Spirituality imprisoned

MacInnes, Elaine (1998) Spirituality imprisoned. RERC Second Series Occasional Papers;16..

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Abstract

Spirituality Imprisoned. It is not easy to come up with a working definition of spirituality. From everything I’ve read on the subject as preparation, I am assured that just about everybody has his or her own definition for spirituality. We would, in all probability, agree that there are many kinds of spirituality, some of which fit under a larger umbrella. For instance, there is a wellknown Franciscan spirituality, which comes not only from the personality of the man who spoke to birds and flowers, but also from Christian spirituality as well. And in the contemporary world there also seems to be a kind of New Age spirituality, which I have met since coming to England, in which one is presumed to be a Buddhist at heart, a vegetarian, a practitioner of alternative therapies and an animal rights protector. To me, spirituality is something much more intimate. The other aspect to be considered is imprisonment. I must admit I couldn’t see any easy checkmate in that area either. The more I sink into the work of the Prison Phoenix Trust, the more insidious ‘imprisonment’ becomes. The past five years with the Trust have been a great eye-opener in the various forms which unfreedom sometimes takes. We will look at some of them. I have spent the last 35 years of my life trying to discover what a lived spirituality really is. Today, I would like to re-live part of that journey with you, as we consider together the way of spirituality imprisoned which we are all travelling.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Series: RERC Second Series Occasional Papers;16.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Experience (Religion)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre > Second Series of Occasional Papers
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 14:09
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 14:10
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/390

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