Margot Kässmann elects Chairperson
Posted by fidest on Saturday, 31 October 2009
The Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), meeting in Ulm, has elected Dr. Margot Kässmann as the new chairperson of its Council. Since 1999 Dr Kässmann has been the Lutheran Bishop of Hanover. She is the first woman to be elected as the leader of the EKD. She will succeed Bishop Wolfgang Huber, who is retiring. The Venerable Colin Williams, General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), has sent Bishop Kässmann a letter of congratulations stating that: “As the Church in Germany seeks ways to speak a word of truth and hope to a generation which longs for both, the EKD is blessed indeed that you will bring to your new position your capacity to speak simply but profoundly into the hearts and minds of women and men”.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.