New Archbishop: Estonians are very religious ({{commentsTotal}})

News
News

The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) Archbishop-elect Urmas Viilma said Estonians are very religious, but how many are church members, is a different question.

“I believe the Estonian people are very religious. Whether all belong to the church or love the institutionalized church, that is another question,” he told ETV.

Viilma has been elected to the position for a decade, saying that he now has more time to implement changes.

EELK has had only nine different church heads since 1919 and Viilma will be the youngest to take office.

Viilma will take over from the caretaker bishop Einar Soone on February 2, and will have to name candidates who oversee the administration of the church by mid-January. Viilma said there will be no sweeping changes in the top staff.

Former Archbishop Andres Põder stepped down on Saturday, the day he turned 65, as required by church law. Viilma was elected to take over by the church's council, receiving a majority in the second round of voting.



{{c.alias}}
{{c.createdMoment}}
{{c.body}}
{{cc.alias}}
{{cc.createdMoment}}
+{{cc.replyToName}} {{cc.body}}
No comments yet.
Logged in as {{user.alias}}. Log out
Login failed

Register user/reset password

Name needs to be fewer than 32 characters long
Comment needs to be fewer than 600 characters long
{{comment.captcha.word.answer}}

news.err.ee

Opinion
Independence Day: Estonia’s way into the future isn’t a race

There is a lack of connection between the Estonian state, and the people who live here. While it expects a lot of the state, Estonian society doesn’t seem ready to contribute, writes Viktor Trasberg.

Lotman: Security academy would be crucial Estonian identity point in Narva

In an opinion piece published by Eesti Päevaleht, Tallinn University professor Mihhail Lotman found it important to overcome the mental barrier separating Ida-Viru County from the rest of Estonia.

About us

Staff & contacts | Comments rules

Would you like to contribute an article, a feature, or an opinion piece?

Let us know: news@err.ee