Students and young adults
The church's student workers are there for you. Study and life's daily chores bring their own troubles and joys. Your parish's youth worker is also available to listen and chat.
The ecumenical youth scene in Finland is very vibrant. The Finnish Ecumenical Council has its own Youth Committee, and organises Ketko, a successful ecumenical youth training programme.
You can study theology at the University of Helsinki – its Faculty has 1,600 undergraduates and 400 postgraduates; at the Swedish-speaking Åbo Academy in Turku; and at the University of Eastern Finland's Joensuu campus. These courses are not denominational, but many graduates get ordained in the Lutheran Church.
The Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak), which is linked to the church, has about 3000 students, and offers degree programmes in education, training in diaconal work, media studies, nursing, sign language, and social and youth work. Roughly 40 % of Diak's students gain dual qualifications that afford employment opportunities in both secular and church-based social and youth work, and many programmes are offered in English.
The church's youth work offers something for everyone – find out what's going on in your local parish!