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Prayers of Love and Mourning: The Experience of Spiritual Questioning in My Personal Writing

  • Author / Creator
    Yona McGinnis
  • Like many people living in this current era, I have been victim to the cultural stance of alienation from our essential spiritual centers. My personal writing, that spans the decades of late teens to early fifties, holds questions I was unknowingly asking about the nature of spirituality. This questioning took place even as I denied the existence of anything greater than the scientific world in which I lived. In this research I engaged in a heuristic self- study, using a phenomenological viewpoint to tease out the nature of my questions. The intention of this study is to generate an understanding that, parallel to my own experience, many individuals seeking support in our society deny any need to explore spiritual questions even when spirituality is the most pertinent puzzle piece missing in their lives. The illumination of this paradox can be helpful to care- givers to assist those in need to be open to spiritual conversation.

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  • Graduation date
    2010
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts in Pastoral Psychology and Counselling (Art Therapy Specialization)
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3J67999N
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Jean Waters
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Ronna Jevne
    • Dr. Rhea Plouffe