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The Faroese church wishes for closer relation to the Danish church 

While partaking in visiting the Faroe Islands, the Council on International Relations of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Denmark agreed to further strengthen the relationship with the Faroese church. 

Council member Thomas Horneman-Thielcke, Greenland's bishop Paneeraq Munk and Mads Christoffersen, general secretary of the Council of Danish Churches, in Kirkjubøur.

The Council on International Relations of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Denmark and the Council of Danish Churches visited the Faroe Islands in the beginning of October. The trip was filled with interesting meetings with the bishop of the Faroe Islands, ministers, representatives from the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Denmark, the Catholic Church, the Pentecostal Church, the Plymouth Brethren and a wide range of church organizations as well, and also trips to Klaksvik, Gøta and Kirkjubyør.

 

The Faroese church was represented in the Council on International Relations of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Denmark up until 2007, where the church became independent, and therefore seperate from the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Denmark.

 

On the trip to the Faroe Island, the bishop, Jogvan Fridriksson, and the dean, Uni Næs, expressed that they wish to resume the relationship with the Council on International Relations of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Denmark. The council agreed by provisionally inviting a representative from the church to the next council meeting in December 2022.

 

The Faroese church also expressed a wish to apply for membership in Porvoo community and the Lutheran World Federation. Here the church will cooperate with the council to establish relations with the ecumenical organisation.