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the Future , includes several titles:
the Future, Ecumenical Youth Encounter
the theme "Facing the Future", more than 30 young people from
churches and student Christian movements (SCMs) in many nations gather
in Cuba for a 3-week leadership programme co-sponsored by the World Council
of Churches and the World Student Christian Federation. Through an intensive
series of encounters, participants come to see themselves and their cultures
from new perspectives. Returning home, they embark on local ministry projects
with a sense of belonging to one, worldwide Christian movement.
video follows the diverse youth leaders as they engage in Bible study,
worship, dance and song, role-playing exercises and acts of fellowship,
as well as frank exchanges on such topics as economic globalization, relations
between women and men, challenges presented by HIV/AIDS, and other issues
concerning faith and practice. Their experience provides a wealth of possibilities
for further discussion. The philosophy behind this multicultural interaction
is summed up by one youth:
me about it, and I'll forget.
Show me, and I'll remember.
Involve me, and I'll understand."
30'30" - (Short version): 9'19"
videos on: Globalisation , HIV/AIDS & Gender
How does economic globalisation impact young people and their faith? Duration:
What are the challenges of HIV/AIDS and what can young people do? Duration:15'39"
Gender and marriage; What are the differences in dating and getting married
between young people from different countries, cultures and churches?
Culture and Boyfriends - From Denmark to Kenya: Faith's cultural challenge.
from Denmark visits the twins Emily and Gladys in their home in Kenya.
is introduced to the rich church life of the area and to the problems
of AIDS, widespread also among Christians.
does not find it easy to face deprivation and hardship. Should she feel
guilty because of her rich life in Europe?
night the girls tell each other about boyfriends. They think they know
what to expect when they reveal their secrets. But they don't…
shock - From Nairobi to Copenhagen: seeing Christianity from the other
wasn't what we thought it would be. It was a shock.'
twins Emily and Gladys from Kenya were speaking after a visit to the Lutheran
state church in Denmark.
had expected to find a church similar to their own. Instead they found
a church with plenty of money but very few people caring about church
met a couple who paid church tax but never used the church, a choir paid
to sing in the church on Sundays without being part of the congregation,
a gay pastor and his partner living together in the community-house.
was all a shock, but the question is, can you judge a church on your own
At the 15th European TV Festival of Religious Programmes, in Warsaw, May 2004, Cultural Shock won in documentary category.
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