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St. Louis Review: SLU project will create a digital map of intersection of religion, culture in St. Louis

November 30, 2018 – Jennifer Brinker

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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SLU Newslink: SLU Researchers to Digitally Map Lived Religion in St. Louis Region

November 14, 2018 – Maggie Rotermund

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?”

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