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This book brings together contributions from scholars from Europe and the United States to honor the theological work of Antje Jackelen, the first female Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. In Archbishop Antje Jackelen's installation homily, she identifies the strength of the Church as a "global network of prayer threads." This bookis an honorary and celebratory volume providing a "global network of prayerful essays" by contributors from a variety of academic disciplines to creatively engage, reflect, and illuminate the theological work of Archbishop Jackelen. Prior to her tenure in the Church of Sweden as Bishop of the Diocese of Lund and now the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden, Jackelen served as professor of Systematic Theology, Director of the Zygon Center and President of European Society for the Study of Science and Religion (ESSSAT). While each essay intentionally embraces the theological and ministerial work of Jackelen during her academic tenure, they also venture into areas as diverse as climate change, media studies, human uniqueness, hermeneutics, time, ethics, Christian theological tradition and history, traumatology, politics and society. As the first diverse explication of the theological thinking of Archbishop Jackelen by her theological colleagues, this text provides scholars with an expansion of the scope of Archbishop Jackelen's theological thinking and initiates laity into the impact of Jackelen thinking that combines with grace and precisionthe traditions of the Church, the challenges and gifts of the sciences, and the needs and longings of society and the world.
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