Saint Peter's new churches: The indigenization of Neo-Charismatic Christianity in St. Petersburg

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The neo-charismatic movement has rapidly expanded globally. The article examines how the western-based religious movement has been indigenized in Russia. It focuses on the analysis of ethnographic data collected in four neo-charismatic churches in St Petersburg between 2006 and 2009. The data were collected through interviews and participant observations as well as analysis of Internet sources and texts that the churches had produced. This article asks: How have the neo-charismatic churches with western origin been tailored to Russian atmosphere? Which strategies and tools have been used by church leaders and members to legitimize and negotiate the position of these movements in society? What distinguishes the churches in this study, and what do they have in common? My findings indicate that neo-charismaticism is indigenized when churches distance themselves from what are viewed as western values and adapt localized rituals, re-construct the usable narratives of the history, and work to alleviate Russian societal problems. The churches differ from each other in their age cohorts, worship styles and outreach strategies, but they share an orientation to social responsibility and individual self-discipline as well as a conservative ethos in ethical questions.
TidskriftNordic Journal of Religion and Society
Sidor (från-till)19-38
Antal sidor20
StatusPublicerad - 2014
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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