First woman to be elected bishop takes office today


The first woman to be elected bishop, in Iceland, takes office today.

Rev. Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir was elected with 64,3% of votes in a second round of elections. Eight candidates took part in the first round. She was consecrated in the church of Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík on June 24. Eleven bishops and archbishps from neighbouring countries were present, the greatest number of foreign guests to attend such a ceremony. In her Consecration Sermon  the Rt. Revd Agnes emphasized the role of all who belong to the church: “We are to serve God. The God who Jesus Christ revealed to us. This service is not meant for the few but for all men, in all times.”

One of the main goals of the new bishop will also be to attract greater numbers of people to the Lutheran church of Iceland. “Those who have left the Church in recent years have chosen to do so for various reasons. Now we need to set the goal to increase Church membership and find ways to do so. We need to be like the shepherd who seeks or the woman who searches. They looked until they found and so we should also do. We want to reach those who are not members of the union. We should do that with joy and interest, not just to raise the number, but because of the good message that we are entrusted with.” 

Agnes og dóttir
Agnes´ daughter, Margrét, sang at the ceremony.

Bishop Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir completed her cand. theol. studies from the University of Iceland in 1981. That same year, she was consecrated as a Youth Chaplain. She became parish pastor in 1986. In 1999 she became dean in the Western fjords of Iceland where she served until taking office as bishop. Bishop Agnes has two sons and a daughter: Sigurður Phd. in mathematics and director, Margrét, economist and student in singing at the Westminster Choir College – Rider University í Princeton USA and Baldur, psychology student at the University of Iceland. She has one grandchild.

CV of The Rt. Revd Agnes M. Sigurdardottir

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