Well this was my initial reaction and then I pondered some more. First of all the fact she is openly lesbian and in a relationship doesn’t mean very much (this is the Church of Sweden we’re talking about, after all - no offence to the Swedes because it’s just as culturally and historically important as is say the Church of England, and all national churches can take a little gentle mockery), so I’m not sure why it had to be pointed out. The CoS is famously liberal (rightly or wrongly) anyway, so the fact she is in a a relationship with another woman isn’t any more notable than the fact she’s a woman at all and is a bishop (again, rightly or wrongly, and yes as Catholics we might not recognise her orders as valid but from her church’s point of view they are, and that’s what matters to them, and for this article)
Her suggestion would not be welcome, nor appropriate, everywhere, but given this particular church is as far as I can tell essentially these days a mission chapel (the Norwegian Church Abroad, which is the organisation this church belongs to, is essentially a moral/religious education service originally aimed at sailors, if that wasn’t obvious from the church’s name), there is a degree of analogy between it and the ‘prayer room’ at Heathrow Airport which supposedly inspired her. That said while I understand her motivation I’m not sure that it’s appropriate in this instance anyway.
It would be interesting to know (does anyone?) how much the church is used for Christian worship in any case. There is an argument sometimes that keeping a building working is also important and if it’s otherwise semi-abandoned by its congregation there is maybe less of an issue anyway.
The tone of the article linked was a little concerning, however, because it implies that we as Christians, people in the West, whatever, should not be (as far as is reasonable) accommodating to people of other faiths (such as Islam).
I’d be one of the first to question if this particular recommendation by the bishop is reasonable and appropriate, but when Christians - and other Muslims - are being murdered across the Middle East by genocidal Islamic zealots the least we can do is our very best to be peaceful friendly and accommodating. This might just be the CoS’s (or this bishop’s) particularly non-institutional view of this welcome aspiration.
If the situation were reversed and a Muslim cleric somewhere, with a local Christian minority, made a similar suggestion, what would be our reaction to it?