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Plank, K., Egnell, H. & Lundgren, L. (2024). Caring for Health, Bodies, and Development: Teaching New Spiritual Practices in the Church of Sweden. Approaching Religion, 14(2), 113-131
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Caring for Health, Bodies, and Development: Teaching New Spiritual Practices in the Church of Sweden
2024 (English)In: Approaching Religion, E-ISSN 1799-3121, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 113-131Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the last fifty years a plethora of new spiritual practices has emerged in the Church of Sweden. Many fall within a category of holistic practices, aimed at engaging body, soul, and spirit. Among these, two categories are dominant: meditations and movement-based bodily practices. Some of these practices are contested by other Christians on a theological basis. The article asks: Who are the new ritual specialists teaching these practices? Why do they teach these practices? Why in the church? By using a bottom-up perspective and studying practices which lie outside the traditional Christian religious rites, which has been the focus in research on the Church of Sweden, we find that the holistic practices are framed in a culture of care, focusing on bodily and spiritual wellbeing. We suggest that the predominance of women in body-movement practices should be understood as a generational feature rather than as an expression of the feminization of the church. Many of the leaders are women who were part of new spiritual movements as well as body-mind practices and various forms of dance in gyms and yoga studios in the 1990s and early 2000s, finding an openness to bringing their knowledge into the church.

Keywords
Sweden, Christianity, Church, Spirituality, Lived religion, Practice, Rituals, Culture of care, Health
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-10794 (URN)10.30664/ar.137600 (DOI)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2024-05-02 Created: 2024-05-02 Last updated: 2024-05-02Bibliographically approved
Nylenna, H. K. & Lundgren, L. (2024). State Church and Religious Equality: A Comparative Study of Competing Logics during the Process of Changing Relations between State and Church in Sweden and Norway. Journal of Church and State
Open this publication in new window or tab >>State Church and Religious Equality: A Comparative Study of Competing Logics during the Process of Changing Relations between State and Church in Sweden and Norway
2024 (English)In: Journal of Church and State, ISSN 0021-969X, E-ISSN 2040-4867Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In recent decades, the religious landscape in the Nordic countries has changed. Transforming from traditional homogeneous Evangelical-Lutheran societies into more religiously and culturally diverse, there have been reforms creating new relationships between the states and the traditional state churches. Taking a comparative approach, this article analyzes how institutional logics guided the church and state reforms in Norway and Sweden. Analyzing governmental documents through the theoretical lens of institutional logics, the article makes a distinction between the logic of state church and the logic of religious equality. The article shows how the former acts as a foundational logic within policymaking even though there has been a movement towards more religious equality in legislation. Though there are differences in how Norway and Sweden facilitate their arrangements for support to faith communities, the ideas informing the arrangements are similar. We point towards an increased discrepancy behind the ideas informing policymaking and the practical implications of those policies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2024
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-10745 (URN)10.1093/jcs/csad098 (DOI)
Available from: 2024-03-14 Created: 2024-03-14 Last updated: 2024-03-14Bibliographically approved
Lundgren, L. (2023). Det civila samhället och tilliten till religiösa organisationers sociala ansvarstagande (2ed.). In: Olof Franck; Kerstin von Brömssen; Christina Osbeck (Ed.), Religioner, livsåskådningar och etik: För lärare 4-9 och gymnasiet (pp. 175-186). Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Det civila samhället och tilliten till religiösa organisationers sociala ansvarstagande
2023 (Swedish)In: Religioner, livsåskådningar och etik: För lärare 4-9 och gymnasiet / [ed] Olof Franck; Kerstin von Brömssen; Christina Osbeck, Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2023, 2, p. 175-186Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2023 Edition: 2
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-10345 (URN)9789151109169 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-06-29 Created: 2023-06-29 Last updated: 2023-08-21Bibliographically approved
Plank, K., Lundgren, L. & Egnell, H. (2023). Meditation and Other New Spiritual Practices in the Church of Sweden. In: Daniel Enstedt; Katarina Plank (Ed.), Eastern Practices and Nordic Bodies: Lived Religion, Spirituality and Healing in the Nordic Countries (pp. 211-229). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Meditation and Other New Spiritual Practices in the Church of Sweden
2023 (English)In: Eastern Practices and Nordic Bodies: Lived Religion, Spirituality and Healing in the Nordic Countries / [ed] Daniel Enstedt; Katarina Plank, Palgrave Macmillan, 2023, p. 211-229Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter deals with practices that traditionally have not been found within the Lutheran Church and how these are integrated in its activities. Here Katarina Plank, Linnea Lundgren, and Helene Egnell draw on data from an ongoing research project that explore how, since the 1970s, spiritual practices labeled as “New Age” have become more widespread, and lately practices with a focus on “body-mind techniques” have especially been given more space within the Church of Sweden. Their netnographic survey of the homepages of the parishes in the diocese of Stockholm shows that there is plethora of new activities going on which have emerged during the last 50 years. Many of these activities were geared toward community building, and 15% of them fall into the category of holistic practices. Such practices, comprising, for example, meditation groups, yoga classes, and dance, can be found in eight out of ten parishes. These new spiritual practices were first offered in exclusive settings like retreat centers, but have now moved into ordinary parish life, accessible to all parishioners. Some of the practices, like Zen meditation and yoga, have been contested but are now broadly accepted.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2023
Series
Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities (PSNRAS)
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-10450 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-38118-8_10 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-10-18 Created: 2023-10-18 Last updated: 2023-10-18Bibliographically approved
Lundgren, L., Plank, K. & Egnell, H. (2023). Nya andliga praktiker i Svenska kyrkan: Från exklusiva retreatmiljöer till kyrklig vardagspraktik. Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, 99(3), 229-248
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nya andliga praktiker i Svenska kyrkan: Från exklusiva retreatmiljöer till kyrklig vardagspraktik
2023 (Swedish)In: Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, ISSN 0039-6761, Vol. 99, no 3, p. 229-248Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The research project "New Faces of the Folk Church – Lived Religion, Spiritual Practices and Theological Legitimacy" aims at investigating everyday spiritual activities laypeople engage in within an ecclesial institution, the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Sweden, and how these practices are linked to notions about religion and health. In this article we give an account of our preliminary findings. In a netnographic survey of the websites of the parishes in the diocese of Stockholm, counting all activities except services and concerts, we found that there is a plethora of new activities going on which have emerged during the last fifty years. Many of these activities were geared towards community building, and 15 percent of them fall into the category of holistic practices. Such practices, comprising of, for example, meditiation groups, yoga classes, and dance, can be found in eight out of ten parishes. Our material indicates that the church has quadruple functions: (1) theological, (2) life cycle related, (3) ordinary community building, and (4) holistic everyday spiritual practices. These new spiritual practices were first offered in exclusive settings like retreat centres, but have now moved into ordinary parish life, accessible to all parishioners. Some of the practices, like zen meditation and yoga, have been contested but are now broadly accepted. In the next step of the project, we will conduct interviews and participatory observation to investigate how these practices are integrated in individuals' lives, as well as how they are negotiated and legitimized on the institutional level.

National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-10441 (URN)10.51619/stk.v99i3.25383 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-10-11 Created: 2023-10-11 Last updated: 2023-10-13Bibliographically approved
Lundgren, L. (2023). Religious Minorities as a Risk and Resource: Theoretical Perspectives on State Management of Minority Religions. In: Erica Baffelli; Alexander van der Haven; Michael Stausberg (Ed.), Religious Minorities Online: . Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religious Minorities as a Risk and Resource: Theoretical Perspectives on State Management of Minority Religions
2023 (English)In: Religious Minorities Online / [ed] Erica Baffelli; Alexander van der Haven; Michael Stausberg, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter , 2023Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article explores how the two concepts of "risk" and "resource" can provide a framework to study and understand both current and historical perceptions and management of religious minorities in different contexts. By examining how policymakers identify religious minorities (or religion) as a risk or as aresource it is possible to develop an understanding of how policymakers set the terms for who is or is not included in the public realm as well as deepening the understanding of the underlying values of a society and ideological foundations contributing to the fear of the religious other.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2023
Keywords
Religion, Religious Minorities, Risk, Resource, Policy, Governance, Social Problems, Theory, Religious Diversity
National Category
Religious Studies Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-10380 (URN)10.1515/rmo.20751174 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-08-21 Created: 2023-08-21 Last updated: 2023-08-24Bibliographically approved
Lundgren, L. & Fransson, S. (2023). The differences between actions and desires: The role of religious congregations in national crises and disasters. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 31(3), 441-450
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The differences between actions and desires: The role of religious congregations in national crises and disasters
2023 (English)In: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, ISSN 0966-0879, E-ISSN 1468-5973, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 441-450Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last few decades in the handling of ongoing crises and preparing forfuture crises, governments and other public authorities increasingly emphasize theimportant role religious organizations can play in crises and disaster management.Considering this development, it is appropriate to ask whether the expectations bypolicymakers are mirrored by the religious organizations themselves? This articleaims to answers this question by studying both the organizations' desired role in timeof national crises and disasters and the actual role taken by local congregations inSweden during the Covid‐19 pandemic. It also aims to study whether this differs inrelation to organizational differences and religious affiliation. The study clearlyshows that 8 out of 10 congregations believe they have an important role to play inthe event of a disaster or crisis. However, despite the high level of willingness, therole congregations take may not always mirror the governments expectations. Interms of differences between congregations, although cross‐religious differences arenoted, the size of the organization is the critical factor. The article concludes bydiscussing the disparity between policymakers' expectations and the willingness oforganizations as well as the complexity of policymakers assuming that non‐profitorganizations will help unequivocally

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2023
Keywords
Covid‐19, Crises, Crisis management, Disasters, Religion, Religious communities
National Category
Religious Studies Sociology Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-10107 (URN)10.1111/1468-5973.12450 (DOI)000919107400001 ()
Available from: 2023-02-14 Created: 2023-02-14 Last updated: 2023-12-13Bibliographically approved
Lundgren, L. (2023). The State and Religious Minorities in Sweden. Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The State and Religious Minorities in Sweden
2023 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2023. p. 154
Series
Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies, ISSN 2214-5281, E-ISSN 2214-529X
Keywords
Religious diversity, Religion and state, Governance and religious freedom, Public policy and religion, Sweden and diversity, Civil society and religion, Religion and risk, Public sphere and religion, Nordic countries and religion, Religion and democracy
National Category
Religious Studies Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-10467 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-42155-6 (DOI)978-3-031-42154-9 (ISBN)978-3-031-42155-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-10-27 Created: 2023-10-27 Last updated: 2023-10-30Bibliographically approved
Middlemiss Lé Mon, M., Lundgren, L. & Leis Peters, A. (2022). Religiösa organisationer och civilsamhället (2ed.). In: Mia Lövheim; Magdalena Nordin (Ed.), Sociologiska perspektiv på religion i Sverige: (pp. 75-92). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religiösa organisationer och civilsamhället
2022 (Swedish)In: Sociologiska perspektiv på religion i Sverige / [ed] Mia Lövheim; Magdalena Nordin, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2022, 2, p. 75-92Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2022 Edition: 2
National Category
Religious Studies Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-9762 (URN)9789151107479 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-09-07 Created: 2022-09-07 Last updated: 2023-02-16Bibliographically approved
Lundgren, L. & Jensdotter, L. (2022). Studying Religious Change: Combining Close and Distant Reading in the Field of Sociology of Religion. Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, 35(2), 111-124
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Studying Religious Change: Combining Close and Distant Reading in the Field of Sociology of Religion
2022 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, E-ISSN 1890-7008, Vol. 35, no 2, p. 111-124Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the possibilities of using digital methods to study religion and religious change in contemporary societies. It argues that despite considerable developments in which analogue data has been converted into digital forms and new digital methods have been developed, these are rarely used in sociology of religion. The article illustrates how new digital methods can complement more traditional qualitative methods and deepen such findings. Using examples from two PhD theses, the article analyses how so-called distant and close reading can be combined in studies. The cases illustrate key points regarding improving validity, representativity and how larger religious changing processes can be studied through large text material. The article concludes by discussing the advantages and disadvantages of using new digital methods and highlighting new possibilities for future studies in the sociology of religion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Universitetsforlaget, 2022
Keywords
Mixed Method, Sociology of religion, Digital methods, Religious change
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-9944 (URN)10.18261/njrs.35.2.4 (DOI)
Available from: 2022-12-07 Created: 2022-12-07 Last updated: 2023-02-16Bibliographically approved
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