Tuesday, July 12, 2016

For All the Saints: Nathan Söderblom

Back in the 1990s, I researched the history of the ecumenical movement for a freelance writing project, and I greatly enjoyed learning more about modern ecumenism and incorporating additional aspects of that work into my own faith and ministry. I was happy to see a figure in that movement honored today, the anniversary of his death, on the Lutheran (ELCA) and Episcopal calendars. Nathan Söderblom (1866-1931) was a Swedish clergyman, professor at Leipzig University, and Archbishop of Uppsala in the Church of Sweden. He was a leader in the Christian "Life and Work" movement and urged the application of Jesus' teachings to social life. He is considered one of the founders of the ecumenical movement and received the Nobel Prize in 1930. He was also a Gifford lecturer. Here is the Nobel site that gives more information about him: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1930/soderblom-bio.html

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