CTE bids farewell to one of its Presidents
At a recent meeting of the CTE Presidents
, bids farewell to one of its Presidents, the Rt Revd Jana Jeruma-Grinberga.
Jana's ministry as a President of CTE from 2011-14 has been notable. At a time when English Christianity's attention has been focused on the question of women bishops, Jana has modelled episcopal care and oversight in her own compassionate way. Although not the first woman, or even the first ordained woman, to be a President, Jana was the first woman bishop to take on that role. She has brought to us the wisdom and insights of the Lutheran church, which although small and vibrant in England, is one of the largest Christian communions worldwide.
David Cornick, CTE's General Secretary, was able to express the thanks of Jana's fellow Presidents, and of all the member churches, at a meeting of the Lutheran Council on June 24th at the Augustana Centre of the Council of Lutheran Churches. Jana's passionate love of music was the inspiration behind the presentation of a copy of John Eliot Gardiner's Music in the Castle of Heaven: a portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, which had been signed by her fellow Presidents. We wish Jana and her husband every blessing at they return to their native Latvia.