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Uniting Church in Sweden

The United Church in Sweden (UCS) is a church for all aspects of life (for the whole life) – where the encounter with Jesus Christ transforms me, you and the world.

Together with our youth ministry Equmenia, we are a church for all aspects of life. A place where children, youth, young adults and adults, according to their conditions, over generations, can grow in their faith. In our congregations we run lots of activities for different ages.

With over 600 congregations, we gather tens of thousands of people all over Sweden every week for services. Through a strong involvement in our society we have a wide variety of activities. Thousands of people are engaged in choirs, scout corps, sports, homework assistance and much more. We also work with issues relating to refugees and migration, human rights, violence and abuse against women and children, advocacy work for peace, security and sustainability and much more.

History

UCS is a new church, with an almost 200 year long history. Together with billions of Christians all over the world, we believe in Jesus Christ.

Three denominations, with the roots in the Swedish revival, wanted to form something new and joined together in 2011 to become The United Church in Sweden. The original denominations started in the 1800s based on a longing that God and the Christian faith should xxx all of life, not only on Sundays. When the denominations started it was illegal to have another denomination thatn the Swedish Church. This was a turbulent time and a development that has had a large impact on the Swedish society today.

The thought about unification and becoming one denomination has been there since the start, in the end of the 1800s. Since then there has been many tries to unify, but first 2011 it became reality. The UCS was formed the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden, the Baptist Union of Sweden and the Methodist Church in Sweden. The new denomination has a diversity of congregations of different character and direction. We unify in a common vision – the encounter with Jesus that transforms me, you and the world.

International work

Cooperation with other churches and Christian believers, in Sweden and internationally, is part of the UCS identity. We are part many ecumenical organizations, for example the World Council of Churches. We currently have partnerships with churches and Christian organizations in over 25 countries on 5 different continents: Asia, Africa, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa and Euroasia. We also have missionaries sent out to xx countries.

The organization

The UCS is a large organisation with many local congregations and activities. It leads of a board (kyrkostyrelse) and a management team (ledningsgrupp) and other control documents (styrdokument) that is decided on at the annual meeting (årsmöte).  

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Contact

Do you have any questions or comments? Please contact us on:

Phone: +46 8 580 031 00
Email: info@equmeniakyrkan.se