Practical Theology

  • Finland

Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The Department of Practical Theology focuses on the operations of different churches and other religious communities - in their foundabons, theories and practical results. The Department is responsible for teaching in the following three disciplines: General Practical Theology, Religious Education, and Church and Social Studies. The Department is also responsible for the applied studies which give students the opportuniq to acquire practical experience of congregational and religious work while also putting theoretical knowledge into practice.

The Department of Practical Theology is engaged in a number of research projects, some of which are international joint ventures and some of national importance. The Department participates in the nationwide interdisciplinary research programme on "The Economic Crisis of the 1990s in Finland", launched by the Academy of Finland. One of the international ventures is the research project on visual theology together with the Department of Art History of the University of Jyvaskyla, the Department of Church Architecture and Modern Church Art of the Universiq of Marburg, and the Liturgical Institute of the State University of Groningen; this study investigates the ecclesiastical art and theology of images in Finnish churches. A joint Nordic project is the study on children's life situations and their interpretations of life.

The Department is collaborating in a Nordic homiletic project on Lutheran sermon in the Nordic countries, and with the Research Institute of the Lutheran Church in Finland and Suomen Gallup (Finnish Gallup) on an extensive project called "European Values."

Ongoing research activities include an extensive project on pastoral care, an investigation into church administration and operational planning, and a study on Finnish liturgical tradition. Finnish religiosiq and the study of religious movements are a part of the Department's research areas. Further projects are studies on religious learning, distance teaching in religious pedagogy, further training for church employees, religious committment, alienation, and international relations of the churches.

Kuvio Digital Archives (www.kuvio.helsinki.fi), an umbrella archives for various academic uses, has been developed since 1995 at the Department of Practical Theology. Its backbone is the Archives for the Church Architecture and the Arts, which comprises of over 3000 press quality scans of modern European church architecture.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Projects 2002 2021

Kaupunkilainen köyhyys tänään

Grönlund, H. & Seppälä, T.

01/06/201731/12/2019

Project: Research project

MeRela: Meaningful Relations: Patient and family carer encountering death at home

Vähäkangas, A., Seppänen, M., Saarelainen, S. & Mäki-Petäjä-Leinonen, A.

09/01/201731/03/2021

Project: Research project

ProNoLa: Protestant Legacies in Nordic Law: Uses of the Past in the Construction of the Secularity of Law

Christoffersen, L., Slotte, P., Rasmussen, T., Lind, A., Heinig, H., Knuutila, J., Bastubacka, J., Gregersen, N. H., Dreyer, R. H. C., Tönnesen, A., Årsheim, H., Sunde, J. Ø., Wejryd, C., Enkvist, V., Modéer, K. Å., Kauffman, T. & Munsonius, H.

01/09/201630/06/2019

Project: Research project

Publications 1968 2020

Avioliitto yhteiskunnallisena ja kirkollisena instituutiona Suomessa 1200-luvulta 2000-luvun alkuun oikeudellisten näkemysten valossa.

Knuutila, J., 19 Jun 2019, Perhe ja avioliitto muutoksessa.. Hytönen, M. (ed.). 1. ed. Tampere: Kirkon tutkimuskeskus, Vol. 127. (Kirkon tutkimuskeskus).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Conformity and resistance in personalized same-sex prayer rituals in Finland

Vähäkangas, A. M., 4 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Theology and Sexuality.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Does it Make a Difference? The Effects of Volunteering from the Viewpoint of Recipients: A Literature Review

Grönlund, H. & Falk, H., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Diaconia. The Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities 1968 2019

Member of doctoral thesis committee (Event)

Maija Penttilä (Assessment)
18 Jan 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

Sosiaalityön tutkimuksen päivät 2019

Tuija Seppälä (Speaker: Presenter), Hanna Falk (Speaker: Presenter)
9 May 201910 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Raamattuteologinen asiantuntijaseminaari 2019

Sini Hulmi (Attendee)
8 Jan 20199 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Kaupunkitutkimuksen päivät 2019

Henrietta Grönlund (Speaker: Chair)
25 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Intercultural Education (Journal)

Anuleena Kimanen (Reviewer)
25 Apr 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Prizes

Dissertation award

Anne Birgitta Pessi (Recipient), Jun 2006

Prize: Prizes and awards

Dissertation Award

Anne Birgitta Pessi (Recipient), Apr 2005

Prize: Prizes and awards

Docent of the year / Vuoden dosentti

Henrietta Grönlund (Recipient), 28 Mar 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Doctor Primus

Anne Birgitta Pessi (Recipient), May 2005

Prize: Prizes and awards

Emerging Scolar Award

Anne Birgitta Pessi (Recipient), Nov 2005

Prize: Prizes and awards

Press / Media

Lehtisaari päätyi kirkolle kauan sitten

Jyrki Knuutila

25/04/2019

1 media contribution

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Notre Dame -kirkon palo Pariisissa

Jyrki Knuutila

15/04/2019

1 media contribution

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Kirkon varsinainen asia on pelastus

Jyrki Knuutila

07/03/2019

1 media contribution

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Tuhka voidaan siunata ruumiin sijasta harvoin.

Jyrki Knuutila

02/03/2019

1 media contribution

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Pitäisikö saarnastuolia avata eri alojen asiantuntijoille?

Jyrki Knuutila

24/02/2019

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media