Jiway Tung, AFSC's Country Representative in Indonesia, will visit Dover to describe efforts to bridge the country's cultural divides. "In Indonesia, our identity as peacebuilders shapes our relationship with governments and with partner agencies," he says. "That identity informs where we work and what we work on. AFSC’s program in Indonesia began during inter-religious violence in the late 1990s. Since then, and particularly in our youth work, AFSC programs have supported and celebrated the richness of a country founded on the principle of 'Unity in Diversity.'
With so many Indonesians in the Dover area -- many of whom fled from religious persecution -- Jiway's presentation promises to be timely and relevant. He is especially eager to describe the "peace torch" project, which brings together Indonesian youth who want a future consistent with the values of pluralism and democracy.
Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.
[Read Jiway's article, "The United States at War," to find out more about his perspective on communal conflict in Indonesia.]
Arnie Alpert, (603) 224-2407