This article reflects on the importance of being aware of one’s own situatedness when carrying
out empirical research. The unforeseen outcome of a project in which we studied converting refugees’
encounter with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark provoked these reflections. The fieldwork
was carried out in a particular congregation in Copenhagen that has attracted many asylum seekers,
primarily of Muslim background. The empirical work revealed that the scholars, as participant observers,
experienced the situation in the congregation quite differently than did the refugees. Initially, the scholars
did not recognise conflicts and problems related to ethnicity, gender and class among the various groups of
refugees. However, interviews based on the refugees’ documentation of their experiences with and within
the congregation allowed different perspectives to be articulated. On one hand, perceptual blind spots
inspired reflection on the epistemological deficit that characterised the scholarly habitus. On the other,
our theological training did enable us to understand the migrant converts’ specific interpretation of the
Christian Gospel. The article concludes that it is important to see informants as collaborators with regard
to both scholarly reflexivity and the concrete outcome of research in a shared quest for ecclesiological
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