This past week when I was in Iqaluit…I had the opportunity to visit the Anglican church, St. Jude’s Cathedral…also known as the Igloo Church. The original church that had been built in Iqaluit in the 1970s was burnt down in late 2005. After the arson…the church was deemed unsafe and had to be torn down. Slowly over the years…money was raised and the church was rebuilt…and reopened this past June.
I didn’t get a shot of the front of the church…but here’s a shot from the back!
I visited it once in August when some of the children were performing after their Music Camp. But it was full of lots of parents and children…the altar wasn’t set up. But walking around last week it looked more like a church on the inside.
While I was walking around…someone sat down at the baby-grand piano and started to play. It is a beautiful church.
I felt at home…all the pieces of an Anglican Church that I grew up with where present-yet, they had been changed, modified to represent a northern, Inuit population. It was so amazing. To see how narwhal tusks made the cross at the back of the altar, seal skin bowls were the collection plates…Natural light pours through the skylight in the middle of the church…
…and the communion rail was a kamotik on it’s side.
I hope one day to be in Iqaluit on Sunday to participate in a service here.