AJCU-AP Service Learning Program 2012 One Earth Many Religions: Constructing Dialogue and Solidarity towards the Integrity of Creation

Sanata Dharma University as the host of SLP 2012, presented the theme “One Earth Many Religions: Constructing Dialogue and Solidarity towards the Integrity of Creation.” This theme is embracing two global concerns: environment and religious pluralism, which is highlighting on understanding the socio-ecological issues, based on the experiential learning in various religious communities.

Environment is selected as the theme of SLP 2012, since it is still becoming a major concern, globally and locally. Located in the ring of fire, Indonesia, especially Yogyakarta is not new to natural disaster. In fact, the people living surrounding Mt. Merapi are still recovering from its last eruption in 2010. Religious pluralism is also selected as Indonesia is well-known for being multi-cultural and multi-religious, which sometimes also becomes the root of many conflicts in Indonesia, as well as the glue that brings people together.

The highlight of the theme lies on the phrase: “Constructing Dialogue and Solidarity towards the Integrity of Creation.” Despite the differences in culture and religions, in the end, all God’s creations are united under one interest: protecting the earth. Without the earth, the home of many living creations, nothing really matters. Therefore, it is important to focus not only at the differences, but also at how people from different background and religions in Yogyakarta, construct a dialogue and work hand-in-hand to put aside their differences in order to preserve and protect the earth. Continue Reading →