BUILDING BRIDGES OF FAITH:
A Pilgrimage made by Japanese & American young adults
4 to 20 August 2004
A project of the Religious Freedom Young Adult Network (RFYN)
Fund for International Unitarian Universalism
Japan Liaison Committee of the IARF
23 young adults from IARF member organisations (Unitarian Universalists & Jewish Reconstructionists in the USA, and Shintoists & Buddhists in Japan) took part in an educational tour, or pilgrimage, visiting sites of spiritual interest in both countries.
An educational tour that began in Japan & ended in the US. Learning about each spiritual tradition took place through experiential learning & discussions.
There were 11 young adults from Japan & 12 from USA – and they came from several spiritual traditions: Unitarian Universalists, Reconstructionist Jews, Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhists, Ittoen (a spiritual community) and Shinto groups Tsubaki Grand Shrine & Konko Church of Izuo.
Illustrated account of the pilgrimage, with photos:
Broad Aim – To promote respect & harmony between people of different spiritual & belief traditions, in order to ensure freedom of religion & belief in both present & future.
Purpose – To build bridges of international interfaith understanding between young adults of faith communities in Japan & the United States which belong to the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF).
- That the young adults would have enjoyable & profound experiences that will affect their future lives.
- That this project would encourage responsible national & international citizenship in today’s world, based on the values inherent in the different belief traditions.
- That the participants would gain a deeper understanding of the value & implications of each other’s faith traditions.
- That the participants would become more familiar with the objectives & work of the RFYN (Religious Freedom Young Adult Network), a programme of the IARF.
- That the young adults may be motivated to work actively for freedom of religion and belief.