National Museum’s Anne Grady to address COMECE webinar on religious heritage

8 Apr, 2024 | Church, News, World

This Thursday, 11 April, from 11:00 to 12:30 (CET) – 10:00am Ireland time – the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) will co-organise an online conference titled: ‘Religious Heritage: an often overlooked driver for a more sustainable and inclusive society.’

The conference will showcase a keynote presentation delivered by Anne Grady (pictured), who has been seconded from her role with the National Museum of Ireland as Cultural Heritage National Expert, to serve on the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament.

The event is curated within the framework of the New European Bauhaus Festival 2024 and will spotlight a series of pioneering projects aimed at enhancing the sustainability and inclusivity of religious heritage sites.  These initiatives seek to address challenges posed by climate change, promote environmental consciousness, and strengthen community engagement with these sites to ensure their longevity.

Thursday’s webinar will also feature presentations of best practice by Alex McCallion, Director of Works and Precinct at York Minster; Tobias Funke, Pastor at Dresden Youth Church; and Roel De Ridder, Coordinator of the Platform for the Future of Parish Churches.  During the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to engage directly with the panelists, pose questions and contribute to the discussion.

COMECE is composed of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of all Member States of the European Union.  It was established in 1980 with the approval of the Holy See to represent the EU Bishops’ Conferences before the EU institutions.  COMECE carries out a dialogue with the EU institutions, providing contributions that promote common good and a human-centred approach in EU policies.

All are welcome to attend this webinar, which is being hosted by COMECE; EKD, Protestant Churches in Germany; and, by the Future of Religious Heritage.  To secure your spot please register by clicking the link here.  The entire event will be recorded, ensuring that those unable to attend can still benefit from the insightful conversations.  Afterward the recording will be accessible to the public on the COMECE YouTube channel.



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