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Lives lived in spirit : Quaker service for peace and social justice in the Canadian context

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Lives lived in spirit : Quaker service for peace and social justice in the Canadian context

Smith, Lisa Ann (2006) Lives lived in spirit : Quaker service for peace and social justice in the Canadian context. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis provides an account of Quaker service work for peace and social justice in the Canadian context, drawing from life history interviews gathered during attendance at Canadian Yearly Meeting and Canadian Friends Service Committee meetings. Interviews explored each individual's involvement in peace and social justice within the context of their Quaker spirituality. The analysis of the interviews emphasizes that religion is woven into each person's life over time and through experiences. Further, because Quaker spirituality emphasizes that each person has the capacity to commune with the Divine on an individual basis, the nature of religious experience will differ. This problematizes the notion that religiously-based service for peace and social justice derives from one type of religious experience. Instead, this research shows how, for Quakers, involvement in peace and social justice is intimately connected to personal experiences of the Divine, which are both fostered and tempered by their spiritual community.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Smith, Lisa Ann
Pagination:vi, 161 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2006
Thesis Supervisor(s):Beaman, Lori
ID Code:9132
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:45
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:45
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