Belem, Brazil

Why should Christians and churches participate in a global forum on social and political issues bringing together nearly 80'000 people from organizations, NGOs, unions, media and faith groups around the world? The World Council of Churches invited two young people from India and Armenia to participate in the World Social Forum from 27 January to 1 February 2009. A three day pre-forum youth gathering on the theme "Faith and Politics" was organized by the Council of Latin American Churches (CLAI), YMCA, World Student Christian Federation (FUMEC), Methodist and Catholic youth networks in Latin America to prepare for the World Social Forum and discuss the key issues facing young people in the region and address the question: why should christians come together on social and political issues?

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