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

Julkaisun nimi: Experiences of (mis)recognition of same-sex partnerships in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Tekijä: Hellqvist, Elina; Vähäkangas, Auli
Tekijän organisaatio: Practical Theology
Faculty of Theology
Päiväys: 2018-06
Kieli: eng
Sivumäärä: 24
Kuuluu julkaisusarjaan: Exchange
ISSN: 0166-2740
DOI-tunniste: https://doi.org/10.1163/1572543X-12341489
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299525
Tiivistelmä: 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.
Avainsanat: 614 Theology
Vertaisarvioitu: Kyllä
Pääsyrajoitteet: openAccess
Rinnakkaistallennettu versio: acceptedVersion


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