LAHTI INTERFAITH TASKFORCE’S ACTIVITY

 

 

Lahti Interfaith Taskforce meets 3-4 times a year. The meetings are held on a rotating basis at different religious communities’ facilities, where a representative of the community introduces the space and their activity and at the same time tells some things about his/her religion. This increases knowledge among the members of the Taskforce and also helps to understand the activity of that particular religious community. In the meetings the members tell what is going on at the moment in their communities and current matters are discussed.

 

Together planned and executed cooperation is the highest level of social interaction, where mutual trust and respect are built.

 

The Taskforce has sent an appeal (2010) to the Lahti City Government about the need for more Finnish language training for beginners. There are more people who would like to start than there is room for more students.

The appeal also contains the Taskforce’s concern about increasing unemployment among young male immigrants. Different religious communities work together to help immigrants.

 

The Taskforce has organized annually since 2010 Prayer for Peace events, where representatives from religions pray for peace in the presence of each other.

 

The Taskforce organized Dialog between Muslims and Christians event on March 5th 2013 in Lahti. The name of the event was ‘Abram’s Descendants’ which itself refers to Christians’ and Muslims’ common past.

 

The audience was given possibility to ask questions and share comments at the end of the event. A short conversation followed. Some people from the audience wanted to talk more with the quest speakers after the event was over.