Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Research: Lessons Learned
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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.