We have been a platform since 1912 for ecumenical cooperation between different Christian traditions with a special focus on mission, international development and the role of religion in society.
Today we consist of 30 member organisations and churches based in Swedish civil society. Together we arrange meeting places and seminars to learn from each other’s differences, pass on our experiences and advocate for a better world. We also distribute funds from Sida to several of our member organisations’ development cooperation with local partners in over 50 countries.
SMC’s main mission is to create meeting places for cooperation and reflection among our member organisations. We arrange annual membership days, seminars and workshops to reflect and learn more about topics like Faith and democracy, Environment, climate and resilience and Organisation and partnership.
In our international network there is a diversity of civil society actors from different traditions. This breadth is our strength and we see our differences as an asset that challenge us to learn from each other in order to work together in God’s mission.
Advocacy is an important tool in creating change and helping decision-makers better understand the world. We are knowledge based, working with freedom of religion or belief, religious literacy and development policy.
We have a strategic partnership with Sida whereby our member organisations and their local partners can apply for funding from the Swedish aid budget.
We are the link between Sida and our member organisations in the application, reporting, monitoring and evaluation processes. Our work is guided by SMC’s various policies and governing documents, which have been adopted by our Board.