Sofie Petersen

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The Right Reverend
Sofie Petersen
Bishop of Greenland
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Bishop Sofie Petersen
Installed 1995
Predecessor Kristian Mørch
Personal details
Birth name Sofie Bodil Louise Lisbeth Petersen
Born 23 November 1955
Maniitsoq, Greenland
Nationality Danish Inuit
Denomination Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark
Spouse Christian Tidemand (m. 1976)
Education Theology
Alma mater University of Copenhagen, 1986

Sofie Petersen (born 1955) is the Lutheran bishop of Greenland.

She was born on 23 November 1955 in Maniitsoq, Greenland. She studied theology and graduated from the University of Copenhagen in 1986. On 28 May 1995, at the age of 39, Petersen was ordained as the Bishop of Greenland in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark.[1] She was ordained at Hans Egede Church, the cathedral of Greenland in the presence of Queen Margrethe II.[2] She is the second Inuit bishop and the second woman to become a bishop in the Danish Lutheran church.[3]

Petersen is an outspoken advocate for climate justice.[4] She currently lives in Nuuk.


  1. ^ Vincent, Claus. "Travl grønlandsk teolog." Kristeligt Dagblad. 16 August 2008 (retrieved 30 August 2010)
  2. ^ International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs. Indigenous World. 1994. Page 32. (retrieved 30 August 2010)
  3. ^ Dutton, Edward. "Northern Rites: The Impact of Women Bishops." Church Times. 30 January 2009 (retrieved 30 August 2010)
  4. ^ "Bells ring a wake-up call for climate justice." World Council of Churches. 14 December 2010 (retrieved 30 August 2010)

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