It all started with the church’s reaction to the fact that no religious building was planned when Oslo was to begin the capital’s largest urban development project, Hoevenbein.
They invited others and now Christians, Muslims and humanists are working together to develop the idea of a common building in Oslo. Initial sketches of what this might look like have already been made.
The architecture students who drew the drawings draw on a plot of land in Hovinbyen where today there is a temporary swimming pool.
A room for faith and outlook on life
Originally, the plan was to create a multi-religious building. Some of the Speech Pleym in the Human-Ethical Association have been highly critical:
– (…) Because after that it does not include us and everyone who does not believe in God. So I’m glad we went from there.
The Bishop of Oslo, Carrie Wittberg, agrees that it should be an open philosophical building. The purpose is for both believers and non-believers to feel welcome.
– I’m just so inspiring. I think this may be a sign. If we get a room or more rooms to believe and look to life in our city, we are showing the way to the future.
Sunaid Kuplica in the Islamic Dialogue Network also supports the idea:
– It’s definitely very sexy.
One House and the Cathedral of Hope
Many places have similar buildings. In Berlin, “One House” is now being completed.
It will be a common building for Muslims, Christians and Jews in the German capital. The purpose of the building is to create more dialogue and understanding between different religions and world viewpoints.
This is the plan for one house in Berlin
In Fredrikstad, the “Cathedral of Hope” was built with something of the same starting point. The multi-faith cathedral is made of plastic from the sea and was inaugurated by Crown Princess Mette-Marit last summer. Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and shamans all participated in various ceremonies at the cathedral in Fredrikstad.
Lost good homes
There are many churches in Oslo. Many other denominations lack good venues for weddings, affirmations, and funerals. Here’s what Tale Pleym of the Society for Human Ethics says:
For us, it’s specifically about the party rooms. We have a growing number of confirmers. We have more supporters than the church in Oslo.
Although Christians, Muslims and humanists are now working on this, all religions and worldviews are invited.
how would you look
On Wednesday, students at Artiktekthøyskolen in Oslo presented their ideas on how to design such a building. The head of the Islamic Dialogue Network, Sinead Koplica, likes the idea behind the graphics:
– What distinguishes all the achievements is one roof. This in itself says a lot.
It’s too early to say if the building will see daylight.
City Council for Culture, Sports and Volunteering, Omar Sami Jamal doesn’t want to promise anything now, but writes to NRK that he thinks it’s great with an initiative to strengthen community and diversity in Oslo:
– It is exciting to see different religious and philosophical communities unite with a common desire to contribute to the development of our city. I see that there is still an exciting debate between the different religious and philosophical communities about what kind of home it really should be, and the idea process is followed with great interest. Building a house of worship is not a municipal task.
Bishop Wittberg hopes that politicians will now come to the fore:
– Now it is just an encouragement to politicians. That’s why we have to get it!
Kobilica at the Islamic Dialogue Network agrees:
What we need at a time when polarization is a huge problem is political will.
King’s speech in 2016
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