A festschrift in honor of Antje Jackelén, the first female Archbishop of the Church of Sweden, is expected to be widely available by mid-December. The book has unique emphasis on issues in science and religion.

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, Jackelén served as professor of Systematic Theology, Director of the Zygon Center and President of European Society for the Study of Science and Religion (ESSSAT).

Embracing the Ivory Tower and Stained Glass: A Festschrift in Honor of Archbishop Antje Jackelén was edited by Jennifer Baldwin, a former student of Jackelén from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Baldwin is now executive and clinical director at Grounding Flight Wellness Center in Chicago and an instructor at Elmhurst College.

The book includes essays and reflections from a number of prominent religion and science scholars in the US and Europe on key theological contributions of Jackelén with topics ranging from human uniqueness, hermeneutics, time, traumatology and climate change.

In Archbishop Jackelén’s installation homily, she identified the strength of the Church as a “global network of prayer threads.” The book is intended to be 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 Jackelén.

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