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.
I recently finished a week of immersive fieldwork at our research sites in Vancouver. I parachuted in for the week, and just as I was getting comfortable, parachuted right back out. Although my visit was short, the ethnographic experiences were rich and provided me with much food for thought about the fieldwork process itself. I would … Continue reading “Building Rapport”
The question, ‘prayer as transgression?’, which is the title of our project, has often been read as a statement. The question itself has raised various responses including, ‘prayer is not negative’ or ‘I don’t agree that prayer is a transgression’. Several people we’ve met during our research have associated the word ‘transgression’ with The Lord’s … Continue reading “Prayer as transgression?”
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?”
It’s springtime in Vancouver and we’ve begun data collection in various healthcare settings. Located in a leafy green neighbourhood, we visited a residential care home where we were introduced to two of the chaplains, one who showed us the Sacred Spaces that residents have access to. During this tour, she told us about the range … Continue reading “1 room, 4 beds, 4 residents, 4 religions, 4 languages”