Flying fish : the experience of members of the United Church of Canada who participate in a contemplative prayer group

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dc.contributor.advisor Willhauck, Susan, 1955-
dc.creator Thompson, Brian Douglas
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-21T14:02:17Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-21T14:02:17Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/28928
dc.description 1 online resource (iv, 70 pages)
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (pages 55-64).
dc.description.abstract “Flying Fish: The Experience of Members of the United Church of Canada Who Participate in a Contemplative Prayer Group” is a transcendental phenomenological study that examines the experience of members of the United Church of Canada (UCC) with both the UCC and the contemplative prayer group (CPG) [Centering Prayer, Christian Mediation, Ignatian Exercises, and others] they attend. The experience inside each group (CPG and UCC) and the combination were investigated, looking for trends or themes. A number of themes emerged: the hero’s journey, the living Christian prayer tradition and the emerging religious movement called “practice-orientated spiritualities.” The research also led to several critical questions: Are CPGs elitist? Is there proper scriptural support for CPGs? Do CPGs promote spiritual utopianism? Opportunities identified by the research include emerging practice-orientated spiritualities, the need for silent practice and, most significantly, the renewed need for teaching prayer. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Atlantic School of Theology
dc.title Flying fish : the experience of members of the United Church of Canada who participate in a contemplative prayer group en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Divinity
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Theology
thesis.degree.grantor Atlantic School of Theology


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