Faith and Light
The Province of the Northern Lights
An international Christian association for people with intellectual disabilities, their parents and friends.
The Province of the Northern Lights consists of Faith and Light groups in Denmark, Estonia, Norway and Sweden.
Kirsten Holdt Jørgensen Vice coordinator
Faith and Light in Denmark started after the first Faith and Light pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1971, with the first group in Elsinore – which finally moved to the Vesterbro part of Copenhagen. There have been several groups in Denmark but some discontinued for various reasons. Today there are two aproved Faith and Light-communities in Copenhagen: One called The Vesterbro group, and the other called The Bethlehem group. The Bethehem group was aproved in february 2016. We had a big party with the parish of the Bethlehem Church to celebrate the occasion. We also had a visit from Faith and Light in Sweden. In North Jutland we have in Dronninglund, near Aalborg, an up-coming community. In Aarhus and on the nearby island of Samsø, work is underway to create a Faith and Light group - initially by organizing ecumenical services with Faith and Light-inspiration.
Each year in the spring, Faith and Light Denmark holds a meeting, for all interested Faith and Light-members. It includes time for togetherness, contemplation of the faith, worship, election of board members and a celebration. This is usually done on Magleås in North Zealand, where we get good food and good service.
Faith and Light, Denmark, does not generally organize a summer camp but many of the members usually participate in a Faith and Sharing retreat. Here we spend a week, with our intellectually disabled friends, who lead us in living out our faith .
During this ecumenical and Scandinavian retreat we meet friends from different churches and different countries. It is very rewarding.