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 roles do religion play 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 Foundationtogether with Oikosnet Europe, and the RISECI and EFMRD projects.
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
Dean at Blanquerna School of Communications and International Relations at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona
Board member of the Swedish Muslim Council, Chair for Muslim Women in Europe
Chair of the Sigtuna Foundation and bishop emerita
Executive Director of the Sigtuna Foundation, Associate Professor in the Sociology of religion at Uppsala University
Professor in the Sociology of religion at Uppsala University
Director of the study association Ibn Rushd, Chair of the Islamic Association in Sweden
National Coordinator against violent extremism, previous leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party
Rabbi of the Jewish Community in Stockholm
General Secretary of the Swedish Christian Council