The newly elected Lutheran bishop of Stockholm says that being a lesbian means that she wants to stand alongside people who feel powerless.
“I know what it is to be called into question,” Eva Brunne said in an article on the Web site of the Church of Sweden after her May 26 election. “I am in the lucky situation that I have power, and I can use it for the benefit of those who have no power.”
Brunne, currently the dean of the Stockholm diocese, is the first Church of Sweden bishop to live in a registered homosexual partnership, the Uppsala-headquartered church said, and she is believed to be the first openly lesbian bishop in the world.
Brunne, 55, lives with priest Gunilla Linden in a partnership that has received a church blessing. They have a three-year-old son.