Drawing on the author's experience with marginalised groups and individuals, this book makes important connections between belief and secular life from a discourse perspective. In doing so, it explores two key questions: is it possible to have a shared spirituality on the urban margins; and what factors might assist in this deep encounter? The empirical focus is on a community living and working on an urban housing estate exploring a lived spirituality. A challenge is presented to the life of the church. Suggestions are made for ministerial formation in the light of this challenge, particularly re-engaging with the spiritual tradition and learning from those on the urban margins. A contemporary spiritual hermeneutic gradually unfolds which has the potential of a dynamic life-giving force within the church at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
The Author: Gill Goulding is a sister of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). Her doctoral studies were undertaken at the University of Edinburgh, where she was elected a Research Fellow on completion of her Ph.D. She has lectured in Spirituality and Systematic Theology for the University, the Roman Catholic National Seminary in Scotland and the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Alongside her work as a theologian, she has undertaken for the last fifteen years a ministry of spiritual direction and retreat work in Scotland, Ireland, England and the USA. She is currently writing on Collaborative Ministry, and researching what she calls a 'Theology of Perseverance'.