LWF Vice-President Viilma participates in seventh congress of world and traditional religious leaders
(LWI) - "We can always find common ground to work together for peace, irrespective of the faith tradition." That was one of the highlights of LWF Vice-President for Central Eastern Europe Archbishop Urmas Viilma, who represented the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) at the 7th Congress of World and Traditional Religious Leaders in Kazakhstan earlier this week.
Among the topics discussed at the congress were joint work for peace in the world, including peace in Ukraine, which is very much at the top of the agenda. The effect of COVID-19 and the response and support of faith communities was also discussed as was the "rise of secular thinking as an ideology rather than a neutral position," said Vice-President Viilma.
"However, neutrality is defined positively in Kazakhstan. This means that despite being a secular state, its leaders are willing to bring together all of these religious leaders, seeing them as a force for good in the world. I find that inspiring," added Vice-president Viilma.