“Your leadership will be enhanced by your long commitment to diaconal and ecumenical engagement,” said WCC general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay.
“The delegates at the Krakow assembly of the Lutheran World Federation have made a wise decision to guide their global communion over the coming years,” said Pillay. “May you be blessed in your continued leadership.”
A theologian who is well known for his diaconal and ecumenical work, Stubkjær is currently serving as head of the diocese of Viborg in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark.
Stubkjær said the work of the Lutheran World Federation under his leadership will continue to be based on the four pillars upon which the organization was founded: “namely, to work for the needy and oppressed, common initiatives in mission, joint efforts in theology and a common response to the ecumenical challenge.”
“Noting that “to be Lutheran is to be contextualized,” he said the diversity to be found within different contexts is a sign of the way “God, through his Son Jesus Christ, is nurturing us as member churches [....] to preach the gospel in a relevant way.” Therefore, he added, “I will see it as my responsibility to secure diversity and that all voices will be heard.”
We wish Bishop Stubkjaer every blessing and God`s wisdom and strength as he assumes this significant leadership position in the LWF.