Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity
20 June 2015
The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches held in Busan, South Korea called the churches to embark on “a pilgrimage of justice and peace”. Recognizing the need for such a pilgrimage to have an inter-religious dimension, as well as an inter-generational one (particularly with a focus on young people), the WCC programme on Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation initiated the Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity (YATRA).
This training course will enable young Christian leaders from Asian churches to contribute towards the building up of just, harmonious and peaceable communities by equipping them for ministries of justice and peace from an inter-religious perspective. The choice of name, YATRA (which is a common term for pilgrimage in many Indo-Asian religions and languages), is intended to reflect the idea of pilgrimage.
Yatra will bring together young men and women who are in positions of leadership within their respective churches.
- Analyze the complex intersections between religion and politics in contemporary Asian contexts.
- Build up a peer-network of enablers who can sustain and strengthen each other (through mutual encouragement, challenge and the sharing of resources) in the ministry of accompanying local churches and national councils in their interfaith engagement for justice and peace.
- Conceive creative and constructive models of inter-religious collaboration by offering participants opportunities for orientation and exposure to inter-religious projects.
- Discover both the diversity of Asian Christian experiences of living and witnessing in a multi-religious world, as well as the rich resources which different Asian religious traditions offer on questions of justice and peace.
- Engage with important theological questions and ecumenical documents relating to mission, inter-religious prayer, the Church, inter-religious solidarity, Christian witness and Christian self-understanding in a multi-religious world.