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First Icelandic woman Bishop

On June 24, 2012, Rev. Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir, pastor in Bolungarvík and Dean of the Westfjörd region, became the first woman to be consecrated Bishop of Iceland. Departing Bishop of Iceland Karl Sigurbjörnsson along with the National Evangelical Lutheran Church’s archbishops consecrated her, and 11 bishops from other countries were present as witnesses.

In her address, Sigurðardóttir said that the goal had to be set to increase church enrolment and find ways to do so. “We must be like the shepherd who searched or like the woman who searched.” They continued searching until they found what they sought, and so must it be for those who are not in the community. “We ought to do this with joy and concern.”

The election was held in March / April 2012. There were eight candidates. None of them received the required absolute majority in the first round on March 23 2012. Rev. Agnes received 131 votes out of 477 and Rev. Sigurður Árni Þórðarson received 120. They were accordingly the candidates for the second round where Rev. Agnes received around sixty percent of the votes cast.

From Frettablaðið, courtesy KOM PR with additional information from the Bishop’s Office



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