Finland Ablaze Over Dispute About God’s Gender

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Sputniknews - January 2018 The debate stirred by the Church of Sweden's decision to discourage the clergy from calling God "he" and "Lord" in late 2017 has mushroomed to neighboring Finland, where a pastor set many believers' hearts afire by referring to God by a gender-neutral pronoun. A group of anonymous parishioners argued that Pastor Mia Bäck, who used a ...

Migrants ‘Express’-Baptized in Swimming Pool to Church of Finland’s Chagrin

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Sputniknews - 17/1/18 Due to high demand among Muslim asylum-seekers wishing to convert to Christianity, "fast-track" baptism procedures have arisen in Finland. In the city of Oulu, a swimming pool has been repurposed for the traditional sacrament. The Church of Finland has been highly critical of the religious innovation, which was pioneered by parishes that don't belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, ...

Finnish Orthodox Archbishopric Throne to be Relocated to the Capital City of Helsinki

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Cherian Mathikere - (Chief Editor & Correspondent) - OCP News Service - 29/11/17 Global: The Primate's See of the Finnish Orthodox Church (Ecumenical Patriarchate) will be moved from Kuopio to the Capital City of Helsinki. The decision was taken by the local council of the Finnish Orthodox Church. The change will be effective from the ...

Fall From Grace: Praying Before Meals Off the Menu for Finnish Kindergarteners

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Sputniknews - 19/9/17 After being a Lutheran nation for centuries, Finland seems to be taking strides towards secularism. According to recently-introduced early education guidelines, Christian prayers have been effectively banned from Finnish kindergartens. Instead, children will be taught about a variety of religions, as well as atheism and agnosticism. Until now, many Finnish daycare centers and kindergartens ...

Church of Sweden Caught Sheltering Illegal Migrants Amid Projected Influx

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Sputniknews - 29/8/17 The Church of Sweden has landed in an ethic dispute after a police raid unearthed its practice of sheltering illegal migrants. While the church officials accused the police of using them as bait, the police retorted that no one was exempt from Swedish law, not even a house of God. Over the past weekend, 16 ...

Acts of Faith: Refugees Switch to Christianity to Avoid Deportation From Finland

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Sputniknews - 30/7/17 When in Finland, do like the Finns do. This must be the logic of Muslim asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq who according to recent reports are converting to Christianity by the hundred. Many of the apostates suggest they are facing persecution as infidels, which is why returning to their home countries ...

OCA, Finnish Orthodox youth directors discuss cooperative efforts

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JOENSUU, FINLAND [OCA Youth] - June 2017 Representatives of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry and the Orthodox Youth Association of Finland [ONL] met at the Finnish Orthodox Seminary here on June 7, 2017 to discuss plans for future shared projects and events.  The meeting was made possible in ...

THE FEAST OF RESURRECTION OF PASCHA AT THE HOLY SEPULCHRE (2017)

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem - April 2017 At midnight on Holy and Great Saturday 2nd/15th April 2017, at the turn of Sunday, 3rd/16th April 2017, the Patriarchal Hagiotaphite Entourage came down from the Central Monastery to the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection. There, at the Catholicon, Matins of Easter Sunday was held with the Canon while ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Meets with Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 25/3/17 HELSINKI, FINLAND: On March 20, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; met with Archbishop Kari Mäkinen, Archbishop of Finland and Turku and Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. The meeting was held in the Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral Hall of Helsinki, as part ...

Minneapolis Conference to Explore the Future of Orthodox Church Music

The International Society for Orthodox Church Music - 20/6/16 Over 140 participants from 31 states and 5 countries to arrive for June 23-26 event Minneapolis, Minn. – The future of Orthodox Church music in North America and the English speaking world will be the focus of a four-day conference which opens at St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, here, ...

Metropolitan Mar Yulios selected to Lausanne Orthodox Initiative Steering Panel

OCP Correspondent - OCP News Service- September 2015 Metropolitan Dr Mar Yulios selection to Lausanne Orthodox Initiative steering panel is recognition for Orthodox-Evangelical world HELSINKI, Finland: The third Lausanne Orthodox Initiative (LOI) consultation which was held outside Helsinki from September 1 to 5, 2015 has elected an Indian Orthodox Bishop in HG Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios to the steering committee. The Ahmedabad ...

Paschal Message from Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland

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April 2015 "Do not be afraid” Two months ago we began our journey on the way of Great Lent together. Every one of us fasted according to their powers and many received thereby refreshment of body and renewal of soul. Now it is time to carry our spiritual blossoms, grown in fasting and repentance, to our risen ...

Letter of Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland for the Great and Holy Lent 2015

March 2015- The Finnish Orthodox Church "Guard the door of my lips" The right to social critique has not always stood at the core of society’s values. For example, in ancient Greece, there was no freedom of speech, and one reason the philosopher Socrates paid for his speech with his life. The present respect for freedom of speech ...

9th Sretensky Readings in Finland

On February 9, 2015, the 9th International Educational Sretensky Readings held under the theme ‘Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles and Europe’s Christian Enlighteners. Towards the Millennium of the Demise of the Baptizer of Rus’ concluded their work. The readings were organized by Archpriest Victor Lyutik, dean the Moscow Patriarchate parishes in Sweden and rector of the church ...

New Finnish Bishop to deliver SVOTS Commencement address

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YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - February 2015 His Eminence, Metropolitan Elia, newly consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Oulu of the Orthodox Church of Finland, will be the main speaker at the Saint Vladimir’s SeminaryCommencement on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Metropolitan Elia, formerly known as Priest Matti Veli Juhani Wallgren, is an alumnus of the seminary, ...

Finnish Orthodox Metropolitan Elijah of Oulu Ordained

January 2015 - Church of Finland The Orthodox Church of Finland received a new bishop when Archimandrite Elijah was ordained as bishop and installed as the Metropolitan of Oulu on Sunday, 11 January 2015, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Oulu. Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland presided at the ordination and installation. Serving ...

The Sixth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music to be held at the University of Eastern Finland in June 2015

January 2015 Visit Website here: The Sixth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, "Creating Liturgically: Hymnography and Music," will be held at the University of Eastern Finland, in Joensuu, Finland, on 7 - 13 June 2015. The Conference takes place at the School of Theology at the University of Eastern Finland. The International Society for Orthodox Church Music is ...

Reverend Father Matti Wallgrén Elected Finnish Metropolitan of Oulu

December 2014- January 2015 The General Assembly of the Orthodox Church of Finland has elected the Reverend Father Matti Wallgrén to be the next Metropolitan of Oulu. The election was held on 26 November in the Church of the Transfiguration of Valamo Monastery. The episcopal synod had nominated Arsenius, Bishop of Joensuu, and Matti Wallgrén, Vicar of ...

Patriarch Kirill meets Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

Patriarch Kirill meets Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

4/9/14 On September 2, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Archbishop Kari Mäkinenn of Turku and Finland. The meeting took place at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence at the St. Daniel Monastery, Moscow. Patriarch Kirill warmly welcomed Archbishop Mäkinenn and his delegation, ...

DECR chairman meets with Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

September 2014 On 2 September 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), met with the Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Archbishop Kari Mäkinen of Turku and Finland. They were joined in the meeting, which took place at the DECR premises, by the Revd. Kimmo Kääriänen, ...