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This month's newsletter features analysis of the Jakarta government's recent launch of an app for monitoring religion, a reflection on the 2018 Indonesian Cultural Congress, an interview on minority legal protection, a photo essay on Christmas Eve celebrations  in several Yogyakarta churches, and a report from CRCS student activities.

Jakartan Attorney General's Office released a new app called Smart Pakem. Available for public download, the app provides a way to report, list, and monitor religious groups any user considers to deviate from the 'orthodox' teachings of the recognized religions. Will this app serve its intended aim of  preserving religious harmony? (Indonesian)


What have been the central legal problems in protecting the rights of minorities in Indonesia and what should have been and still can be done? This is an interview with the Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the Melbourne Law School, Tim Lindsey.


CRCS students visited several  churches around Yogyakarta to witness Christians' Christmas Eve services. The churches included in their photo essay are GKJ Gondokusuman, GPIB Marga Mulya, GKI Gejayan, and HKBP Kotabaru. (Indonesian)


The 2018 Indonesian Cultural Congress  held last month  issued a ‘’Cultural Strategy” (Strategi Kebudayaan) document which covers seven issues ranging from diversity, tolerance, indigenous beliefs, and customary practices, to ecological problems. The document’s policy recommendations raise new hope for progress. (Indonesian)

CRCS students of the World Religions course visit the biggest Hindu temple in Yogyakarta, Pura Jagatnatha. They discuss Indonesian Hindus' environmentalist concept of Tri Hita Karana and how they differ from the Abrahamic religions in understanding and worshipping the Divine.

Discussing the topic of faith-based non-governmental organizations in CRCS’s Religion and Globalization course, three guest speakers from Deutcher Caritas Verband (DCV), also called Caritas Germany in Indonesia a how this faith-based NGO works for empowerment for marginalized people, disaster relief, and peacebuilding.

CRCS Newsletter of January 2019

The Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS) is a Master's Degree program in Religious Studies and a research center at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM).
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