Faith Leaders In Sweden Form Council to Support Religious Freedom

May 6, 2010

Author: Stephen Brown

Source: Ecumenical News International

A national interfaith council has been created in Sweden to highlight the role of faith groups in creating understanding and to respond to those who are hostile to religion. 

"We want to strengthen the freedom to believe in and practise religion, both individually and in fellowship, but we also want to be a voice for public discussion of ethics and spirituality," said Archbishop Anders Wejryd of the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden in a 6 May statement. 

The church said that the council includes Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh representatives, and that it was formed on 4 May at a meeting at the archbishop's residence in Uppsala.