Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany (Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Norddeutschland) is a member church of the Evangelical Church in Germany (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, EKD). It was established on 27 May 2012 as a merger of the North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mecklenburg, and the Pomeranian Evangelical Church. It covers the combined area of all those former member churches, which are the federal states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
It is also called Nordkirche (North Church).
There are five bishops (7/2016): One Landesbischof (presiding bishop) as the primate, who got his see in Schwerin, and four Bischöfe im Sprengel as bishops in the dioceses (called "Sprengel"):
- Presiding bishop Gerhard Ulrich (Schwerin)
- Sprengel Schleswig und Holstein: Bishop Gothard Magaard (Schleswig)
- Sprengel Hamburg und Lübeck: Bishop Kirsten Fehrs (Hamburg)
- Sprengel Mecklenburg und Pommern: Bishop Dr Andreas von Malzahn (Schwerin)
- Sprengel Mecklenburg und Pommern: Bishop Dr Hans-Jürgen Abromeit (Greifswald)
The Sprengel of Mecklenburg und Pommern got two bishops because of the latest merger of the former regional churches of Mecklenbrug and Pommern with Nordelbien. After a period of transition there will only be one bishop for the Sprengel. The headquarters (Landeskirchenamt) are in Kiel and in Schwerin. Each Sprengel is structured into many districts ("Kirchenkreise"). The Kirchenkreis is the unit of some parishes.
- Official website (in German)
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