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”
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”
We express our deep sympathies to the worshippers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Quebec City, where violence struck during prayer. We stand in solidarity with people around the world who fear violence because of their beliefs and practices.
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?”
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?”
The Angus Reid Institute (a public opinion poll) released the results of a poll in May 2016 on the prevalence of prayer among Canadians. No, we did not commission this poll but it could not have been more timely, the very month we started our fieldwork on this project on the expression of prayer in … Continue reading “Do Canadians Pray?”