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The Sami Council of the Church of Sweden has decided to award the 2013 Sami Culture Grant to the Sami choir Sámi Jienat. The choir has enriched Sami church life and language. “The Sami Council wants to show its appreciation of the important voluntary work that Sámi Jienat carries out among the Sami,” says Sylvia Sparrock, chair of the Sami Council, in describing the winner of this year’s grant.
The General Synod, currently convened in Uppsala, continued its election meeting today. A new Central Board for the 2014–2017 term of office was elected, with Wanja Lundby-Wedin (S*) and Mats Hagelin (BA*) in the presiding committee.
The General Synod, whose new members were elected in the church elections earlier this autumn, is meeting in Uppsala this evening following the conclusion of the current General Synod’s term of office this afternoon. The new General Synod’s 251 members include 125 women.
The bishop of Stockholm diocese, Eva Brunne, and Celina Falk from Uppsala were elected today to the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), on which Eva Brunne will be taking over after Archbishop Anders Wejryd. The Central Committee is elected by the highest decision-making body of the WCC, the Assembly, which is currently meeting in Busan, South Korea.
Today Archbishop Anders Wejryd was elected President for the European region of the World Council of Churches, whose Assembly is currently under way in Busan, South Korea. Wejryd will represent the World Council of Churches in European contexts and take part in the work of the Central Committee. The World Council of Churches has eight presidents spanning the various continents.
Christians from all over the world took part in a demonstration for peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea. The demonstration took place beside the military demarcation line, which is under heavy military surveillance, between the two countries on the Korean peninsula. Participants came from the Assembly of the World Council of Churches, taking place in Busan, South Korea.
The Swedish government’s minerals strategy, which was adopted in the spring, aims to double the number of mines by 2020 and treble them by 2030. The Archbishop supports tomorrow’s demonstration in Stockholm and says that Sweden does not live up to its obligations regarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Today the Church of Sweden is publishing a report on the situation for Roma in Kosovo with a special focus on the situation for those whose applications for asylum within the EU have been rejected and who have been deported from Sweden and other countries. The report is aimed at the politicians and migration authorities responsible, both in Sweden and in the rest of the EU.
Three thousand Christians from all over the world are expected in Busan, South Korea, for the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches. About 50 delegates and observers from the Church of Sweden and other Christian faith communities in Sweden will participate in the assembly, which starts next week.
The Church of Sweden has elected its new Archbishop today after Bishop Antje Jackelén received 55.9 percent of votes. She will be installed as Archbishop during a televised mass in Uppsala Cathedral on Sunday, 15 June 2014, and is the first woman to be elected Archbishop of the Swedish Church.
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