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A musical tribute featuring Christine Wamsler's work and vision for a sustainable future

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The picture shows the poster for the musical Pärlornas Sånger which was performed in June in 2023 for the first time.

Professor Christine Wamsler's research and extraordinary work on integrated inner-outer transformation for sustainability has made it into a musical!

The musical is entitled ‘Pärlornas Sånger’. It is based on the latest book of the well-known bishop Martin Lönnebo. After his death in 2023, musician Helena Ritzén converted the book and its lyrics into a musical. Since a line in the book was referencing a recent interview with Christine published in Svenska Dagbladet, she was included as a character in the musical. The musical was performed in June and September 2023 in Linköping cathedral. 

– The character Christine Wamsler introduces the musical to create the knowledge base and context for what Martin Lönnebo deeply cared about: our planet and all beings; their vulnerability, but also how we can move forward together by nurturing more relational and regenerative mindsets, cultures and structures, says Helena Ritzén.

– After my presentation during the North European Cathedral Conference this year, a participant approached me because she knew me from the musical. First, I did not believe her. I had no idea!, says Christine with a laugh.

The musical will be performed again in February 2025 as part of a three-day symposium in honor of bishop Martin Lönnebo's life and work. This time, Christine Wamsler will not only have the chance to watch the performance, she will also present her research as part of the symposium.

Read the interview in Svenska Dagbladet:  ”Vi har missat att lyfta de mänskliga egenskaperna”, 2023-01-26

Read more about the North European Cathedral Conference 2024 on svenskakyrkan.se 

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The photos were taken during the performance of Pärlornas Sånger in Linköping cathedral in June 2023.

Christine Wamsler

A woman, Christine Wamsler. Photo.

Christine Wamsler is Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Founder of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program, a Mind & Life Fellow, an Honorary Fellow of the Global Urbanism Research Group at the Global Development Institute (GDI) and former Co-Director of the Societal Resilience Centre. She is an internationally-renowned expert in sustainable development, climate change action, risk reduction and associated (material and cognitive) transformation processes, with 25 years of experience, both in theory and practice.

Read more about Christine Wamsler

Information about Christine Wamsler in Swedish.