Words are important, but action really matters. Like ecumenical dialogue reports between churches are not completed until words in the paper have been fulfilled in the life of the churches. Like when the Word of Gospel becomes fulfilled and purifies the heart of Christians. So my words should become fulfilled in my heart and walk with the message. I need to take action and steps for love.
I am very concerned that Finland is one of the most racist countries in Europe. Especially for women, but for men and children too. What is wrong in our society? We need to openly declare and accept this and be prepared to denounce and change this, beginning with our own families, our communities and neighbors. We should all work against this racist harassment ecumenically in Finland.
Our church as well has committed to work against racism and violence and work for equality issues. Everyone’s experience matters. I wish you would like to tell me about your thoughts about these issues. It is important that we share our thoughts. We need to work together – to create a community where everyone has a voice and where we can be ourselves.
Probably you might know a tiny mustard seed. It is very little, but it grows to become a great tree which gives fruit for many when it is given care and comfort. We all are those little seeds and we need comfort and care for grow. I wish we all could live in a community where we can be safe and feel loved.
Saija Kainulainen is a member of the Section for Equality at the Finnish Ecumenical Council representing The Anglican Church in Finland; and also advocates for women’s issues at the Scandinavian ecumenical committee of women representing The Evangelical Lutheran church in Finland. She has almost completed her academic studies for a Master of Theology at University of Helsinki. Furthermore Saija is also a respected artisan and designed liturgical textiles for Suomenlinna Church in Helsinki.
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It is with great sadness that I have learnt the news about the death of Emmanuel Eneh. Emmanuel passed away on Thursday, 23rd April 2020.
Emmanuel was a long-standing member of the Anglican Church in Finland and had a significant lay ministry at the International Congregation of Christ the King in Tampere. He served many years as an Anglican Licensed Lay Reader, working together with the priests of the Lutheran Parishes in Tampere in providing pastoral and liturgical ministry to the international church community gathering in Vanha kirkko. His commitment to the implementation of Porvoo Agreement (between Anglican and Lutheran Churches), and his service to the wider community by participating in local politics in Tampere, were a source of inspiration for many.
Emmanuel remained as a member of the Diocesan Synod of the Diocese in Europe until his death. He was also a member of the Deanery Synod of the Nordic and Baltic states.
We remain grateful for Emmanuel’s ministry and pray for him and his family. He is survived by his wife and three children
Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people; A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel. Luke 2.29-32
Chaplain Chair of the Diocesan House of Clergy
Dear people of the Anglican Church in Finland,
The outbreak of Corona virus (COVID-19) has caused some anxiety among people. The Chaplaincy is monitoring closely the instructions given by the Finnish authorities and the EU. Our practice of using common cup at the Eucharist is based on a long tradition of theology of the Church and this practice is maintained in the Canons Law of the church. This practice differs from what one could describe as a ‘norm’ in Finland. For this reason, the Anglican Church in Finland is following also the guidance from the Church of England concerning the corona virus. Please find below instructions from our Bishops.
Tuomas Mäkipää, Chahplain and Area Dean
The Church of England publishes guidance
to all clergy and congregations here:
Please find below a letter from our Bishops
to the congregations in the Diocese in Europe:
“We have decided to go somewhat beyond
this advice [described in the link above] in certain respects because of the
mobile and international nature of our congregations and in the light of
medical advice we have received. We preface this advice by re-iterating that
coronavirus appears to present a particular risk to elderly people and those
with reduced immunity or a pre-existing health condition. Our advice is given
out of a mutual concern for the wellbeing of all members of our
We encourage individuals and congregations to follow good hygiene
Carrying tissues and
using them to catch coughs and sneezes, and binning the tissue
Washing hands with
soap and water (for 20 seconds) or using sanitiser to kill germs.
If possible provide hand gel at entrances and ensure there is a
good supply of soap or hand gel in cloakrooms and kitchens. In addition,
priests presiding at the Eucharist, communion administrators and servers
should wash their hands, preferably with an alcohol-based sanitiser.
Sidespeople/welcomers and those serving refreshments should take similar
Try to clean hard surfaces such as door handles and communion rails
The exchange of a gesture of peace prior to sharing Communion is
for many, a much-loved moment in the service. However, we recommend that,
for the time being, this gesture is restricted to a smile and words
of peace to those in closest proximity rather than physical contact (kiss
or handshake) with everyone in the church.
We recommend that
communion is distributed in the form of bread/wafer only. Both
elements will be consecrated but the wine should not be distributed.
Congregations can be reassured that this does not diminish the nature of
the Eucharist. It is a clear principle of Anglican theology that the
sacrament of Holy Communion is present and complete in either of the
consecrated elements. (We are aware that distribution of the elements in
one kind only has already been adopted by some chaplaincies.)
Infectious diseases seem to cause higher
levels of public anxiety than other threats, perhaps because we can’t see them
or sense them. And although social media can satisfy our desire for information
they have the capacity to fuel anxiety. Avoiding panic is a key part of
responding to coronavirus for all of us in positions of leadership.
This guidance is intended as a prudent
response to an unusual challenge. It represents a set of sensible precautions
to promote health and wellbeing in the conditions of our diocese.
Meanwhile, we pray that our chaplaincies and congregations can be oases of peace, loving fellowship and hope in times of anxiety. We continue to pray for those infected by the coronavirus, for those who care for them, and for health specialists and authorities who are combatting the spread of infection.”