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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Solidarity and consecrated life


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 31 Aug 10:00 - 11:45


Room 3.134

The forms of consecrated life such as monasticism (Christian, Buddhist, Jain etc.), religious orders, neo-monastic communities, (grass-root) spiritual communities, and other that incorporate elements of consecrated life such as Taize Community or ISCON, International Society for Krishna Consciousness produce the necessity of interconnectedness and binding concepts creating the solidaristic bonds not only inside the communities but also with the external environment. We shall begin with the questions such as how are the communities of consecrated life constructed and performed in everyday life? What is the relation of solidarity or similar concepts to the regimes of power and authority inside the communities? How important are the solidaristic bonds for the spirituality or religiosity of the communities? How important are the solidaristic bonds for the spirituality or religiosity of the communities? The panel will further elaborate on the connections between the lived solidarity inside the communities and the character of ties toward the so called “outer world”. The ideology and practice of the concepts such as ministry, social work, charity, stewardship, mission, prayer, pastoral work, evangelization, spiritual service, values preservation and transmission etc. which correspond to the multilayered ties between the communities of consecrated life and the “outer world” will be carefully scrutinized in the particular social contexts and transculturally compared. We invite papers empirically as well as theoretically focusing on the problem of solidarities in and outside the communities of consecrated life.


  • P 88.1
    • Dr. Spalová, Barbora (Faculty of social sciences Charles University Prague)
    • Dr. Jewdokimow, Marcin (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw (Faculty of Humanities))

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Type: Paper Session: Solidarity and consecrated life
The restoration of monastic life in Czech Republic put the communities to the situation when they had to learn again how to live the Benedictine, Cistercian or Trappist community life and how to ensure their subsistence. After forty years of precarious illegal existence the monks and nuns had to find out how to reinterpret and practice the Rule of St. Benedict including the ideals affecting the mo ... More
Presented by Dr. Barbora SPALOVÁ on 31/8/2019 at 10:20
Type: Paper Session: Solidarity and consecrated life
My presentation will be based upon my multi-sited ethnography research tracing the global flow of current cultural practices of mantra chanting, which I have been carrying out since 2010 in Hindu, ISKCON, and Yoga ashrams and community centers in India, Germany, and the Czech Republic. This paper addresses the question of how various communities of Central-European ashramites construct ritualized ... More
Presented by Dr. Veronika SEIDLOVÁ
Type: Paper Session: Solidarity and consecrated life
The paper examines the network of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in North America that belong to various national churches (Greek, Russian, Serbian). North America is a unique place where one can find different national Orthodox traditions in one country. Orthodoxy in North America does not seem to have ambitious missionary goals and it mostly serves a small group of Orthodox believers that comprise ... More
Presented by Kseniya MEDVEDEVA on 31/8/2019 at 10:40
Type: Paper Session: Solidarity and consecrated life
On the verge of XIXth and XXth century Catholic orders were recovering from losses caused by secularization politics of XVIIIth and XIXth centuries. If we look on statistical data we see that this process of compensation had been stopped in 60s/70s of XXth century. Between 1974 and 2015 there was a general drop of religious sisters by 32% (in Europe by 55%, in North America by 66%), religious brot ... More
Presented by Dr. Marcin JEWDOKIMOW on 31/8/2019 at 10:00
Type: Panel Session: Solidarity and consecrated life
Presented by Dr. Barbora SPALOVÁ, Dr. Marcin JEWDOKIMOW
Type: Paper Session: Solidarity and consecrated life
Wicca, also known as a religion of witches, is one of the contemporary pagan religious movements. It originated in England in the first half of the 20th century and was based on contact with nature, on worshiping a God and a Goddess, and the use of magic. Wicca practitioners call themselves Wiccans or Witches. An initiation to a coven – an organized group of Wiccans - is required in order to b ... More
Presented by Joanna LIPIŃSKA on 31/8/2019 at 9:00
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