svētdiena, 21. oktobris, 2018

Conference "Woman in church and society" on October 2, 2018

Conference in Riga, Latvia - Woman in church and society. October 2 from 10.30-16.30. Working languages - English and Latvian.

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Association of Lutheran Women Theologians in Latvia will be represented at the Women's Festive Day in Wittenberg!

Evangelist and prison chaplain, as well as the president of the Association of Lutheran Women Theologians in Latvia Mrs. Rudīte Losāne, bishop emeritus and the chaplain of the Anglican Community in Latvia Mrs. Jāna Jēruma-Grīnberga and evangelist Mrs. Agnese Kapče will represent Latvia in Wittenberg at the symbolic even that will mark the impact of the Reformation 500 on women's ministry.

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Evangelist Rudīte Losāne: Male ministers in the Latvian church fear women leaders

This is a follow up audio interview that took place in December 2016. The main theme - what has changed after the Lutheran Church in Latvia officially banned women from ordination.

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A brief history of women ordination in Latvia (2015 conference material)

28 July 1975 in an expanded Consistory meeting, the issue of women’s ordination was discussed as the second point of the meeting. After each participant had spoken on this issue, archbishop J. Matulis said: “If you will be against this issue, then I will announce an extraordinary Synod and the Synod will give women the right to be ordained.” In the larger Lutheran countries, like Germany and Sweden, women were already being ordained. It is possible that the most important aspect was that the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church outside Latvia also was starting to ordain women. In 1974 the first LELCOL woman – Agnese Pone – was ordained. Before the historic voting „for” women’s ordination, J. Matulis said: "This we need to do – to involve women in pastoral work.”

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Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia takes its own course towards male-only ordination

On October 28, 2015 the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia (ELCL) in its Pastors’ Conference overwhelmingly voted in favour of expanding Article 133 of the ELCL Constitution with a gender specific requirement – only males can seek ordination within the ELCL. 57 attendees voted “for” this proposal, only 6 voted “against” and 2 abstaines. Prior to the decision the ELCL never consulted any of the parties involved and affected by such a serious proposal. The fragile hope of reunification with the LELCA (which has its own Archbishop, the Most Revd Lauma Zušēvica) was dealt a blow by this decision. Moreover, if affirmed by the Synod of LELC in 2016, this vote carries the potential of setting the Latvian Lutheran Church further apart from the global Lutheran community embodied in the Lutheran World Federation.

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