Situated Knowledges:  Reflections from the Field

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

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”

How did we come to study prayer in Canadian and British hospitals?

How did we come to study prayer in Canadian and British hospitals?

This project on prayer in hospital settings in Canada and Britain is part serendipity and part long-term planning. Serendipity as we had not been planning to study prayer as a specific spiritual practice until there was a call for research on new directions in the study of prayer a few years ago. That got Sonya … Continue reading “How did we come to study prayer in Canadian and British hospitals?”

How do you define prayer?

How do you define prayer?

Prayer is an ancient practice and like other spiritual concepts is difficult to define. Although there is some disciplinary variance, the general understanding is that prayer involves connection between humans and the divine. Our interest in the expression of prayer in health care includes the prevalence, the conceptualizations, and the varied forms it takes. Already … Continue reading “How do you define prayer?”