Healthcare contexts, as complex social systems and microcosms of broader society, are settings where prayer and religion come into play, and yet little research that has religion as the focus has been conducted in Canadian or British healthcare settings. Our specific focus on prayer stems from the stance that prayer is a vital activity on which other religious practices depend, and our approach is situated within the sociology of prayer as we examine the social relations that influence and are enacted through the expression of prayer in healthcare.

This project aims to explore the ways that prayer is manifest–whether embraced, tolerated, or resisted–in healthcare settings.

This is being accomplished through participatory, ethnographic methods, with research sites in Vancouver, Canada and in London, United Kingdom.