Why this project?
We believe in the role young people can play in initiating change and translating international issues into local community activities. Of these key issues that continue to shape our relations and societies is that of coexistence and religious harmony. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center (January 2014) the share of countries with a high or very high level of social hostilities involving religion reached a six-year peak in 2012.
There are several initiatives that tackle the issue of inter-faith dialogue, the majority of which involve senior faith scholars and leaders.
One of the most successful and notable initiatives is that of ‘A Common Word’. This initiative was a historic agreement that gave the right keynote for relations between different religions in the 21st century. It has received numerous awards, has been the basis for government resolutions and peace initiatives, and gave birth to the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week (http://www.acommonword.com/)
We want to take this initiative further by:
- Involving more religions (At least 5 of the worlds’ major religions)
- Involving young people (18-35 age criterion) to be the agents of change through
- Civic action as the tangible outcome for the community
And so ‘A Common Word Among the Youth’ was born.
With ‘A Common Word Among the Youth’, the aim is to develop a multi-religious network of active youth who will deliver grass-root activities such that they become the agents of change for the coming generations.