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The Centre for Inter Faith Dialogue

The Centre for Inter Faith Dialogue is run by the Stockholm Diocese of the Church of Sweden in association with the Church’s national structures. Its main purpose is to promote understanding, collaboration and good relations between people of different faiths.


Why Inter Faith Dialogue?
It is becoming clear that religion is a significant driving force in today’s world , in the life of the individual as well as in society as a whole.
Religion can play a beneficial role, but can also be used for detrimental purposes. In the religiously plural society which is the Sweden of today, knowledge, understanding and collaboration are essential in order to enable people of different faiths to co-exist well. 
As a religious community the Church of Sweden has an important mission to gain and convey knowledge about other religious traditions, and about how we as Christians can understand them, and cultivate meaningful interaction across religious boundaries. In this context our own theological reflection upon experiences of interfaith dialogue is of great importance.
 
What is Inter Faith Dialogue?
Inter Faith dialogue consists of meetings between people, meetings where we share what is important in our lives, openly and with growing trust in each other. Inter faith dialogue is not debate, where one attempts to convince an opponent. It is not negotiation, where one strives for the lowest common denominator. In this dialogue we meet as believers to learn about, and from, each other.
 
What does Centre for Inter Faith Dialogue do?
The Centre provides:
• Courses and seminars for different interested groups
• Field trips
• Consulting and guidance 
 • Network for collaboration and mutual reflection
• Library
 
The Krister Stendahl Memorial Lecture
 
The annual Krister Stendahl Memorial Lecture is held in memory of Krister Stendahl who was bishop of the diocese of Stockholm, Church of Sweden, 1984-1988 and former professor of Biblical Studies and dean at Harvard Divinity School. The lecture takes place each fall and is hosted by Centre for Religious Dialogue and Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. At this page of our website you can read or listen to the lectures in the series in English.
 
The Team
Rev. Dr. Helene Egnell
was ordained for Stockholm Diocese in 1988, and has worked as a parish minister for many years. She earned her PhD from Uppsala University in 2006 with the dissertation Other Voices. A Study of Christian Feminist Approaches to Religious Plurality East and West.
 
Rev. Birgitta Winberg (currently on leave of absence) was ordained for Stockholm diocese in 1985, and has worked as a prison chaplain for 20 years. She was the President for IPCA, International Prison Chaplain’s Association, an ecumenical worldwide organization between 2005 and 2010.
 
Malin Norrby, M.A., replacement during Rev. Birgitta Winberg's leave of absence
 
 
Contact Details
 
Street Address:
Skolhuset, Kammakargatan 13
 
GPS coordinates: Lat. 59.338441 Long. 18.059688
 
Postal Address:
Box 163 06
SE 103 25 Stockholm
SWEDEN
 
Phone:
Helene Egnell +46(0)8-508 940 09, +46(0)73-561 89 564
Birgitta Winberg +46(0)8-508 940 19, +46(0)70-567 08 26
Malin Norrby +46(0)8-50894019
 
E-mail:
Helene.egnell(a)svenskakyrkan.se
Birgitta.winberg(a)svenskakyrkan.se
malin.norrby(a)svenskakyrkan.se
 
On Facebook:
Centrum för religionsdialog på Facebook
 
Blog:
Centrum för religionsdialog's blog