Look to the Future Together

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Look to the Future Together

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader

The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan, in cooperation with the Educational Activities in Eastern Europe of the Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij (The Reformed Political Party) in the Netherlands, held a conference titled, “Look to the Future Together” on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 which was attended by friends from the Netherlands, including educators and members of the European Parliament, as well as representatives of the Embassy of the European Union and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Jordan.

The conference focused on discussing the common vision by looking together towards the future. The key word lies in 'togetherness'. This is not something new in Jordan, whereby as we mark Jordan's centennial anniversary we have celebrated a hundred years of common living, moving hand-in-hand, and acting together in confronting the challenges as has been the in case in the past, at present, and in the future. The "togetherness" means without discrimination as mentioned in the Jordanian Constitution which states that ''all Jordanians are equal before the law'' so that there is no discrimination as all people are equal regardless of religion or ethnicity. We all rally behind a wise Hashemite leadership. This leadership is like a safe ship, even when it crosses rough seas, because we believe that God has provided us with security and stability which is attributed to His Majesty King Abdullah II Ben Al Hussein.

We look forward to the future together from religious, political, and social points of view as well as with confidence and optimism since our future will be propitious. What makes us say so is our national unity, the beautiful fence and the impregnable rock that foils all attempts that cause instability, fear, strife or corruption, which some people try to instill. The "togetherness" implies continuing the march together in Jordan as an extended family and preserving the national fabric. On the other hand, it implies foiling all machinations which aim at undermining security, confidence and optimism. We all rally behind our Hashemite leadership to preserve the Arab rights, namely Palestine and its right to independence, whose essence is Jerusalem, its Islamic and Christian sanctities, its Hashemite custodianship, and its future to be a city of brotherhood of three religions and for two peoples.

The participants in the conference, included heads of churches and their representatives, people interested in the cultural sector, as well as students from our Jordanian private or public universities. This is what has become a distinctive feature of the conferences held by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan, as it will shortly mark its 7th anniversary and having become one of the cornerstones of culture, citizenship, and dialogue in our Jordanian, Arab and international society. When young people are encouraged to attend, listen and contribute to their pioneering views, we look to the future with bright hope in the eyes of these young people, who are the source of pride of the leader, of the nation, and the source of the bright image of the future.

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