, we decided to use this opportunity to just stop for a moment and face ourselves?! What if we decide to put aside the scaffolding of our life—our goals, ambitions, roles, jobs—and dare to wrestle with one of the most challenging and complex questions of human existence—the question of our personal identity and purpose: Who are we and what is our unique role in the new normal?

*Watch the recorded session here

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Dejan Stojkovic was born in Kragujevac, Serbia. He finished his primary and secondary education in post-communist Serbia, interrupted a few times with the ugliness of wars that struck this region. He came to England in 2001 to study theology and he completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Newbold College. Here he started a student-led worship service ‘Experience’. Dejan has served as a youth pastor at Stanborough Park Church where he established the Parallel Service as an outreach and reclamation ministry for youth and young adults. Before being called to serve as British union youth director he was serving as a Director for Teen’s Ministry, AVS and Chaplaincy at the South England Conference. Dejan got married to Deana in 2010. Dejan’s mission in life is very simple and that is preparing young people for the second coming of Jesus.

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Dr Tihomir Lazic works as a Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Newbold College and as the Director of Public Campus Ministry (or Student Ministry) at the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church. He completed his doctorate in theology at the University of Oxford. His speciality is in systematic theology, or more precisely, contemporary ecclesiology — particularly the issues of Adventist ecclesiology and identity. 

 

Tihomir lives in England and is married to Kärt from Estonia. The main drives that shape his vision of life and ministry are the sense of wonder and adventure that come from exploring the unknown and from the relentless quest to understand God and believers' life in Him.

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At the age of eighteen Ty Gibson had an encounter that persuaded him of God’s existence. After having been raised with a purely secular worldview and having witnessed firsthand much evil and suffering, Ty was completely opposed to the idea of a Supreme Being. “If a God exists at all,” he reasoned, “He would have to be cruel to have made a world like ours?” Ty’s conversion as a teenager was founded upon the answer to that question. The powerful reality of God’s love opened Ty’s mind to a whole new line of thought. Since then Ty has given his life to the joyous task of sharing God’s good character in public seminars, as well as through print and video media. 

 

A passionate communicator with a message that opens minds and moves hearts, Ty Gibson is lead pastor of Storyline Church (storylineadventist.org), as well as President of Light Bearers (lightbearers.org) and the ARISE Discipleship School (arise.online). He has authored ten books, as well as the wildly popular TruthLink Bible Study Guides and online course (truthlink.org). His most recent video work can be viewed at digma.com and tabletalk.online. 

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Jonathan Contero and Abigail Esquirolea are a passionate couple of Jesus’ followers who love to tell a secular society that they need God even if they apparently don’t. That’s the reason why they planted CERO church to accomplish this purpose.

Jonathan is the pastor of CERO Church (Madrid, Spain) and also associate director of the Center of Secular and Post-modern Studies at the General Conference of SDA.

Abigail is a nurse who works in a school taking care of children.

They have two kids that bring them joy and beautiful and endless work.

There are many things that they like to do: travelling, reading, and hanging out with friends.