Photo Credit: Lauren Pond, laurenpondphoto.com

Lived Religion in the Digital Age
By Lauren Pond, April 2019

The American Religious Sounds Project asks a series of fundamental questions, among them: What does religion sound like? Where can we go to hear it? How might we understand religious diversity differently if we begin by listening for it?

Although I have been producing audio for the ARSP since 2016, for much of my career, I have been accustomed to asking a seemingly different set of questions. As a documentary photographer who specializes in religion, I often ask: What does religion look like? Where can we see it? How might photographs help us understand religion differently? With these questions in mind, for more than a decade, I have used my camera to create nuanced portrayals of religious communities across the country.

This winter, I was honored to be named the first Artist in Residence for Saint Louis University’s Lived Religion in the Digital Age (LRDA) initiative.

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Photo Credit: Lauren Pond, laurenpondphoto.com

Photo Credit: theSTL, Michael Thomas, http://www.miketphotog.com/

Finding the Spirit: SLU professors Pauline Lee and Rachel Lindsey are exploring what religion in unexpected places means to St. Louis’s future.
By Lauren Harms Milford, April 2019

Wander away from the downtown St. Louis riverfront and you’ll eventually see it. Just south of the Gateway Arch, as the manicured bike paths fade out and the vacant building shells take over, there’s a flood wall covered in graffiti. It’s not on most visitor maps, but it’s special to St. Louis.

Every year, local and international artists convene to legally tag the 1.9-mile Kosciusko Graffiti Wall with symbols and thoughts about life’s difficulties and joys. It’s a colorful celebration of culture that, for some, is akin to a religious experience.

Two Saint Louis University professors would agree that’s exactly what it is.

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Photo Credit: theSTL, Michael Thomas, http://www.miketphotog.com/

SLU project will create a digital map of intersection of religion, culture in St. Louis
By Jennifer Brinker, November 2018

When it comes to matters of faith, most often we think of what happens within our worship spaces. For Catholics, that includes the sacraments, Church teachings and traditions and special devotions.

Researchers at Saint Louis University have embarked on a project that goes beyond specific structures of religion and looks at how religious belief crosses over into culturally lived experiences. The three-year project, called Lived Religion in the Digital Age, will create a digital map of how various religions are lived in the St. Louis region. It is being funded by a $400,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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Photo Credit: Amelia Flood, Editor SLU Newslink

SLU Researchers to Digitally Map Lived Religion in St. Louis Region
By Maggie Rotermund, November 2018

Rachel Lindsey, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Pauline Lee, Ph.D., associate professor, both in SLU’s Department of Theological Studies, will use the funds to create a digital database of religious life in St. Louis which includes interviews, profiles, maps and media content.

“Our hope is to tackle preconceived notions about this thing we call ‘religion’,” Lindsey said. “What does the study of religion look like when we shift public attention from shared beliefs (be they theological, moral, or civic) to shared spaces? And more than that, what does religion do in these spaces?”

The project begins by asking people to think outside the box and relinquish specific definitions of religion to delve into details of lived experience.

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Photo Credit: Rachel Lindsey

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