Religion and Society in Europe

Democracy freedom and respect, the Sigtuna Foundation May 18th

Recently, we have seen several acts of violence and terror in the name of religion – also in Europe! Moreover, we have seen acts of protest and violence against people based on their religious identity.

What is the role of religion for cultural identity? What can religious institutions do to work for peaceful coexistence and respect among people with different cultural backgrounds and religious perspectives? How can we sustain democracy and freedom of expression, and the freedom of and respect for people with cultural identities that include religion as a significant dimension?

In conjunction with a European conference at the Sigtuna Foundation, we organize a public program on present challenges as to religion and society in Europe. This program is organized in collaboration between the Swedish Christian Council, the Swedish Muslim Council, and the Sigtuna Foundation together with Oikosnet Europe, and the RISECI and EFMRD projects.


Anas Altikriti 
Founder and president of the Cordoba Foundation in the UK, an independent public relations, research and policy think tank promoting intercultural dialogue and positive coexistence among civilisations, ideas, cultures and people

Josep-Maria Carbonell
Dean at Blanquerna School of Communications and International Relations at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona

Lamia Elamri
Board member of the Swedish Muslim Council, Chair for Muslim Women in Europe

Caroline Krook

Chair of the Sigtuna Foundation and bishop emerita

Alf Linderman          

Executive Director of the Sigtuna Foundation, Associate Professor in the Sociology of religion at Uppsala University

Mia Lövheim                

Professor in the Sociology of religion at Uppsala University

Omar Mustafa         

Director of the study association Ibn Rushd, Chair of the Islamic Association in Sweden

Mona Sahlin      

National Coordinator against violent extremism, previous leader of the                                                                   Swedish Social Democratic Party

Ute Steyer 

Rabbi of the Jewish Community in Stockholm

Karin Wiborn  

General Secretary of the Swedish Christian Council


18 maj, 2015
13:00 - 17:00
Sigtunastiftelsen Manfred Björkquists allé 4, Sigtuna, 193 31 Sverige
08 592 589 85