Decorating Holiday Bags at the Friends Seminary, Making Dinner in the Kitchen

in Heaven's Kitchen

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780226042817
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226042831 | DOI:
Decorating Holiday Bags at the Friends Seminary, Making Dinner in the Kitchen

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This chapter attempts to study religion in daily life as well as looking at dissatisfaction with recent debates about the character of religious life in modern America. It aims to generate some reflections on the ways religion and spiritual things are made manifest daily in public statements and action. Illuminating these practices and activities in situ will hopefully bring new insight into the debates about how Americans are religious. Some of these concerns stemmed from conceptions about the shrinking place of religion in American urban life. Cities are often thought of as singularly lacking in religious fervor. The argument about fuzzy spiritual talk displacing specific religious talk makes an interesting complement to recent studies of the changing role of religious institutions in fostering public religious discourse. Religion was brought to the kitchen, and made real there, by individual volunteers who had differing religious backgrounds and understandings of how they could practice religion there. Religious practices have received great attention in recent years under the rubric “lived religion.” This idiom marks a shift in attention from the binary distinctions between popular and official, public and private, institutional and individual religion to closer analysis of the interactions between them.

Keywords: religion; spiritual talk; practices; modern America; lived religion

Chapter.  11001 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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