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Second Woman Ordained as Bishop in Iceland

Rev. Solveig Lára Guðmundsdóttir was inaugurated as bishop for the North Iceland bishopric Hólar in Hjaltadalur yesterday by Bishop of Iceland Agnes Sigurðardóttir, the first woman to be elected to the office. Agnes was inaugurated earlier this summer.


Hólar. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Solveig told Morgunblaðið that she is excited about assuming her duties as Bishop of Hólar on September 1.

Solveig added she is looking forward to overseeing parishes and religious projects and to participate in the good work being carried out by the National Church of Iceland around the country.

In her ordination speech, Solveig stated she is proud to belong to a church that promotes equality, having elected two women as bishops in one year.

Until this year, only men had served as bishops for the Church of Iceland since it was established more than 1,000 years ago.

Solveig said time would tell to what extent this milestone will influence the church. In her duties she intends to emphasize keeping up the good work that has been carried out by the Hólar bishopric in its jurisdiction from Djúpivogur in the southeast to Hrútafjörður in the northwest, and to strengthen the bonds with the church’s servants in the area.

Click here to read more about Agnes being ordained as Bishop of Iceland.


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