Registration for Sami Church Days opened
- Programkomiteen fra venstre: Gun Aira (Samiska rådet), Bierna Leine Bientie (Samisk kirkeråd for Sørsamisk menighet), Birgitta Simma (SKKB), Tuomo Huusko (Uleåborgs stift), Anne Dalheim (Samisk kirkeråd), Sylvia Sparrok (Samiska rådet) og Tore Johnsen (Samisk kirkeråd). Erva Niityvuopio (Uleåborgs stift) er ikke med på bildet, men medlem av komiteen.
The sale of festival passes to the Sami Church Days 2013 has started. Now the partners from the involved countries welcome to the large gathering of Sami church life in Mo i Rana 9.-11. August.
Sami Church Days is an international Sami church festival. The event embraces Sami church life in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, and is expected to gather around 1,000 participants. Preparations are on schedule and the program committee invites proudly to a diverse program.
We have a program that encourages spiritual deepening and reflection, and strengthen identity and community across borders, says the chair of the program committee, Anne Dalheim. The main theme “Holy Ground! Holy Word” highlights Creation, climate change and indigenous peoples. The Church Days cover a wide spectrum, including worship services, seminars and workshops, concerts, art exhibitions, films, theater, youth program, children’s programs and market.
Indigenous dimension arouses interest
Although the Sami church life is the focal point, the church days are open to all, and the indigenous dimension of the event has attracted interest internationally. General Secretary of the Sami Church Council, Tore Johnsen, says that they are contacted by the Lutheran World Federation regional office in Latin America. – They say this as an indigenous church event which also has an interest for them. The main theme is relevant and they are considering sending indigenous representatives from Lutheran churches in Latin America, he says. - This is very inspiring and shows that we have a church event which is unique.
Registration is done by the purchase of festival passes on the Sami Church Days’ website, www.samiskekirkedager.no. There also has all the necessary information about the event, program, accommodation etc.