The membership of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church continues to hemorrhage at the rate of hundreds per hour, following perceived homophobic statements by Christian Democratic Chair Päivi Räsänen on YLE’s Ajankohtainen Kakkonen discussion programme last Tuesday. In the midst of recriminations and acrimony, and with defections now numbering more than 22,000, the Evangelical Lutheran Church has not collapsed, but it is concerned about the exodus.
Nearly 30,000 now. You can watch the numbers grow at
Update 9/4/11: approaching 60,000 but levelling off.