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"She sees the smallest ones ..”: Children´s construction of love and longing for the charismatic leader in Knutby Filadelfia, Sweden
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies. Gothenburg University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0132-2074
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Knutby Filadelfia is a Christian congregation of approximately 85 members residing outside Uppsala, Sweden. The group became publicly known in January 2004 when a pastor allegedly persuaded a young female member to shoot two other members, one of whom died. The perpetrator of the crime was under the impression that she acted according to God’s will. The murdered member’s sister, Pastor Åsa M Waldau, called “the bride of Christ” by the media, has a unique position as the group´s charismatic leader. Since 2008 Waldau has gone into seclusion, leaving her post as a pastor as an effect of the media coverage. Her role in the congregation is still, however, of great importance. This presentation aims at describing the children in the congregation with special focus on how they perceive their relation to Waldau, and argues that her role as a charismatic leader was enhanced by her withdrawal from the group.

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Health and Welfare, Barn i minoritetssamfund: religiösa uppväxter
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-22468OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-22468DiVA: diva2:943517
Nordic Conference for the Sociology of Religion, Helsinki, 17-17 August 2016
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-06-28 Created: 2016-06-28 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved

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