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Article: Spirituality in Contemporary Ireland: Manifesting Indigeneity, by Bernadette Flanagan and Michael O’Sullivan

The article‘s two authors, Bernadette Flanagan and Michael O’Sullivan, write that scholars of Christian spirituality need to look beyond classical Christian texts to understand developments in contemporary spirituality.  In the case of contemporary spirituality in Ireland, we need to explore practices that predate the advent of Christianity in that country. They introduce their approach in the following excerpt:

… this article will focus in particular on an ethnographic/historical account of how the inter-spiritual blend of indigenous tradition and Christianity is a characteristic feature of an emerging spirituality in Ireland.

In other words, many have responded to the crisis of credibility of religious institutions by wedding a Christian upbringing with pre/early Christian spiritual practices, which are orally available from living older generations in Ireland. The significant emerging spiritual practices that will be reviewed in this article will be the revitalization of Pilgrim paths; the visitation of Holy Wells; the restoration of Pattern Days, celebration of the four key festivals of the Celtic calendar; the engagement between Old and New Monasticism and the turn to public celebrations of ancient Celtic festivals. For some people these new expressions are a retrieval of a neglected stream within Catholicism; whereas for others the new expressions are a mark of separation from the past.

Here’s the article’s citation data:

Flanagan, B. & O’Sullivan, M. “Spirituality in Contemporary Ireland: Manifesting Indigeneity.” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, vol. 16 no. 3, 2016, pp. 55-73.

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Papers: Michel de Certeau Symposium

The latest issue of Spiritus (Fall 2012) has the following papers by SSCS members:

  • Michel de Certeau: Spirituality and The Practice of Everyday Life by Philip Sheldrake
  • “Things that used to be familiar . . . become strange”: de Certeau and the Possession at Loudun by Douglas E. Christie

Both papers were delivered at a symposium on Michel de Certeau during the 2011 meeting of the AAR. Spiritus editor Christie writes in his introduction that the symposium “touches on this and many other questions arising from his life and work on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. He remains an immensely challenging thinker, not least because of his insistence on paying careful attention to and documenting the minute particulars of human experience, and giving voice to the nearly endless complexity of the historical and cultural contexts in which they find their meaning.”