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International Day for Tolerance was hosted by the Evangelical-Protestant Church
16.11.2021
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Today, on November 16, on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance, the Evangelical-Protestant Church of Georgia hosted the representatives of religious organizations. The meeting was attended by: the representatives of the Georgian Orthodox Autocephalous Apostolic Church, the Muslim community, the Yezidi community, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Apostolic Administration of the Caucasus, Tbilisi International Baptist Church, the Union of Georgian Baptist Churches.

The gathered guests were greeted and congratulated by the Pastor of the Evangelical-Protestant Church of Georgia, Shmagi Chankvetadze on the International Day for Tolerance. He spoke about the traditionally tolerant environment in Georgia and noted the role of the State Agency for Religious Issues in the relationship between religious organizations and the state.

Zaza Vashakmadze, Chairman of the State Agency for Religious Issues, congratulated the gathered people on the occasion and noted that the Agency  has established a tradition on the occasion of the Day forTolerance - one of the religious communities hosts the leaders and parishioners of other religious organizations. This in turn helps to bring different religious organizations closer together and strengthens a more tolerant environment.

The first host for the occasion of the Day forTolerance was the Georgian Orthodox Church in 2016, followed by the Georgian Jewish Community, the Apostolic Administration of the Caucasus,, the Georgian Muslim Community, and the Union of International Baptist Churches of Georgia. This year International Day for Tolerance is hosted by Georgian Protestants, the tradition continues.

Congretulations were extended to the International Day for Tolerance by the representatives of the Georgian Orthodox Autocephalous Apostolic Church, the Muslim community, the Yezidi community, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Apostolic Administration of the Caucasus, Tbilisi International Baptist Church, the Union of Georgian Baptist Churches, who particularly highlighted the role of the Agency in shaping relations between the religious organizations. At the end, Pastor Giorgi Chitadze, the host, on behalf of the Evangelical-Protestant Church, spoke about the importance of the Day for Tolerance and thanked the guests.

International Day for Tolerance has been celebrated since 1995, at the initiative of UNESCO. Its aim is to raise public awareness of the dangers of intolerance, extremism and discrimination and to establish an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding.