The Centre for Theology and Public Issues hosted this guest, Hordur Torfason from Iceland, at a conversation at St Paul’s Cathedral.  He was an unusual guest for the conversation.  When prompted that they were in a cathedral before Easter he would not be drawn in.  The Church in Iceland was not a participant in its peaceful revolution.  The Church has its own unhappy problems and he is a free man.  Perhaps this answer could have been directed to explore the spirituality of a free man.  It was not pursued.

The acoustics from the floor made this a difficult event for its audience.  It did not carry well.

Hordur Torfason  is an artist who has taken up the power to criticise, especially in his own country where he advocates for an inclusive society.  He was the first man to come out as gay in Icelandic society and it drive him out to its margins.  He has come back from those margins.

When Iceland went into its financial crisis he began to ask questions:

What has happened to our country?

What can we do about it?

And then,

What is it that we want?

There is a choice to use violence, or to use intelligence peacefully.  His questions made a people’s movement.  He crystallised the demands that the people wanted.  It brought down a government.  It got some people sent to jail.  It created a new constitution.  The gray people came back.  The money men and the politicians are still in power.  It’s business as usual.  They serve their own interests and need a dishonest society to support them.

So how do we do unusual business when powerful people control the media?  We keep talking together, with respect.  Use social media.  Talk about the situation.  Create awareness.  We still need information on our situation.  The peaceful revolution continues.  It is committed to creating a sharing society rather than a lying society.

“If you want to move a graveyard—don’t expect the residents to help you!”

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