Unity and Diversity

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The Christian Church has a long, worldwide history. Christians at different times and in different places have created various traditions and interpretations of the Gospel. Sometimes this has led to major conflicts, oppression and persecution. During the 20th century, Christians discovered a great deal of all that they have in common, and many people worked hard to create understanding and unity among Christians of different denominations. This is called Ecumenism, from a Greek word meaning “all the world”.

Nathan Söderblom, consecrated Archbishop of the Church of Sweden on 8th November 1914, was one of the founders and leaders of the Ecumenical movement. Through his contacts with the various churches, he endeavoured to promote the cause of peace during the First World War. In 1925 he successfully organised a big ecumenical gathering in Stockholm and Uppsala (the Life and Work Conference) which proved a starting point of greater understanding and closer co-operation between the Christian churches. It was for that Conference he created his episcopal cope, which is full of ecumenical symbols. In 1925 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

You find it in the South Ambulatory.