Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Church of Sweden celebrates 50 years of women's ordination

At the Museum of Work in NORRKÖPING, Sweden, an exhibit opening today celebrating 50 years of women's ordination.

The exhibition focuses on the personal life story of seven women. In the photo, text, audio tracks, videos and objects told their stories. The exhibition also provides a background to the decision in 1958.

Berättelserna handlar också om prästyrket och hur vardagen kan se ut för till exempel en fängelsepräst, sjukhuspräst, församlingspräst och utlandspräst i New York. Stories are also about the priest profession and how everyday life might look for such as a prison chaplain, hospital chaplain, parish priest and foreign priest in New York.

Among the women depicted in the exhibition are Elisabeth Djurle Olander, who was one of the first three women who were married priests in the Church of Sweden in 1960 and Christina Odenberg which in 1997 became the first woman bishop.

Our Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was present and here's an interview she gave today translated from the Swedish.

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