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|1517 and all that ... The Relevance of the Reformation Today|
Sat Oct 28, 2017 @10:30 -- Sat Oct 28, 2017 @15:30
Organized by Newman association and St Albans Cathedral Study Centre
St Columba’s College, St Albans, UK
The Protestant Reformation, in its noble aim of radically purifying Christian belief and practice, convulsed Europe and led to massive fragmentation a...
Recently we read in the press that over 1000 Muslim scholars and imams of India have issued a fatwa against the leader, fighters and followers of the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State (ISIS). In the fatwa the religious scholars “strongly condemned the actions of the IS”. They censured ISIS of “guilty of committing heinous murders of innocent human beings, clicking images of their horrific misdeeds and showing them to the world through live videos and Internet posts, and at the same time, wrongly claiming these to be "Islamic Acts done lawfully as per the Shariah (Islamic Law)”. The scholars emphatically stated that the IS or ISIS actions were "absolutely inhuman and added that Islam never permits such unlawful acts under any circumstances" (http://www.aninews.in//newsdetail2/story232476/over-1000-indian-islamic-scholars-issue-world-039-s-biggest-fatwa-against-isis.html).
Sometime ago I received a email message from a friend in which he noted that the Holy Father Francis is with many Christians, who get carried away by statements such as there is no scope in Islam for terrorism or tyranny, and believes that “Islam is a peaceful religion”. My friend qouted Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis entitled: “Evangelii Gaudium” chapter IV number 253 about Dialogue with Muslims. The English version of the sentence as published on the official webpage of the Vatican is: “….for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Qur’an are opposed to every form of violence (emphasis mine).” He said that the Pope is generous but certainly reveals an inadequate understanding of Islam.
I write this short statement at a moment, when there is a discussion in Italy on the ddl (decree of law) “The good school”, which has in view launching in a systematic way the alternative attendance in the school system, and when in a progressive way the realization of measures connected to the reform of work, the Jobs Act, is enacted, which has among its objectives finding a “dual” formation system in an Italian version.
Of course, the question is put if that ferment marks a change of consciousness concerning work seen in its educational dimension.
“Istruzione e formazione professionale”: that is a new course of formation, introduced in 2001 by a reform of Article 5 of the Constitution, which refers to the administration of the Regions. In Italy the state is in charge of the Institutes of Profession, lasting five years, while the regions are in charge of the Courses of Vocational Training lasting three years.
The rising youth unemployment in Italy and Europe has brought the topic of training as a factor of the development of advanced human capital and of the reaction due to the crisis back into the centre of discussions. Both scientific literature and the main Italian public decision-makers are turning step by step towards the analysis and the introduction into the system of theories, practices and models which grant the students to get acquainted with work and enterprises already during their school career: the data show indeed that almost half of the Italian youth unemployment depends on the missing connection between school and work.
The relationship between young people and the world of work can be explored starting from different perspectives, because that is a question of a very complex network which shows elements of economic, social, cultural, philosophical nature … and pedagogical one as well: and that is just the line of reflection chosen here. The discourse will be realized on two levels: the level of an analysis of the values of work, which nowadays seem to be proposed as objectives of formation, and the level of a reflection on some educational dynamics in order to appreciate the formative value of work, starting from the tender age.
Perhaps one ought to start from a rather bitter, but very realistic quotation.
“Our society likes youth, but it doesn’t like the young people. In the collective narration being or seeming to be young is becoming a condition required for success, but only for those who are no more young. The genuine young ones are of no importance, they will have their opportunities in their future, a future which incidentally will never arrive, for the youth of those no more young ones aims at prolonging itself more and more, blocking spaces for the others, the genuine young ones. The school losing value, unjust systems of social security, disfigured environment and landscape, all those are symptoms of a society not capable of thinking and projecting its own future, ill because of a “lack of intelligence” both myopic and dangerous.” (V. Pelligra, introduction to the topical assembly nr. 3, “Accompanying young people in the world of work”, 47th Social Week, Torino, Sept. 13th, 2013)
Let’s examine if the author is right by making a course of analysis of the elements which accompany the complex passage from young people to adults.
Please find hereafter an information related to the first information visit that the board of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe is preparing.
"Dear members of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe
I am pleased to inform you that we are beginning the preparation for the first information visit, as was announced in the new Action Plan of the Conference of INGOs adopted last June. The countries selected for the first visit are: Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania. The delegation will be composed of approximately five persons and the period of the visit is fixed between 26th October and 7th November, 2015.
Beppe is President of MEIC: Movimento Ecclesiale d'impegno culturale. (Church movement for commitment in the society). Recently MEIC has participated in the Expo 2015 in Milano, reflecting on food and right to food. Among the main challenges is the future of Europe: the risk to face the migrant crisis by means who contradict the basic values of European Union.
Today, the Hungarian Bishops’ Conference released a declaration as follows:
“The Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference asked in harmony with pope Francis the Catholic Caritas organisation to provide assistance to the needy in cooperation with the public authorities. The Conference should seek as it has done so far for the most efficient ways of assistance, given in the current legal and humanitarian circumstances. Being aware of the seriousness of the current historic situation, we express our concerns about the fate of our Christian brothers in the Near East. We emphasise at the same time that the nation state has the right and duty to protect its citizens. Done at Budapest on 3 September 2015.“
Early life: Augustine was born in 354 in Taguste Africa. His mother Monica was a very virtuous woman. His father was a pagan but before death he accepted Christianity. Augustine’s family name was Aurelius. His ancestors were originally from Rome.
He was sent to school approximately 9km away from Taguste at the age of 11 years. There he was introduced with the traditions of pagans. When he uses to recall his childhood he told that the first mischief which he did along with his friends was to steal fruit from neighbor’s house. He explains his theft in his several books especially in “Confessions”. He explained that he did not steal the fruits to fill his appetite but he was restricted to do that. It is human instinct that if we stop anybody for doing wrong he will do it. Therefore Augustine’s dearth was to do wrong things. In his book “confession” he writes that I love my mistakes and that’s why I do not make mistakes unknowingly instead knowingly be I used to do Only and only he wanted to satisfy myself. He concluded this result from all these events that human nature attracts easily towards evil and every time human nature looking for God’s mercy and grace.
More than 60 Church leaders, journalist, advocates and human rights activists took part in three days advocacy training held in Kathmandu.
The training dealt with biblical perspective on human rights and social justice, general United Nations human rights system and basic advocacy strategies.
Training was organized by Religious Liberty Forum and hosted by ITEEN with the Support from World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (WEA LRC) on 25-27 August 2015. A delegation of five team members from National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL); General Secretary- Godfrey Yogarajah, Director for Missions- Mahesh De Mel, Media & Communications- Jovita Arulanantham, Research and Prayer coordinator- Mike Gabriel and Legal and Advocacy Coordinator- Yamini Ravindran facilitated the entire training sessions.
Members from the Centre for Peace and Spirituality (CPS) were invited to address first-year students at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, New Delhi on August 21, 2015. Theology students at Vidyajyoti have a course on Islam taught by Father Victor Edwin SJ. Realizing the need to interact with followers of Islam to know how they understand their faith and respond to the various situations facing them today, Father Victor invited CPS members to address students on ‘Islam and its Message to the Modern World’.
In keeping with its age-old dialogue-oriented tradition fostering interfaith harmony, Vidyajyoti College of Theology organised a talk tilled “Experience of Muslims” in its effort to enhance fruitful interactions between Muslim and Christian brethren. Held on 18th August 2015, the talk was meant for striking a lively and vibrant conversation on the topic: “The Impact of Sufism on the composite culture of India”. The Resource Person for this event was Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, a classical Islamic scholar, an English-Arabic-Urdu writer and a regular columnist with New Age Islam.
Joint Submission of Stake Holders Report by the coalition of 10 Myanmar NGOs, five International NGOs
– Caritas Internationalis, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers), Franciscan International
A note recently made by P. Vértesaljai László, S.J. is addressed to all of us who are affected by the fate of the immigrants massively arriving at Europe: “we should not adjudge them, based on what they do, or what they omit to do, but based on what they suffer from“ (Radio Vaticano). First we can grasp warning that we should not evaluate the deed of those who come to us in a utilitarian way. It does not matter what are the consequences of what they do, or how much they are successful. It is more momentous to realise the intention that works in their heart. We cannot admit to have moral assessment unless we correlate the deed of our fellow creature to their duties.
Christian scholars on Islam like Kenneth Cragg and Paul Jackson SJ has taught that we should listen to Muslims to understand Islam. I have the pleasant job of introducing Islam and Christian Muslim relations every year to a group of young Christians mostly religious men and women at the Vidyajyoti College of Theology (http://vidyajyoti.in/). Every year besides class room instructions and interactions, we invite Muslims to speak to us. This year the following program are organized the students of Christian theology at VJ, Delhi. Please keep these programs in your prayers.
Interaction with Muslim brothers and sisters
Session 1 Date 18 August 2015
Topic for discussion: The Impact of Sufism on the composite culture of India