YOUTH CONTRIBUTE TO THE CHANGE OF THE WORLD

YOUTH CONTRIBUTE TO THE CHANGE OF THE WORLD

Experience On The Moving School Vietnam 2020

Moving School program is truly a useful and effective program for the young. It had not just brought about the new dimensions and diverse perspectives of the program, but also created the new values for the young. By joining the Moving School program, I got to be more familiar with the rhythm of life of the other countries, I saw the new ideas of the young were established, searched for ways to build and make them a reality. The program was organized from experience of reality to theories, from a micro view to a macro (broader) view, from individual issues to social problems. In summary, it is a mission and at the same time a challenge for the young to contribute to this changing world. Well, I think it is so appropriate to the young. Since they are the future of the Church, having a wide and open view of their time. They are ahead of the trends, knowing how to turn back to the right path and able to adjust well their steps. What I want to express is about the important role of the young in the modern world. They are suitable and have potentials to become leaders. Therefore, the Moving School is a useful program for future young leaders.

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In general, I was so impressed with all the program’s sessions. However, I preferred a more experiential and realistic point of view. Therefore, I chose to come to the young people of Maisen Bistro. In there, I have heard the inspiring stories from them, the struggles of the managers, and a life direction that they have set for themselves. I loved those stories as they gave me the ideas for my own action plan. I have seen, understood, and felt the upstream and downstream of their hearts. They are the signs of perseverance, they know how to raise up the importance of their dignity and values, and make themselves inspiring. These qualities are the must-have in our generation, as we know what we need to do to contribute and make a better world for all of us.

What I learnt can be described through 3 main values. First thing first, it is Sympathy. Sympathy is the most important value during the program journey. Sympathy comes from listening, observing, and reflecting. When an issue is raised within the auditorium, the receiver has to image about the provided scene and his/her heart dominates the movement of the problem. If only the brain is used, it will be difficult to realized all perspectives, but if you put emotion into that scene, you will know that the perfection is necessary. The best emotion could be the Sympathy. Secondly, I want to talk about Sharing. We shared our views when we discussed a problem. The key to success is everyone giving their opinions, including the theory and life concepts. We have worked in contributing spirit and together we created conclusion for a problem. In general, sharing is essential for a group to come up with many ideas and keep harmony with each other. Commitment is the last value. Because when you have sympathy and sharing, you will realize more or less the role of young people in the modern life and you will immediately action because you want to do something. There will be countless jobs waiting for young people like us, when we are received so much, and commitment is a way for young people to go, lean on and give more. These are values I summarize during the program, and I will live with these values during the remain of my life.

The program has many strengths, which can be developed more. Instead of making it as a small program for small groups of young people, it can be expanded, to reach out more to the young people who have limited time or with less advantage geographically. Furthermore, sharing time is one aspect that could be added/ expanded. During the session and discussions, the allotted time for dialogue/conversations could become more effective and a potential for a powerful/ effective program. We also need a detailed handout, reading materials, or a summary of highlight of each session. Those materials can be a reminder for us not to forget or miss out the importance part of the program.

Moving School Vietnam 2020

“Catholic Youth as a Good Citizen Contributing to Collaboration of Religions and Civil Society for Betterment of the Society in Vietnam”

  1. About Asian Lay Leaders (ALL) Forum
    • Uniqueness of ALL Forum
      Following Pope Francis’ teachings, ALL Forum promotes the spirit of “reaching out” to the marginalized as a Church. In this, three elements are distinguished: 1) Collaborations among diverse-oriented organizations, 2) providing on-going and holistic programs for youth formation on pan-Asian level and 3) promoting “wider ecumenism”. Put it more closely, ALL Forum is based on concretized and praxis-centered collaborations among five partners: social issues-specialized Center for Asian Peace and Solidarity (CAPS), spirituality-centered Fondacio Asia, Indigenous Peoples (IPs) & ecology-focused Jesuit Companion for Indigenous Ministry (JCIM) & Research and Training Center for Religio-cultural Community (RTRC), and IMCS-AP (International Movement of Catholic Students) as a major Catholic student movement in Asia. Secondly, from its close collaborations of the groups, ALL Forum could provide on-going and holistic formation programs for young lay leaders in the whole Asia. Lastly, ALL Forum focuses on Catholics but is not limited to them. It promotes a wider ecumenical, inter-religious and inter-cultural encounter and learning for mutual growth.


    • Purposes of ALL Forum and Its Methodology
      Young lay leaders working for “social ministries” have played an important role in bridging Church to societies in Asia, but reality of encouraging and empowering them is mostly none except some lay organizations. But their supports have often stopped at a short term or an event-based occasion. Recognizing it deeply, ALL Forum is to provide them with a solid and systematic formation programs for them.
      In order to realize the People of God as a genuine local Church of Asia, ALL Forum is committed to training and educating young Church workers about urgent matters in Asia today such as youth, women and girl children, ecology, migrants, Indigenous peoples (IPs) and other marginalized whom Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) has designated as the subjects of “special pastoralconcerns” by harnessing the Catholic Social Teachings (CSTs) and “Pastoral Spiral” methodology of FABC. Especially ALL Forum is to provide young lay leaders with a combined program like Asian Youth Academy (AYA)/ Asian Theology Forum (ATF), a “Moving School” for those who cannot afford to join AYA/ATF which has been holding on a national or regional level and Spirituality & Peace-building Pilgrimage in Asia.
      As an effective and relevant spiritual formation project for young activists, the AYA/ATF places much emphasis on their religious identity amid the all-things-mixed global world. It also aims to make them what Pope Francis calls “missionary disciples” armed well with strong Christian identity with socio-political awareness, socio-cultural analysis and spiritualties from various religions. Combination of AYA with ATF is to be an intensive and effective tool for “witnessing the Gospel” by developing and strengthening the youth’s Christian identity and deepening their critical idea and knowledge on the society in Asia including the matters of interreligious dialogue, peace-building and working together for common good knowing Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and other religions predominating the largest continent in the world. ALL Forum has done the AYA/ATF for the last 10 years so far.
      All the three programs are based on theo-spiritual approach as a contextual doing theology, or “theology of relevance” to Asian peoples and cultures.



  2. Moving Schools in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam in 2020
    • Purpose
      The “Moving School” for young Vietnamese people focuses on Catholic youths fostering their capacity. It seeks ways of dialogue and cooperation between various religions and ethnic groups, especially Buddhism and ethnic religion, including Cao Dai(高臺), Catholicism, Confucianism and Taoism, and offers a place to learn what the Catholic youth can do for common good and betterment of the country. It also puts emphasis on strengthening the Christian identity of young Vietnamese people including young church workers in Vietnam through Church’s social doctrines, especially the documents of the Second Vatican Council and those of Pope Francis.
      Asian Lay Leaders (ALL) Forum (ALL Forum) plans to hold a “moving school” in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, in February 2020, followed by the moving schools in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, in August and in Kerala, southern India, in October in the same year. The Ignite the Fire of Love Group (IFLG) as the local host will organize the mobile school in Ho Chi Minh. The main themes of the mobile school include freedom of religion, Catholic youth for the realization of the kingdom of God, Catholics as mature citizens working for the better world, and spirituality getting over materialism, individualism and “globalization of indifference” strongly criticized by Pope Francis.



      To achieve this goal, ALL Forum seeks to provide various training programs, especially for young Catholic, to help their leaders become peacemakers. Using Catholic Social Teachings (CSTs) as the main tool, follow faithfully the principles and methods of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) such as “Methodology from Below”, “Triple Dialogue” and “Pastoral Spiral” that start from specific Asian experiences. As an effective youth formation program, the moving school cares about programs to strengthen the religious identity of Christian youth in the era of “global village,” the time when everything has been being mixed up. On the one hand, however, the program encourages young people to take deep root in the Vietnamese culture and emphasizes the role they can actively serve in society. The following is the general purpose of moving schools:
      1. Witnessing the Gospel through Interreligious Collaboration for Common Good as Efficient Evangelization Method:
        Young lay leaders are invited to learn and become vibrant actors for promoting interfaith harmony led to peace for ethnic groups and the country. Considering the situation of predominant Buddhist or Islamic culture and or political uncertainty, that how Christian young workers could accomplish their evangelizing mission works coupled with “double” tasks has always been a great challenge to them. They have tried hard to show their loyalty to the nation and its people on the one hand. At the same time they also want to protect and develop their Christian identity and faith which leads to a tension sometimes between the Christians and the government or majority Buddhist or Moslem followers. One way to solve the task is to promote interreligious dialogue and cooperation among Christians, followers of other religions and the governments. For this Christian youth should be equipped with a better and deeper knowledge of Christian tradition and the meaning of being a Christian today. We have often witnessed that many young church workers working for social ministries have some knowledge in those fields while little knowledge of the church teachings including Vatican II and FABC which is a serious weakness to overcome. The other is for the youth to be given a new and big picture of socio-cultural situation in their countries so that they could figure out what they have been doing and will do in the future. The following program is for the next year’s moving school.


      2. Providing a New Vision and Spirit for Lay leaders based on FABC & CSTs:
        The moving school is a youth forum which will be based on “integral human development” often expressed in the Pope Francis’ documents like Joy of the Gospel(2013), Laudato Si(2015). And the recent papal exhortation titled “Gaudete et Exsultate”(2018). On the other hand, it stresses the “spiritual dimension” in human development by placing more emphasis on respecting local people’s spirituality based on various cultures peculiar in Asia in building their communities where the Spirit of God works. It has a close relationship with practicing interreligious dialogue and collaborations as “dialogue in daily life” suggested by the Vatican document “Dialogue and Proclamation” (1991) which must be “the whole People of God-centered” simply because like what Pope Francis said all the people of God should be “missionary disciples” who live out actual lives at every corner of lives in the world.
      3. Providing “Asian Theologies and spirituality” based on the Context of specific countries in Asia: The program will encourage lay people to become good church workers and activists by reflecting their concrete lives in the light of the Bible, their concrete lives reflected in the dialogues with the poor, diverse cultures and religions. Therefore, the theologies we mention should be localized and contextualized. It could be a momentum for lay workers to become “contemplative actors” equipped with “praying in action”. It is so that the Church of Asia could get great help from them in her mission. Church workers should work together with theologians, scholars on religions, experts on cultures and many others in various fields, to make Christian theology relevant to the concrete realities in Asia.

Program

Key words or main themes of the 2019 moving school are as follows: Realities in Asia, Asian Churches, Catholic Social Teachings (CSTs), Vatican II, FABC, Evangelizing Mission, Triple dialogue and Interreligious/Intercultural Dialogue and Cooperation, Ecological Sustainability, and Climate Change.

Provisional Schedule February, 2020

Day 1: Arrival/ Orientation

Day 2: Opening Mass / “Exposure-Immersion” (Field Visit)

Day 3: Workshop 1 – Realities in Asia, Asian Churches, Efforts for sustainability of the Earth and Peoples
Morning session: “Socio-economic Analysis of the Unsustainability of the Global economy: Extreme gap between the Rich and the Poor esp. in Asia” By Local Speaker
Afternoon session : “Vatican II and Asian Churches: “Triple Dialogue” and Spirituality on Diversity” By Speaker from ALL Forum

Day 4 : Workshop 2 – Vietnamese Catholics as Good Citizen Working for Integral Human Development and Betterment of the Society in Vietnam
Morning session: “Catholic Youth as Advocate for Collaboration of Religions and Civil Society for Integral Human Development” By Local Speaker
Afternoon session: Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation among Religions for Common Good” By Local Speaker

Day 5 : Workshop 3 – Pope Francis’ Teachings on Integral Ecology; Vocation and Virtues Responding to God’s Calling & Synthesis
Morning Session : “Integral Ecology, Vocation and Virtues Responding to God’s Calling in light of Laudato Si and Gaudete et Exsultate” By Speaker from ALL Forum
“Synthesis and Integration of the program” By Ms. Felicia Dian (ALL Forum)
Afternoon – Evaluation and Cultural Night