Parishes are places of international encounter

Twin parish activity is a unique part of our international and ecumenical relations. Importantly, it is parishioners themselves who take responsibility for this.

We have built relationships with parishes of the Lutheran churches in Estonia, Russia (the Church of Ingria) and Hungary in particular, but twin parishes can be found on every continent, also in Anglican and Orthodox churches.

We encourage parishes to engage in international interaction, sharing and learning. The Theological Issues unit maintains a register of twinning programmes and offers training and materials for twin parish work.

For more information about twinning programmes, contact Ari Ojell, secretary for ecumenical relations and theology, by email at ari.ojell(at) or on telephone at +358 50 350 9039.