Programme Helsinki Conference 2022

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


The social role of churches in modern society


Friday 18th March

Venue: Paasitorni,  Paasivuorenkatu 5


10.00    Welcome
Tarja Kantola
Antton Rönnholm, party secretary, SDP
M. Angeles Sanz, ILRS president


10.30    The Social Role of churches in modern society – speeches by
Mr Jyri Komulainen, researcher (tbc)

Mrs Patricia Toia (MEP), PD Italy (tbc)


Mr Eero Heinäluoma (MEP), SDP Finland

Mrs Pia Jardi, muslim women organisation

Father Heikki Huttunen, orthodox church (tbc)

ILRS-board representative


12.00    Lunch

13.00   Visit to Vantaa



  • nearby city, 20 minutes by train
  • visit to a very modern church and their activities, vicar Janne Silvast
  • meeting with city mayor, mrs Ritva Viljanen
  • discussion with local representatives


16.00    Back to Helsinki
16.30    Free time

18.30    Reception with SDP and parlamentary group (Paasivuorenkatu 5, Paasisali-restaurant)

guests from other churches / religions

Wellcome Greetings by

mr Antti Lindtman, Chair of SDP Parlamentary group


Saturday 19th March

Venue: Paasitorni, Paasivuorenkatu 5



9.00       Discussion on the topic

Faith based organisations and human rights
Mrs Janina Hasensson, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Professor Tapio Lampinen (former member of the ILRS board)



10.00     Representative assembly of the ILRS (I)
discussion on final statement

11.30    Lunch

12.30    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    Closure