Lögberg-Heimskringla - 04.02.2000, Blaðsíða 4

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 04.02.2000, Blaðsíða 4
4 • Lögberg-Heimskringla * Millennium Edition • Friday 4 February 2000 A Celebration of 1000 years of Christianity in Iceland Sitting on that committee shall be the individuals elected and appointed to the highest offices of the State, that is, the President of Iceland, the Prime Minister, the President of Althing (Parliament), the President of the Supreme Court of Iceland, and the Bishop of Iceland. The formation of this committee is a historical event in itself. I think you would have to search far and wide in the whole world to find a committee of com- parable composition charged with over- seeing a church celebration. Although most of the celebrations naturally take place in Iceland, the church in Iceland is mindful of the many “descendants” of that thousand-year-old church who are dispersed throughout North America. It is in order to reach out to us here in the West, that the Bishop of Iceland, Herra Karl Sigurbjömsson, will take time in a hectic year, to visit with us for a few days in September this year. Festive services, with public recep- tions to follow, will be held at Ardal Lutheran Church, Arborg, Manitoba, on September 5, at First Lutheran Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 7, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, White Rock, British Columbia on September 10 and in Victoria, British Columbia, September 10 (venue to be decided). Although these visits are all in Canada, people from North Dakota, Minnesota, and Washington state, and indeed from all over North America, are invited to attend. Meeting the Bishop is a wonderful opportunity for us on this side of the Atlantic to celebrate our rich heritage and in particular the contribution of the church to our culture. Karl Sigurbjömsson, Bishop oflceland Pastor Ingthór Isfeld It is an indication of the deep sense of identity the Icelandic People have with the Christian Church, that in 1989 the Government of Iceland appoint- ed the Christianization Commemorative Committee to be charged with the super- vision of the celebration of 1000 years of Christianity in Iceland in the year 2000. The best of Iceland Sigurdur Helgason Chairman, Leifur Eiriksson Millennium Commission of lceland Reykjavík, Iceland The Leifur Eiriksson Millennium Commission of Iceland was established by Prime Minister David Oddsson in January 1998, to celebrate in 2000 the his- toric discovery voyages of Icelanders to the New World a thousand years earlier. A wide range of cultural events will present the best of Iceland today supporting our commercial interests and introducing Iceland as an attractive tourist destination. Another aim of these activities is to further strengthen the good ties with people of Icelandic descent in Canada and the United States. The program of events includes the sailing of a viking ship from Iceland to Greenland, Newfoundland, and various points along the coasts of Canada and the United States to New York. The events will feature the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and choral music, theatre presentations, film festivals, museum and art exhibits, lit- erary publications, and productions of mul- timedia material to mention but the high- lights. These events cover twenty cities in the United States with emphasis on Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Seattle. In Canada, Winnipeg and Gimli will feature prominently but important events will be in Ottawa, Vancouver, Halifax, Toronto, and elsewhere with the viking ship sailing as the basis for cooperation with Newfoundland-Labrador With all best wishes in the new millen- nium to Lögberg-Heimskringla\ Serving the country and the community Senator Janis Johnson continues thefamily tradition S enator Janis Johnson’s involve- ment with the Icelandic Canadian community began the day she was bom. Her parents, grandparents and great- grandparents were all of Icelandic descent. “They were proud Canadians who were active in the Icelandic community in Manitoba, and raised their children in a home that treasured many of the Icelandic tradifions,” says Janis, who grew up in Gimli, where her family has summered since the late 1920s. “My Dad served the town as a doctor, MLA, and cabinet minister and became the first Lieutenant Governor of Icelandic ori- gin appointed in the province. My partici- pation continues in that tradition. I serve my country, but stay involved in cultural and other activities that benefit our Icelandic Canadian community.” Johnson was appointed Senator by Mulroney in 1990 and serves on several Senate committees, including Aboriginal Peoples, Fisheries, and Transport and Communications. She believes that the relationship between Canada and Iceland in the global village, which is the world today, can be strengthened by concentrat- ing on issues of mutual concem. “To my mind the issues are fishing, especially on the east coast of Canada, the environment, tourism, culture, education, and water—a resource which I think will be the most valued in this century. We also share an interest in research and develop- ment” said Janis, and mentioned DeCode Genetics in Iceland and Newfoundland’s new work in genetic research as examples of scientific initiatives that have much in common. “We should also encourage trade mis- sions between the two countries, cultural exchanges, and business and political vis- its. Above all we should support programs to send young people to both countries, which would expose them to the realities and wonder of life on an island in the north Atlantic, and life in a multicultural society in the largest country in the world.” When it comes to more formal politi- cal relations between Iceland and Canada, Johnson considers the proposed Icelandic Embassy in Canada a bold initiative. “It builds upon the strength Iceland already enjoys in Canada, with its small, determined, and successful population of Icelandic Canadians. A country that can establish a 200-mile fishing limit and build a successful intemational airline is the kind of progressive, northern nation that Canada would do well to develop a stronger working relationship with.” Strengthening the ties Heather Alda Ireland Honourary Consul for lceland in British Columbia ^he millen- nium cele- brations in Ganada, both the events sponsored by Iceland and those sponsored by local groups, afford us the opportunity to cele- brate our ties to Iceland in special ways. As Honourary Consul, I am privileged to associate with the Icelandic communities in Vancouver and Victoria, to witness the enthusiasm and dedication of so many Canadians of Icelandic descent at com- munity events. I also have contact with Icelanders visiting Vancouver and Canadians planning to visit Iceland. I am stmck with the strong ties that link the two countries. For many of us, though two or three generations away from the motherland, the pride in our heritage is a cornerstone of our lives. We are tied to Iceland by culture: our love of literature and music and our adopted Icelandic customs. We look for- ward to June 17, Iceland’s National Day. It will be a special day in Vancouver this year. Singing “Ó Guð vors lands” and entertaining the large crowd at the annual Scandinavian Festival will be Snaelandskorinn, the fifty-voice choir from east Iceland. This will be an occa- sion to showcase the considerable talents of Icelanders. Of equal importance will be the conversations that we will have with the visitors, many of whom may well be relatives. Canadian history begins with the his- tory of Icelanders. The accomplishments of Iceland’s hero of the millennium, Leifur Eiriksson, will be commemorated in Iceland and in North America. I am drawn to be at L’Anse aux Meadows to watch the arrival of the replica of Leifur’s ship and the flotilla of viking ships that will accompany it. The early explorers were our ancestors. They led others to Canada including our grandparents and great grandparents who followed 875 years later. The Icelandic immigrants brought to Canada their bibles and other treasured books. In September 2000, Bishop Karl Sigurbjörnsson will bring to Canada Iceland’s thousandth anniversary cele- bration of the adoption of Christianity. The Lutheran Church here is honoured by his visit. It will host a luncheon for the Bishop to which all the Lutheran clergy and the city’s ecumenical leaders will be invited. His participation in Sunday serv- ices will be welcome opportunities for Icelandic Canadians from the Vancouver area, Washington state, and Vancouver Island to gather in celebration of the reli- gious history that they share. Though separated by thousands of kilometres from the first Icelandic settle- ments in Canada, we on the west coast will mark, on October 21, the 125th anniversary of their founding. We, in the twenty-first century, honour the pioneers of the nineteenth century and celebrate the strong ties that we have with the land of their birth. For more information, visit our website: www.iceland2000.org



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