Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria (Evangelische Kirche Augsburgischen Bekenntnisses in Österreich) is a Lutheran denomination in Austria. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, which it joined in 1947. It is also a member of the World Council of Churches, the Conference of European Churches and the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe as well as the Conference of Churches on the Rhine.
|Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria|
|Evangelische Kirche Augsburgischen Bekenntnisses in Österreich|
The Lutheran Church in Vienna
|Associations||Lutheran World Federation,|
World Council of Churches,
Conference of European Churches,
Community of Protestant Churches in Europe
|Separated from||Roman Catholic Church|
|Members||283,202 (3.2%) (2017)|
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria is headed by a Bishop – currently the Reverend Dr Michael Bünker. The church consists of seven dioceses, each headed by a Superintendent. These superintendencies are broadly aligned territorially with the federal states of the Republic of Austria.
|Diocese of Burgenland||1924||Resurrection Church (Eisenstadt)||Manfred Koch (2002– )|
|Diocese of Carinthia and East Tyrol||1947||Church in Stadtpark (Villach)||Manfred Sauer (2002– )|
|Diocese of Lower Austria||1947||St Pölten Parish church (Sankt Pölten)||Lars Müller-Marienburg (2016– )|
|Diocese of Upper Austria||1783||Martin Luther Church (Linz)||Gerold Lehner (2005– )|
|Diocese of Salzburg and Tyrol||1966||Christchurch (Innsbruck)||Olivier Dantine (2012– )|
|Diocese of Styria||1947||Heilandskirche (Graz)||Wolfgang Rehner (2018– )|
|Diocese of Vienna||1783||Stadtkirche (Vienna)||Hansjörg Lein (2004– )|
Since 2009, the Evangelical Church in Austria has been an advocate of gay rights and endorsed the introduction of civil partnerships for same-sex couples. Additionally, the church permits and supports blessing services for same-sex couples to celebrate their civil union.
- "Resolution betreffend gleichgeschlechtlicher Partnerschaften" (PDF). evang.at. Evangelical Church in Austria. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
- "Segnung von homosexuellen Paaren" (PDF). evang.at. Evangelical Church in Austria. Retrieved April 17, 2016.