All churches have their own identity and priorities. However, faith can also lead to unity and challenge. This is where the Christian Council of Sweden, representing seven million Swedes, is an important actor.

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At times there is a need for the Christian churches to speak with a common voice. For example: When certain vulnerable groups are not adequately considered within a society, or to consult together in addressing certain issues raised by the government or various authorities. These are just two of the areas that the Christian Council of Sweden are involved with.

We are 26 member churches that are divided into four church families. The Council links together the ministries and activities of the member churches by arranging forums for exchange of ideas, creating networks, giving communication service, providing support for developing ecumenism and coordinating joint activities.

The churches have identified two main areas for working together within the Christian Council of Sweden:

Ecumenical Theology: We make it easier for churches to get together for theological reflection on various issues, for example, ecclesiology, mission, theology of religion, spirituality, baptism and aspects concerning the holding of church services. This takes place in the form of various working groups and networks as well as producing a number of publications.

Ecumenical Diaconia/Church and society: We work with issues that deal with how mankind is perceived and highlight terms such as peace and justice so that churches can identify their own priorities for the issues they will focus on in their local communities. This area also deals with how various people are linked together within their communities, counseling in various institutions, diaconal (social) work, migration and ethics. Within these two main areas are both longterm programmes with their own staff and short-term projects operating for a specific period of time.

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