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Nordic Clergy licensing

At Choral Evensong in Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday 19 January, three clergy from Nordic churches serving in Greater London were licensed as Public Preachers in Southwark Diocese by the Rt Revd Michael Ipgrave, the Bishop of Woolwich. This was according to the Porvoo Agreement and was of special significance as the service fell during the Week of Christian Unity.

The members of the clergy were: Michael Persson, Dean of the Swedish Church in London, Kristina Andréasson, Chaplain at the Swedish Church in London and Jens Gronvold of the Norwegian Church at Rotherhithe, who were presented to the Bishop for licensing by the Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn.

A Public Preachers License allows a priest to take services anywhere in the Diocese of Southwark with the permission of the Incumbent of the parish.

The Porvoo Communion is a fellowship of Anglican and Lutheran Churches in Great Britain and Ireland, the Nordic region, Iberia and the Baltic countries. The Porvoo Agreement was signed in 1992 and means that any baptized member of one of the Porvoo churches is to be regarded as a member of any of the others.

Images from the service can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpG3go5