The symposium’s promoters say: “It is an honour for us that Argentina, and particularly Mariapolis Lia Brunet were chosen to organise this symposium.”
This year the symposium will be preceded by a series of events that will begin with the “World Day of Peace” which will take place on 15 August in the small Focolare town. These day meetings have taken place since 1997 with growing participation on the part of members of the Jewish and Christian communities of Argentina and Uruguay. Each year a new topic is examined by Jews and Christians, with moments of reflection, testimony, dialogue and recreation. These day meetings are an expression of the link that has been formed between the Focolare Movement and members of the Jewish community in Argentina.
A second event, which is geared toward the youth and run parallel to the World day of Peace, is entitled: “I met people who want a united world. . . come and meet them too.” This event is organised by the Teens and Youth for a United World from the Focolare Movement and by the Ann Frank Center of Argentina. Teenagers and youths from each of these centres have been actively involved in putting together this event. The dynamic programme will include laboratories, games, debates, presentations and sharing. The objective of the programme is to promote the integration of respect for the social, political and religious culture of the other, with all that this implies, and to face various problems facing youths, like violence, discrimination and exclusion. This event is geared toward teens and youths who come from Argentina and other lands such as Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, the United States, Italy and Jerusalem.
This series of events will culminate in the Fourth International Symposium for Jewish-Christian Dialogue, on 21-25 August under the auspices of the Minister of Cult & Worship of Argentina. There will be presentations by Jewish and Christian scholars from around the world who will delve into the topic chosen for this year: “Identity and Dialogue: an experience that continues” The Argentinian Minister of Foreign Affairs will preside at the closing events.