…from which have developed the universal values of the inviolable and inalienable rights of the human person, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law…". These are the the first words of the constitution of the European Union.

In our parish Hildegard Burjan we have services every Sunday in multiple European languages. People from 110 different countries around the world live in our parish. So it stands to reason that part of our effort is to bring together what is different, what is diverse, what is divisive.

How much destruction have countries in Europe inflicted on each other? Many wounds are still open. Enmity and hatred are abundant. This is one of our tasks as a church: to help overcome differences, to create a space for getting to know each other, for cooperation and reconciliation, so that wounds can heal.

We do not want to entrust this task only to political leaders. As Christians, this effort is part of our daily bread. As a parish, we want to contribute positively to this multicultural society:

"CONVINCED that, thus united in diversity, Europe offers them the best chance of pursuing, with due regard for the rights of each individual and in awareness of their responsibilities towards future generations and the Earth, the great venture which makes of it a special area of human hope…" (from the preamble of the EU constitution).

This is why we are grateful that our parish project "European Volunteers – European Solidarity Corps" as a programme of the European Union can contribute to this.

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