Youth Forum, Center for Minority Issues and Mission, Japan

Youth Forum, Center for Minority Issues and Mission, Japan

Opening/Closing Date: 
April 9, 2019 to June 17, 2019
Anticipated Start Date: 
August 30, 2019

Pilgrim in Mission | Aug 30 - Sept 7 | Subsidized cost: $300 | Young Adults (18-35)

The United Church of Canada, in collaboration with the Center for Minority Issues and Mission in Japan, is seeking two youth/young adult participants (ages 18-35) for a Youth Forum in Okinawa, Japan August 30 – September 7, 2019.   

2018 Youth Forum in Hokkaido - Martha Wood, Miyauchi Fumiyo, Sarah MacGregor
David McIntosh

The Youth Forum will focus on militarism, peace and environmental issues. This will be the third Forum following a successful 2018 forum in Hokkaido focused on Ainu/Indigenous issues and a 2017 forum in Osaka focused on Korean and Buraku minorities in Japan.

The Youth Forum is an opportunity to build a global community spreading God’s love, justice and peace to all people.   

This is a Pilgrims in Mission opportunity offered through The United Church’s People in Partnership program.


Okinawa, Japan

Applicant Profile

  1. Have a valid passport that does not expire before February, 2020. 
  2. Have a demonstrated commitment to, and engagement in, The United Church of Canada (locally, regionally and/or nationally), particularly with involvement in militarism, peace and/or environmental issues.
  3. Willingness to continue to be part of networks of education and faithful advocacy on militarism, peace and/or environmental issues in Canada and globally, and to offer leadership to others on this issue
  4. Willingness to speak to United Church groups about the experience and its impact on their faith journey
  5. Good knowledge and critical analysis of issues related to peace, advocacy and education strategies
  6. Be a young adult.


  1. Participants will be expected to speak to church groups about the Forum and what they learned with a minimum commitment of 4 presentations.
  2. Participants will be expected to connect with United Church networks focussing on these issues.
  3. Participants will be expected to write 3 brief (about 200/300 word) blogs/articles on the highlights of the experience for United Church publications, accompanied by 4-6 high rez pictures.

The United Church is committed to equity, diversity, justice, and to creating a positive and supportive environment for people of all identities and backgrounds. ALL qualified people are encouraged to apply!


A contribution of $300 is required. This can be personal funds or contributions from others for you. Other expenses (Return flight, health insurance and room and board) will be covered by The United Church of Canada and the Center for Minority Issues and Mission.

To Apply

You are invited to submit your application including the following information to pip [at] using the subject line MINORITY CENTRE YOUTH FORUM:

Please be sure the application includes:

  1. Confirmation you have a valid passport that does not expire before February 2020 and are able to travel outside Canada.
  2. A brief summary of your connection to The United Church of Canada, your interest in and engagement with the issues and concerns of indigenous peoples.
  3. Why you want to attend this Forum.
  4. What gifts and talents you would bring.
  5. How you see this experience shaping your future involvement in The United Church of Canada.

A reference name and contact.  Please tell us how this individual knows you. 

People in Partnership
E-mail:  pip [at]