Youth Today, Leader Tomorrow!

By Neilan Sylvester D’souza

We all know that the 12th of August is celebrated as International Youth Day; around this time we also come across many slogans which shout that “Youth of today are leaders tomorrow”, “Youth are the face of Change”, “Young and active citizens of the country will take us to great heights”, “Youth voices and ideas must be heard” and many more on a similar note. On 13th of August everything goes back to normal, the celebrated ‘Youth’ become secondary citizens, and there is barely any importance given to their thoughts and ideas in most decision making areas; youth often get looked down for being inexperienced, disinterested and irrelevant. The celebration of International Youth Day in most cases lives and dies on the same day, we could also relate this to other commemorative days, regardless.

Pause for a moment, take time and observe the Youth today. As a youth myself, I can proudly say that youth today are not the same, they are better aware, more knowledgeable, better skilled and hard working, but also under a lot of stress and pressure. Let me put my observations into context. Last month ALL Forum spent time with Indonesian Youth by facilitating our program called Moving School in Bogor; we had around 36 participants mainly Indonesian Youth from catholic youth movements and also an Islamic minority group – Ahamadiyya Muslims.

Moving School Indonesia 2022

Even for ALL Forum it was a first, to bring together so many Christian and Muslim participants together in one place for a week long physical program since the past two years due to the pandemic. Our learning’s were enriched ever more because of the interreligious interactions which the youth were having. Never have I seen collaboration like this among strangers looking to learn and work together. We must pause, take time and recognise that among today’s youth there exists a pluralistic culture; mutual respect for sensitive religious practices; zeal to learn, understand as well as collaborate for matters of justice and peace; strong emotion and care towards the environment; and determination towards common good; against corruption and intolerant towards hate.

From this International Youth day on, let us not reduce today’s youths’ determination for change and care for creation and climate only as a viral trend, but instead, let us bridge the gaps, join hands, become inclusive and collaborate on every level so that we can form them as leaders for tomorrow.

One Week with Indonesian Young Ones

By Dr.Paul Hwang (Director ALL Forum)

After a long time, ALL Forum has finished the Moving School program. Physically, it has been about two and a half years since the outbreak of COVID-19, but the psychological time feels much longer than that. Why did I feel that way? I couldn’t figure out the reason even if I thought about it, but I realized it only when I came to Indonesia where the program was held. More precisely, it was thanks to children and young people who I met when we as a group visited Pesantren, an Islamic boarding school, as part of the program. Their simple expressions with full smiles on faces, shy talks and gestures, their ceaseless and enjoyable jokes from indefinite optimism toward life, and their seriousness and passion on the other hand…etc. When I felt the surging sense of liberation almost to the tip of my head, I found myself most like myself.

Personally, I think for a moment that this is why I have been walking around in Asia for some 20 years. Eventually, it has been my desire to know and feel to grasp something behind in the invisible value they show and live with. But this kind of ‘romance’ began to crack when the program began the next day. They often delay 10 to 20 minutes when a session or workshop starts or has to end, laugh when they have to be serious, or break the situation where order is naturally required as if nothing happened. For me, who is familiar with a life of establishing and following standards and norms, this “disorderedness” took a considerable amount of time and effort to digest. evertheless, it’s always unfamiliar and takes a good time and effort to adapt. So it is time to decide whether I’m going to be a “realistic romantist” or a “romantic realist.” This distinction looks like a pun, but it is an important guide for me. It is whether I should start with the former which sees something behind first of what appears to be disordered, that is, a mixture of paradox between focused and distracted, as an order. Or it shoud be the latter can be said to begin with the laughter of these young ones who indefinitely affirm tomorrow even if today is hungry and difficult.

This characteristic could be generalized and understood not only for Indonesian youth but also for Southeast Asian young ones. Even compared to young people from South Asian countries, Southeast Asian counterparts seem to have more leeway or space in which they enjoy more freedom than following any framework or norms. The difference is more pronounced in comparison to Korean youth as East Asian. I have witnessed it when ALL Forum’s pan-Asian programs are held, Korean youth seem to be unable to mingle with this “undisciplined” Southeast Asian young people. But all I mentioned above is based on my personal experiences which is not objective if not groundless. Over the past 30 years, growing religious fundamentalism and hardline militant groups have caused tensions rather than peaceful coexistence between religions and harmed the rights and safety of minorities. Public spaces, including places of worship, were not uncommon targets of bombing and churches were closed for causing confusion. Also, the religious life of Shiites and Ahmadiya Muslims is becoming increasingly difficult. The imprisonment of the former Christian Jakarta governor, who was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy in 2017, has become a symbolic case that shows the difficulty of peaceful and harmonious coexistence between religions in Indonesia.

Along with this situation, socioeconomic poverty makes the future prospects of youth even darker. It is not difficult to hear in Indonesia and other conflict-affected countries in Asia that young people without jobs are lured into terrorist groups for just some money. Young people blindly accept a promise to get out of poverty, even if it is a situation that easily drives them to death. Therefore, religious hostility, poverty, and inequality in Indonesian society become fertile land where violence and extremism flourish. Nevertheless, statistics show that nearly half of Indonesia’s young people feel happy, and that this is one of the happiest people in the world. If we focus on the latter without considering the former we can’t but help to end up with prejudice and even distortion of the reality young people in Asia face. It could be “moderate and reformative Islam”, “development of democracy”, “participation in intercultural dialogue and collaboration”, which make young ones in Indonesia smile, laughter and lots of jokes for the bright future. Where is the place or role of religions especially Asian Christianity among them?.*

ALL Forum Online Course Updates

ALL Forum Online Course Updates

Asian Lay Leaders Forum was able to complete another session of its online course on the major documents of Pope Francis – Gaudete Et Exsultate in October, exclusively for Vietnamese Participants. The Participants during this session enjoyed a fruitful Input Session followed by an interesting Question and Answer session for about 45 minutes which brought about a broader understanding of various concepts such as ‘Holiness’, ‘Mysticism’, ‘Practical Mysticism’and so on.


The final session for Pakistani participants could not take place that same evening due to an internet outage in Paksitan and awaits being rescheduled. Meanwhile Subscribe to our Youtube Channel and browse there to view all our recorded sessions.

This month IMCS AP’s CLAP program will be based on the theme Religion.
It will take place between 12th to 29th November. Kindly join their session by registering at the link below.
Last date to apply – 9 November 2021.

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



Moving School Nepal 2019

“Empowering Youth as Caretaker for Ecological Sustainability, Interreligious/Cultural Cooperation & Peace in Nepal and Asia”

Background

On 25th September 2015, 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development which contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first and the foremost Sustainable Development goal is to “End Poverty in all forms everywhere”. There should not be any doubt that poor nations and marginalized people are more severely vulnerable to effects of environmental damage. Poor people are the most undefended ones when it comes to the effects of environmental pollution, climate change and global warming. It is very important for everyone to recognize that poverty and
environmental issues are interrelated.

Climate change and threats to the integrity of creation have become the significant challenge of the multifaceted crises that we have to confront. Climate change directly impacts peoples’ livelihoods, endangers the existence of small island states, reduces the availability of fresh water and diminishes Earth’s biodiversity. It has far-reaching impacts on food security, the health of people and the living habits of growing part of population. Due to climate change, life in its many forms as we know it can be irreversibly changed within the span of a few decades. Climate change leads to the displacement of people, to the increase of forced climate migration, and to armed conflicts. Global warming and ecological destruction become more and more a question of life or death.

Purpose

Facing such serious challenges, ALL Forum realized the need to strengthening our young leaders with a wisdom and insight in order to put their ideas and visions into practice at the grass-root level to cope with the urgent challenges.

The “Moving school” for Youth in Nepal will focus more on empowerment for them in the name of “solidarity” in order to ensure dialogue and collaboration among youth with different background, traditions and religions to find solutions of the problems in their society. It also puts stresses on strengthening the young ones’ Christian identity among Church workers in Nepal in relation to the process of creative intercultural and inter religious encounter.

Inwardly, solidarity should be made manifest with increased laity involvement in decision making at all levels of the Church in order to serve the poor and marginalized people in the country. To achieve this goal, ALL Forum will promote various formation programs especially for young lay leaders. We employ the Catholic Social Teachings (CSTs) as main tool, as well as the spirit or principles of FABC like “Triple dialogue” and “Pastoral spiral” which is a dialectical methodology “from below”. As an effective spiritual formation, the Youth Forum places much emphasis on the religious identity amid the all-things-mixed global world. Strengthening the Christian identity of the young is very urgent and relevant because they need to be conscious of their role in peace-building and serving people in needs.

Below are the purposes of Moving School in general:

  • Providing a New Vision and Spirit for Lay leaders based on FABC & CSTs: This Forum will be based on “integral human development” often expressed in Joy of the Gospel and Laudato Si. On the other hand, it stresses the “spiritual dimension” in human development by placing more emphasis on local people’s spirituality, inter subjective and inter-becoming in building their communities where the Spirit of God works. It has a close relationship with practicing inter religious dialogue and collaborations as “dialogue in daily life”, which must be “lay-centered” simply because they are the ones who live out actual lives with different religious followers or non-believers as their neighbors.
  • Providing “Asian Theologies and spirituality” based on the Context of Nepal: 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 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” armed with “praying in action”. It is so that the Church of Asia will be greatly helped 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.
  • Providing Spirit and Ways to Champion for Peace: Aware of the importance and urgency of human rights as a result of peace in many fields more and more, young lay leaders are invited to learn and be a champion for human rights. But it should go together with ecological concerns and sentiments so much so that “integral ecology” based on peace and harmony between ecology and human life should be pursued and stressed. It is why Pope Francis has put much stress on the connection or interrelation between “decent jobs” and “ecological sustainability”. Such connectivity reflects well that human world can’t be sustainable unless human concerns nature or ecology first.

Program

Main themes of the moving school: “ Empowering Youth as Caretaker for Ecological Sustainability, Inter-religious/Cultural Cooperation & Peace in Nepal and Asia”

Schedule : November 18th to 23rd,2019 ( include arrival and departure dates)
– Arrival : Monday, November 18th – Opening Ceremony

– Day 1 : Mutual Engagement (exposure-immersion)- Tuesday, November 19th

– Day 2 : Workshop 1, Wednesday November 20th – Poverty and Ecological Crisis is One Reality with Two Faces in Nepal and Asia
Morning Session : Socio-political and economic Analysis of Ecological Crisis under the Neoliberalism-led Economy System in Nepal and Asia (local speaker)
Afternoon Session : Practical Capacity Building of Young Leaders to Empower And Support Their Communities in Light of Laudato Si (local speaker)

– Day 3 : Workshop 2, Thursday November 21st – FABC’s CSTs: “Triple Dialogue” and Spirituality on Diversity
Morning Session : Asian Churches, FABC and Triple Dialogue (speaker from ALL Forum)
Afternoon Session : Spirituality for Intercultural Encounter and ‘Full Citizenship’ in Relation to the Abu Dabhi Declaration on “Human Fraternity” (speaker from ALL Forum)

– Day 4 : Workshop 3, Friday November 22nd – Youth For Human Rights and
Inter-religious Dialogue
Morning Session : Women’s Role for Human Rights, Peace and Common Good in the Society and Various Religions in Nepal (Local Hindu, Buddhist, Indigenous Religions, Moslem and Christian resource persons- Women speaker from Nepal if not possible for mobilizing or choosing local speakers.)
Afternoon Session : Synthesis and Integration of the Program (from ALL Forum)
Evening Session : Closing Ceremony and Cultural Night

– Day 5 : Departure, Saturday November 23rd

Moving School Yangon 2019

Lay People as Champion for Justice & Peace
in the Society and the Church in Myanmar and Asia

Dr. Paul Hwang/ Director of ALL Forum

Purpose

The “Moving school” for Youth in Yangon, Myanmar, will focus more on empowerment for them in the name of “solidarity” in order to ensure dialogue and collaboration among different religious traditions especially Christianity, Buddhism and other Indigenous Peoples’ religions. It also puts stresses on strengthening the young ones’ Christian identity among Church workers in Myanmar in relation to the process of creative intercultural and interreligious encounter. Without a doubt such interreligious dialogue and solidarity aims for peace-building & making in the country and Asia. Inwardly, solidarity should be made manifest with increased laity involvement in decision making at all levels of the Church in order to serve the poor and marginalized people in the country.

To achieve this goal, ALL Forum will promote various formation programs especially for young lay leaders. We employ the Catholic Social Teachings (CSTs) as main tool, as well as the spirit or principles of FABC like “Triple dialogue” and “Pastoral spiral” which are a dialectical methodology “from below”. As an effective spiritual formation, the Moving School as youth forum places much emphasis on the religious identity amid the allthings-mixed global world. Creative inter-cultural and interreligious encounter is indeed to strengthen the Christian identity of the young which is very urgent and relevant. It is because they need to be conscious of their role in peace-building and serving peoples deeply rooted in their cultures. Below are the purposes of Moving School in general:

  1. Providing “Asian Theologies and spirituality” based on the Context of Myanmar: The program is especially to 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 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” armed with “praying in action”. It is so that the Church of Asia will be greatly helped 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.
  2. Providing Spirit and Ways to Champion for Peace: Aware of the importance and urgency of bring peace to ethnic groups and human rights to live, young lay leaders are invited to learn and be a champion for their rights. But it should go together with “ecological justice” especially considering the Myanmar situation in which many conflicts have been accrued because of natural resources in the country. Therefore “integral ecology” should be based on just relationship between human and nature so that peace and harmony between ecology and human life should be pursued and achieved. Such connectivity reflects well that human world can’t be sustainable unless human concerns nature or ecology first.
  3. Providing a New Vision and Spirit for Lay leaders based on FABC & CSTs: This Forum will be based on “integral human development” often expressed in Joy of the Gospel and Laudato Si. On the other hand, it stresses the “spiritual dimension” in human development by placing more emphasis on local people’s spirituality, inter-subjectivities and inter-becoming 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”, which must be “lay-centered” simply because they are the ones who live out actual lives with different religious followers or non-believers as their neighbors.

Program

Main themes on the Forum: Lay People as Champion for Justice & Peace in the Society and the Church in Myanmar and Asia
Schedule: Feb. 11-16 (arrival and departure included)

Arrival/ Introduction (11th, Feb. Mon)

Day 1 (12th, Tue.): Opening Mass / Mutual Engagement (Filed Trip)

Day 2 (13th, Wed): Workshop 1 – Youth Equipped with the Wisdom of IPs as well as Catholic Social Teachings
Morning session – Socio-political and economic Analysis of Conflicts among Ethnic Groups and the Government in Myanmar and Asia (Local Speaker)
Afternoon session: Youth for human rights and Interreligious Dialogue for Peace among Ethnic Groups (Fr. Niphot)

Day 3 (14st, Feb. Thur.): Workshop 2 – Dialogue and Pluralism in Vatican II and Asian Churches & FABC for Young Lay Leaders
Morning Session Laity in Vatican II and Asian Churches Centering on “Triple Dialogue” and Spirituality on Diversity (Mr. Paul Hwang)
Afternoon session – : Lay People as Subject of Evangelizing Mission in Asia Today for Peace in Asia and the World (Mr. John Maung)

Day 4 (15nd, Fri): Workshop 3 – Interreligious Cooperation for Religious Reform and Participation in Democratization in Myanmar
Roundtable; Religious Reform and Social Transformation as Key Role of Religions in Myanmar (Local Buddhist, Moslem and Christian resource persons)
Afternoon Session- Free afternoon / Visitation/Cultural Exploration (Ms. Felicia Dian)
Evening – Cultural Night

Day 5 (16rd, Sat.): Departure

Moving School Bukidnon 2018

“Creative Harmony & Collaboration among Asian Christianity and IPs’ Religious/Cultural Traditions for Peace in Asia”

Dr. Paul Hwang/ Director of ALL Forum


Purpose

The “Moving school” for Youth in Bukidnon, Philippines, will focus more on
empowerment for them in the name of “solidarity” in order to ensure dialogue and collaboration among different religious traditions especially Christianity and Indigenous Peoples’ religions. It also puts stresses on strengthening the young ones’ Christian identity among Church workers in the Philippines in relation to the process of creative intercultural and interreligious encounter.

Without a doubt such interreligious dialogue and solidarity aims for peace-building & making in the country and Asia. Inwardly, solidarity should be made manifest with increased laity involvement in decision making at all levels of the Church in order to serve the poor and marginalized people in the country. To achieve this goal, ALL Forum will promote various formation programs especially for young lay leaders. We employ the Catholic Social Teachings (CSTs) as main tool, as well as the spirit or principles of FABC like “Triple dialogue” and “Pastoral spiral” which are a dialectical methodology “from below”. As an effective spiritual formation, the Moving School as youth forum places much emphasis on the religious identity amid the all-things-mixed global world.

Creative inter-cultural and interreligious encounter is indeed to strengthen the Christian identity of the young which is very urgent and relevant. It is because they need to be conscious of their role in peace-building and serving peoples deeply rooted in their cultures. Below are the purposes of Moving School in general:

  1. Providing Spirit and Ways to Champion for Peace:
    Aware of the importance and urgency of protecting diverse IPs’ cultures as human rights to live, young lay leaders are invited to learn and be a champion for their rights. But it should go together with ecological concerns and sentiments so much so that “integral ecology” based on peace and harmony between ecology and human life should be pursued and stressed. It is why Pope Francis has put much stress on the connection or interrelation between “decent jobs” and “ecological sustainability”. Such connectivity reflects well that human world can’t be sustainable unless human concerns nature or ecology first.
  2. Providing “Asian Theologies and spirituality” based on the Context of Philippines: 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 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” armed with “praying in action”. It is so that the Church of Asia will be greatly helped 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.
  3. Providing a New Vision and Spirit for Lay leaders based on FABC & CSTs: This Forum will be based on “integral human development” often expressed in Joy of the Gospel and Laudato Si. On the other hand, it stresses the “spiritual dimension” in human development by placing more emphasis on local people’s spirituality, inter-subjectivities and inter-becoming 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”, which must be “lay-centered” simply because they are the ones who live out actual lives with different religious followers or non-believers as their neighbors.

Program

Key words or main themes of the 2018 moving school are as follows: Creative Harmony & Collaboration among Asian Christianity and IPs’ Religious/Cultural Traditions for Peace in Asia

Day 1: Arrival/ Orientation

Day 2: Mutual Engagement (Field Trip)

Day 3: Workshop 1 – History of IP Communities in Asia and Capacity Building for Integral Ecology
Morning session : History of IPs in Asia: in relation to Asian Christianity: From Dialogue to Mutual Learning and Working Together for the Better World
Afternoon session: Practical capacity building of young ones from IPs in relation to Laudato Si

Day 4: Workshop 2 – Triple Dialogue & Pluralism Responding to
Resilience of IP Communities
Morning session – ‘Appropriate technology’ and science in promoting the lifestyle and wisdom of IPs especially for resilience and flexibility of their
communities
Afternoon session- Evangelizing Mission in Asia Today: Triple Dialogue and Pluralism for Peace in Asia and the World

Day 5: Workshop 3 – Youth Equipped with the Wisdom of IPs as well
as Theology of the Spirits
Morning – Theology of the Spirits Strengthening Young Leaders as Christian from IP Communities
Synthesis and Integration of the program By Ms. Felicia Dian
Evaluation on the whole program

Day 6: Departure

Moving School Jakarta 2017

A Concept Note on Moving School in
Indonesia Youth Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia

Dr. Paul Hwang/ Director of ALL Forum

Purpose

In order to ensure sustainability and bridge the gap between the senior and younger generation of lay Church workers in Indonesia, Youth Forum will focus more on empowerment for them in the name of “solidarity”. Inwardly, solidarity should be made manifest with increased laity involvement in decision making at all levels of the Church. To achieve this goal, we will promote the various formation programs, and promote new ones, especially for young lay leaders.

We employ the Catholic Social Teachings (CSTs) as main tool or methodology, as well as the spirit or principles of FABC like “Triple dialogue”. As an effective spiritual formation, the Youth Forum places much emphasis on the religious identity amid the all-things-mixed global world. Strengthening the Christian identity of the young is very urgent and relevant because they need to be conscious of their role as witnesses. Christians in Indonesia are a minority, and under pressure like in many countries in Asia.

  1. Providing a New Vision and Spirit for Lay leaders based on FABC & CSTs: This Forum will be based on “integral development” often expressed in Joy of the Gospel and Laudato Si. On the other hand, it stresses the “spiritual dimension” in development by placing more emphasis on local people’s spirituality, inter-subjectivities and inter-becoming 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”, which must be “lay-centered” simply because they are the ones who live out actual lives with different religious followers or non-believers as their neighbors.
  2. Providing a Platform for “Asian Theologies” Concretized in Each Context:The Forum will encourage lay people to become good theologians by reflecting their concrete lives in the light of the Bible, their concrete lives reflected in the dialogues with poor, diverse cultures and religions. Therefore, the theologies we mention should be localized and contextualized. It could be a platform for lay workers to become “theologian-actors” as well as be infused with sound theological reflection, so that the Church of Asia will be greatly helped in her mission. Theologians should work together with scholars, experts on cultures, actors and many others in various fields, to make Christian theology resonate with the concrete realities in Asia.
  3. Providing the Spirit and Ways to Champion Human Rights: Aware of the importance and urgency of human rights in many fields more and more, young lay leaders are invited to learn and be a champion for human rights. But it should go together with ecological concerns and sentiments so much so that “integral” harmony between ecology and human life. It is why Pope Francis has put much stress on the connection or interrelation between “decent jobs” and “ecological sustainability”. Such connectivity reflects well that human world can’t be sustainable unless human concerns nature or ecology first.

Program

Main themes on the Forum: Ecological Sustainability, Genuine Human Development, Triple Dialogue of FABC, Evangelli Gaudium and Laudato Si

Schedule : April 1-6th (arrival and departure included)

Arrival (1st, Sat.)

Day 1 (2nd, Sun.): Exposure-Immersion

Day 2 (3rd, Mon.): Workshop 1 – Human Rights/FABC’s CSTs and Theology
Morning session – Why Human Rights is to be stressed in Asia?
Afternoon session – Asian Churches, FABC and Triple Dialogue
(*** Each session could be divided into two or three sessions.)

Day 3 (4th, Tue.): Workshop 2 – Youth for Peace and Interreligious Dialogue
Morning session – Youth as Peace-builder for Peace in Asia
Afternoon session- Interreligious Dialogue, A Lifeline for Peoples in Asia

Day 4 (5th, Wed.): Workshop 3 – Pope Francis’ Teachings
Morning – Genuine Human Development and Ecological Sustainability in light of Laudato Si in light of Evangelli Gaudium and Laudato Si
Afternoon – Synthesis and Integration of the program
Free evening/ Dinner-out(?)

Departure (6th, Thur.)

Others

  • Team of guides: Mr. Ruksan Fernando, Mr. Paul Hwang and two local resource persons
  • Coordinator: Ms. Felicia Dian