July 25-31, 2011
Tao Fong Shan, Hong Kong
The Ecumenical Creative Workshop of Students and Youth in Asia and the Pacific was held during July 25-31, 2011 at the Tao Fong Shan, Hong Kong. The workshop was based on the theme “Justice and Peace Now!” Twenty five creative young people including organizers and resource persons from Asia participated in the said workshop. This workshop was a joint collaboration of Ecumenical Asia-Pacific Students and Youth Network (EASYNet), Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), and Hong Kong Christian Council (HKCC), hosted by the HKCC.
The young people full of energy and vibrancy, gifted with diverse talents and creative artists, musicians, dancers, choreographers, theater persons, photographers, painters, lyricists, poets, writers, theologians’ church leaders, youth activist etc represented EASYNet member organization of Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS), International Young Christian Students (IYCS), Asia-Pacific Alliance of Young Men Christian Association (YMCA), World Student Christian Federation Asia-Pacific (WSCF AP), Global YWCA.
During the 7-day workshop the creative group initiated to reflect and articulate their understanding of Justice and Peace in the present context and the urgency of restoring justice and peace now! The Creative workshop established a community to interpret and envision justice and peace through creative skills of alternative art forms of theater, dance, paintings, singing, writing, studying Bible together, etc. Their critical analysis helped them to understand how and why Asia is ripped apart by various forms of violence, that made them convinced to be creative prophetic spiritualities by being catalyst of justpeace. Their affirmation was influenced and inspired by Jesus who as a youth had the courage to transform society, break status quo, challenge injustice, and heal and reconcile broken communities. Therefore anointed with prophetic spirituality, they pledged to use their talents to heal, reconcile broken communities and relationships and combat violence.
Their prophetic affirmation came as: “through rhythms of our body, power of our hands, feet, prophetic tongue and talents we commit ourselves to engage in advocacy to overcome violence, promote values of democracy, equality, and justice. We commit ourselves to empower Asian Churches and revive grassroots ecumenical movement in Asia and to build inclusive prophetic communities of peace. We demand Asian churches to recognize and acknowledge the prophetic contributions of youth and involve youth in decision making process and nurture our prophetic spiritualities. We are restless for peace and justice right now!”
In order to facilitate and enhance their creative skills we had facilitators Dr Valli Batchelor (co-founder the Journey Towards Hope Dance Projects in Malaysia), Dr Rommel Linatoc (program secretary of the Unit on Christian Unity and Ecumenical Relations of NCC Philippines), Ms Mercy Kappen, Rev Ken Seng, Rev Barath Patta (General Secretary, SCM India), Ms Necta Montes (General Secretary of WSCF AP), Ms Fanny Lam, Ms Kitty Tsang (SCM Hong Kong), Ms Moumita Biswas (Joint Executive secretary for Ecumenical Formation, Gender Justice and Youth Empowerment, CCA) and Sunita Suna (Regional Women’s Coordinator, WSCF AP). The sessions were on the topics: Discovering the passion for Justpeace within me, From Brokenness to Healing from Violence to Justice and Peace, Peace and Justice through the Rhythms of our body, Making Peace with Mother Earth, Building Inclusive communities of Peace (Gender Justice), Waging justpeace.
Through rhythms of our body, power of our hands, feet, prophetic tongue and talents we commit ourselves to engage in advocacy to overcome violence, promote values of democracy, equality, and justice. We demand Asian churches to recognize and acknowledge the prophetic contributions of youth and involve youth in decision making process and nurture our prophetic spiritualities. We are restless for peace and justice!