Last greetings from Christian ENCOUNTERS 2020 in Graz

Unfortunately Christian ENCOUNTERS had to be canceled due to Covid-19 pandemic. We send you last greetings with some questions the youth ask our church leaders that we as well should answer for ourselves. We look forward to meeting you "face to face" at the next Christian ENCOUNTERs.

What can we do to fight prejudices against immigrants?

What actions can we take to combat environmental change?

This playlist collects all videos that have been made for and thanks to Christian Encounters 2020. This gives us the opportunity to celebrate together at least digitally to keep the idea "from face to face" in our hearts until we meet again at future Christian Encounters.


× Dear Sir or Madam
dear sisters and brothers,
dear friends,

Due to the corona pandemic, we announce to you with great regret that we have to cancel Christian ENCOUNTERS.

We ask for your understanding that we have to cancel Christian ENCOUNTERS for this summer. Unfortunately, it is also not possible to postpone it by one year due to organizational, scheduling and personnel reasons.

Please understand our decision that we have to make in this exceptional situation!

Of course, all registered people and groups will get their already paid participation fees back. We will arrange the remittances. For this, too, we ask for some patience in the current situation.

Thank you very much for your interest in Christian ENCOUNTERS and hope to greet you "face to face" on another occasion.

Please take care of your health and your fellow human beings!

With kind regards from Bishop Michael Chalupka, State Superintendent Thomas Hennefeld and Superintendent Stefan Schröckenfuchs

Your Austrian Christian ENCOUNTERS Team

A European event with a background

Die Bibel steht im Zentrum der Christlichen Begegnungstage 2020 in Graz


Christian ENCOUNTERS is a European event with a background! Following the fall of the Iron Curtain, Protestant Christians from the Lutheran churches in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic created a meeting point for the first time in 1991. Even more than 25 years on from that first initiative, central European Protestant churches continue to meet every three years, each time in a different country.

The three Protestant churches in Austria – the Protestant Church A.C., the Protestant Church H.C. and the United Methodist Church in Austria – are issuing a joint invitation to Christian ENCOUNTERS 2020. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Graz-Seckau is co-organising the event.

We look forward to welcoming our European neighbours to Austria!




Murinsel Graz-Tourismus Markus Spenger

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Statement about Christian ENCOUNTERS

“I have to be present in person if I wish to meet someone face to face. The word ‘face’ is both a noun and the corresponding verb – for me, this kind of encounter means looking the other person directly in the eye and talking as I would to a friend, as equals (Exodus 33:11). I wish for all of us to manage this at least once during Christian Encounters 2020 in Graz.”

— Daniela Hamrová, Czech Republic