Archives for: February 2017

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Young Ambassadors for Peace in Asia Program

Participants YAPA – 2016

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The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) invites applications for the annual training of Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia (YAPA) 2017.

The YAPA 2017 program will be held from 28 May 2017 to 3 June 2017 at the Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Initiated by the CCA, the YAPA program’s main aim is to train a new generation of young peace activists and nurture their role in respective societies as peace builders.

The week-long YAPA training focuses on intercultural and interfaith learning as a base for addressing topics, such as conflict transformation and peace building. It emphasises the links between intercultural and interfaith dialogue, human rights and conflict transformation as key elements in long-term sustainable peace processes, while exploring and developing the participants’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and values.

The eligibility criteria for applicants is between 20-30 years of age; the ability to use the English language independently in both written and oral communication; and be motivated to apply the YAPA values and approaches for peace building in their home countries.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 10, 2017. More details about the YAPA program and a background paper can be obtained upon request.

For the YAPA application form, please click here.

For additional information about YAPA, click here.

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I Love Taiwan Youth Exchange Programme 2017

28 June – 15 July 2017

Applications are invited from young adults who attend Presbyterian Churches in New Zealand to participate in a two week programme in Taiwan in July 2017. This programme, “I Love Taiwan” will  include young adults from many different countries, who will join together in a variety of cross cultural experiences, including a mission camp, cycling tour and sharing in youth activities of the PCT.

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Youth Gathering Leipzig 2017, ‘Meet the World’.

Are you aged 18-25? Would you be interested in meeting with young people from around the globe?

The World Communion of Reformed Church is holding their General Assembly in Germany in June, and there is a youth gathering prior. This will involve Christian young adults from throughout the world sharing in worship and key issues affecting us globally.

  • Social transformation: Social justice
  • Global challenges: Climate change
  • Models of change: Post-Growth movements
  • Spirituality: Praying and Bible study
  • Methods: Lectures, debates, panel discussions

People interested in representing PCANZ are invited to register their interest by contacting Gordon Fitch gordon@pym.org.nz

PCANZ will cover the cost of the youth gathering which includes programme, meals and accommodation. (Maximum of two from PCANZ will be accepted).

International travel will be at the participants expense (churches will be encouraged to fundraise to support them). It will be an amazing experience well worth the investment.

http://youth.wcrc.eu/

 

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Liturgy Of The Cell Phones

Kara Root has put together this awesome liturgy to use in youth group or youth services when collecting and returning devices.

RELEASING PHONES

We surrender our phones
To acknowledge that we are not as essential
as we would have ourselves believe.
And to recognise how essential we are
to this moment, this conversation, this process.

We put down our phones
to put down the false belief
that we can be more places than here,
doing more things than this.
And to commit to being fully present, here and now.

We turn off our phones
to turn to each other and to the moment at hand,
with full attention, creativity and welcome.
May we receive the gifts of full presence and essential connection.
May God meet us in this moment.

Amen

 (phones are shut down and surrendered eg basket passed around and phones placed in them)

 

RETRIEVING PHONES

We return from this moment, taking with us the gift of being fully present.
May we return with gratitude and perspective
to the tasks before us and the noise around us,
a little more willing to resist the urgency
and a little more able to receive the quiet gifts of each moment
where God is present alongside us.

Amen.

(Cell phones are retrieved)

 

Copyright Kara Root

Shared with permission.