"10 years of youth meeting with Palestine"
10 years of youth meetings
What is the summary of those 10 years?
Let me point out 4 topics related to the photos we just saw:
International youth meetings are sponsored of course by the Lutheran Church, andt also by the German government. Every time before the program, we have to discuss aims with our sponsors. Afterwards, we have to evaluate what young people learned when they participated in this programs.
1. Palestine and Bavaria - culture and society
We learn about culture and society. We find hospitality where we wouldn't have expected. We experience familiy cohesion. But we also learn about the problems of each other's society. We discull about environment protection as well as for example the school system. And above all, we learn from each other what is important to young people and what they want for the future. We learn about our fears, hopes, values and beliefs.
I could say a lot about politics. What I want to emphasize is on one hand our solidarity with our ELCJHL partners - with our Christian brothers and sisters - and the Palestinian people, also in terms of human rights. And on the other hand, I am proud that we as Germans are always trying - together with our partners - to fulfil our responsibility for our history and the Jewish people. Anyone who visited the Dachau Concentration Camp memorial site and experienced for example the conversation with Max Mannheimer or the White Rose memorial in Munich knows how important and touching this was for everyone.
In the programs the young people learn a lot about their own faith. It is moving to visit the places of the Bible in the Holy Land. At the same time, the encounter with different piety styles calls for their own way. And, last but not least, the initiation of a society in which Judaism, Christianity and Islam live together is impetus for the interreligious dialogue in Germany.
Partnership means friedship. Partnership means to respect each other respectfully. It means to admit to the foreign, to the other. This sometimes means being able to withstand each other and I am sure, Dafer and Marya, that our way of reflection in the middle of the night has sometimes got on your nerves. Partnership also means to learn how to prepare delicious meals as well as a real garlicbread! Partnership means missing and looking forward to seeiing you again.
Thank you for your attention. On the next 10 years of youth meetings!