78% of Finns are Lutheran. Even after the mass resignations resulting from a heated same-sex marriage debate on TV in which the church representatives talked about having sexual interest in the same sex as a disease that can be cured. Finns have always had the assumption that being a Finn equals being a Lutheran, and in fact you don’t have to go further back than 1950s to see that almost everyone (95%) used to belong to the Lutheran church. Why am I telling you this? Well, due to this assumption Finns tend to pour Lutheranism on everyone involved in this culture, and being part of this culture I too have had my share of it this Easter, as always
During the last school day before the Easter Break we had a representative from the church to come and talk to the whole school. He told us about the meaning of Easter and read prayers. He told us that Easter is all about black and white, about sorrow and joy. I’ve been out in the forest much during these black and white Easter days and it really is very black and white out there, in fact it is so black and white that just yesterday I found myself imagining a hint of green shade on the bare trees reaching up to the sky. But still I don’t mind black and white. It makes an interesting pair to study, and it brings a wonderful contrast to images.
As for my own life, black and white does not seem to fit. Teaching in a school in which most groups consist of at least three different religions, trying to focus more on the joy side of life than the sorrow side, bringing out the shades of all the colors in the spectrum, and the different shades of white and black as well, enjoying the moment when the color of snow turns from gold to blue or from blue to gold.