Inter-faith retreat for young people from various religious backgrounds
Published on Dec 5, 2014 8:53 AM
By Calvin Yang
SINGAPORE – Over the next three days, some 50 young people from diverse religious backgrounds will come together to learn about other religions here and pick up the necessary leadership skills to organise inter-faith activities.
From Friday evening till Sunday afternoon, the participants, including free thinkers, will live and learn alongside other youth in the Ignite Faiths retreat at Nanyang Girls’ Boarding School.
Besides games, workshops and dialogue sessions, they will also have the opportunity to visit historical places of worship such as the Catholic Church of Christ the King and the Masjid Sultan Mosque in a specially curated SG50 Recollection Trail on Saturday.
The retreat is organised by social development enterprise Character and Leadership Academy, in partnership with the Taoist Federation, Agape Group Holdings and the Inter-Religious Organisation.
Mr Delane Lim, organiser and chief executive officer of Agape, said: “Our population is represented by 10 main religions, with 17 percent of the population being free thinkers.
“It is imperative that we equip our youth not only with the knowledge of the various religions, but also with the necessary skills to initiate programmes that will promote interfaith acceptance.”