From lectures to seminars, online hangouts to concerts, daily prayers to film screenings, the five-day event is being organized by the World of Neighbours Practitioners Network, a peer-to-peer support network.
Connecting grassroots practitioners working on behalf of people on the move across Europe, World of Neighbours is drawing expertise and content from the World Council of Churches, Lutheran World Federation, Church of Sweden, and many others to form the agenda for the Week of Neighbours.
Archbishop of Sweden Antje Jackelén will officially open the Week of Neighbours programme on 20 February. Then, throughout each following day, special lectures and seminars will offer creative ways to seek cooperation and mobilize resources for refugees, particularly young people.
Anna Hjälm, from the Church of Sweden, has been involved in coordinating the event, which has taken years of planning. "Four years ago we set out with the aim to strengthen interreligious collaborations between faith-based actors and civil society working with and for ‘people on the move’ – migrants and refugees – in Europe,” said Hjälm. "And we are grateful, not to say, thrilled to see this work become more connected and visible. A Week of Neighbours is an outburst of this energy - this is Europe keeping our humanity!"