Spirituality at the School Gate

Spirituality at the School Gate : The Importance of Encounter

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Spirituality at the School Gate is an innovative and explorative new study grounded in the field of lived religion. It examines how intentionally engaging in spirituality makes a difference to relationships made at the school gate, and looks at the importance of compassion and encounter. Unlike the everyday location of the workplace or the home, the school gate, which is primarily populated by women, is an overlooked, under-researched locus of spirituality. This book reveals it as a context deserving of attention, and sheds a concentrated beam of light on what proves to be a site of rich, embodied spiritual practice. It will encourage readers to approach their daily school-gate experiences with more intentionality and appreciation of the presence of God in the everyday.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 5mm | 109g
  • Eugene, United States
  • English
  • 1725264277
  • 9781725264274
  • 3,634,501

Review quote

"With compassionate insight and the wisdom of experience Diane reveals the potential spiritual depth of an everyday activity. The school gate is a unique site of repeated micro-engagements between individuals, over a long number of years. Like so many other unremarkable areas of life, when it is approached with attentiveness and intention a deep transformative presence can emerge in this everyday experience."

--Bernadette Flanagan, author of Embracing Solitude

"Spirituality at the School Gate makes an important and timely contribution to the growing field of motherhood/spirituality studies. The author clearly shows how the mundane and ordinary activities are sacred spaces where the presence of God can be met. Our entire culture is in need of true spiritual community at these times. This book shows how crucial mothers' voices and experiences are in the everyday spiritual encounters with their community."

--Noelia Molina, author of Motherhood, Spirituality and Culture
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About Diane Jackson

Diane Jackson is originally from Northern Ireland. She worked in theatre, event management, and as a researcher and writer before becoming a mum to three daughters. She lives in Dublin, Ireland with her family and recently gained a masters in applied spirituality, from which this book was born. She is by now a veteran of the school gate, and yet knows there is still much to be learned there about the ways in which God is present in the practice of encounter.
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