New archbishop takes office ({{commentsTotal}})


Urmas Viilma, who was elected to lead the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church at the end of November, has taken over from the interim archbishop, Einar Soone.

Viilma, 41, was elected to replace Andres Põder, who turned 65 last November, and was thus no longer eligible to lead the church, according to the church's laws.

Munib Younan, the head of the Lutheran World Federation, was present at today's ceremony in Tallinn, as were a number of regional Lutheran church heads.

Viilma was the Chancellor of the church's consistory until now, having studied at the Institute of Theology, the Lutheran church's own higher education institute. He was ordained in 1993.

Editor: J.M. Laats

+{{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

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: