Forum of Religions in Turku CC

Increasing open and friendly dialogue between religions
"Our purpose is to increase the mutual understanding and cooperation between various religions."
Action Areas
Christianity, Judaism, Baha'i
Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, Lutheran
Number of Members
Turku, Finland
Joined URI Network

Hulya Kyto, one of the contact persons of the Forum of Religions in Turku Cooperation Circle (CC), has continued her work with immigrant women and elderly people. Her association, called Daisy Ladies Association, is composed of three sub-associations: Daisy Ladies Association, which focuses on immigrant women; Daisy Ela¨kela¨iset Association, which puts a focus on immigrant pensioners; and the Daisy Young Club, which focuses on young immigrants. They are all working towards achieving the same goal, that is to say, to enable the involved stakeholders to live in Finland as equally as possible. Their work includes, amongst others, teaching immigrants the Finnish language and culture. They work together with diverse religions, and follow guiding principles that emphasize accepting and respecting each other, as well as encouraging good behavior. The Association is not only working and dealing in Finland but also coordinates and works with all Scandinavian immigrant women. Furthermore, they also work with immigrant women from all over Europe. Jouni Elomaa O.P., who is a lay judge and a university lecturer in Japanese Studies (specialized in literature and arts) at Stockholm University and a part-time lecturer in Catholic Theology, is coordinator of the Forum of Religions in Turku. He has been involved in an interfaith book project about sexuality from the perspective of various faith and cultural traditions. At the moment, he is writing a book on pilgrimage in different traditions. He is also chairing an interfaith committee for the development of terminal and palliative care. Amongst his interests is also the relationship between the arts and spirituality.


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