While he appreciates how much the LWF youth are included in the decision-making process, he feels more can still be done regarding youth participation to ensure equal representation of youth from all regions.
“This needs to be fixed and so the youth have asked for this to be included in their “call to action,” before the next assembly – so that all youth can meaningfully participate,” he said.
Reichel feels the Assembly theme – One Body, One Spirit, One Hope – excellent and very appropriate. “Many in Western Europe suffer from polarization and there are certain voices in society that rather than focus on unity, are bent on further dividing society for political gain,” he said, noting it is a hopeful sign that member churches are able to come together under the Assembly theme, while setting a valuable example for Western Europe.
Reichel hopes to go back with a renewed sense of community and with key points to be included in the national council having learned from the worldwide communion of churches. “A community is needed to make our voices heard; which is not an easy task.” Lutherans are a minority in the Netherlands given that there are about 10,000 Lutherans and over 1.5 million reformed church members.