– I am excited about this being a network. In a sense, this way of working is new to the Church of Sweden. Usually when we set up a program, we own it. The activities take place in our buildings, we pay and we measure. This is different. It is networking, which means we don’t own it. We try to inspire and to support. Marvellous things happen that we are part of, but we are not in control, the Archbishop says.
Through the network A World of Neighbours, the Archbishop has had the chance to meet many practitioners from all over Europe. The encounters have made lasting impressions on her.
– They are too many to name them all. But I particularly remember a young Lutheran pastor who I met in Hungary. Her name is Marta Bolba. She said: “How can it be wrong to receive the stranger and care for the poor?” That is what she wants to do, and does, in her praxis and yet – she is questioned. It was so impressive to see the compound, how she had built an inclusive community of Muslim families, Christian Students, and homeless people.