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Thursday, November 3, 2016 • 7:30 pm
Bucher Meetinghouse

The Entrepreneurship among the Conservative Laestadian Movement

Conservative Laestadianism is a Lutheran revival movement group that emerged in the nineteenth century inspired by German pietism. Located mainly in Finland, it is the largest revival movement in Scandinavia and has some 100,000–120,000 adherents worldwide. The group claims to be the only true Christians, the Kingdom of God on earth. It belongs to the Finnish Evangelical-Lutheran Church and has a strong social, political, and economic position in Finnish society. 

Conservative Laestadians form a strongly normative community, maintaining strict guidelines for religious issues and for daily life. Entrepreneurial activities are fairly common in the movement, and the entrepreneurial networks among the members of the community are dense. In her talk, Aini Linjakumpu will focus on the group's entrepreneurship and discuss the framework the religious communality forms for economic activities and networks

Snowden Fellow Aini Linjakumpu is a lecturer in politics at the University of Lapland and an adjunct professor at the University of Tampere, Finland.  

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