Schoolboy Howler

The 19th-century was when people stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine.

Widespread acceptance of same-sex marriages in Finland

According to a survey, 60% of the Finnish population is ready to allow blessings of same-sex partnerships in church. One-third would like to see same-sex marriages. Presumably, that third part is included in the 60%.
It is to be noted, that this is the general population speaking. The question was not limited to Church members. However, since about 80% of all Finns belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF), we can assume that the figures are significant.
Another survey was published in October, 2009.
But the question is not decided through surveys. The General Synod will meet in May to discuss the issue. The Bishops, as I have noted earlier, decided in February, 2010, to propose that pastors may pray for a same-sex couple with impunity, as long as it is not called a blessing. This is possibly a step forward, albeit a tiny one. We'll have to see what the Synod makes of it.
I'm not too hopeful, though, since the present Synod is one of the most conservative we've had in years.
YLE, Dagen

Dom Helder Camara on reform

Instead of being so eager to reform others, let us first make a serious effort to bring about out own revival.
- Dom Helder Camara
Brazilian archbishop
as quoted on God's Politics

Schoolboy Howler

If anyone should faint, put her head between the knees of the nearest medical man.

Springtime is here!

Emerson on experimenting

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
as quoted on Bailey's Buddy

I withdraw!

I'm sorry to have to inform you that I won't be running for Parliament in 2011 after all. My family and my work demand more of me than I would have been able to give during the campaign and a possible term in Parliament.
I will, however, continue my work in the City Council of Porvoo as before. And there is always another election. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
I wish to thank all my supporters very warmly!

Quotation from Bailey's Buddy

It's never too late to be who you might have been.
- George Eliot
as quoted on Bailey's Buddy