Nathan Söderblom

The Most Reverend
Nathan Söderblom
Archbishop of Uppsala
Primate of Sweden
Nathan Soderblom.jpg
ChurchChurch of Sweden
DioceseUppsala
Elected20 May 1914
PredecessorJohan August Ekman
SuccessorErling Eidem
Orders
Ordination1893 (priest)
Consecration8 November 1914
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
NationalitySwedish
DenominationChurch of Sweden
ParentsJonas Söderblom and Nikolina Sophie Blûme
SpouseAnna Söderblom (born as Forsell) (1870-1955)
Children12
Alma materUppsala University
Ordination history of
Nathan Söderblom
History
Priestly ordination
Ordained byGottfrid Billing
Date1893
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byGottfrid Billing
Date8 November 1914
PlaceUppsala 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 12 July.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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References[]

  1. ^ "Religious Organizations" (in Swedish). World Statesmen. Retrieved 22 December 2014.

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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