Looking and doing: Towards a sensory sociology of religious experience
The purpose of this study is to examine the ways in which individuals understand their religious experiences, in order to better understand which elements of religious ritual are most potent to each individual. This will contribute to the arsenal of tools that liturgists can draw on to create effective rituals as well as allow examination of the ways in which we as humans make sense of our religious experiences to one another.
As such, I am looking for individuals over 18 who are willing to participate in an in-depth interview about their experiences attending a religious ritual.
You will agree to meet me in a public location at your convenience for a digitally recorded interview. You will be given a copy of the consent form available here (URL) and asked to sign it after reading. You will be given the option of waiving anonymity, but it is a fairly standard practice to protect people’s identities in an interview like this. However, there is always some chance that a friend or acquaintance will recognize you based on your stories.
During the interview, we will discuss your experiences within religious rituals. You will have the opportunity to skip a question or end the interview at any time.
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Let me know you are interested in this study and what church and service you attend, and I will follow up with an official copy of the study consent form.
You can also submit questions about the study!
My dissertation chair, Rhys H. Williams, is also available to answer questions regarding this study.
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