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"Cloister and Community"

Massam, Katharine (2017) "Cloister and Community". In: A Not So Unexiting Life: Essays on Benedictine History and Spirituality in Honour of Michael Casey OCSO. Liturgical Press (Cistercian Publications), Collegeville, Minnesota, pp. 296-311. ISBN 9780879072698; 9780879070526 (ebook)


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This chapter explores the paradox of the 'cloister' in monastic life, and Christian spirituality more broadly, as a liminal space by drawing on Michel Foucault, Henri Lefebvre, Gaston Bachelard, and more recent writing by Philip Sheldrake, Belden Lane and Timothy Gorringe. Physically and metaphorically the 'cloister' in the Rule of Benedict and in the writing of Gertrude of Helfta enables hospitality and reconciliation. As “border protection” gathers political momentum around the globe, there are vital issues here. The cloister is not meant for any sectarian guarding of the heart of Christ; it is to enable those who gather metaphorically or physically within its precincts to embody that heart and to reach out in love and trust to others.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Rule of Benedict, Benedictine, monasticism, cloister, spatial history, heterotopia, hospitality, Gertrude of Helfta, refugee policy, Australia, Michael Casey OCSO
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950504 Understanding Europe's Past
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Pilgrim Theological College
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Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2017 04:39
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2017 00:00
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2979

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