The National Forum for Cooperation of Religions in Finland (CORE Forum) brings together five religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and the Latter-day Saints. The CORE Forum’s founding member communities are the Central Council of Jewish Communities in Finland, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, the Finnish Ecumenical Council, the Finnish Islamic Congregation, and the Islamic Council of Finland. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Finland and the Finnish Buddhist Union became observer members of the Forum in 2020.
The CORE Forum’s mission is to foster peace in society by promoting interfaith dialogue, cooperation and mutual respect. Our key values include equality and freedom of religion. The right to practice and manifest religion and the assertion of the equality of religions are also founding principles in a democratic society.
Despite their differences, all religions are united by their core values of peace, understanding and responsibility. These values also guide the CORE Forum’s operations. The CORE Forum is a member of the Religions for Peace network and thus also a link in a worldwide movement to promote interfaith dialogue.
The CORE Forum cooperates with the public authorities, acts as an expert in religious matters, participates in social dialogue and organises various events. In all our work, we promote the visible role of religion in everyday life and the visibility of religious representatives as active social participants.