Experiences of (mis)recognition of same-sex partnerships in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

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Hellqvist , E & Vähäkangas , A 2018 , ' Experiences of (mis)recognition of same-sex partnerships in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland ' , Exchange , vol. 47 , no. 3 , pp. 258-281 . https://doi.org/10.1163/1572543X-12341489

Title: Experiences of (mis)recognition of same-sex partnerships in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Author: Hellqvist, Elina; Vähäkangas, Auli
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
University of Helsinki, Practical Theology
Date: 2018-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 24
Belongs to series: Exchange
ISSN: 0166-2740
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299525
Abstract: The article discusses the recognition of same-sex partnerships in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF). The main focus is on the experiences of recognition and misrecognition of same-sex couples when the couples have asked for a prayer on behalf of their registered partnership. The findings of this study confirm that the researched experiences of recognition have two dimensions, vertical and horizontal. Vertical recognition deals with institutional recognition and experiences with the sacred. Horizontal recognition entails experiences of interpersonal recognition. Narrated experiences often contained both horizontal and vertical dimensions of (mis)recognition. Recognition is a social phenomenon. Participants of the study had two distinct social contexts for recognition. One is the more loosely defined “rainbow community”, the other the formally authoritative, institutional ELCF. Most of the interviewees had positive experiences of recognition from the informal community but mainly negative experiences of misrecognition from the institutional ELCF. The difficult balancing between the conviction of the equal human dignity of each individual and the understanding of marriage as a social category for heterosexuals only led to same-sex couples’ experience of not being treated as equal members of the church. The study affirmed the importance of experiences and feelings as indicators in identifying a valid struggle for recognition.
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