Aktywność społeczna oraz relikty dziedzictwa materialnego ewangelików augsburskich w Pabianicach
The following paper addresses the history of the Protestant minority residing in the city of Pabianice. One of the most significant religious minorities in the region, Protestants settled in Pabianice as early as in 19th century, with the settlement being strongly influenced by the development of the textile industry. From the very beginning, their presence was marked by an active participation in the community life, participation which included both financial support and voluntary work for the common good. The Protestant parish in Pabianice boasts a fine collection of priceless relics, including, to mention but a few, the parish church, cemetery and the Kindlers' burial chapel. Supervised by the regional art conservator, these sights form a major contribution to the city's rich history. The Protestant community itself may be credited with setting up a number of cultural and educational projects, including art exhibitions and concerts. Despite the small size of the congregation, the parish remains active in terms of both religious and social life, providing ample opportunity for social interaction as well as religious instruction for the youngest of its members. The peaceful coexistence of Protestants and Catholics, as well as many other minorities residing in Pabianice, resulted in numerous initiatives which brought benefit to all parties concerned. Some of these, however, ended abruptly during World War II. The postwar era was marked by suspicion and mistrust which chased many of the Protestants away. Out of several thousand believers before World War II, there are now only a few hundred left. Hindered by stereotypes, the cooperation between Protestants and Catholics is often restricted to ecumenical worship. With the Protestant community declining, there needs to be closer cooperation between the parishes and the city council in order to preserve the common heritageW artykule, odwołującym się do zagadnień z zakresu geografii politycznej i historycznej, przedstawiono specyfikę aktywności społecznej (w tym oświatowej i kulturalnej) wiernych Kościoła Ewangelicko-Augsburskiego w Pabianicach oraz scharakteryzowano należące do niego relikty dziedzictwa materialnego.
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