The Swedish Theological Institute (STI) is located in West Jerusalem, just outside the Old City. The STI has a few rooms for overnight guests, kitchen, dining room, classrooms, a common venues, offices, a chapel and a library with study facilities. The STI has a yearly budget of about 3 millions SEK of which the Church of Sweden is the main supporter with 2/3 of the yearly founding. The STI also gains incomes from courses and study programs. There are 11 employees, apart from the Swedish director, professor there is a chaplain and a volunteer from Sweden. The rest of the staff, administrator, course coordinator, chef etc are locally employed. The STI has initiated contacts with the Swedish Institute in Alexandria and the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul. The STI has ongoing cooperation with the Sigtuna foundation, and especially the University of Lund, by whom the recent STI professor was appointed.
The objective is for the STI to be a place for: - academic activity, with research and supervision at Master’s and doctorate level; - teaching which takes active part in the theological dialogues taking place in Jerusalem; - shorter courses, which can form part of a university degree; - international courses and semester-long courses for scholarship students from Sweden and other countries; - students and researchers who wish to carry out studies or research in Jerusalem and who can live and/or work at the STI.
The STI was established with the purpose to create a theological study centre, particularly for Christian students, who were to be given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Judaism as well as Christianity and Islam. Apart from being a study centre, the STI also functions as a node for researchers. The Institute enjoys a good reputation in Jerusalem and a wide network of contacts among scholars as well as among different religious groups. The STI maintains excellent links with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as well as with the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, (JCJCR), the Jerusalem Inter-Church Center, (JIC), Communication in the Middle East, (COME), the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), Studium in Israel and other organisations. Links with representatives of the Muslim community have been strengthened considerably in recent years.