Mercuur calls for understanding between faith and spirituality

POSTED: 06/19/12 11:55 AM

The St. Maarten delegation at TEDxYouth event. (Akeem Adams Facebook photo)

WILLEMSTAD – Kylie Mercuur, one of St. Maarten’s representatives at TEDxYouth event on Saturday in Curacao, has promoted understanding between adherents of a faith and spiritually minded people who do not dependant faith, but are open to the divine.
“It is not right or wrong to have a different opinion. Respect for different viewpoints is important,” Mercuur said.
The young St. Maarteners is one of several participants in the event that tackled a taboo issue. Twenty-four year Seward Sambo, who chairs Young & Diverse – the the youth wing of the Pink House, a meeting place for homosexuals in Otrobanda – called for an open debate on homosexuality.
“People do not talk about it. I want to change that,” Sambo said.
Eleven year old Gheliz Remilia stressed that she has a dream of being a judge by day and singer by night. The St. Paul College student is heavily criticized when she tells people her dream but she believes she’ll reach her goal with Courage, Perseverance and Respect.
Remilia’s commitment was in line with the event’s slogan: “Dream big and get inspired.” Event coordinator Suhail Gomez said the event was about finding talent and promoting champions. The audience consisted largely of adults was overwhelmed by the speakers. Almost nobody could have guessed that people many years younger than themselves could inspire them. It is virtually certain that the event will be held again next year. The thirteen presentations will be posted on soon. ( – Nelly Rosa)

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