Colloquium: Paula Pryce, “The Fire and the Rose are One: Eroticism and Ritual as Agents of Change in American Contemplative Christianity”

“The Fire and the Rose are One: Eroticism and Ritual as Agents of Change in American Contemplative Christianity”

How often is eroticism linked with Christianity in contemporary North America?  Drawing from five years of ethnographic fieldwork with American monks and a network of non-monastic contemplative Christians, this paper discusses the roles of Bridal Mysticism, ritual, and pluralism in contesting long-established doctrines of religious institutions, while also exploring practitioners’ deliberate cultivation of communitas as an agent of perceptual and social change.

Speaker: Dr. Paula Pryce, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UBC

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