July 22 to 28, 2002
We, the students and youth, as Ecumenical Asia-Pacific Students and Youth Network (EASYNet) National Representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, gathered together, along with the regional representatives of the EASYNet member organizations, for the EASYNet National Coordinators’ Meeting on July 22-28, 2002 in Bangkok, Thailand.
We shared the experiences, difficulties and challenges faced in working on the building of the National Ecumenical Team. Some of the challenges faced included:
We learned, reflected on, and took pride in the history and foundation of the ecumenical movement by students and youth in Asia-Pacific. We reaffirmed ecumenism through Jesus’ prophetic vision of “Basilea” which proclaims the Good News of God’s reign (Lk.4: 18-19). We also reaffirmed ecumenism through “Jubilee” as a vision to inaugurate the reign of God (Deut. 15).
We learned that our networking would be strengthened as we strive not for individualism but for the total well-being of our society and our fellow humankind as we understand that our personal history is connected with the social history in our context. We therefore affirmed the following elements as keys to enhance our networking:
We strongly feel the imperative to come together as Christians in Asia-Pacific are called by our faith to respond to the common Asian and Pacific realities such as social conflicts, exploitation, poverty, gender injustice, religious intolerance, ecological crisis, globalization, and human rights violations. This response has to be in unity within the spirit of ecumenism, that is solidarity and harmony in diversity.
Based on our common call, we commit ourselves to:
We, students and youth in the Asia-Pacific region, will journey together with an ecumenical vision that hopes to bring students and youth together for a better society where God’s reign will be eventually realized.
July 27, 2002
EASYNet National Coordinators’ Meeting Participants