Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Research: Lessons Learned

  • Michelle Walsh
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges book series (PSLRSC)


Walsh argues for the importance of engaging more explicit intercultural and interdisciplinary lived religion research on the differences in meaning-making practices that can occur across cultures after violent trauma. She also argues for the importance of attending to a power analysis of the specific communal context of a culture within a larger national or global context. Socioeconomic and racial differences existed between these two case studies in a US context. The significance of making space and place sacred, narratives of encounters with God and/or with evil, sources of sustenance and connection, struggles with meaning-making and forgiveness, and how language and cultural narratives emerged differently in light of experiences with power, privilege, or oppression are examined for lessons learned between the two case studies.


Pastoral Care Spiritual Experience Ministry Leader Material Artifact Spiritual Culture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Walsh
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  1. 1.School of Social WorkBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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