Swiss council of religions SCR

Members of the Swiss council of religions (SCR) are leading figures from the Swiss Bishops’ Conference, the Council of the Protestant Church in Switzerland, the Old Catholic Church of Switzerland, the Metropolis of Switzerland (Ecumenical Patriarchate), the Swiss Evangelical Alliance, the Réseau
évangélique suisse and the Federation of Free Churches, the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities and Islamic organisations in Switzerland, who have been mandated by their own institutions or organisations.

In addition, other leading figures from churches and religious communities that are of social significance in Switzerland may be invited to Swiss council of religions meetings. At the meetings of the Swiss council of religions, a person unanimously designated by the aforementioned members will manage the secretary’s office.

Objectives

The objectives of the churches and religious communities that created the Swiss council of religions are:

  • to contribute to and promote the preservation of religious peace in Switzerland;
  • to reach agreement amongst the members on matters of common interest;
  • to build confidence amongst the religious communities;
  • to conduct a discussion on current religious and/or political issues; and
  • to provide a consultative framework for the Swiss Government in such matters.

Purpose

The Swiss council of religions:

  • aims to build on the interreligious celebration held in Bern, Switzerland, on 5 March 2003 and, in pursuit of the stated aim to «Strengthen the bonds of peace – in Switzerland and throughout the world», to safeguard religious peace in Switzerland and to make a positive contribution to mutual respect between the religions, in particular those of the monotheist-abrahamic tradition;
  • sees itself as a platform for dialogue and understanding between the highest representatives of the three national churches and the Jewish and the Muslim religious communities;
  • discusses issues of mutual interest, in particular those relating to interdenominational and intercultural coexistence in Switzerland;
  • will consult regularly as to which mutual issues should be addressed and how they should be pursued;
  • can investigate the important issues facing its members and can so agree jointly to address and provide support for any concern of a particular church or religious community;
  • can serve as a consultative partner for concerns of the Swiss Government; and
  • maintains relationships with the Interreligious Association of Switzerland (IRAS) and other Swiss organisations with similar aims and objectives.

The Swiss council of religions may not pass a resolution that is binding on an individual church or religious community.