The Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) and the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) have conducted research in order to map and understand the perspectives of the youth in the discourse of Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB).
The research was conducted in two phases. The first phase was conducted in 2021, followed by the second phase in 2022. The first research focused on the perceptions of the Generation Z (Gen Z) towards Freedom of Religion and Belief cases in social media. The second research focused on a broader range of young people, namely Gen Z and Y (Millennials), in the age range of 18 to 34 years.
In the second phase, the research was conducted in 5 cities (Denpasar, Jakarta, Manado, Padang, and Pontianak). The research team consisted of Leonard C. Epafras, Evelyn Suleeman, and Daisy Indira Yasmin.
The results of the research, which were formulated in a report entitled The Dynamics of Digital Activism of Indonesian Young People in the Discourse on Freedom of Religion or Belief, was launched at Grha Oikoumene, Jakarta, on Tuesday (28/3/2023).
On that occasion, a member of the research team, Leonard Chrysostomos Epafras, revealed a few main findings from the research, i.e. young people are flexible in practicing religion, tolerant in diversity but with varying levels of tolerance, and young people are sensitive to social and humanitarian issues such as the environment and data security, but have limited attention to the discourse on freedom of religion or belief.
This article was taken from the original article published on pgi.or.id