Evangelical church leaders in Russia criticise invasion of Ukraine
News in brief.
Evangelical church leaders in Russia criticise invasion of Ukraine. Dozens of prominent Evangelical church leaders in Russia have signed a statement condemning the "senseless bloodshed" of the conflict. Meanwhile, the World Council of Churches has called on the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow to condemn the invasion.
Lutheran Church urges greater help for non-European refugees from Ukraine. The Lutheran Church this week called on government officials, particularly in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, as well the European Union to protect non-European refugees from discrimination as they attempt to flee the conflict in Ukraine. Read more.
Lenten cloth art unveiled in Innsbruck. Ash Wednesday saw the unveiling of the Lenten cloth (Fastentuch) at Innsbruck Cathedral. For the 20 years, the Lenten cloth hung above the altar has showcased local art. This year, Carmen Brucic’s altarpiece “Tired” features a startling image of David, a half-Ukrainian half-Georgian participant in the “Rave Revolution” last summer, sleeping semi-naked. Read more (in German, but with images of the art).
Spotlight on Reykjavik.
Two churches in Reykjavik that aren't Hallgrímkirkja!
Fríkirkjan Church is one of Reykjavik's most photographed buildings, with its striking white and green colours, and tidy Scandinavian design overlooking a lake in the city. It was consecrated in 1902, having been built by a congregation that felt the Church in Iceland had become too institutionalised; they wanted to build a church "for the people".
Breidholtskirkja in the Breiðholt suburb of Reykjavik, has an unusual modern design radiating from the centre, making it look like a “tipi” tent. White sloping walls are topped by black metal beams for the spire. This Lutheran church has become known for the international profile of its membership.
Three things about Saint Felix of East Anglia
Felix was born in the kingdom of Burgundy in around 600.
He travelled to England and became the first bishop of East Anglia.
His relics were fought over by the abbeys at Ely and Ramsey, and monks from Ramsey eventually hustled them away in a rowing boat through the Fenland fog.