Close to Iceland's Keflavík International Airport lies a special bridge. It connects two continents, America to the west and Europe to the east, as it lies across the point where two tectonic plates are diverging. A few minutes southwards from the bridge is Gunnuhver, a hot spring area named after a ghost.
27.04.2006 | 07:56
Ministers of Iceland´s Church debate homosexuality and marriage
The annual conference of the ministers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland is currently underway.
According to the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, a "heated debate" took place yesterday when a group of ministers challenged their colleagues to permit the Church to marry homosexual couples.
A committee is drafting a resolution for the conference on various religious issues. The draft includes language that would permit minsters to bless the relationships of homosexuals. Some ministers want to go even further and marry homosexual couples.
According to Fréttabladid, the Bishop of Iceland said yesterday that many wedding ceremonies had become "phony" with no connection to the true values and solemness of matrimony. Pop music was being performed instead of psalms at weddings; he encouraged ministers to unite against the "deconsecration" in Icelandic churches.
Alvotech, a sister company of the privately-owned U.S.-based Alvogen, has put forward an investment of USD 250 million for the construction of a 11,800 square meter facility for the development and manufacturing of biotech drugs in Iceland.
Iceland-based photographer and photo guide Iurie Belegurschi recently visited Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Southeast Iceland. Some of his photos from the trip were published by Scotland’s Daily Record yesterday.
The October-December issue of the print edition of Iceland Review is packed with interesting material, such as a travel feature on Flatey Island, interview with chair of Samtökin 78 – The National Queer Association Anna Pála Sverrisdóttir and a guide to spotting the northern lights accompanied by Páll Stefánsson’s photos. Click here to view a selection of pages from the current issue and here to subscribe.
It would be easy to get washed away in all the hype but Ásgeir’s In the Silence, the English language version of his breakthrough debut album Dýrð í dauðaþögn, truly deserves all the praise it’s been getting.