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'Taula de diàleg interreligiós' (Table of interreligious dialogue)

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Since 2009, the city of Salt has implemented the 'Taula de diàleg interreligiós' within the framework of religious and interfaith dialogue.

The 'Taula de diàleg interreligiós' (Table of interreligious dialogue) is a commission formed by a member of the integration and coexistence department of the municipality, and by members representing the religious communities with places of worship in Salt (Catholics, Evangelists, Muslims, and Sikhs). In addition, the Table has a coordinator who is also part of Unescocat (via Audir Association).

In 2018 the focus of work shifted to the public recognition of the different religious practices through several public actions including the celebration of Pannikar's year through a conference involving local youth who practice different religions (there was a representation of Catholics, Muslims, Evangelists, Sikhs, witnesses of Jehovah and Agnostics). Also, an "inter-religious" calendar is edited as of that year.

In 2019, the Table of interreligious dialogue will organise a week on religions, including guided visits to different places of worship, and presentations of the religious practices of the members of the different religious communities.

The members of the Interreligious table and the staff of the Integration and Coexistence Department regularly evaluate the action (at the end of the year). Last year the opening and importance of normalising religious practice in a secularised society were very positively evaluated. The diversity of participants and the news that explained the activity in different media and local press were also positively assessed.

In addition, there is well established cooperation between the different religious communities, associations that work in the Table or participate in its activities and the Salt City Council staff (especially the Integration and Coexistence Department, but also some politicians from the city government).

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