Anne Baenziger

1 December 2023

Anne Baenziger

1 December 2023

Spirit of Lausanne – what in the world does that mean…isn’t that a city in Switzerland!? I thought the same thing…I had heard bits and pieces about Lausanne throughout my time in ministry and mission work. I had the privilege to participate in the Lausanne Regional Gathering at the start of November with 4 others from Ireland (North & South).

ireland team

Ireland Team (Rick, Fraser, Anne, Laura, Nathaniel)

This gathering was one of 12 across the globe to gather, learn, share, and explore the Lausanne Movement in different geographical contexts.

Ireland Team (Rick, Fraser, Anne, Laura, Nathaniel)

Lausanne Europe Group Photo

The European meeting was in Budapest (read more about it here) with over 160 people from 37 countries!

We spent time reading the Book of Acts together, even in the different languages, which was a great way to ground our conversations and exploration around mission and the gospel. There were four themes over the few days from which we heard speakers share and had time to discuss in our national table groups. 

The themes were:

  1. Gender and Generations
  2. The Contextual Communication of the Gospel
  3. Persecution and Witness
  4. Corruption in the Church
lausanne europe gathering

Main Sessions

One of the evenings, I spent in a breakout session for women to share about their experiences. It was amazing to hear women from Slovakia, Malta, Austria, Croatia, Norway, Estonia, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, turkey, Hungary, Portugal, Serbia and Germany. There were several common themes mentioned: need for mentoring, gender roles / stereotypes, cultural and societal norms, and ‘shouldn’t’ mindset in terms of women thinking they shouldn’t do/say/be/etc. something.

The speakers were from across different contexts and spoke well on each topic, some were sharing more about the Lausanne movement and history. We were reminded of Christ Wright’s talk from 2010 Cape Town conference where he cast the vision to focus on the humility, integrity, and simplicity.

Ireland Team (Rick, Fraser, Anne, Laura, Nathaniel)

Prayer Walk around Budapest

We heard about Lausanne’s 33 issue networks which sound a lot like Praxis’ networks – great to hear of the topics, issues being faced, and how so many globally are gathering to exploring mission in so many ways. We heard inspiring research being done on women in evangelical Europe, examples of how Lausanne has been a uniting and resourcing impact in some countries, the challenges facing today’s Europe when it comes to mission, update from a few Ukrainians about what has been happening for them, and much more! We did a walking tour and prayer walk around the beautiful city of Budapest which was a brilliant way to get to know one another, see the sites, and pray for the country and continent.

It was very inspiring to hear from others across Europe but also great to get to know the other 4 from Ireland. We hope to continue to explore what Lausanne can look like in Ireland so do get in touch (email Anne here) if you’re interested in getting involved or would like to hear more.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Baenziger

Anne has been living in Dublin since 2013 serving various mission & church groups. Currently she is doing an MA in Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care in DCU, leading Breathe, & is part of the Praxis team. She is passionate about building community, connecting people, and helping to create change. She’s a cyclist, a book club goer, enjoys cinema and loves anything that makes Dublin better!

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