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ERIC Number: EJ827237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
Playing with Mirrors: Narrative Inquiry and Congregational Consultation
Yust, Karen Marie
Religious Education, v104 n1 p84-93 Jan 2009
This article proposes that narrative inquiry methods fruitfully shape the role and strategies of persons who consult with religious communities. It suggests that the composition of field texts and transition from research notes to narratives enables consultants to mirror the stories of congregations so congregants can recognize, claim, and transform their own narratives. It explores the dynamic relationship between the autobiographical stories (both personal and theoretical) a consultant brings to observational and analytical tasks and the diversely expressed stories of the community in which the consultant sojourns. It also considers theological and ethical justifications for and consequences of such work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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