Renegotiating Relations, Structuring Justice : Institutional Reconciliation with the Saami in the 1990–2020 Reconciliation Processes of the Church of Sweden and the Church of Norway

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dc.contributor.author West, Helga Sofia
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-09T08:33:01Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-09T08:33:01Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07-09
dc.identifier.citation West , H S 2020 , ' Renegotiating Relations, Structuring Justice : Institutional Reconciliation with the Saami in the 1990–2020 Reconciliation Processes of the Church of Sweden and the Church of Norway ' , Religions , vol. 11 , no. 7 , 343 . https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11070343
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dc.identifier.other Bibtex: rel11070343
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dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-4762-5449/work/88209288
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/319190
dc.description.abstract Social reconciliation has received much attention in Christian churches since the late 1980s. Both the Church of Sweden and the Church of Norway initiated reconciliation processes with the Saami (also “Sami” or “Sámi”), the indigenous people of Northern Europe, at the beginning of the 1990s. As former state churches, they bear the colonial burden of having converted the Saami to Lutheranism. To make amends for their excesses in the missionary field, both Scandinavian churches have aimed at structural changes to include Saaminess in their church identities. In this article, I examine how the Church of Sweden and the Church of Norway understand reconciliation in relation to the Saami in their own church documents using conceptual analysis. I argue that the Church of Sweden treats reconciliation primarily as a secular concept without binding it to the doctrine of reconciliation, making the Church’s agenda theologically weak, whereas the Church of Norway utilizes Christian resources in its comprehensive approach to reconciliation with the Saami. This article shows both the challenges and contributions of the Church of Sweden and the Church of Norway to the hotly debated discussions on truth and reconciliation in the Nordic Saami context. fi
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 614 Theology
dc.subject colonialism
dc.subject Christianity
dc.subject institutional reconciliation
dc.subject justice
dc.subject Saami people
dc.subject Church of Norway
dc.subject Church of Sweden
dc.title Renegotiating Relations, Structuring Justice : Institutional Reconciliation with the Saami in the 1990–2020 Reconciliation Processes of the Church of Sweden and the Church of Norway en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Faculty of Theology
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11070343
dc.relation.issn 2077-1444
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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