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Anglican in Copenhagen marries in the Church of Denmark

Anglican in Copenhagen marries in the Church of Denmark

Nigel Rowley (center above) married his Danish betrothed, Mikel Lindbæk, in the Lutheran cathedral church of Copenhagen, the Church of Our Lady. The Bishop of Copenhagen, the Rt Revd Peter Skov-Jakobsen, solemnized the marriage. Nigel is a member of the Church of England parish in Copenhagen, St Alban’s Church. He is also a member of both the deanery & diocesan synods. However, Nigel wished to marry Mikel, whom he met 6 and a half years ago, in Church. He wasn’t interested in a blessing of a civil marriage, he wanted to marry in Church. The Church of England does not allow same-sex marriages, so Nigel chose to marry in the Church of Denmark, which has been solemnizing same-sex marriages since 2012.

Nigel reports that he was a bit nervous that the large cathedral was perhaps not the space for what he believed would be a small wedding party. When he entered the cathedral, to his surprise it was quite full. Many folks in attendance were from his home parish of St Alban’s. The music was provided by the joint choirs of Our Lady & St Albans.

Nigel Rowley believes that it is the time for the Church of England to allow same-sex marriages. “We should be celebrating love, and that was Christ’s message. I am quite sure that Christ would approve. Otherwise, I would not be getting married in the cathedral in Denmark,” he stated.

Photo credit – Anita Wales. Facts for the story and the photo were gathered from the Church Times.


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Jeffery Cox

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I just heard that another Diocesan Bishop canned the diaconate program with his diocese. The LGBTQ community have had stories frequently since 2003 in The Episcopal Church. I have read few, if any stories, on the Diaconate.

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Jon White

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MaryLou Scherer

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Jeff Cox

I counted 6-7 stories connected with sexual identity issues and conflicts in August 2016.

I do admire that such a small volunteer staff does so much.


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JC Fisher

Perhaps you would like to become the 8th volunteer editor, Jeffrey? 😉

Jon White

Jeff, those are some good ideas but to some extent we are at the mercy of what stories are out there. And frankly, stories from the LGBT community have been squelched for so long, that it hardly seems unfair of a few more get told here. Speaking to the Soul and the Magazine (our features section) are original material but in our news function (the Lead)we primarily aggregate news from other sources. We’d love to be able to do more original reporting and story-telling but we need actual staff to do that with any justice and our level of financial support isn’t anything like sufficient to do that. If you’d really like to see your list addressed I’d ask you to make a generous financial gift and encourage others to do the same.

Sherman Hesselgrave

Jeff Cox, these are some great suggestions. I, too, was wondering what is happening at General Seminary this year. A colleague at a different Episcopal seminary told me that the entering class of General had one person. If that is true, that would be quite as story.

As an American priest who serves in the Anglican Church of Canada, I am anxious about returning to the States in retirement, and facing the dog’s breakfast of health insurance coverage that we keep hearing about, but I have several more years in Canadian Nirvana before I have to worry about it.

Jeffery Cox

Frankly, this publications nearly sole focus on sexually identify issues does get old. I would like to read about how every US Diocese is doing financially. They are diocese with very few full-time clergy. What is the annual age of clergy and salaries? Should there be concerns on great inequality. Is it Biblical?

How about a story 18 months after a Bishop takes over a diocese on how things are doing?

I just worshipped in this Anglican congregation in Copenhagen in July 2016. The parish vicar is actually from the Church of Ireland. He was a former chaplain at Trinity College, Dublin. He has a great story.

Hope that the married couple have much happiness.

John Chilton

Churches in the Porvoo Agreement

are in full communion. The Church of England and the Church of Denmark are members.

I’m wondering how the Archbishop of Canterbury can relegate the Episcopal Church to second class status in the Anglican Communion, and yet he expresses no consequences for the Church of Denmark over its support of marriage equality.

Jeremy Bates

Because The Episcopal Church has, for some odd reason, given successive Archbishops of Canterbury the idea that they can tell us what to do. The Church of Denmark has not made that mistake.

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