Honoring the journey: the wayward paths of conversion in the Catholic Worker and Camphill Movements

Recent scholarship on religious conversion has challenged the widespread perception that most converts experience a dramatic, instantaneous transformation akin to Saint Paul's experience on the Damascus road. This essay builds on this scholarship by exploring the conversions of people who exper...

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Published in:Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Main Author: McKanan, Dan 1967-
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
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Published: Univ. Press 2006
In: Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Year: 2006, Volume: 74, Issue: 4, Pages: 926-953
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Conversion / Catholic Worker Movement / Camphill Movement
IxTheo Classification:AE Psychology of religion
CB Christian life; spirituality
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Summary:Recent scholarship on religious conversion has challenged the widespread perception that most converts experience a dramatic, instantaneous transformation akin to Saint Paul's experience on the Damascus road. This essay builds on this scholarship by exploring the conversions of people who experienced a change of spiritual affiliation in the context of their participation in an intentional community affiliated with either the Catholic Worker or the Camphill movement. Drawing on participant observation and personal interviews, it argues that conversion for Catholic Workers and Camphillers is more often a wayward journey than a flash of light. Individual participants may discover a new religious identity or rediscover their roots while living in community, but most often the community itself encourages them to engage in ongoing experimentation and discovery over the course of a lifetime.
ISSN:0002-7189
Contains:In: American Academy of Religion, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1093/jaarel/lfl002