As for Melucci's statement regarding "new elites," it is useful to consider that while
countercultural spirituality has been ... suggested affinity with numerous sources,
so did I utilize numerous strategies 24 New Spirituality, Self, and Belonging.
Author: Jon P. Bloch
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Through in-depth interviews with 22 New Agers and Neo-Pagans, this study proposes a new model of religious identity from a sociological standpoint. The analysis demonstrates that in spite of their great diversity of beliefs and lack of strong organizational ties, a discernible community of alternative spiritualists does exist. This volume will appeal not only to scholars of the sociology of religion, but also to sociologists interested in community building, social movements, and self-identity.
People attracted to alternative spirituality , including New Age Celticism , tend to
be at odds with what they perceive as the over - rationalization of mainstream
society and structure ... 154 Bloch , New Spirituality , Self , and Belonging , 9.
Author: Lisa Davenport Jenkins
Category: Celtic music
76-78 ; John P. Bloch , New Spirituality , Self , and Belonging : How New Agers
and Neo - Pagans Talk about Themselves ( Westport , CT : Praeger , 1988 ) , pp .
1-2 ; Robert S. Ellwood , The Sixties Spiritual Awakening ( New Brunswick , NJ ...
Author: Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo
Publisher: Culture America (Hardcover)
Explores how gender was percieved within the counterculture of the 1960s, and the lives of the women who lived within the world of "free love."
Category: American literature
Jon P. Bloch, New Spirituality, Self, and Belonging: How New Agers and Neo-
Pagans Talk about Themselves (Westport, Conn.; Praeger, 1998); Aidan A. Kelly,
"An Update 3 on Neopagan Witchcraft in America,” in Perspectives on the New ...
Author: Stewart M. Hoover
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Increasingly, the religious practices people engage in and the ways they talk about what is meaningful or sacred take place in the context of media culture—in the realm of the so-called secular. Focusing on this intersection of the sacred and the secular, this volume gathers together the work of media experts, religious historians, sociologists of religion, and authorities on American studies and art history. Topics range from Islam on the Internet to the quasi-religious practices of Elvis fans, from the uses of popular culture by the Salvation Army in its early years to the uses of interactive media technologies at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Beit Hashoah Museum of Tolerance. The issues that the essays address include the public/private divide, the distinctions between the sacred and profane, and how to distinguish between the practices that may be termed "religious" and those that may not.
Bloch, New Spirituality, Self, and Belonging, 9. 31. Bauman qtd. in Erricker,
Contemporary Spiritualities, xviii. 32. Bloch, New Spirituality, Self, and Belonging,
2. 33. Giago qtd. in Rice, Before the Great Spirit, 4. 34. Walker, interview by
Author: Karla Simcikova
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
To Live Fully, Here and Now formulates a coherent and comprehensive understanding of Alice Walker's spiritual wisdom in the age of heightened global awareness, natural devastation, and spiritual crisis. Simcikova argues that to fully understand Walker's complex and multi-layered concept of spirituality, we have to move beyond the womanist model to incorporate and/or accommodate all the influences that have had a significant impact on Walker, particularly her interest in Native American spirituality. Simcikova also offers a new paradigm of wholeness, unity, and interconnectedness for critical analysis of her Walker's latest works. This ground-breaking book will find audiences across disciplines as it addresses the fundamental ethical question of what it means to be human.
Modern Religious Cults and Society : A Sociological Interpretation of a Modern
Religious Phenomenon . NY : AMS Press , 1970 . Bloch , Jon P. New Spirituality ,
Self and Belonging : How New Agers and Neo - Pagans Talk About Themselves .
Author: Dawn Hutchinson
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub
Category: Social Science
Although religious innovation in America has historically been the norm rather than the exception, mainstream Americans have often viewed new religious movements with suspicion and occasionally with outright alarm. The question motivating many studies of new religious movements has been why would someone join these religions? In Antiquity and Social Reform, Dawn Hutchinson offers at least one answer to this often repeated query. She argues that followers of new religious movements in the 1960s1980s, specifically the Unification Church, Feminist Wicca and the Nation of Yahweh, considered these religions to be legitimate because they offered members a personal religious experience, a connection to an ancient tradition, and agency in improving their world. Utilizing an historical approach, Antiquity and Social Reform considers the conversion narratives of adherents and primary literature of the formative years of these movements, which demonstrates that the religious experiences of the adherents, and a resonance with the goals of these religions, propelled members into social action.
Soul healing : A spiritual orientation in counseling and therapy . New York ... In M
. Dillon ( Ed . ) , Handbook of the sociology of religion ( pp . ... New spirituality ,
self , and belonging : How new agers and neo - pagans talk about themselves .
Author: Thomas W. Blume
A complete and accessible resource for working with couples and families Becoming a Family Counselor sets a new standard for family therapy texts. Working from a broad historical orientation, it focuses on the common themes that reappear across various theoretical approaches and connects family practice with individual approaches. Crossing boundaries of generation, gender, race, and culture, this useful introduction presents current thinking related to today's practice issues. The text begins with an overview of couple and family counseling, emphasizing the diversity and unity in the field. The development of the field is examined, from its roots in the nineteenth century through its identity crisis in the 1980s. Subsequent chapters lay out an integrated approach to contemporary family research, theory, and therapy; core chapters focus on understanding the contributions of behavioral, organizational, narrative, emotional, and spiritual perspectives. The last section of the book offers practical chapters on conducting family therapy in organizational contexts that often define the client in individual terms. Readers are encouraged to balance a change orientation with a respect for continuity and tradition. Complete with illuminating case studies, self-evaluation exercises, suggestions for independent study, and current ethics codes, Becoming a Family Counselor is a dynamic resource suitable for both students and practicing mental health professionals.
Belonging Here is a lifesaving book that shows how our spiritual gifts become entryways into both the depths of human connection and our innermost selves.
Author: Judith Blackstone
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Profound empathy. Clear insight. A gift for healing. These are just some of the talents of the "spiritually sensitive" person--yet these apparent blessings can often become a source of loneliness, self-doubt, and limitation. Belonging Here is a lifesaving book that shows how our spiritual gifts become entryways into both the depths of human connection and our innermost selves. Written by one spiritual sensitive for another, Belonging Here draws from Dr. Blackstone's personal story as well as her 30-year psychotherapy practice, which has focused on teaching clients how to integrate personal healing and spiritual awakening through an embodied approach she calls the Realization Process. Join this pioneering teacher to explore five of the most common challenges of the spiritually sensitive, along with exercises and meditations for living mindfully and compassionately with each, including: Thin Skin--how to create strong but permeable boundaries between ourselves and the external environment Landing on Earth--staying grounded within the whole of one's body by mending inner fragmentation Hearing the Cries of the World--how to open to our own joy even as we respond to the suffering in the world around us Shape Shifters--removing the protective masks of the false personality The Stranger--how to make the return from self-exile to self-acceptance You can live authentically in a world that once seemed alien. You can find happiness and acceptance where isolation and confusion have reigned. You can come home at last, with Belonging Here.
... New Spiritual - ity , Self , and Belonging ) has come up with 12 different parts
that gay men play in order to keep themselves from getting too inti - mate with
their partners . He calls these “ OWTAs ” — Oscar - Winning Typecast Ap -
We who have before us the high aim of serving man's spirit even more than his
body need to review and revive our own spiritual life . There is a kind of facile
religion belonging to this age which lacks conviction , intensity , capacity for self ...
Author: L. Swetenham
Category: Church year meditations
Building on the emphasis on family in Genesis, she focuses on the way family storytelling is a means of holding together the interpretation of the text and the constitution of the reading community.
Author: Amanda Beckenstein Mbuvi
Genesis calls its readers into a vision of human community unconstrained by the categories that dominate modern thinking about identity. Genesis situates humanity within a network of nurture that encompasses the entire cosmos--only then introducing Israel not as a people, but as a promise. Genesis prioritizes a human identity that originates in the divine word and depends on ongoing relationship with God. Those called into this new mode of belonging must forsake the social definition that had structured their former life, trading it for an alternative that will only gradually take shape. In contrast to the rigidity that typifies modern notions, Genesis depicts identity as fundamentally fluid. Encounter with God leads to a new social self, not a "spiritual" self that operates only within parameters established in the body at birth. In Belonging in Genesis, Amanda Mbuvi highlights the ways narrative and the act of storytelling function to define and create a community. Building on the emphasis on family in Genesis, she focuses on the way family storytelling is a means of holding together the interpretation of the text and the constitution of the reading community. Explicitly engaging the way in which readers regard the biblical text as a point of reference for their own (collective) identities leads to an understanding of Genesis as inviting its readers into a radically transformative vision of their place in the world.
New spirituality , self , and belonging : How new agers and neo - pagans talk
about themselves . Westport , CT : Praeger . Blumenfeld , W. J. , & Raymond , K. (
1988 ) . Looking at gay and lesbian life . New York : Philosophical Library Bobin ...
Author: Marsha Wiggins Frame
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company
This text is intended to help counselors and other mental health practitioners make informed and effective interventions with clients for whom religion and spirituality are significant concerns. It is comprehensive, providing information on religious systems and spiritual beliefs as well as clinical strategies and interventions. Throughout the text, the author weaves the theme in of understanding how the counselor's own worldview and values impact working with clients and offers activities and cases for exploring this further.
Self-Belonging gifts the reader with an opportunity to connect with the authentic self, build joyful relationships, and merge into one’s highest destiny with confidence.
Author: Luann Robinson Hull
Publisher: Top Reads Publishing, LLC
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau “True happiness is rooted in a strong sense of personal worthiness which I call Self Belonging.” —Luann Robinson Hull Self-Belonging dives deeply into the subject of dependency in relationships—inspired by the author’s personal challenges. While devoting twenty-five years to helping others break through the barriers of mental illness and life-crisis as a Clinical Social Worker, Luann Robinson Hull found herself repeatedly falling back into destructive habits in her own relationships. A truly wounded healer, Hull was motivated to confront the “raw and rugged mess” of her own emotions. After years of research and study into neuroscience, spirituality, and positive psychology, she offers break-through, cutting edge information on how to literally dial in new pathways in the brain, using a combo-platter of science and spirituality—such as taking advantage of the brain’s ability to re-organize itself (neuroplasticity) with mental-focus practices. With sisterly advice and humor, Hull shares her own ventures into (and out of) love and consciousness, lacing her story with wit and grit as she guides readers through the trenches sharing lifelines of wisdom along the way. She guides readers through many journeys: • Self Belonging • The Human Upgrade • Raising Your Happiness Potential • How Conditioning Influences Relationships • Conscious Evolution: Becoming a Game Changer • Becoming the Master of Your Awareness • Tools for Self belonging • Sweet Freedom and more. Self-Belonging gifts the reader with an opportunity to connect with the authentic self, build joyful relationships, and merge into one’s highest destiny with confidence.
Previous literature has identified a relationship between spiritual struggle and suicidal ideation, along with other mental health symptoms such as hopelessness, depression, anxiety, and emotional disorders (Exline, Pargament, Grubbs, Yali, ...
Author: Nicholle R. Johnston
Category: Belonging (Social psychology)
Previous literature has identified a relationship between spiritual struggle and suicidal ideation, along with other mental health symptoms such as hopelessness, depression, anxiety, and emotional disorders (Exline, Pargament, Grubbs, Yali, 2014; Larson & Larson, 2003; Seigrist, 1996; Blazek, Kazmierczak, Besta, 2015; De Leo, 2002; Reiger, Peter, Roberts, 2015; Hovey, Hurtado, Morales, & Seligman, 2014). The Center of Disease and Prevention Control identifies suicide as a leading cause of young adult's deaths (2013). Lamberg (2006), suggests that approximately 24,000 college students across the United States attempt suicide each year. However, more prominent than death by suicide is suicidal ideation and suicide attempts (Taliaferro, Rienzo, Pigg, Miller & Dodd 2009). Current literature had not yet explored how belongingness, centrality, and/or self-esteem might be interconnected with spiritual struggle or suicidal ideation. The purpose of the current study was to examine the impact of hopelessness and belongingness, as well as explore the impact of spiritual centrality and self-esteem on the relationship between spiritual struggle and suicidal ideation. The current study included 302 undergraduate college students aged 18-29 (241 Females, 59 Males). Hayes (2013) PROCESS macro for SPSS was utilized to test for mediation and moderation effects. Results of participants who identified as Christian indicated a significant mediation of self-esteem and belongingness between the relationship of spiritual struggle and suicidal ideation. Centrality of religion was found to significantly moderate the relationship between spiritual struggle and suicidal ideation for Christian participants. For non- Christian participants, belongingness as well as self-esteem were found to positively mediate the relationship between spiritual struggle and suicidal ideation. Centrality of religion was found to not be significant moderator for non-Christian participants. Hopelessness was found to be a significant moderator for non-Christians and non-significant for Christian participants. Overall, results indicated that lack of belonging, hopelessness, and self-esteem are contributing factors that may predict suicidal ideation for non-Christians. Lack of belonging, self-esteem and low centrality of religion are contributing factors that may predict suicidal ideation for Christians.
... Heelas's analysis is that New Age , to a large extent , is a detraditionalized self
- religion.41 It rejects and transcends voices that speak with external and
established authority from the past as well as voices belonging to the established
Author: J. Andrew Kirk
"An original international collaboration, To Stake a Claim researches the relationship between what counted for "knowledge" in the West, how this knowledge has changed over the years, and how those changes related to the mission of the church as an evangelizer within Western culture." "Examining four key areas of study, To Stake a Claim evaluates the dominant positions in contemporary philosophy regarding truth, rationality and pluralism. It first analyzes consequences for humanity that holding these positions implies. Next, it looks at faith, religion and revelation in the context of the dominant positions of contemporary philosophy discussed in the first part. The third part explores the dominant positions of contemporary theology. Finally, it summarizes the epistemological problems involved in the process of communicating the Gospel within Western culture and evaluates the theological and missiological views of this communication."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
But this is obviously to be expected CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY in a worldview
self - consciously based on “ right - brain ” intuitive thinking . ... to discover New
Age is often referred to by those who and recognize the fundamental characteris
promote it as a “ new spirituality . ... as simply “ spiritual , ” rather ideas have been
taken from ancient religions than belonging to any religion , but there and
Includes recent papal letters, addresses and other major Church documents.
Still , it is possible not to belong to these controlling forces , not to build our
dwelling place among them , but rather to make different choices . ... We belong
to our spiritual self , our soul . ... Now you have a new companion , your spiritual
Author: Peter M. Kalellis
Category: Family & Relationships
The author of One More Spring, Restoring Relationships shows readers how to unleash undisovered resources of emotion and spirit, presenting practices and techniques that are designed to bring these energies to the surface. Original.
New Age Religion and Western Culture : Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular
Thought ( Albany : SUNY Press , 1988 ) ; ( 2 ) Jon P. Block , New Spirituality , Self
, and Belonging : How New Agers and Neo - Pagans Talk about Themselves ...
Author: John A. Saliba
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
For Christians, the first encounter with the New Age Movement may prove confusing. On the one hand, there is an attraction in New Age ideology and ritual practice, but on the other, this very attraction raises theological and pastoral questions for the Churces, whose responses have been ambiguous and conflicting. The author analyses the real challenge the New Age offers the Churches today, and gives and overview of the way in which Christian groups have responded to it.
The diverse spiritual scene at this time was supposedly covered by the terms “
new age ” and “ esotericism ... Islam and a German - speaking academic culture
originating from a milieu of self - awareness devoid of religious belonging ( e . g .
Author: Sigrid Nökel
Publisher: Transcript Verlag
Category: Social Science
In the post-9/11 era the complexity of Muslim and non-Muslim relations within Europe has sharpened: Global events have contributed to the reshaping of religious and cultural, in particular Muslim, representations and arenas. The position of Europe as such is in doubt. Much of its future depends on how to deal with the emerging new ideals and realities with respect to religion and the challenges of Islam in Europe. Muslim participation in contemporary European affair has been long standing. But in the past the minority status of such ethnic and religious communities from the Middle East has never been in question. Now they are, Cities and communities now boast Muslim majorities. Questions emerge of bilingualism, political participation, head dress at public institutions of learning, and protection of other minorities, such as the Jewish community. On the other side, European concerns over immigration, unemployment, health and welfare for the newly arrived, and the admission of predominantly Muslim states into the European Community have begun to test the social welfare systems of many nations within Europe. The idea of cultural exchange based on tolerance has lost its magical aura. Volume 6 of the Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam presents a variety of discussions and case studies from different European countries related to how Muslims are responding to this situation, how they and Muslim representation change, and how cultural and public negotiation is involved in shaping new perceptions of Islam and Europe.