Jaana Hallamaa

posted by Kaihsu Tai on June 18th, 2017

Ei kukaan saa yksin mitään aikaan. Vain paha on yleensä nopeaa, ja silloin se vaikuttaa välittömään reagointiin, välittömään muutokseen. Hyvähän on yleensä hidasta, koska hyvä rakentaa jotakin perustaa. Hyvä on hyvää vain, jos se on toisen käytössä, jos se on sellaista, mitä toinen voi käyttää. Hyvä antaa asioita toisen käyttöön, jolloin sen toteutuminen on kiinni myös siitä, mitä se toinen tekee.

Jaana Hallamaa haastattelussa Etsijä-lehdessä 1/2017.

Loosely translated:

Nobody gets anything done just by themselves. Usually, only Evil goes quickly, and invites immediate responses – knee-jerk reactions. In contrast, the Good is often slow, because it builds something fundamental. The Good is only good, if it is such that the Other can use – at the service of someone else. The Good gives for someone else to use, and gets things done taking into account what the Other is doing.

Jaana Hallamaa in an interview in the journal Etsijä 1/2017.

I refer you also to the theory of the Good by Robert Merrihew Adams; and to Henri Nouwen who talked about the spectacular Death which goes “boom” (e.g. in The Road to Peace edited by John Dear).

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Catechism, Finland | on June 18th, 2017 | Permanent Link to “Jaana Hallamaa” | Comments Off on Jaana Hallamaa

Metroaseman pyhä – Sanctus in a metro station

posted by Kaihsu Tai on January 3rd, 2016

Pyhä, pyhä, pyhä Herra Sebaot! – Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth.

Taivas ja maa on täynnä kirkkauttasi. – Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua.

Hoosianna korkeuksissa! – Hosanna in excelsis.

Siunattu olkoon hän, joka tulee Herran nimessä. – Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.

Hoosianna korkeuksissa! – Hosanna in excelsis.

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Finland, Prayer | on January 3rd, 2016 | Permanent Link to “Metroaseman pyhä – Sanctus in a metro station” | Comments Off on Metroaseman pyhä – Sanctus in a metro station


posted by Kaihsu Tai on November 15th, 2015

Taivaan Isä, me rukoilemme sinun kirkkosi puolesta:
meidän Haagan seurakuntamme puolesta,
oman hiippakuntamme
ja piispamme Irja Askolan puolesta.
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posted by Kaihsu Tai in Finland, Prayer | on November 15th, 2015 | Permanent Link to “Selkorukous” | Comments Off on Selkorukous

Näin sanoi Minna Canth

posted by Kaihsu Tai on June 27th, 2012

Kuinkahan kauan ihmiset sokeudessa vaeltavat ja antavat kirkon ja pappisvallan sekoittaa pois totisen puhtaan uskonnon. Jospahan tulisi, jospahan tulisi toinen Kristus raikkaamaan maailmaa taas. Ja tällä kertaa se saisi olla nainen!

Just how long will people in their blindness roam and let the church and the clergy confound true, pure religion? What if, just what if another Christ were to come and revivify the world! And this time as a woman!

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posted by Kaihsu Tai in ??????????, Creative Resistance, Finland, Heresy | on June 27th, 2012 | Permanent Link to “Näin sanoi Minna Canth” | Comments Off on Näin sanoi Minna Canth

Storkyrkan, Stockholm

posted by Kaihsu Tai on December 9th, 2010

Eva Brunne, Bishop of Stockholm I went to Mass in Stockholm Cathedral midday today. It was presided by Eva Brunne, Bishop of Stockholm. I was pleased to affirm her ministry in this way. Incidentally, I am now under the pastoral care of Irja Askola, Bishop of Helsinki.

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Finland, Itinerant Communicant | on December 9th, 2010 | Permanent Link to “Storkyrkan, Stockholm” | Comments Off on Storkyrkan, Stockholm

Church elections

posted by Kaihsu Tai on October 27th, 2010

As I mentioned earlier in the context of the Metal Mass, parish council elections in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is coming next month (November). I am surprised that (it seems to me) some members of political parties participate explicitly as candidate lists in these elections. For example, the Centre Party tendency has the “Church Amidst” (Kirkko keskelle arkea) list; National Coalition supporters have “Right On” (Oikealla asialla); and the Social Democrats organize the “Come All” (Tulkaa kaikki) list. Some even publish their manifestos: for example, the Greens (list name ”Green Pastures” Vihreät niityt, a pun at Psalm 23) in the Lutheran fashion post their Green parish election theses. This is almost unthinkable either in Britain or in North America.

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Finland, Green Party, Itinerant Communicant | on October 27th, 2010 | Permanent Link to “Church elections” | Comments Off on Church elections

Metal Mass

posted by Kaihsu Tai on October 14th, 2010

Metal Mass, Temppeliaukio Church, 2010-10-14 I went to Metal Mass (Metallimessu) in my church this evening.

It was a plug for the upcoming church elections to encourage youth to participate. It attracted about 200 people – about half of which were younger than I. The hymns were straight out of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church’s hymnbook (Virsikirja): 205, 125, 77, 15, 226 (12th-century Latin hymn Jesu dulcis memoria, a monster of 16-stanzas: imagine it in metal! sadly only the first 8 were performed), 332b (here is a sample of this hymn in metal), 160, 517; and the reading from the week’s entry in the Church’s lectionary. Hymns at Metal Mass, Temppeliaukio Church, 2010-10-14 But the heavy-metal style of music gave the appropriate sense of urgency to (for example) ”Jumalan Karitsa” (“Agnus Dei”) and the readings (Abram and the stars from Genesis 12; Mark’s account in chapter 2 of healing the paralyzed down the roof) were also poignant about God being our only hope when all else is lost. Overall a moving and striking experience.

I am looking forward to the next time Metal Mass will be in Stadi: the 5th anniversary service will be on 30 June 2010.

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Creative Resistance, Finland, Itinerant Communicant | on October 14th, 2010 | Permanent Link to “Metal Mass” | Comments Off on Metal Mass

Mature politics, fantasy Cabinet

posted by Kaihsu Tai on May 16th, 2010

Imagine a British coalition Government with Liberal Democrats and Conservatives, with Nick Clegg and David Cameron as prime minister and deputy.

But add to this coalition the Greens and the Scottish National Party, each having Cabinet posts. Caroline Lucas is the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; Baroness (Jenny) Jones of South Camberwell, the Secretary of State for Justice.

The opposition parties in Parliament include Labour, United Kingdom Independence Party, Christian Peoples Alliance (yes, seriously), and Respect. Read the rest of this entry »

Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations

posted by Kaihsu Tai on February 26th, 2010

Sándor Fülöp As I mentioned earlier, I went to a talk by Dr Sándor Fülöp, Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations, at the British Ministry of Justice headquarters on Thursday evening (2010-02-25). Here are some notes I took. Any inaccuracies are mine.

The Commissioner is one of four ombudspersons in Hungary, appointed by a two-thirds supermajority by Parliament for a 6-year term (good), eligible for reappointment (not so good). It is the only such commissioner for sustainability in the world. The legal basis is the Ombudsman Act, passed only a couple of years ago.

The name is poetic, but really the job description as provided in the Act is that of an environmental ombudsman – a complaints officer. It would be unwise to reopen the Act to include socio-economic concerns of future generations, for fear of industrial lobbying that would erode the environmental focus. Read the rest of this entry »

Encountering a Georgian Baptist archbishop

posted by Kaihsu Tai on October 8th, 2008

Recently the Archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, Malkhaz Songulashvili, came to Oxford for a study-leave. By Georgia, I mean the one with Saakashvili and Stalin (alas), rather than the one with Jimmy Carter and CNN. That might answer your obvious question…. Further, as to why there is an Archbishop in a Baptist church, please read the church’s website. As to how to address a Baptist Archbishop in the correct style: pass. In any case: sadly, it was during his visit that the Russia–Georgia conflict broke out.
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