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Indonesia to host Asian ecumenical youth assembly

MANADO (Agencies): The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) will be hosting the Asian Ecumenical Youth Assembly (AEYA) in Manado, North Sulewesi, Indonesia, from April 6 to 13, with the theme, Lord, Send Your Light and Truth to Lead Us.
 
“The AEYA will aim at engaging youth from across Asia in an ecumenical platform to express their views on a wide range of emerging Asian issues, and examine, reflect and unpack the underlying concerns faced by young people in a fast-changing Asia,” Reverend Mathews George Chunakara, general secretary, CCA, told Matters India. 
 
“Organised jointly with the local hosts, Gereja Masehi Injili Minahasa (GMIM) and the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI), the AEYA intends to provide a common platform for selected young Asian Christians to develop a viable regional ecumenical youth network in order to meaningfully affirm the prophetic witness, as well as helping them to drive a transformative change in their societies,” Chunakara said.
 
Prospective participants, between the ages of 20 and 35, are encouraged to apply for endorsement by respective member Churches or councils. CCA and local hosts will arrange board and lodging for all participants.
 
The deadline for applications at the CCA Secretariat is February 15.
 
“Although several issues surrounding young people in the world today are not new, the underlying issues faced by young people are much different from yesteryear. 
 
“The society we currently live in pushes many young people to mgo beyond their physical and mental limits as myriad issues continue to threaten the Asian youths. In this context, the AEYA will inspire young representatives from Asian Churches to come together to beseech divine guidance to lead them in light and truth amidst complex realities,” Chunakara said.
 
“As most Asian societies are still grappling with issues of varied magnitude, Churches in Asia should come forward to identify and prioritise the key issues and concerns faced by the young people and such issues should be a priority of Asian Churches,” he added.
 
An Asia Easter celebration, organiced and facilitated by the Indonesian Churches, will also be held on April 8 in conjunction with the AEYA.

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