The "queerest" church in Iceland
Symbolically hired on the opening day of Pride Days by a queer priest,
Helga Bragadóttir was hired as a priest at Glerárkirkja Church on Tuesday. It's fair to say that the timing of her appointment was quite symbolic, as Pride Days began in Iceland this week, and Helga is a proud member of the queer community. "When a seat became vacant at Glerárkirkja, I was incredibly excited, I knew Sindri was also queer, and it was my dream to work with him and in this church," Helga says.
"I feel at home"
She says that when she started studying theology in 2014, she didn't know any queer-oriented priests, and now there are three of them, all under the roof of one church. That's why the appointment was a great honour for her. "I was thrilled when I came here for the interview. There was a rainbow flag in the church, and I felt a bit at home," Helga says.
Look at people in terms of talent, not sexuality.
She says that while Glerárkirkja is probably the most open church in Iceland, she is sure that queer people are welcome in other churches as well. Sindri Geir Óskarsson, the pastor of Glerárkirkja Church, says it's great to see attitudes in society and the church changing and welcomes Helga's appointment.
"I think it's just a small step, but it's also a sign that society is ready to change how we view people. We are looking at their talents and character strengths, rather than focusing on people's sexuality," says Sindri.