Geography and religion

Exploring beyond the stained glass windows: recovering the use of outdoor sacred space for Lutheran spiritual formation through the use of participatory action research

Author
Keith A Spencer
Abstract
This project documents the experience of seven participants in a Lutheran congregation in Pembroke Pines, Florida, who engaged in a participatory action research study in order to better understand how outdoor sacred space provides opportunities for spiritual formation. Results from the study suggest that outdoor sacred space is an important locus for spiritual formation. Among the important themes that the group identified were: sacred presence, struggle, defining sacred space, response to the sacred, individual versus communal experience, and visibility and perception. The collaborative dimensions of PAR led to greater participant engagement and broadened the group's perceptions and increased their creativity.
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