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Wrestling with Tradition

Reconstructing Jewish Community through Negotiating Shared Purpose

Chantal Tetreault

actively negotiate a shared purpose. I argue that through these public interactional negotiations, congregants of B'nai Israel not only co-construct and (re)create spiritual community in the absence of a shared putative faith in God or shared practice of

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Ayala Fader

defining religious/spiritual communities at all (Hillewaert, Elisha). The majority of the communities discussed probably fit most comfortably in scholarship on new religious movements or New Age scholarship (Elisha). What links these contributions is a

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Communities Reimagining Sharedness in Belief and Practice

Sarah Hillewaert and Chantal Tetreault

either as contributing to community building or as indicative of shared purpose across differences. The theoretical and ethnographic thread is therefore a reconsideration of the notion of sharedness often assumed to be at the core of (spiritual) community

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Discourses, Bodies, and Questions of Sharedness in Kenya's Wellness Communities

Sarah M. Hillewaert

these engagements beyond seemingly more evident exoticism or ‘voluntourism’. This article contemplates the different discursive constructions of sharedness that underlie the flourishing of alternative lifestyle or spiritual communities in Eastern

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Spiritual Dimensions in Exploring the Human-Geosphere Relationship under a Values-Based Approach in Lake Turgoyak, Southern Urals, Russia

Francesc Bellaubi

). The geosphere supports the living matter but also generates life in a social, cultural, and spiritual community sense, and the expression of its multiple manifestations in terms of rivers, lakes, and mountains may be considered as common beings