Australia Youth Conferences in Australasia

Aug 2012
156
Recife, Brasil
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Perth Youth Conference
Australia | 4-6 October 2013

The youth conference in Perth, Australia, held from 4 to 6 October in a school on the banks of the Swan River, featured multiple languages, cultures, and artistic expressions, and welcomed youth of various ages and backgrounds. Over the course of three days, it provided a space for over 700 youth from the northern, southern, and western regions of Australia and from East Timor to focus on their shared desire to contribute to the betterment of their communities and to build a common understanding of the role of their generation.

The opening plenary session was imbued with a spirit of consecration and excitement, as various cultural songs and dances were shared including a welcome by Noongar friends from South-Western Australia and a dance from representatives of East Timor. Throughout the weekend, study of the conference materials raised the consciousness of those gathered regarding themes such as the influence that positive and negative social forces have on each generation and the way in which today’s youth can assist those younger than themselves to overcome the various social ills that they encounter. As participants shared experiences and insights, confidence and a spirit of profound joy developed. One youth from East Timor said, “We are learning how to work together, to continue hand in hand to bring this message to the world. I am so happy to know that it’s not just me. It’s not just East Timor and it’s not just Australia. It’s youth all around the globe who are trying to heal this world for the next generation.” Discussions flowed into the breaks as friends shared their experiences of collaborating with younger youth.

Perth, Australia Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service
 
Aug 2012
156
Recife, Brasil
#12


Sydney Youth Conference
Australia | 4-6 October 2013

A spirit of enthusiasm, vibrant energy and joy characterized all three days of the youth conference held in Sydney, Australia from 4-6 October, releasing a powerful sense of purpose and responsibility for the 1,400 young people who had arisen to the call of the Universal House of Justice and came together to consult about their role in contributing to the betterment of the world.

From a multitude of diverse backgrounds and communities the youth gathered at the campus of the University of New South Wales, not far from the Bahá’í House of Worship. Through intense study of the conference materials and by the mere fact of being such a large group focussed on a common goal to serve humanity, they were able to grasp a sense of their collective power to foster an encouraging and uplifting environment, one that invites the participation of great numbers. Interspersed with their study, participants found creative ways of expressing their insights and sharing concepts through different art forms. A constant stream of newly composed songs and poetry filled the campus grounds with the happy notes of music and laughter, as artistic expressions conveying the participants’ increasing clarity around their common purpose were shared. Their excitement at the possibilities for action opening before them was infectious. In such an atmosphere, friendships were strengthened and formed in which the will to advance on a path of service together was ignited. “I can feel an energy that is coming out of each room, that we are developing friendships with people who we can plan and serve together with,” shared one youth, adding, “I see how important it is to create an environment of mutual support for any activity to grow.”

Sydney, Australia Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service
 

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