Below, is a fantastic (once in a lifetime) opportunity for young people to participate in a very unique event. Please read through the information and then advertise in your networks as widely as possible.
All costs are covered EXCLUDING airfares and spending money (about R12000.00 for a return flight).
Anyone who are interested in representing their Diocese must please contact us urgently (on [email protected]) so that we can inform the Archbishop of your attendance as well as to provide further briefing.
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Dear Archbishop Thabo
It was very good to meet you last year in the course of my visit to South Africa. I trust you are well and that the Province is in good heart. I write to you with copies to some of your colleagues to ensure that I make contact at the earliest possible opportunity.
At the end of July, Rio de Janeiro is playing host to World Youth Day. It promises to include the first overseas visit of the new Pope. Our city is expecting one million young people from around the world to take part in the event. The theme is ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’.
With such a great opportunity before us to encourage young people to attend more deeply to the call of Jesus Christ, our Diocesan Youth Chaplaincy and our Diocesan Centre for Anglican Theological Education (CAET) are seeking to create a group of 30 young people (18-30) from across the Anglican Communion to take part in a ten-day parallel encounter. The group would comprise nine representatives from overseas dioceses, nine young people from the dioceses of the Province of Brazil and nine young people from our own parishes.
The encounter aims to build links between young people across the Communion to reflect, pray and share together in an experience of a lifetime and consider what it means to be a young Anglican today.
We have been invited to take part in Ecumenical Catechesis by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro and will be seeking to take the group to some of the key moments in both the World Youth Day and the Papal Visit.
We undertake to meet your youth representative at the airport and provide them with accommodation and food in one of our parishes throughout their stay as well as any transport costs to official events. We would ask you to pay for their airfare and any necessary visa requirements. Clearly, they will need to bring some spending money. Our programme will begin on Saturday, July 20 and conclude on Tuesday, July 30. (World Youth Day takes place from July 23-28).
The project has, of course, the full support of the Diocesan Bishop, Dom Filadelfo Oliveira.
I would be more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you might have. If and when you are able to nominate a young person we will then begin regular e-mail contact until the day of their arrival.
Just as our Diocese worked last year to welcome and include representatives from the Anglican Communion in Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, so we hope on this occasion to serve the wider church in its ministry to and with young people.
With all good wishes,
Revd. Canon Nicholas Wheeler