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Religious Youth Service

RYS-Indonesia Helps Bridge Communities with Unity in Diversity Program

 Participants: 49 Religions Represented: 5  Nations Represented: 13

Jogjakarta, Indonesia Unity in Diversity

Duration: June 20 - 30, 2003

Central Work: Laying a foundation for a school extension for the Old Islamic School.

 Highlights: A visit to the Borobodur Temple, one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

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To help heal the past animosity between the Chinese Indonesian and the Malay Indonesian communities the Indonesian Confucius Society helped organize our work at an old Islamic School. The project drew Indonesians of a wide variety of geographic and religiously diverse communities and showed how it is possible to work together with one heart towards the service of a community in need. Youth from local organizations were surprised at how much they had gained from such voluntary work as most of them are familiar only with interfaith dialogue. Most now realize that for peace to begin, we have to go beyond dialogue and conferencing. This project showed how that could be accomplished.

 This was the second RYS project in New Zealand and the 1 st international program. This project drew much support from Australia and pulled in participants from a wide variety of nations and religious traditions. Networking with organizations was a key to the programs success as Habitat for Humanity, the local civic leaders and the Moreau Youth Movement worked to model the pattern of cooperative living so critical in building a culture of everlasting peace.

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