7th International Conference on Youth & Interfaith

 
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Dec 9, 2014

6th International Interfaith Youth Conference Held

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On Saturday, November 29, 2014, New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation and Universal Peace Federation-Nigeria, in partnership with United Religions Initiative-URI AFRICA and the Bege Foundation,Jos, successfully hosted the 6th International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue and the Religious Youth Assembly, at the National Merit House, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.

The Conference was attended by 120 religious youth leaders and adult mentors from  Islam, Pentecostals, Eckankar, Rosicrucian Order, Catholics, Brotherhood of Cross and Star, the Unification Movement, Deeper Life and other faith based and interfaith civil society organizations, political and community leaders, etc.

The Theme of the 6th International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue was: “The Role of Religions to Build Peace, Security and Counter Violent Extremism in Africa”. The conference engaged the participants in a dynamic experience of faith development, challenged them to positively respond to the universal call to holiness as well as created and promoted interfaith collaboration, built bridges of trust, friendship and partnership among religiously diverse youth and provided a platform for local, national, regional and international collaboration. The 6th Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue and the Religious Youth Assembly (RYA) ended with the resolution by religious youth leaders making a determination and commitment to work together beyond their religious denominations for the sake of national peace and unification.

After thorough deliberations on the presentations at the 6th International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue and the Religious Youth Assembly in Abuja, participants offered the following proposals:

  • There is an urgent need for the establishment of a Federal Ministry for Interreligious Affairs and the creation of National Assembly committee on interreligious affairs to respondto religious issues
  • The Federal Government of Nigeria needs to be commended for the establishment of the national mosque and national church in Abuja. However, there is the need to provide a platform for the recognition of the voices and activities of other religious groups in Nigeria and a national interreligious center should be established in Abuja and in each state of the nation as the worship place for all religious groups.
  • The Ministry of Education needs to work with other stakeholders to develop a national curriculum on interreligious education for families, schools and worship centers
  • To complement the efforts toward promoting national unity and integration through the National Youth Service Corps scheme, the UPF initiative of Religious Youth Service needs to be promoted and adopted by the religious institutions in Nigeria as a platform for religious youths to serve their communities and the nation and the government should consider integrating the Religious Youth Service scheme into the National Youth Service Corps scheme so that other youths in the country can have an opportunity for community service.
  • There is an urgent need for the establishment of national interreligious youth council as the lower chamber for religious youth leaders engagement to complement the present efforts of the National Interreligious Council (NIREC) which has no youth representative at the moment
  • A formal request should be made to the federal government of Nigeria to look into the issues of promoting interreligious pilgrimages and sponsorship of religious youth leaders to participate in the Interfaith peacebuilding courses to be trained as young interreligious leaders
  • All religious groups in Nigeria should be mobilized to participate in the 2015 world interfaith harmony week in the first week of February 2015. Participants also expressed concern about the increasing wave of religious extremism and called on all religious youths in Nigeria to embrace dialogue as a strategy for resolution of conflicts instead of embarking on violent killing of fellow citizens.

At the Conference, three (3) individuals were recognized and honored with the PEACE HEROES AWARDS, for their outstanding efforts, work and commitment to peacebuilding, social justice and positive change in Nigeria. The Individuals were:

  1. Alh. Salis Abdulsalam Muhammad, Founder/CEO of Displaced Women and Children Foundation/Face of Peace
  1. Ema Miroslava Billings, Mediation Training Coordinator, Search for Common Grounds-Nigeria
  2. Hon. Idris Halilu, Caretaker Chairman, Tafawa Balewa Local Government Council, Bauchi State, Nigeria

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Sep 5, 2014

Interfaith Conference Progress Report

Dear Friends,

We are very pleased to report that progress is being made with preparations for the 6th International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue. After due consultations with our Global partners and friends, we are pleased to announce the change in date and venue. The Conference will now hold from November 28-29, 2014 in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Theme of the 6th International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue is: "The Role of Religions to Build Peace, Security and Counter Violent Extremism in Africa"Security is one of the most challenging issues in our world today. Security problem is such a global issue that there is virtually no country or continent that is left un-affected by the menace of terrorism and security challenges in general. While in principle, most religions in the world today preach and teach peaceful co-existence in one way or the other, in practice, religious people are found behind many of the hostilities, uprisings, attacks, and assaults in our societies. The question therefore is: if God truly is the Author of peace and the message of peace is claimed to be at the center of every religion, why then are we constantly experiencing insecurity in our world in spite of daily proliferation of religious sects and activities? Can we say religion has done our world more good than harm in security matters or the vice-versa? What has been the role(s) of religion as a divine institution in ensuring security of lives and property in our societies? How can religion mediate in restoring peace and stability to our world?

 

In view of the above, the United Religions Initiative-Africa and New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation will host in Abuja, Nigeria, an international conference on Religion, Peace and Security in Africa to seek the contributions of stakeholders and practitioners of religions from across the globe to this vital challenging theme. The aim of the conference is to make a critical appraisal of the roles of religion in security issues and suggest practical ways religions can help in resolving security problems especially in Africa. The Conference will bring together community members, including representatives of CSOs and Faith-based groups within Nigeria and globally to foster mutual respect among diverse ethnic and religious groups. Furthermore, to support civil society and individuals who seek non-violent approaches to conflict and strive toward a shared future. The International Conference will introduce and support initiatives that expand shared perceptions among individuals of different religions, cultures, genders, and ethnicities, including developing a strategy to overcoming misunderstandings and stereotypes that affect relations between groups and within societies.  The women and men will provide recommendations to decision-makers, institutions and individuals for dignifying everyone and our shared values.

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May 5, 2014

Interfaith Conference Progress Report

Dear Friends,

Greetings, peace and blessings to you. Plans are currently underway towards the successful hosting of the  6th International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue. We are expecting to host 250 participants from more than 10 countries this year. The Theme of this year's conference is: The Role of Government and Civil Society in Promoting a Culture of Peace. The Conference will be held from 24-25 October, 2014 at the MERIT HOUSE, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.

The Conference is organized and hosted annually by URI Africa New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, a Jos, Nigeria-based registered national nonprofit, of dedicated men and women and community leaders, intentionally teaming spiritual innovators and other exemplary adults with needful youth to equip them to pass forward all they have learned as valuable, contributing agents of change in their communities.  The International Conference brings together community members, including representatives of CSOs and Faith-based groups within Nigeria and globally to foster mutual respect between diverse ethnic and religious groups. Furthermore, to support civil society and individuals who seek non-violent approaches to conflict and strive toward a shared future. Since its inception, in October of 2009, the annual International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue has introduced and supported initiatives that expand shared perceptions among individuals of different religions, cultures, genders, and ethnicities. The Conference will utilize an Interreligious and Intercultural Model for Dialogue and Peaceful coexistence in Nigeria, and a strategy to overcome misunderstandings and stereotypes that affect relations between groups and within societies.  The women and men will provide recommendations to decision-makers, institutions and individuals for dignifying everyone and our shared values. In a safe space, the Conference will be a living model for creating prosperity, coexistence beyond war, and restoring friendships and trust. 

Further details will be shared again shortly, as we are still at the planning stage at this time

Sincerely

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Dr. Ivorgba Emmanuel Ande

Jos, Plateau State Nigeria

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