Ivar Flaten has worked as a priest in Fjell church since 2006. When Kirkelig Dialogsenter Drammen was founded on 12 January 2018, he was appointed general manager and interfaith officer for Tunsberg diocese. He is a teacher and theologian by education. Ivar has otherwise worked in the IT industry in various companies and been an advisor in the Ministry of Church and Education. In Drammen, he has helped to establish Drammen Area Faith and Life Stance Forum (DOTL) (2007), Gjestebud Norge (2006), Drammen Sacred Music Festival (2010 ) and the project International Drammen in 2015. Ivar has been a member of the contact group between the Islamic Council of Norway and the Interchurch Council of the Church of Norway since 2014.
Ivar has been married to Ingvild since 1975 and has three grown children and four grandchildren. He received the Nonviolence Prize 2016 (from the Christian Council of Norway, the Norwegian Baptist Society and Holtekilen Folk High School), the Drammen Municipality’s Culture Prize 2017 and the Norwegian Church Academies’ Bridge Builder Prize 2020.
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