Tuesday, April 29
Philips Wing, Magill Library
Is there a divine presence? How do we communicate with this presence? How should the results of our communication be manifest in our day-to-day lives?
The unique linguistic means through which groups of people acknowledge and interact with a spiritual presence vary widely. These forms and structures of communication not only reveal certain understandings about spiritual beings, but they also speak to beliefs and values regarding relationships between people and ways of relating within a community.
Drawing on an ethnographic perspective, Molina-Markham has explored religious/spiritual communication among Quakers, specifically, their participation in vocal ministry during weekly meetings for worship, the function of silence during monthly meetings for business, and the role of spiritual journeys as a way of teaching and learning.
These insights have relevance to those interested in communication and religion, as well as the role of these in community building.
Elizabeth Molina-Markham graduated from Haverford in 2003 with a degree in comparative literature and a French minor. She completed a master’s in intercultural communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her dissertation was an ethnography of Quaker communication practices. Drawing on her dissertation work, she has published articles in communication journals on Quaker worship, decision making, and narrative-telling. She currently works as an editor at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
Sponsored by the Libraries and Quaker Affairs.