Unique council: Ten religious denominations form an information bank
The purpose of the council is to simplify dialogue and co-operation, both between Kristianstad municipality and the religious denominations – and among the various denominations themselves.
”Right from our very first meeting we could feel that there is a great sense of commitment”Radovan Javurek, chairman of the new interreligious council
The decision to form the municipality's new interreligious council was already taken last year. But then the pandemic came along.
Now at last the different denominations have been able to hold a meeting. They want to be an important information bank in Kristianstad municipality.
– We're pleased that we've been able to get started with the interreligious council at last, says Radovan Javurek (L), chairman of the council and chairman of the labour and welfare committee.
– Right from our very first meeting we could feel that there is a great sense of commitment. We very much hope that together we can create positive effects for the people in the municipality, he says.
”It is important to get together and speak to one another”Anders Tell (S), vice-chairman of the council
The purpose of the council is to promote democracy and participation, with respect for equality and the equal value of all people.
– It is important to get together and speak to one another. We've long wanted to get the different denominations together to exchange ideas, says Anders Tell (S), vice-chairman of the council and leader of the opposition in Kristianstad municipality.
In the council participants can exchange information and help to pass it on to others.
Interreligious council – denominations taking part
At the first meeting the following denominations were represented: Alwehde association, Al-Hassan association, Agios Demetrios Orthodox congregation, Evangelisk Luthersk association, Mandeiska congregation, EFS Kristianstad. Odal church, Sankt Andreas Catholic congregation, Church of Sweden (Kristianstad) and Östermalm church congregation.
The next meeting will be held in September, and will focus on how the congregations have been affected by the pandemic.