Sara Camps Pérez
Head of Pastoral, Leisure and Volunteering Department, Escola Pia de Catalunya, Spain
Sara Camps is Head of Pastoral, Leisure and Volunteering Department of Escola Pia de Catalunya (Piarist Fathers), coordinating pastoral activities in twenty different schools in the area of Catalonia, Spain. A postgraduate in International Cooperation, Pastoral in Education and Religions, Immigrations and Identity, she has been working as a volunteer in Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece and Guatemala,, always in the field of education and interreligious and intercultural dialogue and trying to build bridges between different communities. Sara is coordinating the Religious Culture lessons offered to all students in Escola Pia de Catalunya; where several traditions and beliefs are presented with the goal of opening students’ minds, and helping them understand, respect and share the values of other faiths. There is a special emphasis on the Golden Rule of Religions: treating the Other as one would wish to be treated. “Peace begins with a smile” is a motto she identifies with; an open smile is the first step to approaching the Other, having the chance to learn, share and work together for peace and understanding.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Religious Diversity Workshop in Mexicali (Mexico)
As part of the Piarist Province of Catalonia, the Vice Province of the Californias is committed to educate and accompany children and young people, following the motto “Pietty and Letters”. The daily life in the Piarist works in the Californias is hard as they are working in the poorest areas of the state, taking care of orphaned children and offering non-formal education to children from needy families.
Unlikely the situation in our centres in Catalonia, in our Vice Province interreligious related activities are still nonexistent. Nevertheless, children are growing in a frontier land and most of them are likely to live, in the future, in countries where religious diversity is important.
This project can be, on the one hand, the first opportunity for participants (both young and middle-aged working with children) to get in touch with different traditions and include interreligious activities in their work. On the other hand, it would be the first step to start building bridges between different communities in the area. The project is based on formative sessions regarding religious traditions in Baja California, a general vision on world’s religions visits places of worship and exchanging experiences with people with different beliefs.