The VI Lower Silesian Civic Congress took place on 27 October in Krzyżowa. Once again, representatives of non-governmental organisations gathered in the largest hall of the venue. Approximately 200 people listened to opening speeches and guests' speeches, and then took part in thematic panels.

Krzyżowa has been hosting a congress for representatives of the third sector in our region for several years now. This year, the motto of the meeting was "New reality - new perspective. The congress was officially opened by Maria Mika, president of the Lower Silesian Federation of NGOs, Robert Żurek, PhD, managing director of "Krzyżowa" Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe and Cezary Przybylski, Marshal of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship

We invite you to watch a series of 14 films about Krzyżowa and our foundation. Films They were made in the spring of 2021 mainly for young people who cannot visit us in person during the pandemic, but with whom we meet on the occasion of various online events. Thanks to the films, everyone from everywhere in the world can see the space and surroundings of our foundation, get to know its activities better and learn many interesting things about the history of the village of Krzyżowa. The guide is supposed to be mainly an educational tool used in work with young people, but, like the guide, it is also addressed to tourists who are always  welcome in our historic palace and farm complex with a view of the Owl Mountains.

The Working Group of Catholic Associations in Central and Eastern Europe (AKVMOE) and Auxiliary Bishop Dr. Reinhard Hauke ​​and Bishop Dr. Wolfgang Ipolt invite you to the conference "Polish-German-Czech Christian Dialogue" to be held in Görlitz on 9 and 10 November 2021. One of its panellists is dr hab. Robert Żurek, managing director of the Krzyżowa Foundation, who will take part in the discussion on the commitment of Christians to Europe.

During the conference, issues related to dealing with the wounds of the past and being a Christian in a secularized world will also be discussed. The invited guests will include: Dr. Jörg Lüer, Dr. Petr Křížek, Abbess Francesca Šimuniová OSB, Dr. Thomas Arnold, Dr. Karlies Abmeier and Prof. Rainer Bendel.

Dramatic scenes have been taking place on Poland's border with Belarus for many weeks now. As is the case with many issues, Polish society is divided and polarised. Some people are outraged at the ruthless actions of the Polish authorities and uniformed forces towards the refugees, while others defend these actions, denying their brutal nature, or maintaining that only a tough stance can stop the problem escalating under Alexander Lukashenko's regime and the drama of successive groups of refugees, who are growing in number.

We realise that the situation is difficult and complicated. We know that there are no simple recipes for how to defend the border effectively and how to resist the destructive actions of the Belarusian regime without breaching national and international law and without violating human rights. We live in a world of difficult choices. So what should we do? How should we behave?

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