Lutheran Danes Elect Woman Bishop

Episcopal News Service. February 9, 1995 [95024F]

(LWI) The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark recently elected its first woman bishop, Lise-Lotte Rebel, a parish priest in the cathedral parish of Helsingoer. Rebel will be installed as the new bishop of the Helsingoer Diocese on April 2. She cited her 15 years of service to the diocese as the main reason for her election. "People who voted for me knew that I had this experience, but a certain 'local pride' probably also played a role," she said. She will be the fourth woman worldwide to serve as a Lutheran bishop, following Maria Jepsen in Hamburg, Germany; April Ulring Larson in the La Crosse Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and Rosemarie Koehn in Hamar, Norway.