Thursday, 4 June 2009

Congratulations to Margot Kässmann -10 years Bishop of Hannover

Margot Kässmann turned 51 this week and on June 5th she will mark 10 years as Bishop of Hannover, the largest of Germany's regional Protestant churches. epd wrote a profile about her last week.
This autumn the German Protestant churches will elect a new Council chair of the EKD when Bishop Wolfgang Huber retires. It is just possible that Kässmann might be elected to this role which would be in addition to her position in Hannover. She is someone I have long looked up to and admired. I'm not sure whether to hope she will replace Huber or not, it's like wishing more stress onto someone who already has a terribly busy lifestyle.
I know from meeting many pastors and members of her Church in Hannover how widely respected and liked she is, what a great job people think she's doing. My congratulations come with heartfelt wishes for her continuing good health and all that her ministry of oversight may bring in the years ahead. the epd article quotes her as saying "There's a lot of water to go under the bridge before the autumn, I am happy with my life as it is now". Long may that continue.

Margot Käßmann: Mit Herzen, Mund und Händen. Spiritualität im Alltag leben. Gütersloh 2007, ISBN 978-3579064420; English translation: With Hearts, Hands and Voices: Spirituality for Everyday Life. Geneva 2007, ISBN 978-2825415221
Links to WCC Publications and to Amazon.