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Teaching Ritual$
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Catherine Bell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176452

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176452.001.0001

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 Experience, Purpose, Pedagogy, and Theory: Ritual Activities in the Classroom

 Experience, Purpose, Pedagogy, and Theory: Ritual Activities in the Classroom

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(p.73) 5 Experience, Purpose, Pedagogy, and Theory: Ritual Activities in the Classroom
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Teaching Ritual
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Mark I. Wallace

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176452.003.0007

This chapter discusses how fresh reactions to 9/11 were dealt with in the classroom. In a class on religion and ecology, a variety of contemplative practices and social fieldwork projects were used, but unexpected rituals were born when the class was taken into the woods. There the natural world created a liminal space in which the students were able to stop, sense, feel, speak, and reflect in healing forms of shared communication. The chapter describes the experience of taking risks with a religion class, those that are planned and also the challenge of those that are unplanned.

Keywords:   teaching, ritual, 9/11, religion class, liminal space, contemplative practice, fieldwork

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