Jakarta, PPIM – Peace Leader Indonesia Coordinator, Redy Saputro, shared tips on how his organization could grow and spread the messages of peace and tolerance in Indonesia.
He was speaking on Friday (13/11) in a virtual seminar series of #ModerasiBeragama (Religious Moderation) themed “Youth Activists for Peace Talking about Religious Moderation” organized by the Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM) of the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta through Convey Indonesia program.
“Indonesia Peace Leaders is a forum for young people from various backgrounds to strengthen each other and promote peace and tolerance. It also promotes peace building and equality among people, so that we can build social cohesion,” Redy said.
Redy once received an award from East Java Governor as an inspiring youth in peace and tolerance.
He elaborated the reasons why he created the organization. First, there were very few young people who were aware of tolerance. Most of them thought that spreading peace and tolerance was for old schools. Second, there was still lack of media which contributed to spreading tolerance. The last, young people still got lack of experience in building interaction with people from various backgrounds because they were afraid.
“Among the activities we carry out include inviting young people to visit various places of worship and do peaceful dialogues, learning peaceful narratives from various faiths, cleaning the places of worship and donating staple foods for the needs,” Redy said.
One thing Redy pointed out was that “those who are not your brothers in religion, are your brothers in humanity.”
The virtual seminar on Religious Moderation is held every Friday via “Convey Indonesia” and “PPIM UIN Jakarta” official Youtube channels. The discussion, moderated by Convey Indonesian Team Leader Jamhari Makruf, also presented other speakers, such as I Kadek Adnyana, Head of Gema Perdamaian Community, and Shintya Rahmi Utami, GPF Indonesia General Manager.
Writer: Andita Putri Ghassani
Editor: Zhella Apriesta