Conference 2021

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Sisters and Brothers,

after we had to postpone our conference in 2020 due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, we herewith would like to invite you to the IRCA-EUROPE Conference in Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Romania. The conference will take place between 31.05. 2021 – 03.06.2021 in the Evangelic Academy  Transylvania. The conferences 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 bears in this days a stronger importance than ever. In times when we talk about reconstruction and resilience it is important to see what the role of churches in general and the importance of rural communities in particular can be. This will be the themes and main motivations of our conference in Sibiu. As christians we carry the responsibility not just for our own families, our direct environment and our communities in which we are active, but also far beyond these.

According 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 environment.  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.

31 MAY – 3 JunE 2021 
„sourdough FOR THE LAND“

(Modifications reserved)

MonDAY, 31 MAY 2021

18:00 Welcome and reception

19:00 Dinner and get-together


Tuesday, 01 JunE 2021

7:30 Morning prayer

8:00 Breakfast

09:00 – 10:30: Speaker: Dr. Matthias Kreplin (Evangelical Academy Baden – Germany):

“The contribution of churches for a sustainable Europe”  

10:30 Coffee-break

11:00 – 13:00 Speaker: Nicolae Stefănuță (Member of the European Parlament – Romania)   

“Europe – A model for unity in diversity”  

13:00 – 15:00: Lunch

15:00 – 16:15 Speaker: Andri Kober (Chair of SRAKLA – Switzerland):

“Resilient in conditions of pandemics”

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee-break

16:30 – 18:30 Workshops: 

  • Agriculture (Rolf Brauch – Präsident of the Evangelical Rural Service of the EKD – Germany)
  • Rural communities (Andri Kober – Chair of SRAKLA – Switzerland)
  • Parishies Dr. Matthias Kreplin (Evangelical Academy Baden – Germany)

18:30 – 19:30 Dinner

20:00: Welcome at the Orthodox Theological Faculty in Sibiu of the Romanian Orthodox Church


Wednesday, 02 JunE 2021

7:30 Morning prayer

8:00 Breakfast

09:00 -10:30: Speaker: Dr. Daniel Buda (Dean of Orthodox Theological Faculty in Sibiu)        

“The contribution of the Orthodox Church for a sustainable environment”  

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee – break

10:45 – 11:30 Speaker: Adrian Cretu (National Union of private Forestowners – Romania):                

“Between illegal logging and afforestation” 

13:00: Lunch

16:30 – 17:00: Evaluation of the conference

17:00 – 17:30: Adoption of the final declaration

17:00 – 18:30: Elections IRCA – Europe Board

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

20:00  Dinner and informal get-together


Thursday,  03 JunE 2021


10:00: Guided tour through Sibiu/alternatively visit of the the ASTRA Museum of Folkloric Traditional Civilization in Romania

* 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 5 April 2021.



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: 

Evangelic Academy Transylvania

Livezii 55, RO – 550042 Sibiu, Romania

Phone: +4(0) 269 219914