Sacred Stories: Spirituality and Religion in Everyday Life

Team Members/Contributors

Nancy T. Ammerman Boston University Contact Me

About this sabbatical grant for researchers

The project to be undertaken during this sabbatical year is a book that will document the way religious and spiritual realities operate across the many social domains of daily lived experience. It will examine how people talk about what religion is, where they encounter spirituality, what they mean by faith. It draws on narratives from a diverse array of contemporary Americans – both conservative and liberal Protestants, African American Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Wiccans, and people who claim no religious or spiritual proclivities -- across a range that stretches from committed religious believers to those who are spiritually neutral. It will outline the taxonomy of definitions of religion and spirituality, as they emerged in the stories themselves. It will then analyze the theological and spiritual elements in those stories as they intersect with home, work, leisure, experiences of health and illness, encounters with nature, and service in the community. Drawing on life history interviews, oral diaries, and photo elicitation interviews, the book will examine the presence and absence of sacred realities in ordinary physical and social spaces. It will also argue strongly that religious traditions and communities continue to play a critical role in fostering spiritual experience and providing religious vocabulary.

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