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Religion, Peace and Democracy through Education and Learning

Our Vision

The governing authority of the Sankt Ignatios theological academy is the Sankt Ignatios foundation. The foundation was created by the bishops of the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches in Sweden in order to support orthodox education and work towards unity between the two Church families.

Vision and Mission Statement

Sankt Ignatios is a unique institution with regards to its composition and its goals. It plays an important role in the establishment and development of the Orthodox Churches in Sweden, as well as contributing to the development of Swedish society.

According to Saint Ephraim the Syrian, "truth and Love are wings that cannot be separated, for Truth cannot fly without Love, nor can Love soar aloft without Truth."

In Sweden, the Orthodox Churches have chosen to make education the basis of their cooperation. Inspired by the words of Saint Ephraim, Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy wants to combine the pursuit of knowledge with love.

Sankt Ignatios is comprised of the Eastern Orthodox and the Oriental Orthodox Church families. Both express and retain deep historical roots within the traditions of the holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

The Church families are not united. In Sweden they have, however, mutually committed to work towards unity, not through negotiations, but by searching deeply in their roots for the truth. As the foundation’s charter puts it, "we have discovered that we do not need to compromise the truth to gain unity, but that we must add love and respect to our pursuit for it to bear fruit".

As a path towards unity, the bishops on the council have agreed upon Seven Propositional Theses.

Sankt Ignatios currently comprises four traditions - the Byzantine/Slavic, the Coptic, the Tewahedo (Ethiopian/Eritrean), and the Syriac. With the desire for unity and understanding between our two Church families and with the sources of our four traditions as a starting point, Sankt Ignatios wants to deepen the knowledge within - and between - each of these, and seek unity through the knowledge that will be perfected within the mystery of love.

Sankt Ignatios wants to shape an environment characterised by mutual respect, thorough study and a pedagogy of humility.

Through knowledge of one's own tradition - which rests on scientific study, dialogue and emancipation - Sankt Ignatios wants to equip the Orthodox Churches to participate in community building characterised by tolerance, respect and democracy.