In recent years, we have seen the rise of many cultural tensions and conflicts, even violent terror and war, in many parts of the world. This has not least been the case in Europe and in the Arab region. Religion has been at the core in many of these contemporary conflicts. Therefore, if we want healthy and well-functioning democracies in Europe and in the Arab region, we need to better understand the relation between religion and society. Especially, we need to focus on how gender issues and the role of media stories and images come into play in this context. Welcome to the open session of the Arab- Europe Citizens Dialogue
09.00 Introduction and greetings
Caroline Krook, Bishop Emerita, Olof Holst, the Mayer of Sigtuna, Eva Christina Nilsson, Head of Middle East Unit, Church of Sweden, Alf Linderman, Executive Director, Sigtuna Foundation,
Andrea Zaki, General Director, Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services, Karin Wiborn, General Secretary, Christian Council of Sweden, Rüdiger Noll, Executive Secretary, Oikosnet Europe
Music by Nadin & Gabriel – TARABBAND
11.00 Introductory Keynote Session: Religion and Society today
Azza Karam, Senior Advisor, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and Coordinator, UN Inter- Agency Task Force on Religion and Development
Anders Wejryd, President for Europe World Council of Churches, Archbishop em.
Chair: Alf Linderman, Executive Director, Sigtuna Foundation,
Background and organizers
The Arab-European Citizens’ Dialogue was established in 2010 as an expansion of a previous
Egyptian-German dialogue. The main counterparts are the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social
Services (CEOSS) in Cairo, Egypt, and Oikosnet Europe, an association of faith-based educational and
dialogue institutions in Europe with its office in Sigtuna, Sweden. From the start, there has been a
series of consultations in Europe and in the Arab region. The last consultation was held at the
Orthodox Academy of Crete in March 2016. The Sigtuna event will be the 6th consultation.
The Arab-Europe Citizens’ Dialogue Consultation in Sigtuna 2018 is organized jointly by the Coptic
Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), Oikosnet Europe, Church of Sweden and the Sigtuna Foundation.
Costs and registration
The public program is free of charge, but for our planning we ask you kindly to register in advance. At the end of the program we offer lunch for 150 SEK. Please prebook your lunch as you register to public program.