Mennonite World Conference has opened registration for online participants for its 17th global assembly July 5-10 in Semarang, Indonesia, at indonesia2022.mwc-cmm.org.
MWC is “accepting online registration first, and starting from the end of February 2022, people will be able to register for on-site participation,” said MWC chief international events officer Liesa Unger.
“Once registered, online participants will get first priority to upgrade from online to on-site when travel requirements become clear.”
To ensure equitable access, registration costs vary from free to $150 per person, depending on one’s country’s income level, based on MWC’s fair-share policy.
MWC is encouraging churches, Bible study groups and youth groups to take part virtually.
“We encourage the whole church to register online and plan for a time to gather and get involved in worship, group activities and workshops with the on-site participants,” Unger said.
“We want to make sure that the global online experience is not limited to countries where the internet is available in every single home. We thus encourage congregations to watch together through one individual’s registration, but to take an offering for Mennonite World Conference’s Assembly Fund in lieu of registering every person who attends virtually from the church.”
Janti Widjaja, church leader in the GKMI Indonesian Anabaptist conference, said: “I encourage all of us to take heart and know that God is in control. Since the pandemic began, we have learned that situations can change very quickly, and in response we learn new things to address these changes. On-site or online, we can follow Jesus together across barriers as one global family of faith.”