Diocese of Espoo
The Diocese of Espoo is a diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and the seat of the bishop of Espoo. The Diocese was established in 2004 so it is the newest of the nine diocese of our church. The current bishop of Espoo is Kaisamari Hintikka. Diocese comprises 19 congregations and 1600 employees.
On the area of the diocese lives almost 700 000 people and 68 percent of the population are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. During the years of existence the diocese has became more and more multicultural with many faiths, cultural bacgrounds and variety of languages included.
Together with our congregations we seek to be more confident in speaking and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, more compassionate in serving communities with the love of God the Father and more creative in reaching new people and places in the power of the Spirit.
Executive secretary Anssi Almgren is responsible of the international work at the diocese of Espoo.
Easter greeting from the bishop of the Diocese of Espoo
The Sun is dancing
In the Easter Morning even the Sun is dancing. This saying from Finnish folklore tells how strongly the Easter here in the Northern hemisphere connects with the arrival of the spring. After a long winter, new growth and life breaks through.
No wonder that even the Sun is dancing.
Dancing and frolicking Sun describes also the new reality of the resurrection. Christ has concurred death.The whole creation rejoices. In the joy of the Easter morning, the resurrection touches us already now. It reminds us about the promises of God, and the love of God that continues to create new all the time. It reminds us about life that overcomes death even at times when the realities of this world seem to be too hard to handle.
The joy of the resurrection should be shared. So, we are called to live as the witnesses of the Resurrected One in this world. We are called to live as witnesses of life over the valley of the shadow of death.
The dancing sun of the Easter Morning describes also faith that cannot be measured through the means of knowledge. Faith aims to give words to the Good News which however seems to be greater than the mere words we have. Hence, we need deeds next to words, deeds that reflect the reality that is there after the resurrection.
The reconciliation we have in Christ is a gift – but it is also a call to reconcile among human beings and among the whole creation. The Lenten letter of the bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland calls individual Christians and local congregations to seek for choices that respect the Creation. The call to live out reconciliation with all that is created is not restricted only to the Lenten time, but it belongs also to the life after the Easter. The joy of the resurrection belongs to the whole of Creation.
The dancing Sun is a reminder of this.
With warmest wishes for a blessed Easter time
Kaisamari Hintikka, Bishop of the Espoo Diocese
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International Churches Network
Are you a pastor or a worker of an international church in metropolitan area? International Churches Network is an ecumenical and multicultural network for the purpose to strenghten the unity of christians. We pray, share and encourage each others. Thre are more than 30 churches involved. Are you interested? Please contact Rev. Anssi Almgren email@example.com.