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Association of Lutheran Women Theologians in Latvia will be represented at the Women's Festive Day in Wittenberg!
09.07.2017

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
21.01.2017

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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Bishop Gerhard Ulrich to Latvian archbishop Jānis Vanags – “our relationships after your decision can no longer continue without change”.
30.09.2016

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A brief history of women ordination in Latvia (2015 conference material)
17.03.2016

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
31.10.2015

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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APPEAL of the Association of Latvian Lutheran Women Theologians to the participants of the Pastors Conference of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church on October 28, 2015
26.10.2015

We have learned that on October 28, 2015 a Pastors’ Conference of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church (LELC) will take place on the issue of the ordination in context of a proposed amendment to the verse 133 of the LELC Constitution. It is a shame that this information is not available, either at the webpage of LELC, nor in the official LELC newspaper

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40th anniversary of WOMEN'S ORDINATION in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Latvia and 20th anniversary of THE FOUNDING of our Association of Lutheran Women Theologians in Latvia
11.07.2015

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Women ordination in Latvian Lutheran church
04.02.2014

Women ordination in Latvian Lutheran church usually does not happen. Not lately. In fact, exactly 20 years ago, when the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia (LELB) got its new leader, Archbishop Jānis Vanags, the ordination of women was stopped. The first ordination of women in Latvia took place in 1975 under the bishop Jānis Matulis when first three assistant female pastors were ordained. For years there existed

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Female Lutheran pastor will be ordained in Latvia
29.01.2014

On Sunday, February 9, 2014 we will witness the ordination of a deacon Ieva Puriņa, who will be ordained to the ministry of a Lutheran pastor by the archbishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad Elmārs E. Rozītis. Ieva Puriņa will be the second female pastor ordained in Latvia in the past 20 years (!) and the first female pastor who will stay in Latvia and will minister in the church “Rīgas Evaņģēliskā Draudze” in Riga - the capital of Latvia.

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Positive theology in Christ
15.01.2014

"I'm too human to comprehend too human to understand That those you chose and took by your hand Are those whom I would not want by my side..."

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