Global Christian communicators appoint new general secretary

By staff writers
July 21, 2010

The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) has appointed the Rev Karin Achtelstetter as its new General Secretary. She will join the WACC staff, based in Toronto, Canada, on 1 October 2010 and will become General Secretary one month later on 1 November.

Karin Achtelstetter is well known in global communication circles as the current Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Lutheran World Federation, and as former Coordinator of the Public Information Team and Media Relations Officer of the World Council of Churches, both based in Geneva. She has also served on both the WACC Europe and WACC Board of Directions.

WACC President Dennis Smith declared: “Ms Achtelstetter is a gifted, visionary leader who can bring along World Association of Christian Communication members, staff and partners as WACC continues to develop and live out a common vision. She will represent WACC articulately and thoughtfully before different stakeholders including the membership, governments, faith-based groups, the academy, the media and the private sector.”

A German by birth, Karin Achtelstetter, who speaks all of WACC’s four official languages and holds a Masters in Theology (Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany) and a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies (University of Kent at Canterbury, England), was ordained to the ministry of word and sacrament of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria in January of this year.

She has served as an occasional lecturer in the Department for Practical Theology, Christian Communication Unit, Faculty of Theology, Friedrich-Alexander University.

The World Association for Christian Communication (http://www.waccglobal.org/) promotes communication for social change. It argues that communication is a basic human right that defines people’s common humanity, strengthens cultures, enables participation, creates community and challenges tyranny and oppression.

WACC’s key concerns are media diversity, equal and affordable access to communication and knowledge, media and gender justice, and the relationship between communication and power. It tackles these through advocacy, education, training, and the creation and sharing of knowledge.

WACC’s worldwide membership works with faith-based and secular partners at grassroots, regional and global levels, giving preference to the needs of the poor, marginalised and dispossessed.


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