When prayer shows up

Our blog has been quiet, hasn’t it, as we’ve shifted from data collection and coding to full immersion in writing up our project with the book monograph we are preparing. Early in the writing up period, the research team met for a 3 day Think Tank in Vancouver (September 6 – 8, 2017). Sonya Sharma, … Continue reading “When prayer shows up”

Taking prayer on the road

The summer months are sometimes referred to as conference season and this year we are taking “Prayer as Transgression” on the road, with presentations in Toronto (May 28 – 30th, Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (Congress), Lausanne (July 4 – 6th, International Society for the Sociology of Religion), and Leeds (July 12 – … Continue reading “Taking prayer on the road”

I am not your doctor

  I am not your doctor By Lawrence T. Cheung January 12, 2017 Do I look like a doctor to you? Yes, I suppose so. Glasses, wrinkle free shirt, meticulously pressed pants…and yes, that non-anxious presence. No I am not your doctor. I can read your blood work and count your potassium. I can speak … Continue reading “I am not your doctor”

Prayer at work

Workplace spirituality has developed as a movement in the last decade or two to encompass the religious accommodation required by legislation (i.e., the employer is required to make reasonable accommodation for an employee’s religious practice or observance), the diversity management spawned as workforces become more diverse, and a philosophy that tending to human values (such … Continue reading “Prayer at work”

The ambiguities of nurses and prayer

We are interviewing nurses, doctors, and social workers (along with spiritual health practitioners) as part of our project, “Prayer as Transgression?” (See about project).  I’ve been intrigued with the responses of nurses because of my own identity as a nurse and nurse educator.  I am aware that there are great variations in what nurses (and … Continue reading “The ambiguities of nurses and prayer”

Keep calm and carry on

In this blog, I am musing about the influence of a national culture on how prayer is manifest in hospitals.  When asked what the desired outcome of spiritual care would be, a UK nurse in our Practice Advisory Group said it would be to communicate a sense of calm.  Another physician spoke about spiritual care … Continue reading “Keep calm and carry on”

Situated Knowledges: Reflections from the Field

I am in London for a fieldwork immersion at our London hospital research sites.  Conducting research in two countries, in two global cities, is turning out to offer rich points of view that can be very fruitful as heuristic to understand one’s own context. I have been struggling for an Archimedean point – that impossible … Continue reading “Situated Knowledges: Reflections from the Field”

Contemplative Practices and Prayer

I recently attended an intriguing conference presentation on contemplative pedagogy that left me wondering about the relationship between the contemplative practices and prayer (thanks to my colleagues at UVic Nursing – Drs. Anne Bruce, Deborah Thoun, and Coby Tschanz — who got me thinking!).  The presenters featured the resources of CMind, the Center for Contemplative … Continue reading “Contemplative Practices and Prayer”

About sanctuaries and hospitality

Written by Christina Beardsley,  Knowledge Broker & UK Site Principal Investigator    Above the entrance an inviting sign reads ‘The Sanctuary’, but a notice on the door forbids one to enter: ‘‘Keep Out: Painting in Progress’. When the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital opened in 1994, it had two sacred spaces: the Chapel, dedicated to St … Continue reading “About sanctuaries and hospitality”

Our Father and my father

Written by Sandra Graham, MSN Research Associate As I interview participants for this project and ponder their thoughts on prayer, it is hard not to think about prayer within my own personal context.   In fact, that is a very beneficial consequence of being a part of this research! I have a father with dementia and … Continue reading “Our Father and my father”