My name is Kent Wisti and I am a minister in the Church of Sweden, artist, and also a political cartoonist. I will handle the @swedenaccount this week.
I work in a parish in Malmö, the south Sweden but I live in Lund. Thera are about 20 km between the cities.
I was born and raised in Älmhult where the mothership of IKEA is.
A very small town but the origin of IKEA and one can probably say that everything in Älmhult in one way or another are linked to IKEA. It was probably just me and a handful of other children in the whole school when I was a child who had at least one parent who did not at IKEA.
In addition Älmhult, Malmö and Lund, I have lived in Växjö and Gothenburg. Gothenburg is my absolute favorite city in Sweden.
Some wonder how it works to have three such different roles as minister, cartoonist and artist. I rather see difficulties to keep them apart. A known Swedish theologian, Per-Erik Persson expressed that the ministers's task is to help people with the strength to live and the dare to die. I think so as well. I also believe that it is exactly the same task as the artists, and the two roles coincide thereby helping humans to manage to live and dare to die. Perhaps the clergy is the ultimate artistic discipline. I also see the humor and comedy as something that is very close and sometimes coincides with spirituality and faith. Being able to look oneself and the world through play.
I'll probably be tweeting something about the religious life in Sweden, the soul of Sweden and translate some of my satire cartoons and share with you. Perhaps a few words on what it means to be human.
Sometimes I get bored. I usually take down Twitter an destroy it completely. Or manufacture news. We'll see what happens.
One thing — my english is really lousy. That will be fun for all of us.