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  • Church fellowship talks commenced with the SELK and the ELCE

    The independent Nordic Lutheran dioceses and the confessional Lutheran churches in Germany and the United Kingdom have taken a step towards church fellowship. At two-day-long negotiations that began in Helsinki, Finland, on Wednesday 13 April 2016, the central doctrines of the Christian faith were discussed on the basis of the Lutheran confession. Participating in the […]

  • The Mission Diocese invited to apply for ILC membership

    Representatives of the Nordic confessional Lutheran dioceses and of the International Lutheran Council (ILC) met in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 20 January 2016 to discuss future opportunities for co-operation. The Nordic dioceses were represented by Bishops Risto Soramies (The Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland), Roland Gustafsson, Göran Beijer and Lars Artman (The Mission Province in Sweden) and Thor […]

  • A church growing into a church?

    Is the Mission Diocese a church? I hear this question often. How do I answer? Yes, the Mission Diocese is truly a church, even though it is not a registered religious community. What does this mean and what are the consequences of it? “The Mission Diocese is part of ‘the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church’ […]

  • Four new confessional pastors ordained in Oulu

    On Ascension Thursday 14 May 2015, the second ordination service in the independent history of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland took place. In the northern Finnish city of Oulu, Bishop Risto Soramies ordained four men, Hannu Kantoluoto (Samuel Lutheran Church, Lahti, pictured left above), Ilkka Pöyry (Timothy Lutheran Church, Oulu), Pekka Puustinen (St […]

  • Pastors defrocked by ELCF: We have not broken our ordination vows

    Press release 10 April 2015. Free for publication.    At its meeting on 8 April 2015, the Cathedral Chapter of the Archdiocese of Turku decided to defrock five pastors ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF) for serving in the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland. The defrocking of five clergymen at once […]

  • Pastors defrocked by Cathedral Chapter continue in Mission Diocese

    At their meeting on 8 April 2015, the Cathedral Chapter of the Archdiocese of Turku decided to defrock five pastors serving in the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland: Rev Sakari Korpinen, Rev Miika Nieminen, Rev Dr Anssi Simojoki, Rev Markku Sumiala and Rev Dr Martti Vaahtoranta. Bishop Risto Soramies of the Mission Diocese states […]

  • Has Pastor Juhana Pohjola betrayed his ordination promise [vows]?

    To those Christians who know the Rev. Juhana Pohjola as a preacher and a spiritual counsellor, as well as the hardworking Dean of our Mission Diocese, the judgment pronounced by the Diocese of Oulu, “being clearly unfit for pastoral office,” is so grotesque that it does not really require any comment. What is much harder […]

  • Defrocked, set aside (Dean Juhana Pohjola)

    In Plenary Session of 5 August 2014, the Cathedral Chapter [consistory] of the Diocese of Oulu ordered me, the undersigned, to be defrocked of pastoral office in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF). According to the decision of the Chapter, I had acted against the responsibilities of the pastoral office and broken my pastoral […]

  • Church of Finland Defrocks Dean Juhana Pohjola

    The Rev. Juhana Pohjola, Dean of the recently formed Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland, has been defrocked by the nominally Lutheran Church of Finland. His offence was participating as a founder and leader of the Mission Diocese, which the CoF considers to be “violating his ordination vows.” Dean Pohjola earned a STM at Concordia […]

  • Gifts from heaven – ordination sermon

    ORDINATION SERMON 29 May 2014 Turku, Finland The Rt Rev Risto Soramies Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland GIFTS FROM HEAVEN But each of us has been given the gift measured out by Christ Who gave it. So it says: “He went up on high, took prisoners, and gave gifts to people”. […]