Bishop of Iceland Agnes Sigurðardóttir has decided to go ahead with her plans to give an address at the religious Festival of Hope held in Iceland at the end of September, as she announced on RÚV’s Rás 2 radio program Morgunútvarpið this morning.
Bishop of Iceland Agnes Sigurðardóttir. Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.
Agnes reasoned that by participating in the festival, she is supporting the collaboration of Christian congregations, ruv.is reports.
The festival is held jointly by different Christian churches, sects and congregations in Iceland and the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism.
It is controversial because U.S. evangelist and missionary Franklin Graham, who is known for his anti-gay marriage preaching, is scheduled to be the festival’s main speaker.
Because of the controversy, Agnes took some time to reconsider her decision to speak at the festival but has now announced that she will keep her promise to the organizers.
The reason is the importance of collaboration between religious associations, she said, and that not only members of the National Church of Iceland will assemble during the festival but members of all Christian congregations in Iceland.