The Dalai Lama has accepted an invitation to participate in a pan-religious ceremony in Hallgrímskirkja church on June 1, the second day of Whitsun, which will be led by the Bishop of Iceland and other Icelandic religious leaders in unison.
Hallgrímskirkja. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
The event won’t be a traditional mass or religious ceremony. “It will be more like a time for peace and tranquility with participation of those religions that are the most prominent in the Icelandic community,” Irma Sjöfn Óskarsdóttir, project leader at the Bishop’s Office, explained to Morgunbladid.
“The ceremony is intended to emphasize that we live together in peace and reconciliation and stand side-by-side despite different religions,” Óskarsdóttir said, adding that this is the first time that such a pan-religious event is held in Iceland.
The ceremony in Hallgrímskirkja hasn’t been fully prepared yet, but, according to Óskarsdóttir, all the religious leaders who have been contacted were very positive about participating.
The Dalai Lama is coming to Reykjavík to hold a presentation in Laugardalshöll concert and conference hall on June 2. He will stay in Iceland from May 31 to June 3.
Click here to read more about the presentation.