Youth PoWR 2017, 'Light in Dark Times'

Youth PoWR 2017, 'Light in Dark Times'  

More than 200 young people aged 17-35 participated in this year's Youth PoWR (Parliament of the World’s Religions) at Santa Sabina College, Strathfield, on 20 August.

Youth PoWR is a multi-faith initiative of the Columban Mission Institute’s Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations. It brings together young people from diverse religions – Aboriginal, Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – and secular society.

Participants engaged with each other on the practical implications of this year’s theme, ‘Light in Dark Times’. The program featured inspiring talks, dynamic performances expressing compassion and justice in artistic form, and great engagement of the young people with each other.

Participants gathered in small groups and considered a range of issues. Racism and Discrimination and Climate Change and the Environment emerged as the two most important issues to them and to young people in their faith community.

In a video message played at Youth PoWR, Rev Dr Larry Greenfield, Executive Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, invited the participants to join him and others from around the world at next year’s Parliament of the World's Religions to be held from 1-7 November in Toronto, Canada.

To view a gallery of photos from Youth PoWR 2017,

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