First Female Bishop Elected in Iceland

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First Female Bishop Elected in Iceland

Dean Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir will become the new Bishop of Iceland—the first time in Iceland’s history that a woman serves the position—as became clear after all ballots had been counted in the second round of voting yesterday.

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Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Agnes received 64.3 percent of the electorate but her opponent, Sigurður Árni Þórðarson 31.9 percent, Fréttablaðið reports.

All of the National Church’s priests and theology students who fulfill the conditions to be appointed priests of the National Church, are eligible voters.

Agnes said in a statement that gratitude is at the top of her mind. “My first task will be to listen, to hear the voices of people who work in different fields within the church, show concern and create solidarity on having the gospel reach the people.”

Outgoing Bishop of Iceland Karl Sigurbjörnsson said he is satisfied with the outcome of the election. “These are good and conclusive results. Now the church will rally behind the new bishop and the duties of spring and harvest await.”

He added it is pleasing that he will be succeeded by a woman and that he does not regret his seat as bishop. “It is well appointed. These are good and historical crossroads for the church. Agnes is a good person which she has shown in all her work.”

Karl will ordain Agnes on June 24.

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