First Mesoamerican Youth Encounter "Awakening the Awareness of Leadership for Peace"
The First Mesoamerican Youth Encounter "Awakening the Awareness of Leadership for Peace" of the United Religions Initiative (URI) for Latin America and the Caribbean was organized by the Regional Coordination and the Global Office with the collaboration of “Los Descendientes de Guatemaya” (The Descendants of Guatemaya) Cooperation Circle.
The vision of the encounter "Awakening the Awareness of Leadership for Peace" was to develop a dynamic agenda aimed at appreciating unity in diversity, and to train participants as groups that could inspire, accompany, and support each other. URI’s “Cooperation Circles” are one in the diversity of local actions whose common denominator is the sowing of peace in the world.
The venue for the meeting was chosen to be the Caserío Vasconcelos, which is in Sololá, Guatemala, where the members of the CC Los Descendientes de Guatemaya reside. The meeting was attended by members of four URI Cooperation Circles from Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Panamá.
Facilitator Francisco Morales from Comunidad Cósmica (Cosmic Community) Cooperation Circle.
Host group: Los Descendientes de Guatemaya (The Descendants of Guatemaya) Cooperation Circle
CC of Confederation of Ajqijab Main Councils Originating from the Mayab People
Alianza por la Espiritualidad, Maya Q’eqchi’, Mopán e Itzaj (APEM) Cooperation Circle
The Director of Global Programs of URI, Alice Swett from the USA, was also present. She arrived in Guatemala City, together with the URI Regional Coordinator Enoé Texier, to hold work meetings for four days that would allow them to get to know each other, share the successful work experiences that each Cooperation Circle develops in its locality, and together define the activities. There were a total of twenty participants in the meeting.