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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Auli Vähäkangas is professor in pastoral theology as well as vice dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is the author of Christian Couples Coping with Childlessness: Narratives from Machame, Kilimajaro. Vähäkangas’ research has focused on those in the margins: HIV-positives and childless people in their communities. She has additionally done research on palliative care and on African feminist theology.


  • 614 Theology
  • pastoral theology, pastoral psychology

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

Publications 2004 2019

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

Muistelun rituaalit rekonstruoivat kiintymyssuhdetta kuolleeseen: Douglas Daviesin näkemys surusta

Vähäkangas, A. M., 2019, In : Teologinen Aikakauskirja. 124, 1, p. 33-44 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Relationality as the basis of hope: embodied experiences during life-threatening illness

Vähäkangas, A. M. & Saarelainen, S-M. K., 1 Mar 2019, Reforming practical theology : The politics of body and space. Vähäkangas, A., Angel, S. & Helboe Johansen, K. (eds.). Tübingen: International Academy of Practical Theology, p. 76-82 7 p. (International Academy of Practical Theology. Conference Series; no. 1).

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

Open Access

Book Reviews: Mark J. Cartledge: Narratives and Numbers: Empirical Studies of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity.

Vähäkangas, A. M., 1 May 2018, In : Mission Studies. 35, 2, p. 301-302 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientific

Open Access

Experiences of (mis)recognition of same-sex partnerships in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

Hellqvist, E. & Vähäkangas, A., Jun 2018, In : Exchange. 47, 3, p. 258-281 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Projects 2013 2021

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

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


Project: Research project

Activities 2008 2019

Marriage, childlessness, and stigmatization in Cameroon

Auli Vähäkangas (Supervisor)
22 May 2019

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Older men and grief

Auli Vähäkangas (Speaker)
27 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Relationality in the Finnish Practical Theology

Auli Vähäkangas (Speaker)
12 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Durham University

Auli Vähäkangas (Visiting researcher)
12 Apr 201820 Jun 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Reforming: Space, body, and politics.

Auli Vähäkangas (Speaker: Presenter)
20 Apr 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks