Church of Sweden

​Bishops from Sweden and Tanzania meet in Rättvik

Press Release   •   Aug 19, 2015 14:00 BST

Bishop Alex Malasusa is one of the 14 bishops from the  Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, having a joint bishop's conference with Church of Sweden bishops nex week.
Photo: Ewa Almqvist.

The Church of Sweden’s 14 bishops will be visited by 14 bishops from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) next week. The bishops will meet on 24–28 August at the diocesan centre in Rättvik for discussions, services of worship and other activities.

The aim of the joint Bishops’ Conference is to meet as church leaders, strengthen confidence in each other and understand the contexts and challenges of each church.

“The Church of Sweden has a long-standing relationship with the ELCT and we would now like to devote time to getting to know each other better as leaders in the worldwide church. We will highlight how our different conditions affect our way of being a church,” says Archbishop Antje Jackelén.

The invitation was presented to the bishops in Tanzania as a jubilee gift from the Church of Sweden during the 50-year anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in 2013. The ELCT has chosen to send 14 of its 24 bishops, partly so that both churches will have the same number of representatives at the conference and partly so that not all the bishops will be abroad during a period of preparations for a general election in Tanzania.

In pairs (one bishop from each church), they will introduce and lead discussions, Bible studies, the Eucharist and prayers. As a common theme permeating the joint Bishops’ Conference the participants will base discussions on Bible readings from the Acts of the Apostles.

“We are doing this because there we find a story about people who tried to interpret their contemporary context and be a church in it. These Bible stories describe how completely new relationships were formed between different languages and cultures, and we want to be inspired by this,” says the Archbishop.

The afternoon of Wednesday 26 August has been reserved for a joint excursion to the copper mine, Falun Mine. This will include a photo opportunity for the media and time to ask the bishops brief questions.

The visit to Sweden will conclude with each of the Tanzanian bishops joining the Swedish bishops on a visit to the respective Swedish dioceses during the weekend of 29–30 August.

For further information please contact:
Lena Bohman,secretary of the Bishops’ Conference, tel. +46 (0)18169622
Ewa Almqvist, press secretary, tel. +46 (0)705 469677