There was a celebratory atmosphere on the final day of the Young Leaders Congress, as delegates came together to showcase the fruits of their project work.
The ground floor of the University’s EDEN Building was bustling, as people came together to view posters, films, and performances at a special Learning Track Exhibition.
Throughout The Big Hope 2, delegates attended daily workshops that focused on everything from conflict and education, to young people and revolution, pilgrimage, discrimination and disability.
As well as the opportunity to speak with delegates about their projects and view the outputs, members of the Global Citizenship, Education and Faith Learning Track treated attendees to a special performance of The Beatles’ track Yellow Submarine.
The afternoon saw the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral host a Closing Ceremony that reflected on the week’s achievements and looked to a hopeful future.
Father Michael Lapsley, who spoke at the Opening Ceremony, said: “My hope and prayer is that you, like me, have been encouraged, inspired and challenged by the extraordinary things that ordinary people can do.”
His reflection was followed by a dance performance by arts entrepreneur and Sarvam Foundation founder Nehha Bhatnagar, who explored the feminine energy through traditional Indian dance.
President of the Consortium for Global Education Dr Carolyn Bishop also reflected on the events of The Big Hope 2, highlighting how the discussion forums enabled delegates to “grasp and nurture knowledge” and should inspire individuals to “grow ideas of thought and action”. Dr Bishop stated:
The gifting of talents among the keynote speakers gave evidence to the Congress’ theme of ‘Our World, Our Future’. May The Big Hope 2 motivate, challenge and propel each of us to create an inclusive place for all mankind.
The ceremony also featured a performance by Voices of Hope, and there were renditions of You’ll Never Walk Alone and All You Need is Love. Three delegates affirmed the Liverpool Declaration on Leading Change in our Times and presented the Book of Friendship.
Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope Professor Gerald J Pillay provided the closing reflection, thanking all those who contributed to The Big Hope 2 and came together to explore how we can make ourselves and the world a better place. He encouraged delegates to return home with new insights and take the momentum they’ve gained forward as they tackle responsibilities and problems.
Celebrations continued into the evening at The Big Hope 2 Concert, which featured musical performances, dancing and a party atmosphere. Delegates celebrated with newfound friends and said their goodbyes.