Outcomes of the ILRS Congress in Helsinki

ILRS Congress Helsinki, Finland
18th – 19th March 2022

Members and Interested are welcome to the International Congress of the International League of Religious Socialists at Helsinki, Finland

We will present and discuss

The social role of churches in modern society


Friday 18th March

Venue: Paasitorni,  Paasivuorenkatu 5


9.00    Breakfast

10.00  Welcome

Mrs. Tarja Kantola, head of Kristillisten sosialidemokraattien liitto and Mrs. M. Angeles Sanz, ILRS president

10.30 The Social Role of churches in modern society
Introduction by  Mr Jyri Komulainen, researcher, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Panel discussion (lead by Mrs Tarja Kantola)
Mr Jyri Komulainen
Mrs Pia Jardi, Chair of the Core Forum, Vice Chair of the SINE ry (Islamic Council in Finland)

Father Heikki Huttunen, Priest of the Orthodox Parish of Helsinki

Mr Carlos Garcia Andoin, Vice President of the ILRS


12.00  Lunch

12.45  Departure to Vantaa

13.30-15.00 Visit to Tikkurila Church (address Asematie 12): discussion with reverend Jaakko Hyttinen and other local representatives

15.30 Back in Helsinki

18.00 Reception (Restaurant Paasiravintola, Paasitorni, address Paasivuorenkatu 5)
Welcome: Mr Antti Lindtman, Chair of SDP Parliamentary group


Saturday 19th March

Venue: Paasitorni, Paasivuorenkatu 5


8.30  Breakfast

9.00  Greeting
Mrs. Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner, European Commission (recorded)

Faith based organizations and human rights
Introduction by  Mrs Janina Hasenson, Ministry for Foreign Affairs 
Panel discussion (lead by Mrs Saara Kuoppala)
Mrs Janina Hasenson
Mr Eero Heinäluoma (MEP), SDP Finland
Mr Hussein al-Taee, MP, SDP Finland
Professor Tapio Lampinen (former member of the ILRS board)
ILRS representative

11.00 Representative assembly of the ILRS (I): Discussion on final statement

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Representative assembly of the ILRS (II)

  • report of the Executive Committee
  • report of the Treasurer
  • discussion and vote
  • election of president, two vice-presidents, treasurer, and other members of the EC

15.00 Afternoon Coffee & Closure

18.00 Optional: Evening Worship on the day of gender justice
Venue: Munkkiniemi church, address Raumantie 3


Link to the program

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Information on the Congress hosting organisation: kristillisetsosialidemokraatit – Christian Socialdemocrats of Finland

Since 1946, Christian Social Democrats has acted as a link between social democrats with Christian values. Today, the association works closely with the SDP and acts as an expert on various political issues related to religion and churches. Our association wants to be a catalyst for debate on issues of justice, equality and humanity in our church and in our party. The association also supports its members in various positions of trust in the churches.
The association welcomes all those interested in social democratic and Christian values! Membership of the association does not require party membership and members of all denominations are welcome. As a member, you will stay abreast of the church-political debate and church decision-making and will receive support for your own lobbying work. We organise regular debates with interesting speakers and keep you informed through our website, Facebook and Instagram.

For more information https://kristillisetsosialidemokraatit.yhdistysavain.fi/uutiset/liiton-kevatkokous-ja-ilrs-n-kongre/