Leeds 20139 december 2013
Report by a young member of the "Green Team"
Faith and Light international meeting
In the last week of July, Leeds Trinity University played host to the Faith and Light International General Assembly. The week-long event, which is held every five years in cities across the world, saw around 200 delegates from all four corners of the globe descend on Leeds. The delegates included; the organisation’s international coordinating team, the board of directors, provincial coordinators and community members from around the world.
There were also around 30 volunteers from the UK North province who were there all week to make the conference run as smoothly as possible.
The conference began with an opening ceremony where the delegates, many of whom were wearing their country’s national dress, introduced themselves. The ceremony combined singing, dancing, presentations and prayers and it was greatly enjoyed by all!
Each day was structured quite rigidly, giving the delegates time to enjoy talks and presentations before breaking off into smaller groups for discussion. The talks were given by a range of speakers on a number of relevant topics such as; accompaniment, commitment and mission, discernment and spirituality. Faith and Light’s co-founder, Marie-Hélène Mathieu, gave a talk about the theme of the week which was “Called to Bear Fruit”. She spoke to the delegates about the organisation’s origins and the transition it has made to get to where it is today.
One of the main aims of the week was to elect a new international coordinator and board of directors. Candidates, who had been chosen by a nominating committee prior to arriving in Leeds, put forward their manifestos before the provincial coordinators cast their votes. The new international coordinator and Board of Directors will stay in their roles until the next General Assembly.
On the penultimate day of the conference, almost 200 members of Faith and Light communities from the UK joined us for the fiesta. We enjoyed songs and dances from around the world, played games and shared local and global food at our worldwide buffet.
The conference ended with a closing ceremony on the Friday evening before the delegates departed at the weekend.
REPORT BY EUAN PARSONS