Oltalom Karitatív Egyesület (Oltalom Charity Society)
Our aim is to create a safe space, where people from various religious backgrounds can voice their opinion, speak their minds and express their wishes, so that freedom would not only be a utopia in Hungary. We would like to provide a framework for all those excluded from the religious communities controlled by the state (Jews, Muslims, Christians, atheists, women, men, LMBTQ+ people, romany, black, arabic, white, grown-ups or children), so that they could feel secure and comfortable.
Europe is not strengthened by fences, but by the ways of searching for freedom as a community. We invite people to pray together & start a dialogue. So the feeling of otherness will cease, personal links will be created and our project can serve as an answer to the challenges Europe has to face now.
A community is created where each people are accepted together with their religion and identity. The participants get to know each other, as well as each other’s culture, everyday life and festivities. Thus through the personal links, the fear of otherness ceases, and no hatred takes its place.
The first step is to continue with the events of our project, then to hold common readings & workshops. Next we would like to organize social projects, by which we could help the ever-growing group of those, who are forced by the government to live under the minimum subsistence level, as well as helping the integration of the refugees arriving to Hungary. This project, in this particular form, is unique in Hungary, as no state-supported churches – due to their dependencies – could manage it.
The idea to participate actively in saving democracy, came to me during a demo for CEU. As believers, we’ve been organizing our so-called ‘Freedom Prayers’ since Oct 2017 - based on the example of the Friedensgebete in Leipzig – and we have received a great deal of positive feedback since then.
Our target is the group of people, whose life choices entail taking responsibility, and who believe not in exclusion, but in the power community, however they do not receive the opportunity to act on their conscience and express their views within the framework of state-supported churches.
Is there a working example of this in other countries? How can I reach out to potential participants without any funding? I am practically unable to connect to others – even on Facebook – without payment.