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First woman archbishop for Sweden elected: The Church of England Newspaper, October 24, 2014 October 27, 2013

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The Church of Sweden has elected the Rt. Rev. Antje Jackelén, Bishop of Lund as Archbishop of Uppsala and primate of the Church of Sweden. The 15 October 2013 vote by the Swedish synod makes Dr. Jackelén the church’s first woman archbishop.

Dr. Jackelén is the second Archbishop of Uppsala to be elected by popular vote following the disestablishment of the Church of Sweden on 1 January 2000, and she succeeds Archbishop Anders Wejryd who was elected in 2006.

A native of Germany, Bishop Jackelén was ordained a priest in 1980 and served parishes in the dioceses of Stockholm and Lund from 1981 to 1996. In 1999 she earned a doctor of theology degree at Lund University, with a doctoral dissertation Zeit und Ewigkeit: die Frage der Zeit in Kirche, Naturwissenschaft und Theologie was published in English in 2005 as: Time & eternity: the question of time in church, science, and theology. She taught at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago from 2001 to 2006, when she was elected Bishop of Lund.

A member of the liberal wing of the Swedish Church, Bishop Jackelén is a prolific social commentator and was Sweden’s first twitter bishop and publishes a micro blog about her work and beliefs.  In an interview published in the Swedish church newspaper Kyrkans Tidning, Bishop Jackelén defended herself against charges she was cold and aloof. “I think I have many warm and close relationships,” she said, but in her job as bishop she came in contact with “an incredible number of people, I cannot be everything to everyone.”

She also objected to making belief in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ a benchmark of the Christian faith. “It is strange that the question of the virgin birth has become something of a faith test,” she told Kyrkans Tidning, adding the Bible had been interpreted in different ways across time and cultures and that many different cultures had made use of a virgin birth as a way to show a particular person’s self-importance.

“I am more afraid of those who claim to know everything, than anyone who claims to wrestle with the Bible,” she said.

Bishop John W. Howe: CFE Jan 2006 June 30, 2007

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The Rt. Rev. John W. Howe, Bishop of Central Florida preaching at the consecration of the new sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach on Dec 15, 2005. This photo was first published in the Central Florida Episcopalian in the Jan 2006 issue.

Gomez brings ‘Global South’ perspective to Diocese of Central Florida: CFE July 2007 June 16, 2007

Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Communion, Anglican Covenant, Central Florida Episcopalian, Church of the Province of the West Indies, Human Sexuality --- The gay issue, Windsor Report.
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The Anglican Communion is headed “straight for the rocks” if its member churches do not change course and adopt a concordat laying out the parameters of a common faith and order, Archbishop Drexel Gomez, Primate of the West Indies, told the Diocese of Central Florida on May 15.


Meeting with the clergy and lay members of the diocesan board and standing committee at Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center in Oviedo, Archbishop Gomez offered a somber analysis of the tensions between The Episcopal Church and parts of the 38-member Anglican Communion while leading a day-long discussion of the proposed Anglican Covenant.

Read it all in the Central Florida Episcopalian.

Comment on this story at Global South Anglican.

An Interview with George Carey: ENS 12.17.03 December 17, 2003

Posted by geoconger in Archbishop of Canterbury, Central Florida Episcopalian, Church of England, ENS, Human Sexuality --- The gay issue.
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The Most Rev. Lord George Carey of Clifton, former Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican Communion, visited another Canterbury in late October – this one the Episcopal retreat and conference center in Oviedo, where he spent three days leading Central Florida’s clergy retreat.

In an exclusive interview with the Central Florida Episcopalian, he also shared his thoughts about the current tumult in the Anglican Communion over blessing same-sex relationships and elevating an openly gay man to the Episcopacy.

Read the article at ENS.