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Applications open for seminar on youth and racism awareness, Japan

Applications open for seminar on youth and racism awareness, Japan

Youth from an Anglican school in Osaka, Japan, join a commemoration event in Hiroshima, bringing paper cranes as symbols of hope and peace. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/WCC

05 March 2019

The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites applications for a seminar on Youth and Racism Awareness in Asia, to be held in Osaka, Japan on 8-12 September 2019.

“The event sets out to engage 30 indigenous young people from around the world and 20 Asian young people to explore the topic of racism and exchange experiences,” says Joy Eva Bohol, WCC programme executive for Youth Engagement.

“Key reasons for gathering in Japan is to show concrete solidarity with indigenous communities in Japan, share stories and hear about issues that they are struggling with, such as racism and other minority discrimination and injustices,” Bohol adds.

The seminar takes place against the background of the WCC Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, which in 2019 has a regional focus on Asia.

“We hope that this event will give encouragement to the Japanese indigenous communities, to share common struggles with indigenous peoples around the globe, and most importantly, to raise the profile of indigenous peoples in Japan in the global ecumenical movement and in the global Indigenous ecumenical networks,” Bohol reflects.

Applications are open for people aged 18-30. English is the working language of the programme, and active participation in spiritual life, patience, ability to work with people from other countries and cultures, and a willingness to work together as a team, are essential.

The deadline for application is 5 April 2019.

To learn more, and to apply, please visit: Continuing formation on Youth and Racism Awareness in Asia

Application guidelines and form (Word document)

Youth in the Ecumenical Movement

Churches overcoming racism

Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples