East Malaysia YCS Encounter Jesus in Sibu!

23 03 2010

SIBU – The 3rd East Malaysia Encounter was successfully held in Sibu from 15 – 18 March 2010. Organised by the Kuching YCS, a total of 36 participants from Kuching, Miri and Sibu Arch/Dioceses gathered at Sibu Diocesan Pastoral Centre for 4-day 3-night camp with the theme “Climate Change… No Kidding!”.

With reference to the YCS methodology of SEE-JUDGE-ACT, participants were exposed to the current reality of climate change at a plantation site accompanied by an officer from Sibu NGO, Mr Wong Meng Chuo. The SEE part continued with Mr Wong giving a talk on the importance of being aware on the climate situation and to note the danger Mother Earth is facing.

The JUDGE part followed the next day as participants learnt the spirituality of YCS through sessions on Reflection of Creation Story by Fr Jessie and a panel discussion by Ms Zabariah (representing the Islamic Information Centre in Sibu), Mr Wong (representing the Social Environmental Consultancy) and Fr Paul Ling (representing the Roman Catholic Church). Asian Team Deepak Raj was also present to conduct the Synthesis of Judge session.

The final ACT part challenged the participants to make a difference in their own school, Church and arch/diocese. Each person committed themselves to making a change, an effort to combat this climate change issue. The solidarity action was to come up with an awareness brochure for distribution to everyone by 4 June (World Environmental Day).

Daily Mass was held daily, with presiding priests Fr Jessie and Fr Paul. Other activities held during the event include taize prayers, a debate, action songs and games, and solidarity time.