Nathan Söderblom

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The Most Reverend

Nathan Söderblom
Archbishop of Uppsala
Primate of Sweden
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Church Church of Sweden
Diocese Uppsala
Elected20 May 1914
In office1914-1931
Predecessor Johan August Ekman
Successor Erling Eidem
Orders
Ordination1893 (priest)
Consecration8 November 1914
by  Gottfrid Billing
Personal details
Birth nameLars Olof Jonathan Söderblom
Born(1866-01-15)15 January 1866
Trönö, Sweden
Died12 July 1931(1931-07-12) (aged 65)
Uppsala, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Denomination Church of Sweden
ParentsJonas Söderblom and Nikolina Sophie Blûme
SpouseAnna Söderblom (born as Forsell) (1870-1955)
Children12
Alma mater Uppsala University
Ordination history of
Nathan Söderblom
History
Priestly ordination
Ordained byGottfrid Billing
Date1893
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byGottfrid Billing
Date8 November 1914
Place Uppsala Cathedral

Lars Olof Jonathan Söderblom (Swedish pronunciation:  [ˈnɑːtan ˈsøːdɛrblʊm] ) (15 January 1866 12 July 1931) was a Swedish clergyman. He was the Church of Sweden Archbishop of Uppsala between 1914 and 1931, [1] and recipient of the 1930 Nobel Peace Prize. He is commemorated in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church and in the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) on July 12.

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Söderblom was born in a village called Trönö, today Söderhamn Municipality, Gävleborg County. His father was a priest and a devoted Christian with a strong personal faith.

Söderhamn Municipality Municipality in Gävleborg County, Sweden

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Gävleborg County County (län) of Sweden

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He enrolled at Uppsala University in 1883. Although not initially convinced what he wanted to study, he eventually decided to follow in his father's footsteps. On returning from a journey to the U.S., he was ordained priest in 1893.

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During the years 1892 and 1893, Söderblom was first vice president and then president of the Uppsala Student Union.

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In 1912, he became a professor of Religious studies at Leipzig University. But already in 1914, he was elected as Archbishop of Uppsala, the head of the Lutheran church in Sweden. During the First World War, he called on all Christian leaders to work for peace and justice.

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He believed that church unity had the specific purpose of presenting the gospel to the world and that the messages of Jesus were relevant to social life. His leadership of the Christian "Life and Work" movement in the 1920s has led him to be recognised as one of the principal founders of the ecumenical movement. His was instrumental in chairing the World Conference of Life and Work in Stockholm, in 1925. He was a close friend of the English ecumenist George Bell.

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The World Conference of Life and Work was held on the initiative of Church of Sweden archbishop Nathan Söderblom in Stockholm, Sweden 1925 to discuss social cooperation. Attending the meeting were most major Christian denominations, however the Roman Catholic Church and the Pentecostal movement didn't show up.

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He was the pastor at the church that Alfred Nobel went to and in 1930 was one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize.

After his death in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1931 his body was interred in Uppsala Cathedral.

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Further reading

  • Dietz Lange, Nathan Söderblom und seine Zeit, Göttingen 2011
  • Klas Hansson, Nathan Söderblom's ecumenical cope. A visualization of a theological and ecumenical concept. Studia Theologica - Nordic Journal of Theology, vol 66, issue 1, 2012
  • Jonas Jonson, Nathan Söderblom: called to serve. Translated from Swedish by Norman A. Hjelm. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2016.

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References

  1. "Religious Organizations" (in Swedish). World Statesmen. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
Titles in Lutheranism
Preceded by
Johan August Ekman
Archbishop of Uppsala
Primate of Sweden

1914–1931
Succeeded by
Erling Eidem
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Waldemar Rudin
Swedish Academy,
Seat No. 16

1921–1932
Succeeded by
Tor Andræ
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Frank B. Kellogg
Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize
1930
Succeeded by
Nicholas Murray Butler
and Jane Addams