Conference 2020

Dear brothers and sisters worldwide,

the IRCA-Europe conference “Sourdough for the land” will be postponed until next year due to the current situation. The new date will be announced well in advance.

The board of the International Rural Churches Association in Europe.


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Sisters and Brothers, 

herewith we would like to invite you to the IRCA-EUROPE Congress in Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Romania. The conference will take place on 8-11 June 2020 in the Lutheran Academy of Transylvania. The meetings of IRCA-EUROPE take place every four years between the worldwide IRCA conferences, based on the same time rhythm. Furthermore, IRCA-Europe offers as a support a platform of dialogue. Through the website ( we share informations, important resources, ideas and contact details of the board members. All these informations have been transmitted within the religious and rural networks of the countries we represent. 

The biblical image of the  sourdough will be the theme and main motivation for the gathering in Sibiu. As Christians we carry the responsability not just for our own families, our direct environment and our communities in which we are active, but also far beyond these.  

Accordingly to that, we want to value the days in Sibiu by informing about the activities of the European Rural Churches, listen to a presentation about the contribution of churches for a sustainable Europe and also place on our agenda the engagement of the Orthodox Church in Romania upon the preservation of the forests.  At an appointment in Rășinari we will get an inside view in the illegal logging of the forests and the local mayor will speak about the sustainable alpine pasture in this area. 

Our programme is embedded in morning and evening prayers, in listening to the word of God and in the praise and gratitude for Him keeping us alive until now. This unifying force of the christian faith and christian hope gives us strength not just for our work in the different regions of Europe, but also across all borders.  

Here you can download the provisional programme of the conference: IRCA EUROPE CONGRESS.pdf (64 downloads)

8-11 JunE 2020 
„sourdough FOR THE LAND“



(Modifications reserved)

MonDAY, 8 JUNE 2020

18:00: Welcome of the participants and dinner 


Tuesday, 09 JunE 2020

09:00 – 11:00: “Sourdough for the land” – The activities of the Congress of the European Churches for the rural area; Speaker: Petr Pavlovic (CEC Brussels)

11:00 – 13:00: The contributions of the churches for a sustainable Europe; Speaker: Councillor of the highest administrative body of the Protestant Church Dr. Matthias Kreplin (Lutheran Oberkirchenrat Karlsruhe)

13:00 – 15:00: Lunch 

15:00 – 15:30: Coffee break

15: 30 – 17: 00: The role of the church in a pluralist Europe-a perspective from U.K.; Speaker: Ann Wright

18:00: Dinner 

20:00: Welcome at the Orthodox Theological Institute of the Romanian Orthodox Churches


Wednesday, 10 JunE 2020

09:00 -10:30: The contribution of the Romanian Orthodox Churches for the preservation of the forests; Speaker: Prof. Dr. Daniel Buda, Sibiu

11:30: Between the deprivation and the replanting of the forests. Challenges in Romania;  Speaker: Adrian Cretu, director of the forestry office Rășinari; chairman of the national federation of the private forest owners 

13:00: Lunch with Bogdan Bucur, mayor of Rășinari; sustainable development of romanian mountain villages based on the example of Rășinari, a traditional mountain village; followed by a guided tour 

15:30 – 16:30: The adoption of the final declaration 

16:30 – 17:00: The evaluation of the conference 

17:00 – 18:30: IRCA-Europe board elections 

19:00 – 20:00: Final worship with Holy Communion  

20:00 Uhr: Dinner with enjoyable completion  


Thursday,  11 JunE 2020


10:00: Guided tour through Sibiu/alternatively visit of the the ASTRA Museum of Folkloric Traditional Civilization in Romania (Registration and a small cost contribution for the trips are possible during the conference)

* Journey home




Lutheran Academy of Baden, Astrid Haupt
Blumenstr. 1-7, 76133 Karlsruhe


Phone: +49-721 9175-352, Fax: +49-721 9175-25-352


Accommodation and meals in the Lutheran Academy of Transylvania.

(total Price, without travel expenses): 250,00€ per person. 

Please specify if you need a single room!

Grants for the conference can be requested at the Lutheran Academy of Baden.

Only written registrations by e-mail until 31 March 2020.



After the reservation and registration please pay in accordance with your invoice at the:

Evangelische Bank eG Kassel

Payment note: 5220 6444 1617 Sibiu


IBAN: DE07 5206 0410 0000 5000 11


Office in Romania: 

Lutheran Academy of Transylvania

Livezii 55, RO – 550042 Sibiu, Romania 

Phone: +4(0) 269 219914