Defrocked—A Pastor’s Response

Last week, my father Rev. Dr. Anssi Simojoki, together with four other pastors, was defrocked by the Cathedral Chapter (the governing body) of the Archdiocese of Turku in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. His crime: participation in the life and work of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland. You can read about the…

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Modern alchemy: making white black and black white

A guest post from my friend, Samuli Siikavirta: The biannual Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF) voted today for the approval of a prayer with and for registered same-sex civil partners (78 for - 30 against). This compromise view was said not to create a new rite or to signify an actual…