Minister of Education Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir said that Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association in Iceland, is misunderstanding if they believe a letter from the ministry indicates that the Church should be banished from schools.
The letter, which discusses the State Church’s presence in schools, was delivered to all elementary schools in Iceland earlier this month. Bishop of Iceland Karl Sigurbjörnsson met the minister on Wednesday to discuss the matter.
“We have no intention to abandon Christian values,” Gunnarsdóttir told 24 Stundir. “We have a State Church […]. It is a misunderstanding that we don’t want schools to take their students to masses.”
Gunnarsdóttir said it is also a misunderstanding that the ministry is against trips organized by the Church in relation to confirmation during school hours. She said the letter was only supposed to emphasize that confirmation classes are not part of the school calendar.
The Church will have continued authority to organize such trips during school hours as long as it is in cooperation with school authorities and parents.
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