I must admit I am really looking forward to meeting her. We are honored to have her as a guest on the campus. She is the Most Rev. Antje Jackelén. I am in awe of anyone educated in Lutheran theology from the University of Tübingen, as well as being a specialist in science and religion and, at the same time, is the Lutheran Archbishop of Sweden. She has a Ph.D. from Lund University; and she is the first female Archbishop of Sweden.
It is an honor that the Seminary is able to confer on her an honorary doctorate. This will happen tonight in the Eucharist. We will gather at 5.15pm and have the opportunity to hear the Archbishop preach followed by the conferral of the honorary doctorate. Here is an accomplished theologian, author, and churchperson. She is having a major impact on the Lutheran church in Sweden. We are so pleased that she made the long journey to be present with us.
There is so much happening all the time on this campus. However, as you muse on your alternatives for this evening, I do invite you to consider that this will be one of those occasions when you can say "I was there". The Archbishop has a long string of firsts (among them the first woman Archbishop to have an official audience with Pope Francis in Rome). This is a real opportunity.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President