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Embracing the Future: The Church of Sweden in Continuous Reformation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, The Centre for the Study of Religion and Society. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Church and Mission studies, Ecclesiology.
2017 (English)In: Journal of The European Society of Women in Theological Research, ISSN 1783-2454, E-ISSN 1783-2446, ISSN 1783-2454, Vol. 25, 67-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The whole world followed the events in Lund, Sweden, on October 31, 2016, when for the first time a joint ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation took place between the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman-Catholic Church. A photo distributed worldwide, shows Pope Francis and the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden, Antje Jackelén, embracing each other. The photo contains both hope and tension. The Church of Sweden tries to balance the tension between its heritage as ecumenical bridgebuilder, launched already by Archbishop Nathan Söderblom a hundred years ago, and its pioneering role with regard to issues of gender and sexuality. In the article these seemingly contradictory roles is set into a wider context of the journey Sweden has made from the time of the Lutheran reformation up to the present. A uniform society characterized by one people and one Christian faith, has gradually transformed into a society where faith is a voluntary option. The former state church faces new demands in handling religious as well as cultural diversities. Leadership is increasingly equally shared between women and men. The Church of Sweden holds all these tensions together through the approach launched on the official website of a church in constant need of reform.

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Leuven-Paris-Bristol, 2017. Vol. 25, 67-80 p.
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Ecclesiology Reformation Church of Sweden
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Religious Studies
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Ecclesiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337158OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-337158DiVA: diva2:1168509
Available from: 2017-12-20 Created: 2017-12-20 Last updated: 2017-12-20

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