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John Edvin Vikström

ecclesiastic

John VIKSTROM, Finnish ecclesiastic. Award of the Swedish Culture Foundation 1981; Order of the White Rose (Finland) 1987. Central Committee World Council of Churches since 1983.

Background

Vikström, John Edvin was born on October 1, 1931 in Kronoby, Finland. Son of Edvin and Hilma Elisabet (Lindström) Vikström.

Education

Theological Candidate, University Helsinki, Finland, 1956. Theological Licentiate, Abo Academy, Turku, Finland, 1962. Doctor of Theology, Abo Academy, Turku, Finland, 1966.

Doctor honoris causa, Leningrad (Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics) Theological Seminary, 1987. Doctor honoris causa, Budapest (Hungary) Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1985.

Career

Pastor Esbo Swedish-speaking Congregation, 1956, Diocese of Borgå, 1957-1961. Research assistant systematical theology, then instructor theological faculty Åbo Academy, 1963-1970, associate professor ethics and philosophy religion, 1970. Bishop Borgå Diocese, 1970-1982.

Archbishop Turku and Finland, since 1982. Participant theological negotiations Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland/Russian Orthodox Church, since 1974, also between Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and Anglican Church. Member doctrinal discussions Lutheran World Federation/Roman Catholic Church, 1978-1981.

Delegate General Assemblies, World Council Churches, Upsala, Sweden, 1968, Vancouver, Canada, 1983, Canberra, Australia, 1991. Member central committee World Council Churches, 1983-1991. Representative Church of Finland, Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Budapest, 1984.

Moderator General Assembly Conference European Churches, Prague, Czech Republic, 1992. Chairman Finnish Missionary Society, 1980-1984. Member Ecumenical Council Finland, since 1969, chairman, 1984-1990.

Achievements

  • Ordained to ministry Evangelical Lutheran Church Finland, 1956.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: Religion och kultur. Grundproblemet i G. G. Rosenqvists religiösa tänkande, 1966, Religionssociologin i Finland, 1967, Kyrka och revolution, 1968, Kyrkan och kulturradikalismen, 1968, Effekten av religiös fostran, 1970, Fråga biskopen om tro, 1980, Ihmisen usko, 1982, Herdestaven, 1982, Uusi rohkeus elää, 1985, (with Eero Silvasti) Kirjeen Kääntöpiiri, 1987. Suuntaviittoja, 1988, Myös maan päällä, 1992, Reconciliation and Hone, 1998.Also textbooks on religion.

Membership

Central Committee World Council of Churches since 1983.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    History of ideas and culture, sports.

Connections

Married Märta Ulla Birgitta Hellberg, August 24, 1957 (deceased 1994). Children: Ulf, Monika, Björn.

father:
Edvin Vikström

mother:
Hilma Elisabet (Lindström) Vikström

spouse:
Märta Ulla Birgitta Hellberg

child:
Ulf Vikström

child:
Monika Vikström

child:
Björn Vikström