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DALEJ!
“Let us arise and build” (Neh 2:18)

DALEJ! 2016


What

An Ecumenical Conference for 450 young people and students of Kairos-Europe & Middle East and worldwide.

Where

The DALEJ Conference will take place in the Polish village of Kiczyce – a small town 100km from KRAKOW.

When

July 23rd – July 29th 2016

Who

Young people between 17-25 years of age from all around the world.


Register

We believe that the Lord is calling us in Kairos Europe to respond to his word.


We believe he is calling us to renew and rebuild.


DALEJ Come join us!



Learn more about the Conference theme

Conference Theme


From July 23rd to 29th 2016 the DALEJ! Conference will gather 450 students and young adults together in Kiczyce, Poland. The theme of our conference is “arise and build”.

Taking our central theme from the second chapter of the book of Nehemiah, we will investigate a time when God’s people were scattered and divided and when hope and a fresh call was given to them to build the city of God.

The Polish word DALEJ means to persevere or continue. It also is commonly used to shout encouragement to someone engaged in an activity. Runners at a race encourage one another by shouting “DALEJ! DALEJ!”.

It is a call to persevere in action – to continue to run strong. In the book of Nehemiah it is used by the people whom Nehemiah has called to respond to his work of building the wall of the city of Jerusalem.

Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem, and he is saddened by its state and moved to rebuild the city. He tells the people as he begins this great endeavour “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer disgrace. And I told them of the hand of my God which had been upon me for good, and also of the words which the king had spoken to me.” (Neh 2:17)

As the people hear the call of Nehemiah their eyes are opened. They see what the city has become and they are imbued with a fresh heart to take part in the work of God. They answer Nehemiah with a response of “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work”.(Neh 2:18).

We believe that the Lord is calling us in Kairos Europe to respond to his word. We believe he is calling us to renew and rebuild. This is what DALEJ! is about.

Transport

Transport


How can I get to the place?

The nearest airports are:

  1. KRAKÓW (Balice)
  2. KATOWICE (Pyrzowice)

Please try to book your flights to one of these two airports. The DALEJ team will arrange collection from these airports to the venue.

Should you not be able to fly to one of these airports other options in Poland are: WARSZAWA (Warsaw Chopin Airport) or WROCLAW. Should you fly to one of these airports you must arrange transportation from there to the venue or to Krakow or Katowice airport. Katowice and Krakow airports are the only points from which we will be able to facilitate transport to the venue.

A map:

Transportation:

YOU: organise your transportation to POLAND.

WE: organise your transportation from the airport to the H2O venue in Kiczyce  (There will be an extra cost associated with this – in the region of 100 PLN = £20). Transportation during the conference and transportation to Krakow for the World Youth Day is included in the price you pay.

When should I book my flights?

Prep 7:
Arr: SATURDAY16th July before 2pm to Kraków or Katowice Airport.

DALEJ:
Arr: SATURDAY 23rd July before 2pm to Kraków or Katowice Airport. Or by car or any other means of transport direclty to Kiczyce before 5pm.
Dep: FRIDAY29th July after 4 pm from Krakow of Katowice Airport.

WYD:
Dep: SUNDAY 31st July after 6pm from Krakow/after 7pm from Katowice
(On that Sunday - the latest flight - the better)

How can I serve?

How can I serve?


From Thursday 21st July – Friday 29th of July, the DALEJ Conference will be served by a team of families, couples and singles working together. If you do not fall within the age range for DALEJ, you are very welcome to come and serve on the service team.  The focus of the service team is not simply getting the work done.  One of our goals is to give the service team a positive experience of being a Community of Disciples on Mission.

To that end, there will be more people in the service team than there are jobs to do.  We want to over resource the service team to allow people the chance to participate in the DALEJ environment, to allow them breaks and shift work, times for prayer and reflection, times to mix it up with the DALEJ participants. The service team will be around 40 people and whilst DALEJ sessions are going on, the Service Team will have their own track.

We want to have some young families present in the DALEJ environment and make provision for the care of children.  We want to have parents, children and 17-25s working together across generations and cultures.

For more information contact Tadhg Lynch: tadhg.lynch@kairos-eme.org

World Youth Day – KRAKÓW

How is DALEJ connected to the Catholic World Youth Day?

World Youth Day is a major international event organised every three years by the Catholic Church to gather Youth from around the world.

The central event of WYD is a vigil Mass with the Pope which often attracts over a million young pilgrims. In 2016,  WYD will take place in Krakow, Poland. It will begin a week before the vigil Mass in Catholic parishes throughout the country – young people will arrive to different regions of Poland and participate in a programme prepared by the local parishes while being hosted by Polish families.

For the final few days prior to the World Youth Day itself, they will relocate  to Krakow, participate in the Youth Festival there and finally in the Prayer Vigil and Mass with the Pope...

World Youth Day – KRAKÓW


How is DALEJ is connected to the Catholic World Youth Day?

World Youth Day is a major international event organised every three years by the Catholic Church to gather Youth from around the world. The central event of WYD is a vigil Mass with the Pope which often attracts over a million young pilgrims. In 2016,  WYD will take place in Krakow, Poland. It will begin a week before the vigil Mass in Catholic parishes throughout the country – young people will arrive to different regions of Poland and participate in a programme prepared by the local parishes while being hosted by Polish families. For the final few days prior to the World Youth Day itself, they will relocate  to Krakow, participate in the Youth Festival there and finally in the Prayer Vigil and Mass with the Pope.

As a movement containing many Catholic members, the Sword of the Spirit and KAIROS would like to be present at WYD. However,  rather than going to many different parishes in Poland and being spread all around the region we would like to be in this together. We would like to use this event to meet together with our brothers and sisters from all around the world who live out the same call: to be disciples on mission, to build one another up, to get to know each other and to grow in our faith. Instead of preparing separately in many different parishes, Kairos young people will gather together in Kiczyce. We expect more than 450 people from: Poland, Germany, Russia, Lebanon, Latin America, USA, Scotland, Ireland, England, Belgium, the Philippines and many more! Together we will run an International Ecumenical Conference (DALEJ 2016) before many of the conference participants continue on to the Saturday vigil and Sunday Mass with the Pope. We believe this allows us to give expression to our ecumenical nature as well as participating fully in the most important aspects of World Youth Day.

During this preparation time, we will assist the diocese in which we are located to prepare for the World Youth Day itself.  We will join in some events prepared by the local diocese and we will actively help in leading part of this events. At the close of the DALEJ Conference, all who wish can go together with us to the final event of WYD in Krakow (the vigil & Mass with the Pope) where we will be registered and travel as a recognised group.

Why Have We Taken This Approach?

World Youth Day (WYD) organisers ask and recommend that participants come to WYD with a group. WYD organisers recommend that groups run some kind of a conference before WYD to give all pilgrims preparation and training before entering a very large event to help them receive the most from the event. The DALEJ Conference follows the advice from WYD organisers to organise a conference to help participants engage well with the WYD.

Sword of the Spirit leaders have asked that Kairos and City on a Hill Community help facilitate a good approach to a million person event and an approach to WYD which allows us both to participate and also to keep our Sword of the Spirit identity clear.

The approach that Kairos has taken is to be involved in 3 days of the 7 day WYD conference:

  • On the pre-day of the WYD conference (Sunday 24th) DALEJ participants will join with WYD Conference activities in Bielsko-Biala
  • On the second last day of the WYD conference (Sat 30th) DALEJ participants will join with WYD Conference activities in Krakow
  • On the last day of the WYD conference (Sun 30th) DALEJ participants will join with WYD Conference activities in Krakow
  • As Krakow, a relatively small town, cannot handle the full impact of a million visitors, WYD organisers have identified a 200km zone around Krakow in which to house and accommodate WYD pilgrims for the WYD conference. The Polish town of Kiczyce (where our conference takes place) is within this zone. In that sense some of the set-up is a little different from previous WYDs in that many pilgrims will only travel to Krakow for the days immediately preceding the weekend meeting with the Pope.

Meet our team


Christiane Lewerentz

Paul Jordan

Kairos-EME Director

Christiane Lewerentz

Christiane Lewerentz

Executive Supervisor

Tadhg Lynch

Tadhg Lynch

Conference Director

Gabriel Gołuszek

Gabriel Gołuszek

Venue Manager & Technical

Ania Wojcik

Ania Wójcik

Administration & Communication

Agnieszka Paszek

Agnieszka Paszek

Finance

Victor Barbara

Victor Barbara

Executive Team

Ania Wolas

Ania Wolas

Pastoral Team

Krzystof Stefanowicz

Krzysztof Stefanowicz

Executive Team

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