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Gunner, Gunilla
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Gunner, G. & Nordbäck, C. (2019). Postsovjetisk minnespolitik ur ett kyrkohistoriskt perspektiv: Svenska kyrkan och S:t Katarina församling i S:t Petersburg. In: Lennart Sjöström (Ed.), Innan murarna föll: Svenska kyrkan under kalla kriget (pp. 145-180). Artos & Norma bokförlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Postsovjetisk minnespolitik ur ett kyrkohistoriskt perspektiv: Svenska kyrkan och S:t Katarina församling i S:t Petersburg
2019 (Swedish)In: Innan murarna föll: Svenska kyrkan under kalla kriget / [ed] Lennart Sjöström, Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2019, p. 145-180Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This article tells the story of St. Catherine ́s Swedish Lutheran Church in St Petersburg with a particular focus on how this building was linked to a Swedish legacy and also to hopes for actions from The Church of Sweden in the time after the cold war. In the fall of 1991, a handful of people gathered in an apartment in St. Petersburg to sign an application to the city authorities to be registered as the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in St. Petersburg. The application was approved and the formation had consequences for The Church of Sweden and for Swedish Foreign Policy, as the congregation repeatedly tried to be recognized as a Swedish outpost in St. Petersburg.

The congregation ́s claim that they were the legitimate heirs of the Swedish Lutheran congregation, which had existed in the city or its surroundings since 1632, was clearly demonstrated, thus revealing memories, which were reactivated and filled with new content. It can clearly be stated that it would not have been possible to revive and revitalize the memory of the Swedish Lutheran presence in St. Petersburg without the material (and spatial) traces in the form of the church building.

St. Catherine’s congregation is not very big today (2018). Exact numbers are hard to establish – but it is not more than 50 members. These are mostly Russians with an interest in Scandinavian history and culture, some of whom have Swedish or Finnish roots. On the other hand, arrangements like concerts, St Lucia and Christmas celebrations gather big audiences. The congregation still has an uncertain existence and the building – despite its poor condition – is the congregation´s primary asset. The (church) building can be described as an ecumenical activity house since the congregation allows other groups use of the building.

There have been plans to transform the church building into a Swedish cultural center, plans not yet materialized. The building has attracted a variety of hopes of different groups, from the preservation or re-creation of a lost Swedish identity and belonging, to being a necessary junction in the maintenance of Swedish-Russian relations. The former ambition rests on, and belongs to, a Lutheran religious identity, while the second one is an expression of Swedish (secular) diplomacy and politics.

In practice one can conclude that the Swedish Lutheran congregation in S:t Petersburg has no official links with The Church of Sweden. That formal bond broke when the fortress Nyenskans fell in 1703. After that, the congregation has been part of the Lutheran church in Russia. And as long as Finland was a Grand Duchy of Russian, the Swedish congregation could work closely with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland. The congregation has always been turned towards Finland, Sweden and Russia. It constitutes – since the 18th century – a contact area between different countries – a zone where people, languages, traditions (religious and cultural) and stories have met, merged, transformed and sometimes even collided.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2019
Keywords
Minnesforskning, Kyrkohistoria, Svenska kyrkan, Ryssland
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39059 (URN)755/3.1.1/2014 (Local ID)978-91-7777-081-7 (ISBN)755/3.1.1/2014 (Archive number)755/3.1.1/2014 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 755/3.1.1/2014
Available from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-26 Last updated: 2019-09-26Bibliographically approved
Gunner, G. (2018). Alma Hedvig Eleonora Petri. Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Alma Hedvig Eleonora Petri
2018 (Swedish)In: Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon, ISSN 2003-0088Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborgs universitet, 2018
Keywords
Alma Petri, 1800-talet, 1900-talet, lärare, kristendom, socialt arbete
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34894 (URN)
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2020-03-24Bibliographically approved
Gunner, G. (2018). Ekumeniska mötesplatser bortom den organiserade ekumeniken. In: Jonsson, Johnny & Molin, Lennart (Ed.), Hundra år av samverkan: svensk frikyrkoekumenik (pp. 196-200). Karlstad: Votum & Gullers förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ekumeniska mötesplatser bortom den organiserade ekumeniken
2018 (Swedish)In: Hundra år av samverkan: svensk frikyrkoekumenik / [ed] Jonsson, Johnny & Molin, Lennart, Karlstad: Votum & Gullers förlag , 2018, p. 196-200Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Votum & Gullers förlag, 2018
National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36655 (URN)978-91-88435-67-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-10-25 Created: 2018-10-25 Last updated: 2018-10-26Bibliographically approved
Gunner, G. (2018). Ett pietistiskt minne i vår tid. In: Ingvar Dahlbacka, Jakob Dahlbacka & Elin Malmer (Ed.), Visioner för en bättre värld: Pietismen som transnationell, reformatorisk och utopisk drivkraft (pp. 189-201). Lund: Lunds Universitets Kyrkohistoriska Arkiv
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ett pietistiskt minne i vår tid
2018 (Swedish)In: Visioner för en bättre värld: Pietismen som transnationell, reformatorisk och utopisk drivkraft / [ed] Ingvar Dahlbacka, Jakob Dahlbacka & Elin Malmer, Lund: Lunds Universitets Kyrkohistoriska Arkiv , 2018, p. 189-201Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Lunds Universitets Kyrkohistoriska Arkiv, 2018
Series
Bibliotheca Historico-Ecclesiastica Lundensis, ISSN 0346-5438 ; 62
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37187 (URN)978-91-983171-4-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved
Gunner, G. (2018). Hanna Cordelia Ouchterlony. Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hanna Cordelia Ouchterlony
2018 (Swedish)In: Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon, ISSN 2003-0088Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2018
Keywords
Hanna Ouchterlony, 18800-talet, 1900-talet, kristendom
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34893 (URN)
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2018-04-25Bibliographically approved
Gunner, G. (2018). Ingrid Laura Hildur Petri. Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ingrid Laura Hildur Petri
2018 (Swedish)In: Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon, ISSN 2003-0088Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborgs universitet, 2018
Keywords
Laura Petri, 1900-talet, kristendom, socialt arbete, teologer
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34895 (URN)
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2020-03-24Bibliographically approved
Gunner, G. (2018). Missionen i Kongo. In: Görel Janarv (Ed.), Uppdrag Kongo: Berättelsen om ett konstverk (pp. 14-25). Karlstad: Votum & Gullers förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Missionen i Kongo
2018 (Swedish)In: Uppdrag Kongo: Berättelsen om ett konstverk / [ed] Görel Janarv, Karlstad: Votum & Gullers förlag , 2018, p. 14-25Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Votum & Gullers förlag, 2018
National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36654 (URN)978-91-88435-70-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-10-25 Created: 2018-10-25 Last updated: 2018-10-26Bibliographically approved
Gunner, G. (2018). Nelly Amalia Hall. Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nelly Amalia Hall
2018 (Swedish)In: Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon, ISSN 2003-0088Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2018
Keywords
Nelly Hall, missionärer, predikanter, lärare, kristendom, 1800-talet, 1900-talet
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34892 (URN)
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2018-04-25Bibliographically approved
Nordbäck, C. & Gunner, G. (2016). S:t Katarina svenska församling i S:t Petersburg: Kyrkan som minnespolitisk arena, andlig gemenskap och transkulturellt rum. Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift, 116, 41-55
Open this publication in new window or tab >>S:t Katarina svenska församling i S:t Petersburg: Kyrkan som minnespolitisk arena, andlig gemenskap och transkulturellt rum
2016 (Swedish)In: Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift, ISSN 0085-2619, Vol. 116, p. 41-55Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: , 2016
Keywords
Historiebruk, Minnespolitik, Kyrkohistoria, S:t Petersburg
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33931 (URN)755/3.1.1/2014 (Local ID)755/3.1.1/2014 (Archive number)755/3.1.1/2014 (OAI)
Projects
Porten till Ryssland
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Note

ISBN 978-91-982192-5-8 

Available from: 2017-12-18 Created: 2017-12-18 Last updated: 2018-12-17Bibliographically approved
Gunner, G. (2015). Ett fotfäste i Afrika - om grundandet av Svenska missionsstationer under 1800-talet (1ed.). YMER, 135(2015), 103-118
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ett fotfäste i Afrika - om grundandet av Svenska missionsstationer under 1800-talet
2015 (Swedish)In: YMER, ISSN 0044-0477, Vol. 135, no 2015, p. 103-118Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Svenska sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi, 2015 Edition: 1
Keywords
Missionsstationer, missionshistoria, Sydafrika
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27437 (URN)978-91-982150-1-4 (ISBN)
Note

Årsbokstitel: Sverige utanför : svensk makt och dess spår i utlandet ISBN 978-91-982150-1-4

Available from: 2015-05-12 Created: 2015-05-12 Last updated: 2017-05-12Bibliographically approved
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