RYS NEWS - April 29, 2008
- Damian J. Anderson
Religious Youth Service "World Peace through Interreligious Dialogue and Action"April 29, 2008 Upcoming Project RYS Project Report Ghana RYS honors the observance of the following Holy days:
July 7-17, 2008
After a successful RYS in the Netherlands last year, a second project will be organized this summer again in Utrecht.
Participants of this RYS Peace Park project will be involved with the creation of a Peace Monument to enhance and inspire a local community in Utrecht. A Community Day at the conclusion of the project may include an intercultural football tournament, and intercultural dance and performance evening to encourage greater interaction and dialogue between the diverse cultures and religions both within the project and the community. The theme of this RYS will be: 'Crossing Cultures and Celebrating Diversity through Art, Sport and Service'
RYS Project Report Ghana
"True Harmony Created in Elubo, Ghana"
March 21 to April 3, 2008
It was indeed a spectacular event to see participants from Europe and America dancing together to the tune of African soup aced drums at the conclusion of a two-week service project in Elubo, Ghana. Within a very short time RYS volunteers were able to learn and sing local songs including the traditional national anthem in vernacular - "Yen Ara Ya Asase Ni". The amalgamation of black and white voices was a quick reminder of one of Ghana's native scholars-Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey's words comparing the human race to the keys of a piano. For true harmony to exist, one must play both the black and white keys of the piano. For peaceful coexistence, the harmony of the white and the black peoples can be a source of hope and reassurance to humankind.
For 14 days, participants joined together with many residents of the local community, men and women, young and old, trooping to the project site each day.
RYS honors the observance of the following Holy days:
- Ascension of Christ - Christian
- Yom HaSho'ah - Jewish
- Twelfth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
- Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Jewish
- Pentecost - Christian
- Trinity Sunday - Christian
- Buddha Day - Visakha Puja - Buddhist
- Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian
- Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i
- Lag B'Omer - Jewish
- Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
- Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian
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