Social Forum in Finland

by Heidi Rautionmaa (Forum of Religions in Helsinki CC)

The Social Forum in Finland took place from 24th to 25th April 2010, in Helsinki at Arbis. The NGO Living together in Cities/ Kaupunki yhteisönä ry organized an interfaith seminar in co- operation with The Forum of Religions in Helsinki, URI and The Ecumenical Working Group in Helsinki. People of several religions talked about how religions are seen/ unseen in the city. Panelists gave their opinions about discussions of religious symbols, customs, buildings, minarets etc.

Also, the Charter of Compassion was introduced to the participants. The new interfaith group Religions for Peace Finnish Women of Faith Network was present. This seminar was also a side event in the partnership programme of the Parliament of the World´s Religions.