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Iceland

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 165. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 194 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

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Background

Iceland has been inhabited since about the ninth century. Early settlers came from Norway and established an independent republic with its own constitution and general assembly, known as the Althing. Later the people of Iceland recognized the rule of the King of Norway, until 1380. Later rule passed to Denmark for more than five centuries. Independence was regained in 1918 but it did not become a totally independent republic until 1944.

Religion

Evangelical Lutherans enjoy the majority in Iceland with about 96% of the population claiming adherence to that faith, most of whom belong to the Church of Iceland. Roman Catholicism makes up about 3% of the population with all other faith groups making up the remaining 1%.

Stone-Campbell Presence

 

An a cappella Church of Christ once met in Iceland at or near the military base in Keflavik. Before 1990, a group of about 10 was known to have met in Mahan High School and was served by Reid Smith. In 2002, as a result of the internet Bible studies of the World Bible School and World English Institute, two individuals were baptized in Reykjavik as the groundwork for a new congregation.

In 1997 the International Churches of Christ planted a congregation in Reykjavik.

Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
April 2003

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