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ERIC Number: ED374440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 10
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Language, Literacy, and Spirituality in a Quaker Meeting and an AIDS Hospice.
Walters, Keith
Examining two very different contexts, a non-pastoral Quaker meeting and an AIDS hospice, offers insight into the complex nature of writing and literacy in spiritual contexts. Such a program is unapologetically comparative, seeking not the "right" view of spirituality but rather a view of how spirituality is expressed through language. Specific considerations were: (1) how the researcher can know when he or she has located a spiritual site of composing; and (2) how a text produced in one mode--whether spoken, written or signed--is related to a text that might be produced or have been produced in another. In a Quaker meeting spoken messages generally contain a narrative of sorts followed by a lesson or observation. Furthermore, bulletin boards, newsletters, tracts, and pamphlets are all forms of literacy circulated at Quaker meetings. As a communal production, the state of the meeting report raises important questions for literacy: How might this text be seen as a manifestation of spirituality? What can it teach us about spiritual sites of composing? The 12 steps that lead to the document's production are worth examining. Similarly, a number of literate activities are at work at an AIDS hospice: keeping of journals, reading silently or aloud, record keeping, labeling of medicines. Should the AIDS hospice be thought of then as a spiritual state of composing? (Contains a copy of state of the meeting report.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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