Rebecca L. Copeland

How to Learn from the Lily: Shifting Epistemologies

A field lily

Download PDF: Copeland, Learn from the Lily Editor’s note: This piece was first presented at a conference on religion and ecology at Emory University titled “The Sacred Mundane” on September 10 and 11, 2015.  Practical Matters is pleased to feature some of the

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Space-Sharing by Religious Groups

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Download PDF: Numrich, Space Sharing Abstract This article examines space-sharing arrangements between congregational subgroups as one iteration of the larger phenomenon of space-sharing by religious groups. Cases of both ineffective and effective space-sharing arrangements in Roman Catholic parishes, Jewish synagogues, Muslim

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Presences and Absences: Introduction to “Engaging Religious Experience: A Return to Ethnography and Theology”

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Download PDF: Kidd and Spurrier, Presences and Absences Introduction This Practical Matters issue 6 returns to themes that emerged in our Spring 2010 issue, which explored how an interdisciplinary conversation between theologians, anthropologists and scholars of religion contributes to the doing and creating of

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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology

Download PDF: Posadas, Wiley Blackwell Edited by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 640 pages. $199. In beginning to offer a fair assessment of this volume, one fears falling into hyperbole. Yet there is no getting around the fact that

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Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia

Download PDF: Yoo, Clouds of Witnesses Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Books, 2011. 300 pages. $25.00. In 1915, the Missionary Education Movement of the United States and Canada published Comrades in Service, a book that contained biographical

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Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography

Download PDF: Stone, Perspectives on Ecclesiology Edited by Pete Ward Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. 262 pages, $50.00 As the first in a projected series on the topic of ecclesiology and ethnography, this inaugural volume, edited by Pete Ward, offers a “proposal”

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Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating

Download PDF: Hotz, Food and Faith Norman Wirzba New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 264 pages. $24.99. In Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, Norman Wirzba issues an invitation to the Christian community to reimagine its relationship with food. His proposal

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Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafés of Urban Ghana

Download PDF: White, Invisible Users By Jenna Burrell Cambridge and London: The MIT Press, 2012. 248 pages. $30.00. Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafés of Urban Ghana is ethnographer Jenna Burrell’s contribution to the Acting with Technology series published by MIT

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Practicing Witness: A Missional Vision of Christian Practices

Download PDF: Myers, Practicing Witness   Benjamin T. Conner Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2011. 136 pages. $16.00. In Practicing Witness, Benjamin T. Conner draws missional theology into a “collegial interchange” with contemporary theological discussions in order to offer a fuller, and more

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The Juvenilization of American Christianity

Download PDF: Smith, Juvenilization By Thomas Bergler Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. 291 pages. $25.00. In early January 2013, sixty thousand young people ages 18–25 attended “Passion,” a four-day conference in Atlanta, GA full of concerts, speakers, and local charity drives.

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