Lögberg-Heimskringla - 07.07.2000, Blaðsíða 5

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 07.07.2000, Blaðsíða 5
Lögberg-Heimskringla • Föstudagur 7. júlí 2000 • 5 Special guests join Icelandic Camp Guðrún Agústsdóttir and Svavar Gestsson to volunteer as instructors The Icelandic Language and Cultural Camp is pleased to announce that Guðrún Ágústs- dóttir and Svavar Gestsson will be join- ing the camp as guest instmctors this summer. Guðrún has been involved with the ILCC board of directors for the past year, working to secure donations of materials from Iceland. We are par- ticularly grateful for the maps, fiags, teaching materials, and books which have found their way to the children through Guðrún. Unable to attend last summer, the couple lent some books from their per- sonal library to the Camp, including large picture books of the landscapes of the late Lousia Matthiasdóttir. Louisa's works evoke the awesome beauty of Iceland, and elicit a sense of the Icelandic character. These works proved to be an inspiration for the mural painting. There is much to celebrate for Icelanders this year, with the lOOOth anniversary of Iceland's conversion to Christianity and the 125th annivers.ary This year the Camp will run from July 23 to July 28 at Camp Ames, and the registration deadline is fast approaching. Although the camp is an overnight affair, we are offering the opportunity for day campers this year at a reduced rate. Day Campers will attend from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (although tim- ings are flexible). The fee is $150 for the week, all meals, snacks, and materi- als included. Some bursaries may be available on a needs basis. For more information, contact Andi Mclntosh (Winnipeg) at 475-6150 (please leave a message if I'm not avail- able), or Kendra Jonasson (Winnipeg) at 452-5378. Guðrún Agústsdóttir (right) donates materials to Kendra Jónasson and the other organizers ofthe the ILCC. Photo: Un Emars. custafsson of the founding of New Iceland, not to mention Björk's win as an actress at the Cannes film festival. In keeping with the millennium celebrations, the theme for this year's Camp is a survey of spir- itual beliefs—from paganism to Lutheranism, with sagas, stories of trolls and ghosts, and history rounding out the lessons. As well, contemporary music, iilms, and art will be coyered. And for the body, swimming, hiking, and wall climbing are part of the fun. MHHHHHHHHWHHHHHHHHMHlMHHBHBBiMHHHMMBM^H^B^HiB Minnist BETEL í ERFÐASKRÁMYÐAP lceland Cloisters in Iceland On June 13 A show opened at Viðey school, titled "Cloisters in Iceland." The show is intended to give an overview over cloisters in Iceland in the Middle Ages, their location, time period, and religious orders. The intention is to show through text and pictures the cloisters' value to the cultural life in Iceland, both the spiritual side and working side. This is referring to history writing and the accompanying curing of hides. At the same time the intention is to draw attention to the great property management, farming, outfit- ting, etc. Ancient artifacts will be on dis- play, some from the archeological exca- vation at Viðey, as well as sketches, pho- tographs, and mannequins. According to Pastor Þórir Stephensen, program director at Viðey, emphasis will also be placed on explain- ing daily life at the cloisters. "Never before has there been a show like this one, and I suspect that many will find it interesting," said Pastor Þórir. Because of the connection between Icelandic cloisters to the pilgrimages (or joumeys south) such as to Santiago de Compostela, one of Europe's cultural <m \r uiw fiin* An Augustinian friar, and a Benedictine nun and monk. Photo: Morgunbiaðio/ÞorkeU cities in the year 2000, there will be a special attention given to that aspect. "The Icelandic cloisters were the nation's holiest places, with the exception of the Bishop's seats. This aspect will be emphasised," Pastor Þórir said. "We must not forget that the cloisters were a part of an international movement and many of them opened doors to the Christian world; these doors made it pos- sible for people to get acquainted with the cultures of other European countries. Last but not least, life in the cloisters will be described, the vows of chastity, chari- ty, and poverty; the self-discipline, chari- table service, the prayer life," said Pastor Þórir Stephensen. Artist Steinþór Sigurðsson has prepared and arranged the show. For this purpose a handsome intro- duction program has been published which includes Ingunn Lovísa Ragnarsdóttir's paper, "The Life in Icelandic Cloisters." Pastor Þórir said that the show is expected to last for at M mv wwm hw u tmw .niiy wm i* rat \ least two years. The Viðey school is the easternmost building on the island, built in 1928. A school was operated there while popula- tion in Viðey required it. According to Pastor Þórir the building has been refur- bished and is now an excellent facility for exhibits and shows. It is expected that conferences and other events will take place at Viðey dur- ing the time the show is on. On June 18 a Catholic Bishop's Service was conducted in Viðey. Following the service the Benedictine monk Aidan Bellenger from Downside Abbey gave a lecture on the Benedictine order in the Middle Ages, and Pastor Kristján Valur Ingólfsson Rector of the Skálholt school gave an address on liturgy in the Middle Ages. On June 16 a service was held where Pastor Guðmundur Þorsteinsson, Dean of the Reykjavík Cathedral, preached, followed by a walk to holy places on the island. Two religious orders were estab- lished in Iceland, the Benedictine and Augustinian Orders, named by the holy men, St. Benedict of Nursia (480-543) and St. Augustine, one of the Church fathers (354-430). rrrrwmwm-----------

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