Daily Reports GBC Meetings - Day 8
Posted March 12, 2006
After the kirtana and Bhagavatam reading (5.10.20), the 8th day of the GBC meetings began with a presentation: ISKCON Youth Report by H.G. Anuttama Prabhu.
"Over the last several years, many meetings were called asking the question "How can we heal our society and move on from the traumatic effects of abuse?" These sessions involved an early committee of GBC leaders, youth, parents, and therapists; multiple North American Spiritual Strategic Planning Team meetings: three large, formal meetings between GBC leaders and youth/gurukula alumni; and a session with leaders of the Child Protection Office, Children of Krishna, Youth Ministry and Communications Ministry. The three formal meetings in particular were significant steps in reaching out to the youth, hearing from them, sharing information, and learning what the youth think ISKCON needs to do, and how the youth may be more inspired to participate in our society."
Anuttama Prabhu concluded his presentation with some practical recommendations to the GBC which included:
a) Prioritize ISKCON's need for training, mentoring, and engaging new generations of participants and leaders.
b) Prioritize the care and education of children within our communities through Sunday Schools, youth and parenting programs, preaching, etc.
c) Whenever possible to meet with youth, seek their input and friendship and look for ways that young vaisnavas can contribute to, and benefit from, ISKCON. This will bring about increased communication and understanding between ISKCON leaders and youth/gurukula alumni.
d) Responsibility for the Child Protection Office must be a global priority. The GBC needs to commit to long term funding for an annual budget.
The GBC gave a warm and concerned reception to hearing about the additional steps that are urgently needed to heal the wounds of ISKCON's children.
Then, The GBC engaged in discussion and voting on a variety of topics including a guideline to facilitate youth in ISKCON.
There were a variety of discussions on topics related to the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust regarding funds, loans, accounting protocol, as well as standardizing accounting processes for ISKCON as a whole.
The first part of the morning session concluded with a discussion on developing an ISKCON Devotee Census to create and maintain a list of all initiated devotees in ISKCON.
The second part of the meeting began with GBC zonal assignments - which
are responsible for which part of the world. Next, a proposal for an
alternative schedule for GBC Meetings was discussed. After that, there was
final voting on earlier proposals. The meeting concluded with nominations
and voting for the GBC secretary. H.G. Bhima Prabhu was voted in by the
body to be the GBC secretary for the next year.