Saint Gabriel Youth Community

1. INTRODUCTION
As a student who wants to complement the capability of learning and teaching in all fields, I did volunteer to improve skill and abilities as well as a requirement to supplement my education phase. Therefore, in this report I will describe about the voluntary activities as a Chairman of Youth community of the Parish of Saint Gabriel, Jakarta – Indonesia I have ever done.

2. DESCRIPTION OF WORK AND THE ORGANISATION
2.1 The organization
St. Gabriel Catholic Church is set by the Archdiocese of Jakarta on July 23, 1995 as a 51st parish in Jakarta, Indonesia. Through the motto “Gaudium Omnibus”, means enjoyment for people with expect that the occurrence of this parish can provide particularly good news for the people of the community surrounding the church. Historically, the Saint Gabriel church is the chapel of the Parish church of Saint Bonaventure in 1988. At the time, people listed as many as 439 people and parishes along the development process, the presence of people increased to 2811 people. Furthermore, officially Saint Gabriel became a Parish on 23 July 1995 by the Archbishop of Jakarta declaration number 1083/3.25.3/9.
In its organizational structure, there are two types organizational structures, such as:

a. Territorial
which is manageably small area housing a community of some people who registered, who lived, worked and worshipped together, with a church and a school at its center and a minister and a kirk session to attend to both its spiritual and its temporal necessities. The territorial organised by
– Chairman of the parish council,
– Vice chairman of the parish council,
– Parish Council Secretary,
– Treasurer of the parish council,
– Chairman of the parish youth,
– Chairman of the region,
– Chairman of the youth region.

b. Categorical
The religious service activity of Parish community. For instance:
– Bible study community
– Legion of Mary
– Elderly community
The community involved has an organitation structure that collaborates and supports each other.

In this organisation, I have involved as a Chairman of Youth community of the Parish of Saint Gabriel, Jakarta – Indonesia that has some of responsibilities such as:
– Thinking and coordinate youth group activities.
– Pursue funding and facilities to support the smooth coaching and development in the parish and parts of its territory.
– Responsible for the implementation of the youth group in the parishes and regions.
Make an annual accountability report and the incidental and financial performance of duties to the Board of the Parish Pastoral.

2.2 My Involvement
I have involved in this community from 2004 until 2007 (approximately + 10950 hours) as a Chairman of the parish youth. During the involvement, I have learned different experience such as:
– Sport competition organizer (2004)
– Organizer of the 40th days requiem mass of Pope John Paul II (8th may 2005).
– Organizer of the visit to the seminary (2006).
– Bible Camp organizer (2006).
– Journalistic workshop organizer (2007).
– Organizer of the pilgrimage to the cave Maria (2007).
– Bible Study group organizer (2004 – 2007).
– Christmas celebration organizer (2004 – 2007).
– Easter celebration organizer (2004 – 2007).
– Natural Disasters rescue team leader (2004 – 2007).
– Youth & Elderly mass organizer (2004 – 2007)

3. LEARNING OUTCOME

3.1 Developed an awareness of social justice issues and the economic and social effects of modern life.
The social issues that appear in the society seem to be the problem that no one can live without the others. The problem cannot be solved as the people are living in the varying level of economic and social. Some of them are living in the place, condition and environment that can allow them to do much but some are on the contrasting side. As this control, the involvement in the non-profit organization has allowed people to create fewer limitations between the two categories. Since it is a non-profit organization, the anxiety of being socially and economically stressed can be taken away in order to create a better social life, which stress on the better together.

3.2 Heightened awareness of the responsibility of individuals to the wider community
This volunteer helps me to realize to contribute our time and energy to the society, which are needed my support. Since, I am youthful to have an opportunity to help someone, who is still need my support. It is important to support the other while I can afford to do it.

3.3 Ethical, spiritual, professional and personal development
I might say that learn to share with others from youth in different background after doing this volunteer. The most appropriate regarding this personal reflecting is when I was on public as I am able to respect the others regardless of their background. The reason is because I have realised since I was attending the volunteer, which is involved to the community.

3.4 Business communication skills, information literacy and interpersonal skills
There will be a difference the first time as a volunteer at the church. While serving in this community, I have got many opportunities to interact with others, speak in front of people, and speech. I also get knowledge about the structures and procedures within the organization. Furthermore, I have the ability on how to organize, facilitate, and cooperate with the team.

3.5 Critical and analytical abilities.
These skills I have gained when I was joined with this community in 2004. Moreover, I realize the importance from the social work. Their purpose is to bring back the society for working together. The volunteer in St. Gabriel church served the community with their feeling as a volunteer, as their love their community.

4. REFLECTION
The Volunteering not only helps and benefits one’s community but, in a way, it benefits the volunteers themselves. For instance, I believe volunteering makes a person feel worthy, as if they’ve accomplished something because they made someone else’s life better or they made a change in their community somehow. Volunteering also shows that that person is generous, compassionate, and good-hearted, because he/she is kind enough to give up a few hours of their time and put it into their community. It also serves others without expecting to get anything out of their service. I believe that everyone should give back to their community because volunteering will make your community a more comforting and pleasing place to live in.

Tuhan tidak “Menyebabkan” namun Tuhan “Membiarkan”

Tuhan tidak pernah MENYEBABKAN kita susah, melainkan Tuhan MEMBIARKAN kita mendapatkan kesusahan yang disebabkan oleh kita sendiri.”

Tuhan itu Kasih, Maha Adil, Maha Kuasa serta Bijaksana yang berdasarkan pada sifat – sifatNya. Sungguh sangatlah mustahil bila Ia tidak berlaku sesuai sifatNya pada ciptaanNya, yakni Kita manusia. Akan tetapi Ia akan memberikan kebebasan(MEMBIARKAN) kepada kita untuk memilih antara yang baik sesuai dengan ajaranNya atau Jalan yang susah yang disebabkan oleh kita seraya melakukan segala laranganNya.

Seorang Ayah yang bijaksana, tentu saja tidak menentukan perjalanan hidup anak-anaknya. Seringkali kita alami suatu kasus dimana seorang anak yang menginginkan sesuatu yang tidak selaras dengan sang Ayah, namun sang Ayah “membiarkan” sang anak untuk mendapatkan keinginan yang berdampak positif atau mungkin berefek negatif. Akan tetapi perlu kita sadari bahwa efek yang dihadapi oleh sang anak, bukan berarti Ayah yang menyebabkan.

Mari kità renungkan pada awal penciptaannya (Kej 2 : 16-17) dimana Ia memperingatkan Adam untuk tidak memakan 1 buah dari ribuan yang ada. Akan tetapi Tuhan membiarkan Adam memakan buah tersebut yang menyebabkan Adam hanya hidup selama 930 tahun dan mati(Kej 5 : 5). Tuhan sendiri mempunyai maksud dalam menciptakan kita, manusia. Seperti tertulis dalam Kej 1 : 28 bahwa ” Allah memberkati mereka, lalu Allah berfirman kepada mereka: “Beranakcuculah dan bertambah banyak; penuhilah bumi dan taklukkanlah itu, berkuasalah atas ikan-ikan di laut dan burung-burung di udara dan atas segala binatang yang merayap di bumi.” Jadi, sudah sangatlah jelas bahwa Tuhan memberikan pedoman bagi kehidupan kita, namun Ia “membiarkan” kita memilih jalan hidup yang sesungguhnya.

Seperti contoh apa yang kita tahu sekarang ini. Dimana setiap negara mempunyai Badan Pertahanan Negara atau biasa disebut Tentara yang mempunyai fungsi dan tujuan untuk melindungi negara. Bukankah bila suatu negara diserang oleh negara lain, mereka(tentara) harus melindungi “mereka” dan juga negara mereka ? Sudah pasti mereka harus membunuh musuhnya sebelum mereka dibunuh bukan ?
Tuhan berfirman dalam Ulangan 5 : 17 bahwa “Jangan Membunuh” akan tetapi Tuhan “membiarkan” tentara untuk saling membunuh. Akan tetapi apa efek dari mereka yang menjalankan larangan-Nya ? Banyak sekali terdengar berita di TV, Radio, Internet tentang peperangan yang sudah merajalela, setelah kasus Osama bin Laden yang ditembak mati oleh Team 6 Navy Seals USA. Dan akan ada aksi balas dendam dari organisasi yang diketuai Osama bin Laden (AQAP) yang kita kenal Al-Qaeda. Entah akan sampai kapan pertikaian kelompok ini akan berakhir.

Kalau sudah semrawut seperti ini, apakah kita pantas menyatakan bahwa Tuhan yang “menyebabkan” semua ini ?
Alangkah indahnya bila kita yang dikaruniai oleh sebagian sifat Allah itu sendiri yakni, Kasih(1 Yoh 4 : 8), Bijaksana(1 Kor 1 : 30), Adil (Mzm 116 : 5) dapat menerapkannya semasa hidup kita.

Oleh sebab itu tempuhlah jalan orang baik, dan peliharalah jalan-jalan orang benar serta bertopanglah sesuai dengan ajaran-Nya. Karena orang benar akan mendiami tanah, dan orang yang tak bercelalah yang akan tetap tinggal di situ (Proverb 2 :20-21).

Tuhan memberkati.

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“Past” is a bridge for the “Future”

Mate, life is a journey like it or not you have to go through, under any circumstances. There are times when we pause and remember the past. Although many people say to forget the past and look after to the future, you still may be to remember your past. In this case is grateful for the past, not to be sad for a long. Actually, there are many lessons you can take from the past. The past is a measure of your wisdom. If in the past there were many things that make you hurt, accept it as an attempt to mature you, mature mind. There are many parts of the past can you accompanied a thank you. Feeling your past gloomy? It should not. Look at within a scope of the future, there is something that does not exist in the past. In the future, there are many pieces of the past my experience, the experience that I lived with guidance from God. I always tried to face the dark of the past, if I never see the dark, how could I be grateful for the light? When everything seems wrong , and no one wants to reach out. I always stick to one thing, the dream must stay in my hope. Lord, thank you … because now I’ve walked in achieving my dreams. Thank you for the light that you bring in my past, so I’m more grateful for the light that you are giving, I’m grateful for the past that you give, so I know You’re always beside me to guide my steps. Now, I give great hope in my future, something that I did not get in my past . Now, you can commemorate your past as a solid bridge to achieve what you dream of. Always be grateful to the past, because without it, you will not be on an achievement at this time.

The Aboriginal Australia

The Aboriginal Australia

An aborigine is a first inhabitant of a country. it comes from two Latin words ab origine it means from the beginning.  In Australia there is no widely accepted name for aborigines, they are called aboriginals.  There are a lot of traditions, customs, cultures, and special characteristics from aboriginal people.  This essay will describe firstly the aboriginal art, secondly the aboriginal houses and food, as well as a comparison between the aboriginal food and shelter in the past with in the present day, and finally discussion about the problem of health issues of aboriginal people in Australia.

Art was an essential part of aboriginal life which permeated every aspect, both ceremonial and secular.  Roberts (2000) explained, “They are always part of the land and nature as we are. Our connection to all things natural is spiritual” (para.5).  The art was an expression of deeply held religious beliefs the record of gossip and hunting.

Long time ago, body painting used ancestral design was the most important part of a ceremonies.  While, the most commonly used symbol of body painting are relatively simple, aboriginal people used in detail combinations to tell more stories. For example: a single wavy line shows where a river flows, parallel wavy lines symbolise a path, a kind of U-shaped sticks represents a woman, a straight sticks is a man, concentric circles mean there was a campsite or a meeting place, dots show rain or a lots of ants.

Similar like art, the aboriginal people believed that the ancestral providing all the appropriate created the land and necessary resources needed to support them in their semi-nomadic life style.  Hodge (2005) stated,”For Aboriginal people, life is linked to the seasons” (p.8), therefore they were built many different structure suited to their environment.  Definitely, they built a wide variety of shelters that varied with the seasons. For example, Wind Break, usually they use to provide protection from sun during the day.  It is also protection from breezes at night.  These windbreaks were the main form of shelter across the deserts territorities.  Also, they built temporary domed huts with grass roofs when the weather turned wet.  Some times, they can build robust domed houses, made of a hard wooden frame with a turf covering, to keep out the wet and the cold.

For necessity, their people lived by hunting and gathering various wild foods. Hodge (2005) stated,”Tools crafted with heat were invented for hunting” (p.9).  In addition, a man was hunted food by spears, clubs throwing sticks or boomerang, and the women used digging sticks and dishes for gathering food.  Recently non-Aboriginal people too have started to discover these fruits and vegetables.

In the past, the functions of shelter for aboriginal people are fundamentally similar with house after colonisation.  Neverthless, they used different types of material for structure.  Earlier, they using bough and branches for timber frames covered with bark and hides for cladding as a material of shelter.  They also used a stones structures such as a caves and natural shelter.  Whereas, numerous examples of stones structures can be seen in the present day.  Wooden structures are more fragile and survive only in very dry sheltered in land area.

Furthermore, their people lived by hunting and gathering various wild foods before European settlement.  In contrast with the present day, there are any a lot of supermarkets have built for the aboriginal people.

Although, in the present day the aboriginal people have lived in urban areas and they can gather some foods at the supermarkets, Neverthless they have a higher rate of ill health. In the past, the diets were rich in nutrients and low in fat.  Modern urban diets tend to be high in fat and sugar, but low in nutrition. High fat, low fibre diets have been linked to a number of disorders including obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

In conclussion, it is clear that the aboriginal Australia made art with ancestral design, it is also as a symbol that is connected with the spiritual, sorcery, and magic. In addition, it was the important parts of the ceremonies. They also believe the land, house, and food has been created by the ancestral.  Although the houses and food are strikingly differences between before European settlement and in the present day.

Reference List

Robyn H., (2005). Aboriginal Australia (p.8). Carlton, Victoria: Echidna books

Silas R., (2000). Dreaming and the Dreamtime (p.5). Retrieved August 24, 2009, from http://www.aboriginalartonline.com/culture/dreaming.php

Stem Cells

Most countries have a wide range of technology in the field of medicine.  Many treatments were created for tackling major diseases problems.  One of them is the research of stem cell, which have the capacity for prolonged self-renewal and can produced at least one type of highly differentiated or specialized descendant (Holland, Lebacqz, and Zoloth, 2001, p.xvii). However, research and development of stem cells become the most controversial issue in the current century.  Ethically and legally, it is proven that stem cells have brought negative effects for many people regards the use of stem cells means killing people.  Also, the expensive cost of stem cell therapy can be memorable injustice to poor people because only rich people can use this treatment method.  Therefore, the stem cell research and development should not be continued.  There are several reasons to support this argument, such as stem cell treatment is in a big contradictory with religions because of the process of freezing embryos of these treatment can cause death of embryonic stem cells, as well as the costs required to process this treatment is very expensive.

First, research and development of stem cell is a controversy, particularly embryonic stem cells.  Although the process has the potency to produce clinical benefits are very large and more detailed knowledge about human development, our society is divided over how to show the proper level of respect to human embryos and cadaveric fetal tissue, which currently are the source of these cells.  However, many people have the view that human embryos deserve respect as a form of human life.  Caroline Chisholm Centre justified the reason that “therefore every proposed technology or therapeutic procedures involving the destruction of human embryos should be banned altogether,” (as cited in Smith, p. 10).  In addition, Holland et al. (2001) mentioned that “many people believe that the embryo is fully human and therefore should not be killed” (p.xix).  Therefore, embryos generated by couples should not be used as stem cell research material because the process of freezing embryos can cause death of the embryo.  Moreover, stem cell research is contrary to religions, especially Roman Catholicism.  The Bible says that God forbids any person to kill each other (Exodus 20: 13, Good News Bible Today’s English version). Although the use of embryos in stem cell research is used to help others. Thus, the technology of stem cell therapy is very contrast to the commandments of God and against the rights of human life. Therefore, research and development of stem cells are being debated in the religious aspect.

Another reason is that the stem cell technology is very expensive.  Consequently, this method is available only for wealthy country with people who have better financial condition.  Therefore, this therapy will exacerbate inequalities in health care between the rich and the poor, and could be considered injustice.  Although scientists have tried to create a strategy to reduce budget costs by using a simple and efficient medical techniques, the required fees are still very high (Wertheim, 2002).  Accordingly, not everyone can use the benefits of this treatment method because of the costs required stem cell therapy is very expensive, as a result of stem cell therapy may be used only by people they have a better financial.  In addition, these conditions would be unbeneficial for patients who are economically poor and would lead to social inequality.  By reason of the people from among the poor may not be able to handle major disease problems with this method.

In conclusion, the ethics and legal issues illustrate that many negative effects are resulting from stem cell treatment.  Moreover, contradictory to religious aspect is one of the reasons for people to stop this research because the processes of stem cell treatment such as freezing embryo can kill the embryo and it is opposing the religious aspect.  Also, the costs of stem cell treatment is not cheap, that the advantage is only available in developed countries and the only people who have better finances can use this therapy to treat a variety of major diseases.  This can cause social gap between the rich and the poor.  Therefore, the stem cell research and development conducted by scientists are not allowed to continue.

Reference List

Smith, S (2002). Human cloning and stem cell research. retrieved from : http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/WEB_FEED/PHWebContent.nsf/PHPages/LibraryPublications

Good News Bible today English version. (2007). the ten commandments (Exod. 20 : 13). Philippine : Philippine bible society

Holland, S., Lebacqz  K., & Zoloth, L. (2001). The human science, ethics, embryonic and stem cell public policy debate. The United State of America : Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wertheim, M. (2002). Stemming the Tide : Clones, Stem cells, & Future of Medicine. Retrieved from : http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/programs/ltf/lectures/rbl/2002/wertheim.html

My English is not perfect but improving

This experience made me thankful to God that “I could feel to continuing my education in Australia”. I am still remember when i arrived at Australia 20th June 2010, i was a quiet person. It caused of i cannot speak in English. I cannot speak clearly when talking to somebody. but when i learn and practice at Australian Catholic University, my speaking is improving even is not perfect. Also, i was difficult to catch the words when someone talking, i cannot understand what they are talking about. That is one of the reason why i cannot calling my friends who are speak in English, i scared to make a mistake while in conversation. However, while i am living in Sydney and always hear about all in English my listening was improved. Currently, I using my mobile to communicate to my friend from overseas and it is very useful to improving my listening and also last year when i finish first course, i got an opportunity to give some speech from the stage. Finally, my writing was very bad, especially in grammar. However, while i am study in Australian Catholic University then learning about writing in English, my English is improving so that i can make this note.
In this note i just want to say, i know that my English is not perfect but i am improving. Therefore, i would like to give thanks to my family members, teachers, friends, and people who are supporting me. May God bless you all.

Memuji Tuhan tanpa tiada batas

Kisah yang saya publikasikan ini merupakan pengalaman nyata yang pernah hadir dalam hidup saya. Cerita ini mungkin bukanlah cerita istimewa, namun saya terinspirasi untuk berbagi kepada rekan-rekan sekalian.
Sejak tiba di Sydney 7 bulan lalu, saya tinggal bersama tante saya yang semua family membernya beragama kristen protestan. Saat itu saya masih belum menemukan jalan untuk menuju katedral, sehingga saya ikut bergabung dalam kebaktian mereka. Suatu ketika, dalam kebaktian itu saya mendengarkan sharing pengalaman dari seseorang yang sering kali berada di mimbar saat kebaktian berlangsung. Ialah pendeta Sam sebagai ketua dari jemaat gereja ROCK-Sydney. Dalam pengalamannya Ia mempunyai 1 puteri yang sekarang ini sudah menikah, dan 1 putera yang baru saja menyelesaikan studi di Amerika. Sebut saja Kevin nama putra tersebut.
Kevin merupakan sosok anak yang periang. Ia selalu terlihat ceria dimanapun ia berada. Tak heran bila kevin disenangi oleh teman-temannya. Disamping itu ia juga taat pada orang tua dan agama. Sungguh suatu kebanggaan bagi keluarganya pada saat graduation tahun 2009 yang lalu, Ia mendapat grade A untuk semua subject yang di tempuhnya. Namun, setelah ia menginjakkan kaki di sydney, kondisi badannya tak stabil seperti sebelumnya. Pendeta Sam hanya berpikir bahwa kevin mengalami sedikit shock karena adanya perbedaan antara Amerika dan Australia. Tetapi Kevin yang tak kunjung sembuh, akhirnya diperiksa di salah satu rumah sakit dan dalam pemeriksaannya Ia dinyatakan menderita LEUKIMIA. Pendeta Sam tak percaya akan pernyataan sang dokter sehingga Ia membawa Kevin ke rumah sakit lainnya. Walaupun hasil pemeriksaannya tetap sama yaitu LEUKIMIA, ia tetap tidak percaya. Berusaha untuk meyakinkan penyakit yang diderita oleh Kevin, Pendeta Sam membawanya ke Singapura untuk diperiksa dan kini Pendeta Sam yang mengalami Shock. Ia menerima pernyataan sang dokter bahwa Kevin menderita LEUKIMIA.
Untuk informasi tentang LEUKIMIA, anda bisa lihat di link berikut. http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leukemia
Pendeta Sam hanya dapat berserah kepada Tuhan dengan kondisi yang dialami putra satu-satunya. Dalam setiap kotbahnya, ia selalu mengucap syukur dengan apa yang dideritanya. Kado yang kevin terima setelah ia graduation merupakan penyakit mematikan. Namun kevin yang sejak awalnya merupakan sosok anak yang ceria, selalu tertawa walau kondisi badannya sangat lemah. Saya pernah melihat video saat ia terbaring di rumah sakit, namun ia tetap berusaha memuji Tuhan dengan gitar kesayangannya walaupun ia tak bisa mengucapkan sepatah kata. Selama 2 bulan lamanya ia terbaring tak berdaya, Pendeta Sam selalu berusaha tegar menghadapi segala masalahnya. Doa kepada Bapa tak kunjung putus diucapnya. Sampai suatu ketika, saya mengikuti kebaktian berikutnya, saya melihat seorang sebagai WL (Worship Leader) dengan balutan di leher dan bantuan kursi roda. Saya berusaha mengamati dengan seksama siapakah dia. Kevin, yang saat itu kondisinya masih lemah, ikut serta dalam pelayanan dalam kebaktian tersebut. Ia terlihat aktif dan penuh sukacita saat melayani Tuhan. Sungguh suatu tekad yang kuat yang dimiliki oleh Kevin yang saat itu seharusnya masih terbaring di rumah sakit, namun ia memaksa kepada orang tuannya dan teman2nya untuk menjadi WL pada sore itu dengan ditemani suster dan mobil ambulance karena setelah kebaktian tersebut, ia harus kembali ke rumah sakit untuk menjalani perawatannya kembali. Hingga kini, Kevin masih belum dinyatakan sembuh total, namun dalam doanya, ia percaya bahwa ia akan sembuh dan akan terus memuji Tuhan demi kemulianNya tanpa ada suatu batasan, halangan serta ketidakmampuan. Maka bersyukurlah kita sebagai hambanya yang diberikan kemampuan utnuk melayani demi kemuliaan-Nya.
Oleh : Andreas Gregorius Alvin