On September 13, 2016 Gerhard Ulrich, the bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, sent a letter to Jānis Vanags, the archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Latvia and expressed sadness about the decision of the Latvian Church Synod to exclude women from ordination.
Bishop Gerhard Ulrich writes – “our relationships after your decision [to exclude women from pastorship] can no longer continue without change”.
Bishop also informs the Latvian Church that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany has decided to withdraw its long-term financial support from the Consistory of the Latvian Church in Riga.
The original letter in German can be read here.
Photo: Gerhard Ulrich; https://www.nordkirche.de