Sweden

The Karlstad/Chelmsford Link - This link began in 1997 as a result of the Porvoo Agreement.

  • This has been renewed by successive Bishops including Bishop Stephen. It is a thriving link with exchanges happening in a number of ways.
  • Some parishes have twinned successfully including Barking and Kristinehamn, with visits and friendships which have grown over time.
  • There has been a joint clergy leadership programme which has operated very well over the last two years, taking place in Chelmsford and Karlstad. Many have benefitted from this.
  • There have been visits from young people in Sweden who have joined young people here and return visits planned.
  • There has been a joint pilgrimage of Lay and Clergy to St. Olav’s Cathedral in Trondheim and a pilgrimage planned as part of the centenary celebrations of the Chelmsford Diocese to which any of our twinning links are welcome.
  • There are proposals for the shadowing of youth workers and those in lay ministry by our Swedish counterparts.
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