GENERAL REPORT OF THE “ANOUANZE” FRATERNAL DIALOGUE 2018 FROM 2nd TO THE 8th OF JULY 2018 AT YAMOUSSOUKRO

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The Association of Catholic Scouts of Ivory Coast-ASCCI in agreement with the Ivorian Scouting Federation, Scouts and Guides of France, French Scouting Federation, World Organisation of Scout Movement and particularly the African Scout Support Center will be organising an activity called in particular the Center for African support organizes an activity called “ANOUANZE Fraternal Dialogue” which is a Francophone Scout event.

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This event is essentially for francophones and Francophiles and will have three main activities:

  1. The ITT: International Training for Trainers.
  2. Interreligious meeting for Chaplains
  3. A training on Dialogue for Peace

The targeted audiences are : Commissioners, Scout officials (Chiefs/senior staffs/Animators) and professionals whose responsibility is to develop and put in place training strategies(for example : Commissioners in charge of Adult Resources, Youth Programs or Commissioners in charge of Training and other Commissioners at the national levels) ;Chaplains and Spiritual Guides, National Officials in charge Spiritual programs.

The Council of Protestants in Guiding and Scouting was invited to take part in the event as present Chair of World Scout Interreligious Forum (and as Trainer).

Contrary to what people often say, interreligious dialogue does not favour relativism but fights against it in the sense that the first thing one does is nothing but proclaiming his faith. I must confess that for me Jesus is Lord. I must say that he changed my life. And my partner in the dialogue process will have to do same. We cannot build dialogue on ambiguity… We dialogue because God himself dialogues and has never abandon humanity… We are therefore invited to get into Dialogue which God himself started… Interreligious dialogue is an opportunity to deepen one’s faith with a deepen doctrine to understand the religion of others. Dialogue is not a tactic, but part of a deep respects for all that the Spirit, which blows where it wills, has realized in man.

(Cardinal JL Tauran october2017)

The “Anouanzê” Fraternal Dialogue event of 2018 took place from the 1st to the 8th of July 2018 at Yamoussoukro ,214 KM north of Abidjan.

This program had as objectives :

  • Specific Objectives
    • Build and develop concepts, principles and processes of training;
    • Develop a training system based on the principles and methods of modern training;
    • Explore and experiment the world Policy for Adults in Scouting and the Global Support System Approach.
  • EXPECTED OUTCOMES

    At the end of the program,

    1. Create a true interreligious dialogue and achieve a better mutual knowledge of religions.
    2. Facilitate a good understanding of the initial relationship between religion and scouting.
    3. Share the difficulties encountered in the spiritual situation of youths.
    4. Reflect on what young people are today, and not what we think they are (digital world, diversity,)
    5. Understand the complexity of one country to another. A model cannot be exported: make recommendations to consolidate the spiritual life of different religions in pluralist associations. Differences, impact, difficulties, and consequences: between pluralist associations and denominational associations, link with churches
    6. Discover and implement the World Scout Inter-Religious Dialogue Award
    7. Create a Statute for an interreligious network at the sub regional level.

Participants at the Interreligious Dialogue Training workshop

Group

  • 26 Participants :
    • National, regional and diocesan Chaplains
    • National Officials in charge of Spiritual animations
    • Chief Commissioners of ASN/MO
  • 06 Trainers/Facilitators :
    • Rev. Charles-Olivier Yapi (Vice-President CPGS)
    • Father Jacques Gagey (General Chaplain of ICCS)
    • Christian Larcher (Secretary General of ICCS)
    • Arthur Siahon (President of ICCS, Africa)
    • Patricia Crepy (Representative of SGDF)
    • David Crepy ( SGDF Official in charge of the Cléophas Program)
  • 18 countries were present at the Interreligious Dialogue Training workshop 16 African countries
    • 01 European country
    • 01 inter American country

Course of Events

DAY 0 : Sunday 1st of july 2018

  • On Sunday 1st of July 2018, the team of facilitators took time to:

    • To revisit the program of the workshop
    • Consolidate the list of the trainees
    • Partition roles for each facilitator
    • Revisit presentation
    • Harmonise time schedule and joint activities of the ITT and that of the Dialogue for peace.
  • It was decided that the Vice President of CPGS animates the following modules :

    1. Importance of the meeting
    2. Place of spirituality within scouting in each country( 03 sessions)
    3. Presentation and mechanism of the World Scout Interreligious Dialogue Award to trainees of the IRD
    4. Presentation and mechanism of the World Scout Interreligious Dialogue Award to trainees of ITT
    5. Concrete application of the WSAIRD- Case study of the west African zone and that of ivory coast
    6. Interreligious encounter
    7. Communication on the World Scout Interreligious forum
    8. Putting in place of the west African Interreligious forum

It is well noting that 30 minutes of every morning was reserved for respective Christian worships (Catholic and Protestants)

We had times of Interreligious sharings.

Prayer Prayer

  • The catholic community during its mass of the 4th of July 2018 invited other religious denominations.
  • The protestant community as a whole invited other religious denomination for its worship session of Thursday 5th of July
  • The Muslim community as a whole invited other religious denomination for its worship session of Friday 6^th^ of July
  • An Interreligious ceremony was organised on Saturday 7th of july with all the religious denominations present.

DAY 1 : Monday 2nd of July 2018

Intervention of CPGS

Module: Importance of the encounter

DAY 2 : Tuesday 3th of july 2018

Intervention of CPGS

Module: Place of Spirituality with scouting in each country

Prayer

DAY 3 : Wednesday 4th of july 2018

Intervention of CPGS

Modules: 1. Presentation and mechanism of the World Scout Interreligious Dialogue Award to trainees of the IRD 2. Presentation and mechanism of the World Scout Interreligious Dialogue Award to trainees of ITT 3. Concrete application of the WSAIRD- Case study of the west african zone and that of ivory coast

DAY 4 : Thursday 5th of July 2018

Intervention of CPGS

Module: Place of Spirituality with scouting in each country

DAY 5 : Friday 6th of July 2018

Intervention of CPGS

Modules:

  1. Place of Spirituality with scouting in each country
  2. Interreligious encounter (Protestant)
  3. Communication on the World Scout Interreligious forum

DAY 6 : Saturday 7th of July 2018

Interreligious ceremony with Muslims, Catholics and Protestants.

After the Interreligious ceremony, the CPGS awarded Honorary Friendship Certificates to officials from the ICCS , to the National Commissioner of ASCCI, to the International Commissioner of SGDF as shown below :

  • Father Jacques Gagey (ICCS)
  • Christian Larcher (ICCS)
  • Patricia Crepy (ICCSS)
  • David Crepy (ICCS)
  • René-Tardy Kouassi Blé (ASCCI)
  • Elise Drouet (SGDF)

Ceritificat

Reflection on the process of attributing the World Scout Interreligious Dialogue Award

At the end of the activity

DAY 7 : Sunday 8th of july 2018

Departure of participants at 11am.

CONCLUSION 

Dialogue

  • This workshop permitted to attained the goals as mentioned earlier:
  1. Create a true interreligious dialogue and achieve a better mutual knowledge of religions.
  2. Facilitate a good understanding of the initial relationship between religion and scouting.
  3. Share the difficulties encountered in the spiritual situation of youths.
  4. Reflect on what young people are today, and not what we think they are (digital world, diversity,)
  5. Understand the complexity of one country to another. A model cannot be exported: make recommendations to consolidate the spiritual life of different religions in pluralist associations. Differences, impact, difficulties, and consequences: between pluralist associations and denominational associations, link with churches
  6. Discover and implement the World Scout Inter-Religious Dialogue (Award
  7. Create a Statute for an interreligious network at the sub regional level
  • But especially to create a real laboratory of Interreligious Dialogue by the methodology used (interactive and participatory workshop) and the modules provided, which could be taken over for other similar programs.

  • It is well noting the putting in place of the 1st Interreligious sub regional forum for west Africa which we can call FISAO or IFOWA in English

  • This event saw the presence of the vice president of CPGS Charles-Olivier Yapi, representatives of the Muslim community of Ivory Coast, the Methodist church of Ivory Coast, the Cheik of Niger, a scout pastor from Benin, a dozen of national chaplains and others from the ICCS. Others present were, the president of the African ICCS, the International commissioner of SGDF and not forgetting the regional secretary of WOSM present who informed the WOSM of their presence at Anouanzê.

  • 5 persons were engaged in this team

    • President: Father Jules N’DOUA ATOUBLE (Ivory Coast)
    • Members:
      • Cheikh Barham Aboubacar (Niger)
      • Pastor Carius Ebner Oussa (Benin)
      • Serge Georges Badji (Sénégal)
      • Jean Emile Raoul Salami (Guinea)
  • On its upcoming activities, the ICCS will be organising two Interreligious Dialogue activities in Africa : 

  1. In October 2018 in Kinshasa, DRC, Central Africa.
  2. Next year in February 2019 in Dar el Salam, Tanzania in east Africa

These two activities could bring forth two new teams of IFoWA

With the program coming to an end with the Grace of God, all participants travelled through Abidjan to get back to their respective homes

God bless you

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