Lived Theologies of Place: Finding a home in the city

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Abstract

This paper opens up what place contributes to our understanding of lived theology through drawing on a two year case study of diaspora churches in central London. Diaspora churches, especially African majority, have grown in urban centres across Europe and particularly intensely in London meaning that space for places of worship has become highly contested. Lived theologies of place took form through narratives about places of worship, particularly the struggle to find and make a congregational home. In conversation with Michel de Certeau, the contestation of these narratives is understood through the interplay of strategy and tactics, indicating the significance of power(lessness) for lived theologies and how that interplay generates public theologies. Conclusions are drawn about the nature and scope of lived theologies and what they can contribute to the study of urban religion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEcclesial Practices
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Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • lived theologies
  • narratives of place
  • theologies of place
  • Michel de Certeau
  • strategy and tactics
  • New Black Majority Churches
  • urban planning

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