On October 17, the Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelén was elected bishop of the Diocese of Lund, Sweden. She will take office April 1, 2007. Since 2001, she has been associate professor of systematic theology and in 2003 was appointed director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
"My time at LSTC has been wonderful and challenging," Jackelén said. "I have found it exciting to work with both masters and Ph.D. students. I have loved the combination of academic rigor and vocational commitment at the Lutheran School of Theology."
Jackelén was elected with over 50% of the vote on the first ballot. The Church of Sweden has 14 diocese and over 7 million members. "The honor that Antje has received certainly deserves our warmest congratulations and well wishes," said Dean Kathleen D. Billman. "LSTC will miss this treasured member of the faculty, skilled director of the Zygon Center, and sought-after advisor to our doctoral students in religion and science."
Plans for interim leadership of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science and a faculty search in systematic theology will be announced in early November.
Jackelén is a pastor in the Church of Sweden, where she served from 1980 until 2001. She is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) and serves on the council of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT.) Jackelén is on the board of directors of the Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science and is an editorial advisor to the journals Theology and Science and Dialog: A Journal of Theology. She is the author of numerous books and articles. She is married to the Rev. Heinz Jackelén and they are the parents of two daughters.