Polish President Meets Country’s Adventist Church Leaders
Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Poland were among representatives of the Eastern European nation’s religious communities who met with Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski on January 24, 2012.
POLISH PRESIDENT: From left, President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland greets Seventh-day Adventist pastors Pawel Lazar, Marek Rakowski, and Ryszard Jankowski.Addressing the religious leaders, including representatives of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations, Komorowski said that Poland is “a very diverse community of people in terms of language and culture, as well as religion. “
He focused on the idea of the state as a “good community [which] is able to embrace, hold, appreciate, and bring out everything that is good in diversity.”
Referring to the wide interreligious formula of the meeting, Rakowski said, “For me the very nature of the meeting was important. While hosting many significant dignitaries of the religious world, it was very neutral and—in the positive meaning of the word—secular. There were no prayers or rituals that could have caused any discomfort to any of the invited guests.”
The Adventist delegation gave Mr. Komorowski a gift edition of The Desire of Ages, by Ellen G. White, and a series of films on the heroes of the Protestant Reformation.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been present in the Republic of Poland for nearly 125 years and today has about 7,000 members.
—reported by Andrzej Sicin ski, tedNEWS