Invitation to the Interfaith Youth Convention on the European Green Deal

Dear friends of JECI-MIEC,
Hoping that this post finds you well, we would like to warmly invite you to register for the Interfaith Youth Convention on the European Green Deal, which will take place on 25 November 2021, from 11:00 to 12:30 CET on Zoom

The online Interfaith Youth Convention on the European Green Deal will gather up to 300 young people representative of Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim confessions to exchange on the European Green Deal with European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans

Young delegates from different confessions will enter into dialogue with Commissioner Frans Timmermans and share their proposals on how the EU could respond to some of the most pressing ecological challenges. They will focus on key areas of the European Green DealHousing and EnergyMobility and TransportAgriculture and FoodProduction and Consumption and Education, Ecology and Skills.

The Convention is open in particular (but not exclusively) to all young people (18 – 35 years old). You can register under this link and kindly find the Programme of the event attached.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Convention.

Please find here the programme of the Convention

JECI-MIEC Training Session 2021 in Malta

JECI-MIEC Training Session: Today’s Students = Tomorrow’s Responsables support by the European Youth Foundation, which took place in Birkirkara, Malta from 5th to 12th of September 2021 sought to equip representatives of youth organisations from across Europe with skills and knowledge necessary for the promotion of positive personal mental health and in ensuring the positive mental health of the members of their respective organisations. The training session identified best practices across several key domains that when contextualised and adopted will allow individuals and organisations to better promote positive mental health, while also combating pressures that pose risks to mental health of members and volunteers. This report first outlines the main themes explored during the training session including mental health awareness, communication, funding partners and resources, and it will conclude by outlining the best practices regarding each of these themes identified by the participants.

On 6th of September we officially opened our Training Session. We had the opportunity to discover the participating organizations and how they work. We delved deeper into that by making a SWOT analysis of every organization and later we found out ways to collectively correct the weaknesses and to grow our strengths. In order to ask for the presence of God throughout the entire week, our chaplain, fr. Sergio Fenech, celebrated Mass in the evening. At the end of the day we got to discover the countries from which the participants came at the Intercultural Market of Organizations.

On Tuesday our first topic that was discussed was Mental Health Awareness. Our first guest was Melvin Calleja from Richmond Foundation Malta. In his presentation we found out many things about mental health such as how mental illnesses appear, how we can prevent them and how to relate to people who experience these illnesses. We also got to talk about a few of these diseases such as anxiety, depression and psychosis. In the afternoon we got to talk to Valentina Bezzina from STEPS Malta about empathy and we delved deeper into relating to people suffering from anxiety and depression. At the end of the day we enjoyed a fun Escape Route that showed us how competitive our participants are.

The following day we talked about communication skills. First of all we learned from Karl Vella a few theoretical things about in person communication and how to give a successful speech. After that Mauro Fenech, also from STEPS Malta, gave us a course about graphics design showing us how to create a poster or any kind of promotional materials. In the afternoon we had the opportunity of putting into practice the skills we received in the morning. Divided into teams, our participants had to create a podcast about our Training Session, to make a video about Mental Health Awareness, a presentation about anxiety, social media and posters advertising future events. The day was concluded with a cooperative research game.

On Thursday we got to relive past JECI-MIEC moments and to learn more about IYCS and IMCS at a global level through expert panels. First we got to talk virtually but also live, with Maria Koutatzi who was our European Coordinator from 1991 to 1994, Johan Vanhove who worked for our organization’s office in the 90’s , Mihai Floran and Maximilian Niessen, both former European Coordinators, who joined us on a video call. We found out beautiful and interesting things about their period in leading JECI-MIEC, their motivations to get involved, their greatest challenges and how they managed to solve them. We received lots of advice about how to work both on an international level but also on a national and local level. The next panel introduced us to the global reality of IYCS and IMCS with the help of our guests, Innocent Odongo (IYCS Secretary General) and Ravi Tissera (IMCS-Pax Romana International President). They encouraged us to get involved as much as possible in our movements and not to hesitate to get involved on an international level. The afternoon took us to La Valletta, the capital city of Malta. There Mr Kurt Cortis  presented what Malta European Services is, how they help the maltese people and ways to access European Funds. And, since there was no day in this Training Session without a fun part, we discovered the petite capital of the country through a Treasure Hunt that brought us to a lot of points with touristic interest in La Valletta. The fun continued as we took dinner out and socialised a lot.

In the last two days our participants had the opportunity to use all the information they received in this Training Session. After an online panel with Mrs Kiia Huttunen from the European Youth Foundation on Friday morning, our activity was concluded by project writing. Divided in teams, our students had to imagine an European Activity and to write the requested project, finding out opportunities to receive funds, partners and ways to implement their ideas. After each team presented their work, we thanked God for all the things He offered us this week at the Mass. The Closing Ceremony was followed by a fun Awards Ceremony where some of the participants found an amazing award for everyone.

Even though this week ended, the Training Session doesn’t end here. Every participant now shares the information in the national organization as he or she now implements the best practices gathered this week. We thank God for helping us in this important journey and for being with us at this Training Session.

Call for participants- Training Session 2021

Dear friends,
we are happy to invite you in our Training Session that will take place in Marsaxlokk, Malta, from the 5th to the 12th of September 2021 (including arrival and departure days).

The activity is supported by the European Youth Foundation.


For additional information please read the following document carefully!

Best regards,
European Team 2021

Happy Easter!


 

Easter Message

A Revelation of Divine Love

We entered this liturgical time in which we reflected upon the passion, death and resurrection of our saviour Jesus Christ. An interesting fact is that Julian of Norwich, an English mystic from the medieval period, describes her visions of the passion as the revelation of Divine love. Let’s face it the event of the passion of Christ is an atrocious event in which we can see the depth of evil and how hatred can push a person to kill another person, even if this person, Jesus, has done nothing but good deeds. Yet in the depth of such an act still it is found an act of Divine Love. This is because Jesus is not just any person He is himself divinity made flesh in whom He wished to absorb all evil that humanity have accepted and let it separate him from God. In the image of the cross we see the image of humanity distorted by Sin, In the words of Prophet Isiah “He had no form or comeliness that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him”. He took all of it carried it and nailed it to the cross and die. How can we call this an act of love? Only if we look at this event through the resurrection. Even this death which is caused by pure evil did not bring upon eternal death because it was won by eternal life. Jesus rose and regained back the true image of Humanity which He wishes to bestow on us. This is the act of Divine love. Even if there is so much that humanity has lost with a love so great it still has the chance to be gained back. What we see in this event of the passion death and resurrection is to be our own event. We are all called to walk the passion in our earthly life, we are all going to pass through death but if we walk this passage with Jesus, we also then rise with Him into Eternal life.
Wishes for a Blessed Easter
Fr Sergio

Lent Reflection

In our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us remember the One who “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). During this season of conversion, let us renew our faith, draw from the “living water” of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God, who makes us brothers and sisters in Christ. At the Easter vigil, we will renew our baptismal promises and experience rebirth as new men and women by the working of the Holy Spirit. This Lenten journey, like the entire pilgrimage of the Christian life, is even now illumined by the light of the resurrection, which inspires the thoughts, attitudes and decisions of the followers of Christ. (Pope Francis Message for Lent 2021)

We cordially invite you on 20 March at 11 CET to participate with us on zoom platform at the Lent Reflection titled: “When I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. ” Jn 12, 32.

The reflection will be led by fr. Sergio Fenech, chaplain of JECI-MIEC European Coordination.

JECI-MIEC Call for Commissions 2021

Following the decision taken at the 2020 European Committee, six commissions will be set up for 2021.This will create an exclusive opportunity for any member at any level to get involved in the work of the European level in areas that they are passionate about and ensure greater influence for all member organisations.

You can find further information at this file.
Looking forward to cooperating with you!

European Team 2021

Orientation Guidelines 2021-2024

Every four years the representatives from the National Organizations gather to reflect on the next steps of the European Coordination and through this cooperation the Orientation Guidelines of the next four years are created.
Here you can find the Orientation Guidelines for 2021-2024 as created in the Digital Workshop “Designing our future” from the 24th to the 27th of September 2020 and adopted in the European Committee 2020.

Our gratitude to all the representatives from the National Orgranizations and the European Teams 2020-2021 for their work to create this document.

You can download them at the following link!

Orientation Guidelines 2021-2024

Happy new year!

“As this year comes to an end let us put all that happened in front of Jesus and contemplate what it is that we can learn from these experiences. Let His light shine upon them and see them as He does so that through what we see we may now engage in a better way all that is coming towards us in the year to come.Wish you a Blessed New Year full of Graces!” fr. Sergio Fenech

Outgoing and Incoming European Teams 2020 and 2021
Maria, Anna M, Georg, Eirini, fr. Sergio, Anna H, Paul, Carolina

Merry Christmas!

Warmest wishes by the European Team 2020!

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