RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoCFR LRC 26
Extent97 ff.
TitleFinland: General correspondence
Date17 Feb 1960-16 Feb 1981
DescriptionCorrespondence and papers, primarily concerning church-state relations, and the debate on the ordination of women.

Includes statistics on Church membership in Finland, 17 Sep 1960; correspondence from the Information Service of the Church of Finland concerning the Church Assembly of the Lutheran Church of Finland and its discussion of the ordination of women, 16-30 Oct 1963; enquiry from John Toy concerning intercommunion between the Church of England and the Church of Finland, 29 Jul 1964; a letter from Rev Esko Rintala concerning his visit to London, and a file note concerning discussions with Rintala, the Archbishop of Finland's secretary for foreign church relations, 24 Jul-13 Aug 1965.

News summaries from the Information Centre of the Church of Finland, including about a parson elected a member of parliament of the extreme Left Wing; Russian Orthodox and Finnish Lutherans discussing the question of peace; the visit of Erno Ottlyk - Bishop of the northern dioces of the Lutheran Church of Hungary; the selection of a Chief of the Church training centre; ordinations; interest and voting in the congregational elections; a Latvian professor as chair of history of religion at the University in Turku; development aid of the World Lutheran Association; the Finnish Seamen's Mission; Finland's social democratic party proposing segregation of Church and State; Aimo T. Nikolainen as the new Bishop of Helsinki.

Also contains correspondence about a questionnaire sent to Rev Michael Moore on the ordination of women enquiring about the experiences of the Church of England from Rev Lorenz Gronvik of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, with a response to the questionnaire from Rev David Isitt and further correspondence between Moore and Rev Sydney Linton, 15 Jun 1976-30 Jun 1977; news from the Information Centre of the Church of Finland concerning decisions at the Autumn session of the Synod, 22 Nov 1976; two Finnish Council for Foreign Relations documents relating to the ordination of women, with a letter summarising the documents from Linton, 16 Aug 1977; extracts from articles concerning the ordination of women, including a Parliament Committee approving a lector's right to distribute communion, and correspondence between Rev Eric Staples and Rev Christopher Hill, 7 Oct-5 Dec 1978 news extracts with references to the visits of Archbishop Mikko Juva to the Soviet Union and Hungary, Bishop Erkki Kansanaho's visit to Namibia to consecrate Kleopas Dumeni, Parliamentary approval for baptised children to receive Communion and the debate on women priests, 10 Sep 1979-16 Feb 1981.

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