R F Y N
Freedom Young Adult Network
Update: New Steering Committee at Congress 2010
Young adults have been working with IARF member groups for
many years and have been involved in specific IARF projects.
However, we wanted to increase the diversity of faith traditions
and to develop a more cohesive and effective group.
We are creating a global network of young adults with the
capacity and commitment to take actions that enhance religious
freedom. By 2007, we aim to have 200 in the RFYN who will
be active participants in this network. At present, we are
working with an age range of 18-35 years.
- To gain a deeper knowledge of religious freedom issues
locally, nationally and globally.
- To become familiar with the concepts underlying article
18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its application to IARF's Statement of Purpose.
- To learn through action by creating small and large
scale projects that enable interfaith encounter to take place,
especially in areas where religious intolerance threatens
We will encourage young adults to get involved at the following
levels: 1. Showing interest in the cause of freedom of religion
and belief; 2. Taking a first step, such as attending an event;
3. Becoming more seriously engaged with the issues; and 4.
Being regularly active; 5. We will also seek to identify IARF
'resource people' who may not currently be active, but on
whom the RFYN could call for assistance.
Potential projects could be of the following variety:
Small scale projects
- Composed of multi-faith core teams (minimum of 3 to
maximum of 10 in each team), which would plan and carry
Larger multi-faith projects
- Examples of these would include the Gujarat project
2001/2, and an educational study tour in the Philippines
(see IARF World 1/2002).
Religious freedom research
- Having young adults help to identify and contribute
to research on situations of religious intolerance within
their own area.
The aim is to have each project supported by an advisor
or mentor. Guidance and coordination will also come from
the Young Adult Programme Coordinator (YAPC) and Regional
Organising and sustaining this network will engender interfaith
harmony and understanding and a greater awareness of religious
Young adults will learn from these projects (in an enjoyable,
rewarding setting) and will be able to impart some of the
The presence of young adults who have gained leadership
skills and knowledge about freedom of religion and belief
issues, will be beneficial to the upholding of religious
freedom within society.
So far, our major projects have been funded by member organisations
and one trust. We are, however, seeking funding from other
sources. If anyone can assist in any way with fundraising
ideas or donations, however small, please contact Morse Flores.
You can also contact
your Regional Coordinator or Chapter.
Albert Xaviour , RFYN representative on the IARF Council, may be reached at xaveen at hotmail.com.