Church of Sweden

Archbishop visits Christians in China

Press Release   •   Nov 03, 2010 15:01 GMT

From 4-14 November Church of Sweden Archbishop Anders Wejryd, together with a delegation (see below), will visit Hong Kong and mainland China. The visit is part of the exchange programme with the Protestant Church in China.

The visit of the delegation will include meeting Church leaders, visiting institutions in Shanghai and Nanjing and visiting local parishes and projects included in the development work of the Church, such as projects concerning HIV and AIDS. The host of the visit is the China Christian Council.

The purpose of the journey is to learn more about the rapid development of the Church in China – with strong growth and many challenges – as well as to intensify relations between the Churches, specifically ín the areas of theological education and social responsibility.

At the beginning of the visit the delegation will spend a couple of days in Hong Kong visiting collaborative partners as well as the Church of Sweden in Hong Kong. The Archbishop will also participate in services of worship in both Hong Kong and mainland China.

Members of the Delegation

Archbishop of the Church of Sweden Anders Wejryd

Ann-Cathrin Jarl, Adjunct to the Archbishop

Cristina Grenholm, Director of the Church of Sweden Theology and Ecumenism Secretariat

Margareta Grape, Head of Foreign Affairs for the Church of Sweden

Bertil Persson, Member of the Central Board of the Church of Sweden

Birgitta Halvarsson, Member of the Central Board of the Church of Sweden

Lennart Hamark, Priest in Hong Kong and mainland China

Ewa Almqvist, Press Secretary to the Archbishop