The seamen’s priest in Göteborg wants to make the church into a natural meeting place for seamen’s families. He believes there is a need to meet and exchange experiences.
At the moment it is mainly a group of older, retired seamen who faithfully go to the 1950s church at Stigbergstorget. The younger generation disappeared, mostly when the quays for goods traffic were moved away from the city centre.
Anders Radix, who started as the church’s priest one-and-a-half years ago, now wishes to open the doors for another group – seamen’s families.
– I think that there is a need to meet other people in the same situation. Talking with somebody who has the same worries or the same experience as yourself often feels good.
In what form these family meetings will take place is still an open question. It could be a sunny day out swimming in the skerries, or dinner together in town.
– But really it is not so important exactly what you do together. The most important thing is getting together, says Anders Radix.
Idea comes from the army
Focusing on the family’s situation is an idea that he took with him from his time as a military priest in Kosovo and Afghanistan.
– There are many similarities between families of military men and seamen, since both groups have partners who are away for long periods of time. In the Swedish Defence Forces personnel work actively in supporting families, and this is very much appreciated.
If you want to know more about family meetings at the Seaman’s Church, you are welcome to contact Anders Radix at 031-14 03 88 or anders.radix[a]svenskakyrkan.se.