Sofie Petersen

Sofie Petersen (born 1955) is a Greenlandic Lutheran bishop.

The Right Reverend

Sofie Petersen
Bishop of Greenland
Bishop Sofie Petersen
PredecessorKristian Mørch
Personal details
Birth nameSofie Bodil Louise Lisbeth Petersen
Born (1955-11-23) 23 November 1955
Maniitsoq, Greenland
NationalityDanish Inuit
DenominationEvangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark
Christian Tidemand (m. 1976)
Alma materUniversity of Copenhagen, 1986
Years active1987-present

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." Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine 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." Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine World Council of Churches. 14 December 2010 (retrieved 30 August 2010)

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