08 September 2009

Sweden confirms Stockholm's choice of bishop

The Church of Sweden has moved into the future and has confirmed the election of The Rev. Ms. Eva Brunne as a bishop.

The following is from Svenska Kyrkan. My apologies to the Swedish language for my attempt to paraphrase the article into English.*
Now Stokholm's diocese has a new Bishop. Eva Brunne, who received the most votes last spring has been confirmed by the Church of Sweden's examination board. [The election was not without controversy] but the examination board decided to reject the appeals of Stockholm's choice for their bishop.

Brunne said "it feels good that the examination board has confirmed the confidence that has been show in me. Now, we can plan ahead in parishes and on the diocese an secretariat."

Brunne was born in 1954 and ordained for the Diocese of Lund in 1978. Before she became "stiftsprost" in 2006, she was Vicar in Flemingsberg and before that in Sundbyberg. From 1997 to 2005 she was a clergy member of Stockholm's cathedral chapter.
She will be consecrated on 8 November in the cathedral in Uppsala. She will be the fifth female bishop of the Church of Sweden. You might enjoy supporting her election and confirmation by becoming her Facebook Fan.

Oh, I suppose I should mention that Brunne's partner is a woman.