Let's Practice Unity...
Last Wednesday, we had game, presentation and video. We played game that involves critical thinking as our group needs to name a food, country, animal, fruit, person’s name, country/city/continent, and a brand based on a chosen alphabet letter. Everyone was very excited to say their answers hoping to get a unique answer in the group. Then, we showed the presentation about how certain rulers like Hitler used violence to create their own peace but also about the other rulers like Martin Luther King who use non-violence to create peace and were successful. After that, we saw two videos. One is a clip of Jackie Chan’s movie showing how he fights with two people for something they want but the children know a good solution to the problems, which was to have peaceful communication and dialogue with each other. The other video was about two boys that get along with each other even though their own countries are at war. The children learnt how they slowly accept and give each other and become close, regardless of the conflict of their countries.
Unity In Diversity...
Thank you for attending today’s meeting. Our topic of discussion was “Unity in Diversity.” We learnt what is diversity, and its manifestation in the world: New York City(40% born outside US), India (differences in religion, food, art, language), Water(H2O), Paella (Spanish rice dish with many ingredients), Emirates Airline(27 crew members, 27 different countries), and Radio City Musical (cast of 150 performers). So, how is unity in diversity possible. Pope Francis says, “Look more ‘to that’ which unites us rather than that which ‘divides us.’” Therefore, for unity, we need common goal, shared vision, and common purpose.
Where can I find a common goal, shared vision and common purpose? What’s the principle of unity? Again, Pope Francis has the answer, he says “Christ alone can be the principle, the cause and the driving force behind our unity.” So let us celebrate diversity.
Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Our next meeting: 10:00am Sat, Mar 18 at Our Lady of Loretto Church.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Trust and Culture!!
IY Kids News
Last Wednesday our topic was about trust. We heard situations where people who do not trust each other and discussed how to handle the situations with trust. For example, in a situation our friends do not listen to us, some of say that we should ignore them but we learn that we should keep caring for our friends even though not listening to us.
IY Teens News
Our Idente Youth teens discussed the culture of death and how to go against it. We spoke about the beauty of human life and how throughout history people have tried to attack it by promoting abortion, euthanasia, bullying, and other forms of violence. Our teens committed themselves to protecting all human life from the moment of conception to natural death.
Thank you to all of you that attended today’s meeting. The topic of discussion was “Technology: Its evolution and Future,” our presenter was Johnny. Below were some of the discussion questions
1. So what holds for technology in the Future?
2. How are we improving technology ?
3. How do you think technology has improved?
Thank you Johnny for a well prepared, engaging, and creative presentation. We had a special guest in Mar, an Idente Missionary from Spain at our meeting. She spoke briefly about IY in Spain.
“Atheism and Truth"
Thank you to all of you that made it to today’s IY meeting. The topic of discussion was “Atheism and Truth.” We briefly looked at the different world religions, are all religions the same, what truth is, and does truth really matter. As discussed, there is a truth. Truth is absolute, narrow, and exclusive. Let us discover it together.
“Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more;
wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again.
Wanderer, there is no road-- Only wakes upon the sea.
- Antonio Machado (Spanish Poet)
Attached is the slidedeck that was shared during the meeting.
The next IY meeting will be 10am Sat, June 4 at the Church Basement (not Lower Rectory). Please note this will be a welcome meeting for the newly confirmed students.
What is the purpose of my Being?
Last Wednesday, our Idente Youth teens were reminded that God, our Father, created each of us with a purpose in life, just as a worker or an artist creates with a purpose. We realized that our purpose in life is to first love God and the people around us. In small groups, we shared examples of how we're living according to our purpose as well as the times that we have fallen short of living our purpose. Our sharing was filled with joy as we encouraged one another to live for our Heavenly Father. We hope you can join us for our next teens' meeting this Wednesday at 6:00pm at St. Dominic's Church. For more information, please call us at (347) 948-3122 or check out our website: www.identeyouth.us. Thanks! (4/13/2016)
How I see Society...
Last Wednesday our Idente Youth talked about some of the main concerns of people in our society. We wrote letters to help people with challenges such as loneliness, depression, family problems and bullying. The teens then exchanged letters and found out possible solutions for some of these problems. Hope you can join us for our next teens' meeting this Wednesday at 6:00pm at St. Dominic's Church. For more information, please call us at (347) 948-3122 or check out our website: www.identeyouth.us. Thanks! (3/30/2016)