Sixteen years ago the Beastie Boys proclaimed, ‘people of the world you realize, we got to get together and harmonize.’ On the surface this looks like just another song lyric peppered with positivity. Except that it’s not. If you look beyond its hip hop roots you’ll see that it is in fact a plea for young people to get involved in interfaith work.
Ask and you shall receive.
The Parliament of the World’s Religions has heeded the call and is dedicated to delivering a youth designed and implemented Youth Program that will exercise parts of your brain you never knew existed. If it’s topical topics you want – you got it. If it’s a splendid array of speakers and performers – you got it. If it’s new friends you want – you got it.
All will be revealed in Melbourne, December 3 – 9, 2009.
The 2009 Youth Program
Four elements. Four ways to harmonise.
1. Daily Youth Sessions & Workshops
We will present five sessions and five corresponding workshops as chosen by young people.
Mother Nature Doesn’t Do Bailouts
Removal: The Indigenous Reality
Sport as a Tool For Peace
Talkin' 'Bout My Generation
Does the Media Have Faith?
2. Service Projects
This will be your chance to ‘get your hands dirty’ and get involved in service projects with likeminded local service organisations.
3. Youth Plenary
One of five main evening sessions, the Youth Plenary will showcase the work being done by young people around the world in tackling global issues and using creative mediums to effect change.
4. Coffee House
An after-hours lounge and entertainment area especially created to encourage strangers to become friends, informal chats with VIP guests, and more interfaith discussion.
The Main Players
Youth Community Organiser
Agile. Devastatingly creative. Born-to-organise. These are just some of the phrases associated with the Youth Community Organiser, Gemma McDonald. Whatever it takes to make the Youth Program sensational she is on it.
Like a mythical deep sea creature, the 26 members of the Youth Committee, aged between 18 and 30, are the arms, legs, eyes and ears to over 12 religious and spiritual organisations. As you can imagine opinions, ideas, and thoughts come thick and fast, but that is what we want so the Youth Committee can work to create and implement the Youth Program at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
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