AYD 2017 facilitation


CLC was privileged to be invited to facilitate a two hour workshop session at the Asian Youth Day in Yogyakarta. AYD participants had 15 topics to choose from, many focused on challenges of multiculturalism, others focusing on morality issues such as corruption, drugs and abortion. The speakers were chosen by the AYD organisers; CLC’s role was to provide an experience of discernment following the presentations.

CLC on our own did not have enough people to cover all the sessions so we were joined by members of the Focolare Movement.

Patrick from Focolare, with whom we shared responsibility for the workshops

We provided our service to the event which went smoothly. In the evening we reflected on the experience. There was some disappointment in some of the workshops where we did not get the opportunity to break into small groups for discussion and sharing (one was simply too large, with 280 people). On the whole participants felt it was a good experience but not as good as we hoped and that CLC should decide on the merits whether to participate in the next AYD or whether we would be better to bring Asia-Pacific communities together for some other initiative.

The gathering continued in Yogyakarta as we moved into the youth workshop phase.

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